Left & Right Announce New Album “The Yips” due September 16th via WarHen Records

July 26, 2016
illustration courtesy of Jess Cavaluzzi

illustration courtesy of Jess Cavaluzzi

Left & Right Announce New Album “The Yips”

Due Out September 16th via WarHen Records

Share “Sleep Show” with American Songwriter

Left & Right have got The Yips, and we’re all excited about it. In anticipation of the album, the Philadelphia based quartet are sharing “Sleep Show,” the clever and crushing first single. The Yips, the band’s third full length album will be released on September 16th viaWarHen Records. Following the release of their recent surprise Pivot Foot EP and their last full length Five Year Plan back in 2014 (Infinity Cat/WarHen), the band spent nearly the entirety of last year on the road, taking only a short break to record The Yips together with in demand producer Justin Pizzoferrato (Krill, Dinosaur Jr, Speedy Ortiz), a bleak album that feels very much world weary as a year spent touring can do.

The Yips is a giant leap forward for Left & Right in both execution and subtle maturation. Focusing on dynamic songwriting, the record takes the loud-quiet-loud formula and turns it on its head, roaring between hushed “college rock” and crushing sludge pop with a snide charm of everyday relatability. First single “Sleep Show” is a surreal song about the idea of an audience coming to watch you sleep and the sensibility (or lack thereof) of performing shows night after night. Opening with a lumbering low end dirge, the song is heavy and hooky, full of brilliantly sleepy vocal melodies, wry lyrics, and slow crawling riffs that break like tidal waves. It’s a clever song with big guitar hooks at every twist and turn.

Speaking about the single’s lyrics, Left & Right’s Daniel Merchant shared, “I wrote “Sleep Show” in the middle of the night on Sean from Rozwell Kids’ parents’ couch on some tour last year. It is about a reoccurring dream I have where I wake up to find remnants of an audience scattered around as if I had been the attraction. Popcorn on the floor, folding chairs in the closet, etc. I think it concerns my feelings about the relationship between the audience and the artist and which is ultimately driving the other. Unfortunately I missed Sleep when they came to Philly but I heard it was a great show.”


08/03 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
08/04 – Blacksburg, VA @ House Show
08/05 – Charlottesville, VA @ Magnolia House
08/06 – Washington, DC @ St Stephens w/ The Effects, Bells>, BRNDA & more (In It Together Fest)
09/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits (Album Release) w/ Sneeze, Friendship & Horsecops


After an ambitious year of touring, pacing the country for well over 100 shows in support of their last record, Five Year Plan, the Summer of 2015 found Philadelphia’s Left & Right at a peak of collaborative unity, cohesive playing, and creative aspiration. Back to work, relationships, and the electric roar of the Market Frankford Line above their bedroom windows, they set to work on a blank canvass which has become their most recent release,The Yips.

Recording once again with Western Mass’s favorite son, Justin Pizzoferratto (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Speedy Ortiz), the band has delivered on the promises of their earlier work by pushing every aspect of their music to greater extremes. Louder, quieter, heavier, pop, abandoning all tropes except for their guitars. The result is a mixtape of loose rhythms, shear edges, and obsessive thoughts, coalescing into a piece showcasing four musicians after six years of shows, struggles, joys, and interpersonal growth reaching for the summit of what they can accomplish together creatively. From collegiate basement recorders to bus drivers to moving, living, working together, to van repairs and months away from anywhere, The Yips is what a band can become when it never fully knew what it wanted to be.

“The Yips”
WarHen Records
September 16, 2016

1. Mouse Drum
2. Coin Collector
3. Nite Owl
4. Grump
5. Snarl
6. Sleep Show
7. The Cloud
8. Trail Song
9. Hotel Vegas
10. Anne’s Revenge

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WarHen Records

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