New album A Distant Fist Unclenching released February 16th 2015 via Steak Club – pre-order now
First EU/UK tour begins February 23rd 2015
Listen to ‘Torturer’ now: https://soundcloud.com/krillband/torturer
Boston’s Krill announce the release of their forthcoming album A Distant Fist Unclenching, due February 16th via Steak Club. Recorded with Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Speedy Ortiz), the album is their most ambitious body of work and true progression of their sound.
Where previous album Lucky Leaves dealt with the absolute authority of self-hatred, A Distant Fist Unclenching has wider spectrum of themes. Singer/bassist Jonah Furman says: “We were trying to somehow rise above the questions of “Am I good or bad? Do I deserve love or hatred?” and think about what underlies those questions. The fist unclenches, something happens after pain, anger and anxiety”.
Without losing the idiosyncratic nature of earlier recordings, Krill have consciously refined their sound. Despite the clear attention to detail throughout A Distant Fist Unclenching, the album remains lyrically compelling, complex, unusual and full of the fervent intensity of their earlier work – underpinned by Jonah’s unpredictable vocal nuances, which range from a fragile whisper to a manic bark.
Opener ‘Phantom’ frames the album, shedding light on its themes and whilst displaying the bands penchant for unusual song structures. The band take this further with tracks like ‘Tiger’ – seven minutes of repetitive, loping thoughts on violence, pain and the ways we come to interpret them. ‘Torturer’, a track often introduced live as “the devils journal entry on his first day in hell” is now available to stream via [link]. Closing with the heart-wrenching ‘It Ends’, A Distant Fist Unclenching is thematically dense, yet perhaps the bands most accessible and diverse record yet.
A Distant Fist Unclenching is released on download and vinyl via Steak Club (UK) [pre-order] & Exploding In Sound / Double Double Whammy (US) [pre-order]. Krill begin their first European tour on 23rd February 2015. Tickets are available now.
US tour dates
18th Dec New York Shea Stadium w/ Palberta, Big Neck Police, Show Me The Body
19th Dec Boston Great Scott w/ Speedy Ortiz, Lemuria, Two Inch Astronaut
10th Jan New York Shea Stadium w/ Pile, Swings, Baked
6th Feb New York Bowery Ballroom w/ Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Sheer Mag
23rd Feb Manchester Gullivers TICKETS
24th Feb Leeds Brudenell Social Club Free Entry
1st March Brighton Green Door Store W/ Alex G TICKETS
3rd March Paris, FR Espace B TICKETS
4th March Antwerp, BE Trix Bar TICKETS
5th March Haarlem, NL Patronaat Free Entry
6th March Zeewolde, NL Where The Wild Things Are TICKETS
A Distant Fist Unclenching tracklist
8. Brain Problem
9. It Ends
Praise for Krill
“… nervous, wiry grunge treads a tightrope walk between screwball hilarity and moments of devastating melancholy” NME
“Krill’s songs will reach anyone living in a state of hopelessness and make them feel like conquering the world. Here’s hoping these guys do” Stereogum
“Furman yanks on every line’s final word with a manic drawl that suggests a man sprinting between walls to bash his head against them” Pitchfork
“stuffed with the kind of yelpy, jangly, nasal rawk anthems that keep college radio stations permanently turnt” Noisey
“Krill’s rankled jangle recalls Modest Mouse or Built to Spill, but with Doug Martsch being treated for rabies: excitable and spastic, but with half a mind still able to focus” Consequence Of Sound