CCR Headcleaner thrives on obstacles. Guitarist Alex Gargile is a quarter short for a cup of coffee. He's a part-time horticulturist up north, but not lately. Drummer Justin Flowers and bassist Mark Treise slouch against Community Thrift on Valencia St. where the second guitarist, Ned Meiners, is about to break for lunch. They look weary, wince at the sun, and dress like depositories for the thrift shop's rejected wares. A block away, Flowers predicts that his rent-controlled apartment will be sold soon.
CCR Headcleaner plays Thursday at Great American Music Hall.
But despite the many crises and trials detailed in our interview, the quartet still laughs a lot. The band insists that elation lives in the twisted heart of its brazenly loud and lumbering rock 'n' roll. CCR Headcleaner'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's power-trio Fuzz shows a career upswing, and the band is opening for White Fence and Parquet Courts at Great American Music Hall this Thursday, Jan. 23. But the chaos marking the quartet's four-year existence still lingers, even if they have to create it.