Announce European Tour
New Album Service Industry Out 16 October
Lushes‘ new album, aptly titled Service Industry, out October 16, 2015, is a rollercoaster through the maze of modern living. It was recorded and mixed by Sonic Youth’s long time engineer Aaron Mullan at Echo Canyon, during a period of intense money, work and life stress.
The album was premiered over at Stereogum
, who said: “The Brooklyn duo Lushes are not a post-rock band in the popular sense of the term. They don’t create lengthy, crescendo-driven instrumentals designed to pulverize you like a descending meteorite. Rather, they attack more directly by challenging the conventions of form and texture with a traditional rock set-up.”
, who said; “At times it’s a disconcerting record, but like a grisly motorway accident scene you can’t turn away”
, also stream the album and have run a track-by-track breakdown by the band.
The sound also came out of the tension between the duo – with singer/guitaristJames Ardery having grown up listening to punk and rap, and drummer Joel Myers raised on classical music. But the tension comes into balance with every song, ejecting the band’s music from the cultural hype machine out onto our daily lives.
First single and opener “Low Hanging Fruit
” captures the feeling of hypnotic desire for empty instant gratification, with its angular guitar riffs and softly menacing bass line.
With their second album’s first single, Lushes suggested you just quit. But with “Circus
,” featuring a manic sax solo from Zs frontman Sam Hillmer, we dive into the emotional space we all deal with – but rarely admit in public.
Service Industry extends the tensions begun with Lushes’ debut album, What Am I Doing
. In their first album, the themes of anxiety were often held back in pursuit of serene moments, brief escapes from our mundane lives. WithService Industry
, Lushes give you something more raw, more guitar-and-drum driven, more primal.
The album throws a wrench in things. It stands as a map of a crisis, a bleak and gorgeous snapshot of our world, and a question: why continue living like we do?
You can pre-order Service Industry now at felte’s webstore.
26 November – Paris, FR @ Espace B
28 November – Oberhausen, DE @ Druckluft (Pressure Air Festival)
29 November – Berlin, DE @ Comet Club
01 December – Copenhagen, DK @ Musik Loppen
02 December – Hamburg, DE @ MS Stubnitz
03 December – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
04 December – Brussels, BG @ AB-Box (Autumn Falls Festival)
06 December – Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown
07 December – London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms (Eat Your Own Ears)
Video for “Circus”
Lushes – Service Industry (LP/CD/MP3)
01. Low Hanging Fruit
04. Rub Your Eyes
05. You Only Have
09. Grey Tiles
10. Shed Weight
“… taller and louder than the 2014 debut in every way.” – Tiny Mix Tapes
“We were just about to give up on today when this brilliant Lushes track (“Circus”) snapped us out of it…” – London in Stereo
“Alternately soothing and jarring, floaty and frenetic, it’s a rewarding set of music that instantly communicates its appeal yet reveals new wrinkles with each subsequent listen.” – Stereogum
“The verse and chorus offer violent stylistic shifts from one another, with Lushes jumping between classic stoner rock and British post-punk a la Gang of Four or Wire.” – Ad Hoc on “Dead Girls”
“… a head-on collision of howling guitars, sucker-punched percussion patterns and a closing remark driven by groove-locked chords and an unresolved chorus swiped from an opera record. Maybe?” – Self-Titled