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Marathon Announce 2 Reunion Shows

MarathonNew York punk band Marathon have announced that they are reuniting for 2 shows at the end of February. The band were last active in 2006 when their self titled debut (and only) record was released, and following their break up some members went on to form Polar Bear Club and Attica! Attica!. 

Now, following a re-release of their debut album in 2013 by Secret Audio Club, the band have decided to play 2 shows alongside fellow NY punks No Trigger and Fire When Ready. 

There is no suggestion that these shows will lead to new music or even a larger scale tour, but we will keep you posted if anything develops.

The shows are planned for Feb 28th and March 1st with venues still to be confirmed.

 

 

Interview: Polar Bear Club

Polar Bear Club - Jimmy StadtIt had been three years since we last spoke to Polar Bear Club‘s Jimmy Stadt, in that time they’ve been pretty busy. We caught up with the front man outside the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver halfway through their tour with Citizen, Diamond Youth and Sainthood Reps

Just like before, Stadt was an excited to talk and didn’t hold anything back as he told us about their new album, Death Chorus, and his decision to release a statement about his vocal change. Dissecting the scene and what type of lyrics work best, Stadt went into great detail about every topic we touched on and ended it all by telling the story that began with the statement:

“It was single handedly, the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me on tour.”

Read the interview here.

Polar Bear Club - Jimmy Stadt

Polar Bear Club

Jimmy Stadt

Rise Records
By on November 23rd, 2013 at The Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC

 

 

It has been three years since we last spoke to Polar Bear Club‘s Jimmy Stadt, in that time they’ve been pretty busy. We caught up with the front man outside the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver halfway through their tour with Citizen, Diamond Youth and Sainthood Reps

Just like before, Stadt was an excited to talk and didn’t hold anything back as he told us about their new album, Death Chorus, and his decision to release a statement about his vocal change. Dissecting the scene and what type of lyrics work best, Stadt went into great detail about every topic we touched on and ended it all by telling the story that began with the statement:

“It was single handedly, the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me on tour.”

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Video: Polar Bear Club – Death Chorus

Polar Bear ClubNew York’s Polar Bear Club have posted a new music video for their single Blood Balloon

The video can be seen below. Death Chorus was released last week through Rise Records.

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Polar Bear Club - Death Chorus

Polar Bear Club

Death Chorus

Rise Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

As the advance singles for post hardcore group Polar Bear Club emerged from the void, much internet chatter arose in regard to singer Jimmy Stadt’s new vocal style. He has addressed the change in sound, saying that it is the result of undiagnosed damage to his throat shortly before recording. While the trolls are likely not satisfied with that admission, it only makes the songs more substantial knowing that he literally fought physical damage to do his part to release these songs to the world.

In addition to the vocal changes (which are not even that noticeable on several songs), a few of the songs feature a more hook heavy pop punk sound than the band are known for. This had purists crying foul, but with the album arriving such a short time after Clash, Battle, Guilt, Pride, it is nice to hear some fresh sounds from the group. They still form the base of the album around their well-worn post hardcore sound, but they add a few light spots into the mix.

Much like it’s wordy title, Why Live When You Can Die? packs in an excessive amount of lyrics compared to the rest of the songs on the album. Lead track Blood Balloon is a catchy modern pop punk tune, heartfelt lyrics with a heavy dose of mid 20s existentialism paired up with Stadt’s smooth vocals. When We Were College Kids amps up the nostalgia with a reflective rumination on the glory days of college life. Stadt looks back from the view of a post college grad, reflecting on impending adulthood while he sings We don’t wish for better things/ We stare off and we wish that/ We’ll deserve them one day. These are songs for kids who grew up on emo and hardcore music. This is music for parents of small children looking back on the days when their lives were carefree and they could afford to be irresponsible. There is a balance implied, looking back on the past, but eager to forge ahead as well. He addresses these conflicting emotions on the pop heavy Upstate Mosquito, singing It’s easy to assume the past was better in most ways. It’s more than era worship, more than helping forget today. It’s hard to give it all when you know there ain’t enough to take. The lyrical content will be familiar to longtime fans. These are songs that showcase emotion over catchy post hardcore music. It definitely has a polished sound, which is surprising considering the pedigree of producer Will Yip, whose past musical production has leaned more toward the cathartic than catchy.

