With the platinum wig he sports in this photo, L.A. producer-musician Jack Name (John Webster Johns, touring guitarist with White Fence) has a look that matches his glam-rock handle. Same goes for the new song "Pure Terror," which has the majesty of Queen and the sci-fi glitter stylings of Mick Ronson-era David Bowie.
Vocally, Name recalls Richard O'Brien ("Riff Raff"), creator and co-star of The Rocky Horror Show, which means that everything about this track says 1973, my favorite musical year—though I doubt he was even around then.
Listen to the mp3 here (it isn't currently available on Soundcloud or YouTube).
In the press notes, John Dwyer of the Oh Sees calls Name "a rare entity and a genius story/songsmith." About his debut album, Light Show, Dwyer adds, "It's as honest as it is good for you. The sounds are a dense and ever-shifting beast—just an absolutely put-you-on-the-floor headphone record." Dwyer also compares him to Brian Eno, Gary Numan, Chrome, ELO, and Bruce Haack. Those are a lot of heady names, and I haven't heard the whole thing yet, but I'm definitely curious.
Drag City imprint God? releases Light Show on Jan 21, 2014.