Take the guitar-driven indie rock sound we all love, strip it naked and paint it with blood, then film it from an oblique, David Lynchian angle, and you might achieve the infectiously discomforting aesthetic Airstrip have perfected on Willing. Described as “Nightmare Pop” by frontman Matthew Park, Airstrip’s music is confrontational, hypnotic, and dark. Park formed Airstrip in the wake of his previous band Veelee’s demise, recruiting players from left-of-center NC heavy hitters Horseback, Caltrop, and Gross Ghost to bring an undeniable sonic weight to his gloomy, laconic melodies. After touring regionally in 2012, landing a spot at Raleigh’s Hopscotch Festival and opening for Godspeed You Black Emperor, Airstrip entered Track and Field Studios in Carrboro to record their debut full-length, Willing.

RIYL: Liars, Broadcast, Jesus and Mary Chain, Unwound, Archers of Loaf, The Pixies, Joy Division, Tame Impala, Moon Duo, Wire, Pylon