For the most part, it is obvious that the core songwriters in the group survived the lineup change that Polar Bear Club recently underwent. There are some musical experiments, brief interludes dabbling in pop music that wasn’t as prevalent on their last release. For the most part, the group focuses on what they excel at and grace fans with an enjoyable album. It may not be their most instantly loved, but it grows with repeated listens.

Stream: Polar Bear Club – Death Chorus

Polar Bear ClubPolar Bear Club are currently streaming their upcoming album, Death Chorus, on RedBull’s website.

The album, which follows their 2011 album Clash Battle Guilt Pride, will be released on November 19th through Rise Records.

You can listen to the album here.

Video: Polar Bear Club – Why Live When You Can Die

Polar Bear ClubPolar Bear Club just premiered their newest music video for “Why Live When You Can Die“; it can be seen below.

The track can be found on their latest album release, Death Chorus via Rise Records.

The band  is currently on the road with Taking Back Sunday and Transit, and will sooon hit the road with Citizen, Diamond Youth, and Sainthood Reps. All dates can be found here.

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Tours: Polar Bear Club

Polar Bear ClubRochester NY’s Polar Bear Club have announced dates for a fall headline tour that will feature support from Citizen, Diamond Youth and Sainthood Reps. The dates, starting November in New York City, will come right on the heels of the band’s previously announced stint supporting Taking Back Sunday, which kicks off on October 11.

Dates for both the tours can be seen below.

Furthermore, the band has revealed some details about their anticipated new album – Death Chorus. The album, which follows 2011’s Clash Battle Guilt Pride, will be available this fall through Rise Records. The album was produced by Will Yip at Studio 4.

Frontman Jimmy Statdt talked about the tour and album saying:

“We’re excited to have people finally hear a snippet of our new record. Teaming up with Will was really special, he did an amazing job and now you all can hear that too. Hope you’re all excited about it as well as excited about the tour.”

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Polar Bear Club Sign To Rise Records; New Album This Fall

Polar Bear ClubRochester NY’s Polar Bear Club has joined the Rise Records family.  To mark the occasion the band has also announced the Fall release of their next studio album, Death Chorus, which will follow 2011’s Clash Battle Guilt Pride.  Will Yip at Studio 4 will serve as producer.

Tour dates for their Fall tour with Taking Back Sunday can be found below.

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Polar Bear Club - Sometimes Things Just Dissapear

Polar Bear Club

Sometimes Things Just Disapear

Red Leader Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

I hate introductions. In fact, I was just having that conversation with someone last week. Sometimes an intro track on a CD works but that’s maybe one out of every twenty efforts. For the most part, introductions are a waste of time as I would much rather them give me a proper song to devour and entice me into the album. The first song of any CD is the most important one and with so many releases coming out every the band needs to captivate the listener from the start and intro songs rarely do that.

Now, Eat Dinner, Bury The Dog, And Run is not an intro to Polar Bear Club‘s first full length CD, Sometimes Things Just Disappear; in fact it clocks in at a mighty four and a half minutes long. However, just like so many intro songs, Eat Dinner fails to captivate my interest every time I play it and at over four minutes in length it makes it difficult to really jump into the CD. The vocals, similar to label mates Dear Tonight, seemed out of place and I wrote off the record right away. A few days later I opted to give it another chance, after all, Red Leader is normally able to deliver a high quality release. Once again, the first track was unable to grab my attention as I sat on the bus on the way from school. The record was on random and it was starting to grow a bit as similarities to The Shook Ones began to appear. The pull was starting to come but still wasn’t there and I turned it off to watch some TV. Half an hour later I threw back on the ipod while I finished some idle house work and as it hit the halfway point in Another Night In The Rock I stopped. Literally.

