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Five O’Clock Shadows at the Edge of the Western World

December 17, 2013

Dear Patient Loud Music Enthusiast,

Today the onslaught of “publicity” for our new EP begins.  It has been many (many) moons since we last added something new to the world, but we hope that the extended time away has allotted us the critical distance to have produced something less redundant than a rushed offering may have yielded.  The end result is a six-song piece of vinyl (well, five songs plus a righteous interlude penned by our esteemed axeman) that, we hope, bends our abilities towards some new territories, both sonic and lyric.  The main brunt of the notion we were grappling with concerned the natural beauty of where we are from (Souther California), and how the addition of human beings to that locale has slashed deep scars (literal and metaphoric, environmental, social, political, personal) into what might otherwise have lacked the stain we’re so adroit in adding to the landscapes we settle within.  But there is something magic, too, that humans lend to the world, something animal and churning and magnetic.  We drive home on the westbound 105 into staggering sunsets that exist as a result of our own pollution and complain about the glare that we must suffer in order to enjoy 80 degree winters.  We surf and swim amidst our own fecal particulate, bemoan the noise requisite the miracle of flight overhead, and sleep tenderly with skin cancer blooming beneath our skin.

The record is, we hope, a midway point between what we have done before and where we are headed.  We’ve been a band for a (very) long time now, and we’re happy to have withstood the threat of boredom and regurgitation that have lurked just beyond us.  We do not plan on stopping yet, and hope that this release might prove that we still have something of worth to collar-yank into the world, kicking and screaming.  For this release, we opted to join forces with our friend Jeremy Bolm and his Secret Voice Records both to increase the exposure we might receive and to engage in the spirit of collaborative effort that we, generally, tend to support.  Our own Vitriol Records picked up whatever slack was necessary, and the result is a joint release that is both handsome and disgusting (peep that back cover, y’all).

The cover photograph was taken by my long and good friend Ricky J. Lesser.  He deserves all the support, attention, and admiration the world can offer, and we were lucky enough to have gained from his immense talents.

To whet your appetite, you may now hop about the virtual world to hear the title track of the new record and read a little press release thing we wrote.  Deathwish, Inc., Secret Voice Records, and Vitriol Records all have features on the record up now, if you so desire.

For our part, we thought it would be important to offer up the new lyrics here on our site before you could get them elsewhere.  As always, the pertinent references are hyperlinked to better entrench you in the ideas we had in our heads as we wrote.  Hope they suffice.

Here is the list of songs you can expect:

1) The Mourning Routine
2) (Santa Anas)
3) Midnight Traffic
4) Puncture Wound
5) Eureka! Moments
6) Five O’Clock Shadows at the Edge of the Western World

Here is the title track:

We are playing this Saturday in Newhall.  And then East Coast in January.  And Midwest in February.  With some record release stuff tossed in for good measure.

Be well,
Al / DANGERS

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Greg permalink
    December 17, 2013 3:42 pm

    The new song is great. So stoked to hear this record!

  2. December 22, 2013 3:22 pm

    Will there be west coast dates at all? (besides CA)

  3. December 24, 2013 10:30 am

    We will be doing PacNW sometime soon (March-ish).

    • Kate permalink
      January 8, 2014 8:46 pm

      Please please please come to Vancouver (Canadia)

    • brandeis permalink
      January 29, 2014 11:00 am

      Eugene, Portland? LOVING the new album. #overwhelmedwithpride

  4. Bryan permalink
    December 27, 2013 3:59 pm

    i can’t pre order?

  5. December 30, 2013 2:03 pm

    Looking forward to hearing the full record! Your pal from July 2011, Tal

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