Late Bloomer Announce New Album Waiting
Due Out June 29th on 6131 Records
Preorders Available Now
Announce U.S. Summer Tour Dates
Charlotte, North Carolina’s Late Bloomer have announced their upcoming third full-length, Waiting, due out June 29th from 6131 Records. The band have also teamed with Stereogum to share the album’s anthemic first single, “Heaven”. Stereogum praised Waiting, calling it “an album that’s as conceptually knotty as it is musically invigorating.”
Waiting finds Late Bloomer truly coming into their own, both sonically and lyrically fulfilling the potential hinted at on previous releases. The band’s secret lies in their ability to effortlessly harness the massive hooks of ’90s alternative with the raw energy of punk and hardcore, and on Waiting that sound is perfectly captured by producer/engineer Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, The Pixies, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts). Waiting is an album all about perspectives and how they change with time. Whether it’s trying to see the world through the eyes of a friend or partner, or re-evaluating a local scene and realizing it’s not as rosy as you thought–it’s an intensely human album that seeks to find some understanding the strangeness of life; good and bad.
Late Bloomer have also announced a lengthy run of U.S. tour dates in support of Waiting, see full itinerary below.
5. Not The Same
7. All I Need
8. The Truth
9. Make It Go Away
10. Life Is Weird
5/25 Greenville, SC @ Radio Room
5/26 Atlanta, GA @ 529 (matinee)
6/09 Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s
6/29 Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
7/02 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
7/04 Providence, RI @ Revival Fest
7/05 Boston, MA @ O’Briens*^
7/06 Ogunquit, ME @ Leavitt Theatre*
7/07 Burlington, VT @ Speaking Volumes*
7/08 Northampton, MA @ 13th Floor*^
7/09 Brooklyn, NY @ Kingsland
7/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
7/12 Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
7/13 Lexington, KY @ Best Friend Bar
7/14 Bloomington, IN @ The Blockhouse
7/15 Milwaukee, WI @ High Dive
7/16 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
7/17 Detroit, MI @ Outer Limits Lounge
7/18 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
7/20 Huntington, WV @ Press Club
7/21 Winston Salem, NC @ Monstercade
10/26-28 Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
On Late Bloomer’s third full length, Waiting, the band have truly come into their own with an achingly human record that explores the crushing uncertainty of adulthood through a mix of hook-driven guitar rock and punk urgency. The album centers on ever-changing perspectives, with all three members (drummer Scott Wishart, bassist Josh Robbins, and guitarist Neil Mauney—who fittingly all met in Wishart’s own shop, Lunchbox Records) contributing to the writing process to utilize their personal narratives, as well as points-of-view completely outside their own.
While much of Waiting’s core revolves around the anxiety and confusion of everyday life, sonically the album finds the Charlotte, NC-based band more confident and focused than ever. After honing their sound through their 2013 debut and 2014’s lauded Things Change, the band teamed with producer/engineer Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Pixies, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts) on Waiting. The result effortlessly blends each members’ seemingly disparate influences into a dynamic sound that ranges from roaring to tender—often within the same track. The fuzzy familiarity of college rock effortlessly collides with the intensity of punk and hardcore, all serving to propel the band’s biggest choruses to date.
Lyrically Waiting explores universal challenges like reconciling one’s past self with the present, and striving to realize what’s worth holding onto and what’s better left behind. Late Bloomer’s roots in DIY punk provide an innate desire to question the world around them—an instinct that doesn’t simply go away with adulthood—but on Waiting the band is quick to question the cultures of these music scenes as well. Tracks like “Sleeve” and “January” take aim at toxic male behavior and call for less posturing and more listening, while elsewhere the band dissects the outdated idea of a “rock and roll lifestyle” being a guise for darker problems. Much of Waiting finds the band trying to see the world through someone else’s eyes, looking at interpersonal relationships from a different direction as they develop and dissolve, and trying to figure out how to navigate it all while life inevitably keeps moving. Album closer “Life Is Weird” sums up Waiting’s existential melancholy but also reiterates the album’s underlying sense: there’s something worthwhile in the strangeness.