This song was good; like damn good. I started it from the beginning and devoured in the gruff vocals, post-hardcore breakdowns and raw energy akin to old Hot Water Music with a slightly more melodic tinge to them. It then jumped to Heart Attack At Thirty, a much faster song that starts with a ripping guitar solo and woahs that A Wilhlem Scream would be proud of. The lead vocals come in with 8 years from now, I will go into cardiac arrest. There is no doubt, my body will pay for this and sounds as if Tim McIlrath was recording Revolutions Per Minute again.

From there it went to Convinced I’m Wrong, a song I later discovered to be the closing track on the album. In complete contrast to its predecessor, Convinced I’m Wrong began with absolutely no intensity. An acoustic guitar with soft, almost clean vocals crooning over top asking sadly “you ever feel you were meant to be alone? because I saw a play and a character said that he was destined to never feel at home” it then exploded with more intensity as vocalist Jimmy Stadt returned to his rough delivery and the full band joined in. It may have been slightly formulaic but it worked well.

So I threw off the ipod to grab the actual CD and give it another chance. As Sometimes Things Just Disappear played through more songs began to stick out. The first song still felt slightly awkward but somehow more familiar. Hollow Place cemented that Shook Ones similarity in place and Big Parade‘s lyrics are the most relatable ones on the record. It’s too bad it fumbles with a slightly repetitive sound and unnecessary fade out at the end but the record then flows into Another Night In The Rock and all is forgiven.

Unfortunately, the record as a whole seems to follow that pattern with one song not necessarily being filler but not jumping out of the speakers either followed by a stronger song. It doesn’t make for an uneven listen as every song is good in it’s own right but it does make for a somewhat repetitive listen at times. Lucky for Polar Bear Club, they pack enough intensity and raw energy into the song through passionate vocals that the listener is normally able to overlook it.

Sometimes Things Just Disappear needed another second look before it really sunk in and I’m glad I gave it one. It may not be an instant classic, but Polar Bear Club have delivered a strong enough album to re-ignite the post-hardcore fanatic’s heart beat as they have laid the stepping stones for what could turn out to be a very successful underground career.

Polar Bear Club - Clash, Battle, Guilt, Pride

Polar Bear Club

Clash Battle Guilt Pride

Bridge Nine Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

The stylistic washed out red, moss green, and sky-blue tones setting the mood of Polar Bear Club’s growing discography is quick approaching iconic status in the punk and hardcore community.  What started out as a band with critics making far too many references to Hot Water Music has since blossomed into notable landmark on today’s weathered punk-rock landscape.  Up and coming bands reference their grizzled bellows and rock hard chords without shame or hesitation.  Polar Bear Club has sat at the helm of hardcore since their head turning full-length Sometimes Things Just Disappear, which has since seen hardcore powerhouse Bridge Nine Records snap up the young band in anticipation of their future output.

But their journey has been far from perfect.  In fact, their most anticipated work for the label, Chasing Hamburg, was also met with mixed reviews, many pointing to a lack of substantial growth or impact despite continuing a formula that undeniably worked for the band.  This brings us to their current output and third full length, Clash, Battle, Guilt, Pride – which also doubles as a statement as to how bands can not only recover from the dreaded sophomore slump, but move on to create a genre hallmark.

Clash, Battle, Guilt, Pride finds Polar Bear Club finally coming of age and taking full advantage of their scars of experience.  The reflective slow-crawler “Pawner” builds from a standstill as vocalist Jimmy Stadt wears his heart on his sleeve.  The first minute rolls in at a near spoken-word pace, emphasized by flashes of brief but selective guitar.  Stadt continues a personal evolution, hinting at a sensitivity and range buried under all those coarse layers of gravel (as weathered and worldly as Leatherface but as direct as Rise Against).  The sense of buildup intensifies with the patient emergence of corresponding drumbeats panning into the fluttery tail end of their withering crescendos.  The entire first track serves as a primer for the big, “woah” enhanced, soul-grabbing payoff continued in the aptly named “Killing It,” which over it’s three minute run time easily eclipses anything from Chasing Hamburg.

