American Wrestlers reveal Amazing Grace from new album Goodbye Terrible Youth due out on Fat Possum on 4 November

September 25, 2016


New album Goodbye Terrible Youth due out on 4 November via FAT POSSUM
American Wrestlers have shared their new single, the shimmering and glorious “Amazing Grace.” A triumphant song about comfort in hopelessness, it’s the second to be shared from their new album, Goodbye Terrible Youth, out 4 November on Fat Possum.The track shows an undeniable growth in songwriting for American Wrestlers’ ringleader Gary McClure – a Scottish musician now living in St Louis in the American Mid-West. The major seventh chords ring through as he tells a tale obscured by impressionistic lyrics, but revealed by an undeniable emotion and comforting sense of relatability.

Gary McClure explains more about “Amazing Grace”:
I wrote this song about having faith and having none. Being lonely in the bigger picture. The rewards and perils of Nationalism and religion.
It’s about a certain shade of America, but really it’s an aspect of humanity which gets geographically pinned down.
It’s about the election and the arbitrary shards we grab from the breaking chaos to glue together an identity.
It’s about choosing misery over love as a solution to death
The track premiered on AV Club, who said: “Like so many bands that started as a solo recording project, American Wrestlers changed dramatically once Gary McClure brought other people into the mix. For Goodbye Terrible Youth American Wrestlers sound has grown from bedroom pop to a rock band that occupies a space somewhere between psych-rock and Americana.”
So came the bockscar’s bliss
Left behind another man’s mess
For shame that there’s no other way
Laid up on your own
Where useless stands for suffering and shame
There’s no other way
Where the people sing amazing grace
The people sing amazing grace
The people sing amazing grace
So build up half a mile
I can’t stand the sun in my eyes
They’ll pay
There’s no other way
This favorite gas of mine
I’ll keep on standing with it by my side
We’re the same
There’s no other way
Where the people sing amazing grace
So I waited for the moment to arrive
But the sun came bright across the rooftops
When I wanted the sorrow
Play down true emotion Carolina
The sun came bright across the (       )
There’s no way
There’s no chance
American Wrestlers, the once-anonymous project of St. Louis-by-way-of Scotland songwriter Gary McClure, are pleased to announce their follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut. Goodbye Terrible Youth (out 4 November on Fat Possum) showsMcClure taking bedroom recordings onto a bigger stage without sacrificing the intimacy that makes them so attractive. If his self-titled album showed his knack for stringing together addictive guitar lines—the shimmer of shoegaze mixed with the emotional fist pump of power pop—Goodbye Terrible Youth amplifies that energy with a road-tested band. Literally breaking out of the home studio—the Tascam mixer McClure had been recording on has fallen apart from overuse—he’s embraced a bigger sound and stage on Goodbye Terrible Youth, his rueful yet propulsive songwriting only becoming sharper.

McClure’s career may be the definition of plugging away, enough so that he has the unique distinction of being “discovered” twice. Before starting American Wrestlers, he was one-half of Working For a Nuclear Free City, a shoegaze-inspired band from Manchester. By 2013, McClure and bandmate Phil Kay decided to wind the project down. As McClure weighed next move, he started playing around and posting demos online. The tracks caught the attention of Bridgette Imperial, an American who was studying overseas, and sparked more than just a meeting of musical minds. They began dating, and a year later, McClure had moved to St. Louis to marry her.

The midwest move has been a key influence for the restless musician, a more open music scene than he was accustomed to in Manchester. While working a warehouse job for UPS in Missouri, McClure began experimenting and recording what would become the first American Wrestlers album, and the momentum and reception built since then has allowed him to stretch out and refine a new album of songs with a full band, which includes Imperial, who plays keyboard, as well as Ian Reitz on bass and Josh Van Hoorebeke on drums. McClure’s new set of bouncing, well-crafted songs show that musical youth is not always wasted on the young.

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