The thing about the internet is, I don’t need to go door to door or shout on a street corner to tell you. Drug Church has a new video for the first song “But Does It Work?” from their upcoming record Swell. Behold:
It’s yet another “variation on a theme” we’ve seen a great deal from the band: unfiltered pessimism. On many of the songs on their excellent debut album, Paul Walker, vocalist Patrick Kindlon shouted about this in one way or another (“entropy’s the natural state of things;” “everything went tits up;” “crush ambition, collect and burn the pieces”).
The talk-singing Kindlon has employed in Self Defense Family the last few years creeps in on this song, giving it a feel of both freshness and resignation. No subject is immune from the accusation of ‘not working:’ the mundane tasks of everyday life, the idea of bettering oneself, democracy, relationships (hilariously, lesbianism is the only potential exception).
I’m inclined to agree, but for now, this song is working pretty well for me.
Swell is due out in 2015 on No Sleep Records.
Check out this new ballet-laden video featuring our favorites Tegan & Sara in collaboration with Night Terrors of 1927 (Blake Sennett of Rilo Kiley and Jarrod Gorbel of old indie favorite The Honorary Title). Night Terrors of 1927 are set to release their debut album Everything’s Coming Up Roses January 20 on Atlantic. Tegan & Sara recently announced that they will be taking time off in 2015 to write and record a new album. I think I speak for all of us here when I say “hell yeah.”
And now for a glimpse of the future. The new Title Fight album, Hyperview, will be released on February 3rd of next year. Will Yip, a fixture of Title Fight’s production and a fellow Pennsylvania native, returned to produce this album. He has worked with the likes of Circa Survive, Pity Sex, and La Dispute in the past.
Check below for the new album artwork and video:
It’s been six years and one long hiatus, but Florida’s mellow maestros Copeland will be releasing their fifth LP on November 24 through Tooth & Nail Records. Few “emo revival” reunions have excited me as much as Copeland’s, and now you can stream their spectacular new record Ixora a week early via Spotify. Check it out below and pre-order on iTunes to get 3 songs before the official release. Pardon me as I listen to nothing else for weeks.
This is happening! The new Screaming Females record Rose Mountain will be released February 24, 2015 on Don Giovanni Records. A new track, “Ripe,” comes to us as well. This song is reminiscent of the catchy, unhinged shredding on songs like “A New Kid” from the Castle Talk period. Now excuse me while I throw myself through some drywall out of pure joy.
Listen to the new song below:
There’s at least one Abandon Hip writer who believes that teenage chanteuse Lorde is everything and more (hint: it’s me). Feast your eyeballs and earballs on her new video for “Yellow Flicker Beat,” an original track from the Mockingjay pt. I soundtrack that has been personally curated by Lorde herself. This body has been carefully prepared for both the film and its musical accompaniment. Check out the full tracklist and a trailer for the movie (due out November 21) below!
If you’re anywhere near the astronomical levels of excitement that we feel for a new LP from mewithoutYou, see above for the best 54 seconds of your day. Mysteriously titled “Thy foes profanely rage,” this short clip features footage from the band’s recent 10 year anniversary tour for Catch for Us the Foxes (and if you look closely, you may or may not see two AH writers in one of the crowd shots…) and what would appear to be a new instrumental song clip. LP6, due out sometime in 2015, will follow 2012’s conceptual masterpiece Ten Stories.
by Andrew Parker
Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before, but it won’t do you any good. It’s out of my hands. Like a resentful young runaway to its parent, my Top 10 list has fled the nest and now ekes out a meager existence of its own in the cold, windy byways of the internet. If you cross paths with it, give it a read, and maybe some money for the bus.
(I’ve attempted to avoid redundancy with the other writers as best as possible, but a few we just unavoidably agree upon. Therefore, I give shouts to PUP, Hostage Calm (RIP), and The Menzingers for their efforts this year. Further honorable mention to Angel Du$t and 10,000 Blades, oh my god.)
by Andrew Parker
(illustration: Don Kenn)
So your friends blew you off for another party. You’ve already burned through your horror movie marathon list twice. You can’t tell if the costume you bought this year was the ‘Sexy’ version or the ‘Sad’ one. Oh, what to do?
If you’re going to gorge on processed sugar alone, burn some of it off by rocking out to a few of these classics on your turntable of terror. At the very least, if trick-or-treaters bother you, these records will warn the little bastards/overly enthusiastic adults they strayed onto the wrong porch.
Woops, got lost yesterday and forgot to post this. This week we’ve got new songs from Circa Survive, Rancid (yassss), Knuckle Puck, and No Devotion. Enjoy it all below. We also kind of promise to post more content soon.