Once introduction formalities play out, subsequent ambitions fall seamlessly into place – their maturity and healthy respect for post-hardcore bringing to mind the late career resurgence of Small Brown Bike.  “Screams In Caves” for instance shifts between a mixture of tempos that let lead guitarist Chris Browne find a home for his talent in a barrage of subtle guitar cues wrapped warmly in a melodic message of friendship culminating in the imagery intense passage “Don’t you feel the pull? It’s tougher now than ever/It left like melting snow/and came back tough as leather.”  Polar Bear Club never hesitates to take a step back, gather their bearings, and launch into full arrays of gang-led anthemic brilliance.

That being said, “Post-anthemic” might better communicate the intricate underlay wrapping itself around these punchy rhythms – particularly throughout the bridge-laced “Bottled Wind.”  Even the solos on songs like “Kneel On Nails” or “Between The Lines” feel more like emotional statements than simple technical showpieces.  Even the closing track “3/4 Tango” concludes with what must be one their most magnetic song to date.  It’s the type of song that you just don’t want to end – a concept easily extended to the album as a whole.

I would say that Clash Battle Guilt Pride exceeds expectations – but I think fans and critics alike have been expecting Polar Bear Club’s ‘magnum opus’ for a while now.  It’s a case of better late than never that likely required the bumpy ride for fans to most fully appreciate the draw-dropping destination.  Without question one of the year’s most hard hitting and fully realized forays into post-hardcore that is sure to leave listeners both satisfied and begging for more.

Polar Bear Club - Chasing Hamburg

Polar Bear Club

Chasing Hamburg

Bridge Nine Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

With Sometimes Things Just DisappearPolar Bear Club made a name for themselves. Their post-hardcore mixed with some melodic sides, gruff vocals and intelligent lyrics captivated the ears and hearts of punk lovers around the world. It put Polar Bear Club up there as a band to hear and soon they became a band that people used as a staple for comparisons in their reviews. So the band stepped it up a bit, signed to the legendary Bride Nine Records and released their highly anticipated follow-up, Chasing Hamburg, to the masses.

The record picks up where Sometimes Things Just Disappear left off. A cohesive, thundering, aggressive onslaught of tunes that are part Hot Water Music, part Shook Ones and part Get Up Kids all mixed into one. Throw in some sing-along vocals, breakdowns, pulsing momentum and intelligent, tongue-in-cheek lyrics (You say I’ve changed from this to that / It’s funny that we haven’t met / I don’t know what’s worse / This or this getting to me/ Can’t refute on the message boards / so I’ll piss and moan to power chords) and you have a record worthy of great praise and multiple re-plays. Vocalist Jimmy Stadt leads the album with a wide range of vocal styles, going from a gruff, throaty delivery on the heavier tunes like See The Wind (the heaviest song the band has written) and Living Saints to a smoother, singing delivery on Drifting Thing, The Old Fisher Burial Ground and Chasing Hamburg. He effortlessly changes the style to match the momentum of the song; sometimes changing in mid-sentence when the need arises.

Over the repeated listens, Chasing Hamburg grows on the listener. The unstructured, punchy rhythms, the heavy bass lines, the distorted guitars and Stadt’s vocals work together seamlessly; and the mixture in tempos keep the album fresh for the entire thirty plus minutes. Despite all the positives though, there seems to be something missing in Chasing Hamburg as there are times where it just fails to truly captivate the listener. Unlike on Sometimes Things Just Disappear, nothing on Hamburg makes you stop in your tracks and go “wow.” Nothing ever fully takes over and instead it sometimes fall into the background. When you’re listening to it, patiently picking out all the high points, you see thousands; but let it play in the background as you’re doing something else and it rarely ever pulls you back into their world.

Now, Chasing Hamburg is still a good album, and one I would recommend, but it does seem to be lacking something that I hope they’ll find on their next album to make the album jump at you all the time.

