Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes Announce Self Titled Album Due Out August 19th via Super Secret Records

July 10, 2016
Alison Copeland

Alison Copeland

Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes Announce Self Titled Album

Due Out August 19th via Super Secret Records

Texas’ noise rock and art punk scene was built upon the manic perversity of bands like Scratch Acid, Butthole Surfers, Big Boys, and Cherubs, bands whose legacy runs deep within the city’s underground today. Welcome Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Austin, TX’s next great deranged punk trio. Set to release their self titled debut album on August 19th via Super Secret Records, the trio are sharing their first single “(I)” today on Noisey.

Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes’ music blends the raw attack and reckless approach of noise rock’s more pummeling heaviness with expansive avant-punk and post-hardcore structures. Taking influence from bands like Sonic Youth, Unwound, and The Jesus Lizard, CSSS offer their own destructive spin on punk with brutal melodies and permeating noise. It’s heavy, dynamic, and undeniably catchy. Aggressive and rippling with Southern twang, the trio digs deep into burly rhythms and enormous dirges of blistering guitars setting the perfect dust ridden chaos for Steve Pike’s howling vocals. Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes have created an incredible album of seething punk dissonance and elastic animosity.

Noisey shared, “While only relatively new, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes and their 90s inspired noise rock and post-hardcore dirge continues the Texas capitals rich history of eardrum extirpation. Bringing equal parts melody and feedback … First single and album opener “(I)” channels the aggression of Amphetamine Reptile records circa 1992 as guitarist and vocalist Steve Pike howls about how he’s about to bury someone in the desert with a mouthful of sand.”


07/11 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder w/ Lechuguillas, Pinko & Oozer
07/14 – Austin, TX @ Motel Hell
07/23 – Brownsville, TX @ BAM (SouthXSouthmost 2016) w/ XETAS, New China, etc
08/14 – Austin, TX @ KVRX Local Live
08/19 – Austin, TX @ Beerland
08/27 – Austin, TX @ Ghostcat Lounge w/ Coma in Algiers & Leche


Super Secret Records is proud to announce the vinyl release of the debut self-titled LP and digital release by Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes. The band formed in Austin, Texas, in 2013 as a two-piece featuring guitarist and vocalist Steve Pike and drummer Jacob Cruz. In early 2015, they added Rob Glynn to fill in on bass guitar and help record their debut album. Since then, they have found a more permanent solution with Bill Indelicato on bass. Drawing influences from Sonic Youth, Shellac, Hot Snakes, and Unwound, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes taps into the sonic fury of early 90’s noise rock and post-hardcore and blend it with their own interpretation and swagger, creating walls of sound full of melody and dissonance.

Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes has already cultivated a strong local following that is expanding virtually from show to show. The band is touring the US this Fall to expand its fan base to more of a regional and ultimately, a national audience.

“Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes”
Super Secret Records
August 19, 2016

1. (I)
2. Sundance Kid
3. Monahans
4. Under The Texas Sun
5. Smoke
6. Turning Gears
7. #B
8. Gambit
9. Speak

Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes Links:
Super Secret Records

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