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Cars Can Be Blue Celebrate Halloween With Offbeat ‘Monster’ Video

Athens, Georgia-based trio's 'Trace the Tension' is out now on HHBTM

picture-18576-1373300776Marc Hogan // October 30, 2013

Cars Can Be Blue might be best known for their foul-mouthed, anti-folk 2005 oddity “The Dirty Song.” The Athens, Georgia-based three-piece returned this week with their third album, Trace the Tension, on HHBTM, but they still know how to match unsettling lyrics with scrappy, Beat Happening-descended indie pop. “Monster” describes the closet-lurking creature of its title, and the skeleton-filled black-and-white video emphasizes that the wry track would be a fine Halloween-party playlist inclusion. Beware, this monster will eat your brains — and then smoke a cigarette.