Tours: Bad Religion / Polar Bear Club / Against Me!

BadReligionBad Religion has announce tour dates with Polar Bear Club and Against Me! that will run in March and April.  The band will be supporting their brand new album, True North, which will mark their 16th studio album, and will be available on January 22, 2013 through Epitaph Records.  

Tour dates can be found below.

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Tours: Polar Bear Club (Europe)

Polar Bear ClubRochester gruff punk rockers Polar Bear Club have released a collection of upcoming European Spring tour dates.  The band continues to support their recent live acoustic album, Live At The Montage, which dropped back in 2012 on longtime label Bridge Nine Records.

Dates can be found below.

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Tours: The Flatliners / Polar Bear Club / The Menzingers

FlatlinersThe Flatliners will be ending the year with a handful of dates with The Menzingers and Polar Bear Club in Canada. The band continues to support their latest full length, Cavalcade, which was released in 2010 via Fat Wreck Chords.  The band will be reissuing their first full length on vinyl on November 13, 2012.

Dates can be found below.

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Polar Bear Club – At Your Funeral (Acoustic Cover)

Polar Bear ClubRochester, NY post-punkers Polar Bear Club have debuted a brand new live acoustic song. The track is a cover of Saves The Day‘s “At Your Funeral” and is set to appear on the upcoming album, Live At The Montage, due out July 31, 2012 via Bridge Nine Records.

Give the song a listen here.

Polar Bear Club – Burned Out In A Jar (Acoustic)

Polar Bear ClubPolar Bear Club is streaming a brand new acoustic take of their song “Burned out in a Jar.”  The track will appear on their upcoming live record, Live at the Montage, which is to drop mid-summer on July 31, 2012 via Bridge Nine Records

Give the song a listen below.

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Polar Bear Club Announce Acoustic Album

Polar Bear ClubRochester, New York hardcore act Polar Bear Club has announced that they will be releasing a brand new acoustic live album.  The album will feature a 9-song set from their 2011 hometown show at the Montage Theater. The collection will be titled Live At The Montage, and includes songs from Sometimes Things Just Disappear, Chasing Hamburg, and Clash Battle Guilt Pride.

More details are expected soon.

 

Video: Polar Bear Club – Screams in Caves

Polar Bear ClubPolar Bear Club have posted a new video for “Screams in Caves“, off of their 2011 album Clash Battle Guilt Pride.

The video was shot in Spring/Summer of 2012 by director Rob Soucy, who commented saying”

The band approached me with the idea of having a very story-driven music video so after a few play on words – we came up with this idea. We wanted to make a music video that felt like a throwback to the hay day of music videos. Those classic 90’s music videos you used to watch when you would get ready for school as a kid or when you stayed up super late at night and left MTV on hours after ‘The Ten Spot’.  The band was so easy to collaborate with. Not to mention just swell guys.

The video is below.

Polar Bear Club will spend June, July and the beginning of August out on the Vans Warped Tour and will then head overseas for festival appearances and shows in Germany and the UK.

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Polar Bear Club Previews Upcoming Music Video

Polar Bear ClubPolar Bear Club has announced that they will be releasing a brand new music video this Tuesday.  The video features a song from their 2011 full length Clash Battle Guilt Pride (Bridge 9 Records).

Sample screenshots can be viewed here.

Video: Polar Bear Club – Killin It

Polar Bear ClubPolar Bear Club has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Killin It” from their 2011 full length Clash Battle Guilt Pride (Bridge 9 Records).

Watch the video below.

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Polar Bear Club – Pawner (Acoustic)

Polar Bear ClubHurley is hosting a video stream of “Pawner” off Polar Bear Club‘s new album, Clash Battle Guilt Pride.

The record was released last week through Bridge Nine Records.

Watch the video here.

Video: Polar Bear Club Acoustic Session

Polar Bear ClubHurley is hosting a video stream of “I’ll Never Leave New York” off Polar Bear Club‘s new album, Clash Battle Guilt Pride.

