Chicago, IL indie-punks Typesetter recently released their sophomore full-length, Nothing Blues, via 6131 Records (Julien Baker, Culture Abuse, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor), and have hit the ground running with heavy touring ever since. To mark another upcoming run of U.S. tour dates, the band have teamed with New Noise Magazine to premiere their new music video for “Technicolor” an album standout that features guest vocals from Lydia Loveless. The bright and layered sound of “Technicolor” highlights the sonic growth
Typesetter‘s expanded sound coincides with Nothing Blues‘ lyrical theme of becoming more open to new ways of communicating with the people we care about. The album chronicles a tumultuous time for vocalist/guitarist, Marc
Typesetter‘s U.S. tour starts next week, the band will be joined by their 6131 Records label mates Late Bloomer and Well Wisher on select dates. See full itinerary below.
Typesetter Premiere “Technicolor” Music Video via New Noise Magazine – ft. Lydia Loveless – “Nothing Blues” Out Now (6131 Records) – On Tour Next WeekTour Dates:
02/13 – Detroit, MI – The Sanctuary
02/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Howlers
02/15 – Jersey City, NJ – FM bar *
02/16 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie *
02/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland *
02/19 – Allston, MA – O’Briens
02/20 – Baltimore, MD – The Sidebar
02/21 – Richmond, VA – Banditos ^
02/22 – Chapel Hill, NC – The Cave ^
02/23 – Charlotte, NC – Lunchbox Records ^
02/24 – Greensboro, NC – Boxcar ^
02/26 – Lexington, KY – Green Lantern
02/27 – Indianapolis, IN – Melody Inn
02/28 – Lansing, MI – Macs Bar
03/01 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
03/02 – Minneapolis, MN – Mortimers
03/08 – St.Louis, MO – Firebird
03/09 – Oklahoma City, OK – Blue Note
03/10 – Denton, TX – Backyard on Bell
03/13 – Austin, TX – Love Goat
05/24 – Bristol, United Kingdom – Booze Cruise
06/08 – Hamburg, Germany – Booze Cruise
* with Well Wisher
^ with Late Bloomer
So many of life’s struggles and successes can be traced back to communication: good, bad, clear, muddled–finding real clarity with others, and yourself, isn’t always as easy as it is essential. Sometimes it can feel like a battle to even know who you are, much less to know others and to help them know you in turn. On their sophomore full-length, Nothing Blues, Chicago’s Typesetter use their distinctly vibrant brand of indie punk to explore that innately human desire for understanding, and how we achieve it.
Formed in 2012 by longtime friends, Marc Bannes (vocals, guitar), Alex Palermo (bass, vocals), and Kyle McDonald (guitar, vocals), Typesetter quickly became regulars on the DIY touring circuit and began building a catalog of tuneful, yet gritty songs over multiple EPs and their 2014 debut full-length, Wild’s End. As the band’s lineup evolved, so did their sound, and with the additions of Sarah Bogosh (keyboards, trumpet, vocals) and Matt Gonzalez (drums), a colorful new wash of atmosphere and dynamics began to saturate the band’s anthemic punk. On Nothing Blues, Typesetter dive headfirst into this new territory, with Palermo and Gonzalez providing the driving rhythmic backbone for Bannes and McDonalds’ walls of shimmering reverb and distortion, while Bogosh’s synths add a dreamy flourish rarely heard in tandem with the directness of punk. This eclectic mix of tones and textures–even a bit of trumpet–could be a recipe for sensory overload, but the band deftly makes room for ambitious arrangements while maintaining the unbridled momentum at their core.
Typesetter’s sonic growth is a complement to Nothing Blues’ lyrics, which find Bannes’ chronicling a period of his life that compelled him to find crucial new ways of communicating. Throughout his 20’s, he consistently struggled with his mental health, self-medicated for symptoms and denied the situation’s severity because admitting reality felt like a defeat. But as he approached the next decade of his life, Bannes felt pushed to a breaking point, and in desperation finally sought a more constructive path. He was diagnosed with depression and an anxiety disorder, and came to realize this revelation and self-candor wasn’t a defeat at all, but instead a step in the right direction towards drastically renegotiating his interpersonal relationships and internal dialogue into something healthier and happier. Nothing Blues is a document of this process: “Real Conversations with Imaginary Friends” finds Bannes tackling the paranoia of not being able to trust his own perceptions; companion tracks “Monogamy I (Gliss Happening)” and “Monogamy II (Bad Actor)” are odes to honest love; and on “Technicolor” (featuring guest vocals from Lydia Loveless), Bannes sings of his struggles with self-actualization.
On Nothing Blues, Typesetter have adopted an expansive new spectrum of sound and emotion, marking a new chapter for the band and Bannes. One where being vulnerable doesn’t mean a lack of strength, where honesty isn’t easy but is imperative, and where the most valuable thing is simply a willingness to keep striving for improvement.