The Oxford, MS band dubbed a “Band To Watch” by Stereogum and the “best edge-of-your-seat energy since The Arcade Fire” by Paste -- have crafted their strongest statement to date with new album ‘The Cradle,’ out August 10 on New Fear/Dualtone. The band has been whittled down to core members Jesse Coppenbarger (vocals, guitars) and Sean Kirkpatrick (guitar, vocals), and the resulting consolidation of creative energy has reinvigorated the group, resulting in a 10 song album that focuses the band’s wild-eyed, textured, standing at the edge of the world rock.
The album comes galloping out of the gates with opener “8 Years,” where Coppenbarger expels the lyrics detailing the band’s history as though he may run out of time as guitars churn around him, culminating in the larynx shredding howl of “there is nothing more gorgeous or covered I have found than the western part of this state right now.” The last line could easily stand as the band’s new statement of purpose, shedding old baggage and refreshed for a new beginning.
Other album standouts include; “Our Names,” which features shimmering guitars swirling around a propulsive drum beat pushing the song forward; the hauntingly beautiful elegy “Everything Is The Same”; and the swirling anthem “Mona Lisa.”
Listen to “Our Names” here:
‘The Cradle’ was recorded in a whirlwind seven day session at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC with producer Hank Sullivant (MGMT, The Whigs). Coppenbarger and Kirkpatrick recruited Daniel Davison to play drums and Brooks Tipton to man the Farfisa, Rhodes and Casio with Sullivant handling bass duties.
Check out some footage of the band in the studio here:
And read Coppenbarger talking with Paste Magazine.com here:
A tour is slated for later this year, official dates to be announced soon.