The record was released last week through Bridge Nine Records.

Watch the video here.

Run For Cover Records – Mixed Signals

Run For Cover Records are now streaming their compilation Mixed Signals on Bandcamp.

The twelve song compilation includes tracks by Polar Bear Club, Balance & Composure, Tigers Jaw, Hostage Calm, The Menzingers, and Daytrader to name a few.

Polar Bear Club – My Best Days

Polar Bear ClubAlternative Press are hosting a stream of “My Best Days” off Polar Bear Club‘s new album, Clash Battle Guilt Pride.

The record will be out Sept. 13 through Bridge Nine Records. You can pre-order the album and see tour dates here.

The song can be heard here.

Polar Bear Club Launch Pre-Order

Polar Bear ClubPolar Bear Club has launched pre-order details for their upcoming full length, Clash Battle Guild Pride, due out September 13, 2011 on Bridge Nine Records.  The pre-sale includes vinyl and CD formats packaged with an exclusive t-shirt, poster, and the limited edition acoustic three song 7-inch PBC Live at the Montage Music Hall.  

Pre-orders can be made here.

Fans that commit early can also grab a chance to win at random a test pressing of Clash Battle Guilt Pride via Twitter and the acoustic 7-inch test pressing via Tumblr.


 

In The Studio: Polar Bear Club

Polar Bear ClubAlternative Press have posted an exlcusive studio update with Polar Bear Club, which can be seen below.

 Polar Bear Club‘s upcoming album Clash Battle Guilt Pride will be released September 13th 2011 via Bridge Nine Records.

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Polar Bear Club – Screams in Caves

Polar Bear ClubPolar Bear Club have unleashed a new song on their Facebook page.  “Screams in Caves” can be heard by clicking here.  The band has announced pre-orders for their freshly announced 7″ The View, The Life (on which “Screams in Caves” appears).  The 7″ features 3 new songs from their upcoming full length Clash Battle Guilt Pride (Bridge 9 Records) as well as one exclusive song (“Close Knit”). 

The vinyl will be available on a one time pressing of 2000 and will be on three different colours (Gray, Translucent Red, and Gray with Blue Marble).  The View, The Life will be released on August 9th.  To pre-order, click here

Tours: Polar Bear Club Announce U.S. Fall Tour

Polar Bear ClubPolar Bear Club have recently announced their headlining Fall tour in the States with Fireworks and Balance And Composure, along with Make Do And Mend and Such Gold in select cities. The tour will support their much anticipated third release Clash Battle Guilt Pride, which will be out on Bridge Nine Records on September 13th.

 The band is celebrating the release of the new record with a new website promising to reveal a new section of the album cover for Clash Battle Guilt Pride steadily, while displaying tour dates in their entirety.

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Polar Bear Club Announce Third Album

Polar Bear ClubPolar Bear Club have announced their third album is to be released September 13th this year and will be called Clash Battle Guilt Pride.

The band are currently on tour, with dates below, and will be releasing the artwork for the new album puzzle style on a specially set up website from now until next Friday.

 

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Polar Bear Club Title New Album

Polar Bear ClubGruff punkers Polar Bear Club have unveiled the title of their forthcoming album.  The album will be titled Clash Battle Guilt Pride, which is set to hit stores later this summer from their current home on Bridge Nine Records.  Lead vocalist Jimmy Stadt discusses the band’s creative process this time around:

“We have a tendency to be really analytical [toward] our songs, and be like, ‘Well, let’s not do this,’ and ‘Let’s do this, let’s scrap this… this time around, we sort of knew that Brian [McTernan] was going to be that guy. We attacked [the music] with an attitude of, ‘Let’s not judge any of this. Let’s write it all. If something’s really, really not working, let’s not worry about it. Let’s just write, write, write, until we get to the studio.’ That’s just where we ended up.”

Lyrically, the band describes the effort as focusing more about personal relationships, and less about the band touring on the road.