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Wednesday, Jan 15 2014
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It may seem strange, but elation lives in the twisted heart of CCR Headcleaner's brazenly loud and lumbering rock 'n' roll. The band's debut full-length — a dense barrage of woozy Southern riffs and turgid feedback — bares the hopeful title Lace the Earth with Arms Wide Open. The album's positive reception and a recent tour with Ty Segall power-trio Fuzz shows that long-struggling CCR Headcleaner is on a career upswing, but the chaos marking the quartet's four-year existence still lingers. Band members detail numerous life crises and trials in its interviews, and always have: When SF Weekly first got in touch with them, in 2010, all four members were homeless. But that — and the lack of a proper release — didn't keep them from touring the U.S. for two-and-a-half months. Nowadays, things are looking up. On last year's run with Fuzz, they didn't even need to scout trash bins for food. They did it anyway.

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