Two Inch Astronaut Debut “Personal Life” withConsequence of Sound
Personal Life LP Due Out February 5th via Exploding In Sound
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Two Inch Astronaut are sharing “Personal Life,” the second single from their upcoming album of the same name, Personal Life. The J. Robbins produced record is the band’s follow up to the highly praised Foulbrood, an album Rolling Stone claimed to, “rattle the bones of their D.C. hardcore ancestors”. Personal Life continues the evolution of Two Inch Astronaut, picking up where they left off, but expanding and refining their style in the process. Hailing from Wheaton, Maryland, the trio continue to mature with each successive release, and they have grown leaps and bounds on their third full length, diving further into pop territory while remaining as unpredictable as ever. Shifting between jagged post-hardcore outbursts and dynamic indie pop ballads without hesitation, Two Inch Astronaut continue to prove themselves as an important band to watch and with an improved production value, Personal Life is a can’t miss record.
Due out on February 5th via Exploding In Sound Records, Consequence of Soundshared the album’s second single and title track, describing the band’s sound as “rooted in the filth and sweat of post-hardcore acts like Jawbox and Nomeansno” before continuing “In fact, former Jawbox frontman J. Robbins produced the trio’s upcoming third full-length, Personal Life, which finds them once again navigating that sweet spot between melody and outright chaos.”
Consequence of Sound further elaborated on “Personal Life” noting, “it encapsulates all of the band’s most contradictory — and thus, most interesting — qualities. The song is by turns poppy and abrasive, with twitching guitar riffs giving way to frontman Sam Rosenberg’s supercharged vocal melodies.”
Speaking about the song, Rosenberg said it was “our attempt to write a more or less straightforward punk song. It’s also kind of a throwback to the more excited and farcical Two Inch of yore. The song is about the coexisting human desires for attention and privacy.”
Two Inch Astronaut has been playing in one configuration or another since 2009, though founding members Matt Gatwood and Sam Rosenberg’s musical relationship dates back to the early 2000’s. Beginning as an acoustic and cello driven side project, they quickly evolved (or backslid) into making rock music as a trio. After two well received full lengths released on Exploding in Sound Records, the Wheaton, MD based trio parted ways with original bassist Daniel Pouridas and were joined by Andy Chervenak of Grass is Green (members of which went on to be in bands such as Empress of, Speedy Ortiz, and Palehound). After a few shorter stints in the U.S. and an extensive European tour supporting La Dispute, the band began writing what would become Personal Life.
Running on the apparent synergy of the new lineup, Two Inch Astronaut quickly wrote a number of songs, some of which were conceived entirely in the practice space together with little in the way of verbal direction. The album was recorded by one of the band’s influences, J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, Channels), at the Magpie Cage in Baltimore, Maryland. The result is their most varied, honest, and honed collection of songs to date, presented with leaner and tougher production than any of their previous efforts.
“Two Inch Astronaut sounds as unpredictable and polished as ever. “Good Behavior” leads the record with a snappy, twisted pop song. Sam Rosenberg’s knotty guitar work continues to evolve, as a Pixies-like sense of melody lurks the background, and he works nicely in tandem with new member Andy Chervenak (Grass Is Green), the bassist and co-vocalist who’s boosted the musicianship of the already talented trio.” – NPR Music
Exploding In Sound Records
February 5, 20161. Good Behavior
2. Sexual Prince of the Universe
3. At Risk Student
5. A Happy Song
6. Personal Life
7. Topper Shutt
8. Andy’s Progress Report
9. Good Companion
10. Woodstock ’99