BAD HISTORY MONTH
Shares ‘Waste Not’
Announces New Album: ‘Old Blues’ – April 24, 2020
Out via Exploding in Sound Records
“Though his rickety, half-acoustic songs only periodically overlap with current trends in emo, Bad History Month’s Sean Bean subscribes to the genre’s self-help model of songwriting…he believes that it’s not enough to make expressive music. It has to be constructive, too” – Pitchfork
“[Bad History Month’s catalog] is a message meant to be folded into a square, tucked into a pocket, and returned to in solitude during times of distress” – NPR
“Bad History Month can most aptly be described as “delightfully depressing,”…both beautiful and ominous” – Stereogum
“Momentous and magnificent” – GoldFlakePaint
The critically acclaimed Boston, MA-based project, Bad History Month – moniker for the artist, Sean Sprecher – is today sharing his new single, ‘Waste Not’ – listen here. In tandem with the track release comes the announcement of the new album, Old Blues – the second from Sprecher as Bad History Month – which is out on April 24, 2020 via the beloved Brooklyn label, Exploding in Sound (Pile, Ovlov, Water From Your Eyes).
The forthcoming eight-track release trails the 2017 Bad History Month debut, Dead And Loving It: An Introductory Exploration of Pessumysticism, an album that drew praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, GoldFlakePaint and Stereogum.Despite Old Blues only being Sprecher’s second record under the Bad History Month title, he has become an influential figure on the East Coast DIY scene; creating profound and sincere music that deals with unhappiness and its absurdity in equal measure since 2007, previously as the duo Fat History Month with former bandmate and drummer, Mark Fede.
‘Waste Not’, the album’s opener, ebbs and flows dramatically over a 13-minute run time with almost no repetitions in the arrangement, building from a tentative drum and guitar interplay towards thunderous crescendos as Sprecher unpacks connections between his childhood experiences and his adult depression. ‘Waste Not’ positions itself as a cornerstone to the new record that asserts itself as another personal yet relatable release from Sprecher, dealing in equal measure cuts of unflinching self-examination, wry humour, insight, and subtle optimism. As Sprecher describes it, it’s an assertion of the hope that there are parts of ourselves and each other that we can push towards being better than our common weaknesses would have us believe.
“Though I’ve become fairly cynical about the human spirit, I still do write songs that strive for hope more than anything,” says Sprecher. “There’s always a reach towards a punchline or a way forward at the end because all laments and complaints should be leavened with humor and optimism. Acknowledging and laughing at our personal and collective failings is a path towards self-awareness and productive engagement with ourselves and the world. It’s also a path away from the numb escape of endless internet addiction, the anaesthetic mental armor of knee-jerk political thought, and the gossipy inanities and complaints-for-their-own-sake that pass for Social Life much of the time. It’s also Aspirational Music in that I don’t currently have the strength to live up to my own values.”
Recorded with longtime collaborator Fede and Greg Hartunian, primarily at Fede’s studio in The Berwick Building in Roxbury, MA between December of 2017 and June of 2019, the album’s title has a layered meaning for Sprecher. “The songs on Old Blues relate to macro and micro-scale Bad History,” Sprecher explains. “Childhood trauma dragged into adulthood, the self-doubts and anxieties of ageing, problems people have been fighting wars over since the ancients,” and most naturally, “the tradition of channeling hard times into good music.”
Old Blues will be released on Exploding In Sound on April 24th. It is available for preorder here
1. Waste Not
2. The Road To Good Intentions
4. Childlike Sense of Hatred
5. Low Hanging Fruit
6. A Survey of Cosmic Repulsion
7. Want Not