Ian MacKaye by Pat Graham
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D.C. legend Ian MacKaye returns with new band CORIKY, new single streaming!

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Joined by FUGAZI bassist Joe Lally and EVENS drummer Amy Farina, Ian MacKaye has introduced his new project called CORIKY. The trio will release their debut full-length album on March 27 on Dischord Records. The first single “Clean Kill” has beed made available online and you can check out its amazing organic feel below.

The self-titled Coriky was recorded with Don Zientara at Inner Ear Studios last year — MacKaye plays guitar, Farina plays drums, Lally plays bass, and they all sing. It’ll be out on 3/27 via Dischord, and today the band are sharing its lead single, “Clean Kill.” It’s soft and melodic, and all three of their voices come together for its chorus: “It’s a clean kill, it’s a clean kill, but it’s not clean.” There’s some more piercing bash-outs toward the end of the track which suggest the album might have some harder edges, but “Clean Kill” certainly goes down pretty clean. / Stereogum

“Clean Kill” hits a sweet spot between The Evens’ melodic restraint and Fugazi’s moody bombast, minus the spitting aggression. If anything, MacKaye — despite taking lead vocals with some harmony from Farina — sounds downright subdued compared to Lally and Farina’s intricate alchemy. There’s even a surprising Bo Diddley beat — or Afro-Cuban clave beat — that shuffles from the chorus to the verse until we hit some familiar, start-stop guitar fuzz to take us out. / NPR

It’s unmistakably the work of Ian MacKaye, probably closer to The Evens than to any of his other projects, but with a bit more of that Fugazi-esque grit in the mix. It’s a very cool first taste. / BrooklynVegan

I’ve grown to be middle aged with Dischord records. Always have enjoyed Ian’s work with Amy. Now with joe back on bass to accompany them it feels just right. Like an old pair of sneakers. Excited for the record. / Christopher Davidson, Bandcamp

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