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Lifeguard Announce “Crowd Can Talk / Dressed in Trenches” Out July 7th via Matador & Share Video For “17-18 Lovesong”

May 3, 2023
Credit: Mariana Belaval

LIFEGUARD ANNOUNCE
CROWD CAN TALK / DRESSED IN TRENCHES
OUT JULY 7th VIA MATADOR
 
WATCH VIDEO FOR NEW SONG
“17-18 LOVESONG”
     
SUMMER US TOUR WITH HORSEGIRL

Formed in 2019, Lifeguard are Asher Case (bass, vocals), Isaac Lowenstein (drums, percussion), and Kai Slater (guitar, vocals). At its core, Lifeguard is a punk band. Their music is loud and energetic. It’s also, at its core, visceral and hypnotic. For the Chicago-based trio that can include repetition and blasts of speaker cone-shredding feedback. Their songs adeptly balance melody and chaos, rhythm and drone. Hooks and noise are held to the same standard. Both have to stick.

For a young band, they’ve already found a place at the forefront of an important emerging music community in their hometown. Described as quite prolific. In just three years, Lifeguard has put out a full-length, two EPs, and two 7” singles.

On July 7th, Matador Records will release ‘Crowd Can Talk / Dressed in Trenches’, a composite of two EPs by Lifeguard. ‘Crowd Can Talk’ was originally released in the summer of 2022 by Chicago label Born Yesterday, while ‘Dressed in Trenches’ features five brand new and unreleased songs. ‘Crowd Can Talk / Dressed in Trenches’ will be made available on vinyl for the first time (A and B-sides of a 12”) and on CD.

This infatuation for Lifeguard will grow once you discover their latest release. Perfectly portraying this intense atmosphere, dark and brooding yet cautiously melodic.

Lifeguard have this intuitive sense of harmony, delivered amongst their expressionistic exploration. The new release is monolithic, this explosive commitment feels as if it’s taking over the journey, ready to expand the aggression at any given moment. Reflective chords, brash beats, and this uncompromised fervor emits from the tonality and depth of the release.

Lifeguard touch on post-punk, fused with this undeniably avant-garde touch, yet this outfit are reshaping their influences into something more, their vision feels vivid, it’s distinct, it’s advantageous, powerful, and all-consuming.

Crowd Can Talk and Dressed in Trenches are closely related. They were recorded in separate sessions, but at the same studio (Electrical Audio) and with the same engineer (Mike Lust) and within the space of 12 months. Each finds the band refining its voice – honing songs that are succinct, hooky, and propulsive. There’s a newly disciplined attention to detail. Lifeguard write together through collaboration and improvisation, but they’ve learned to streamline their sound, to make each hook, beat, and gesture purposeful.

In July, Lifeguard will join Chicago peers and Matador labelmates Horsegirl on a summer US tour, including a performance at Central Park SummerStage.

‘CROWD CAN TALK / DRESSED’ IN TRENCHES’ TRACKLIST

Crowd Can Talk
1. New Age (I’ve Got A)
2. I Know I Know
3. Fifty Seven
4. Typecast

Dressed in Trenches
1. 17-18 Lovesong
2. Alarm
3. Ten Canisters (OFB)
4. Shutter Shutter
5. Tell Me When

https://lifeguard.ffm.to/dressedintrenches

LIVE DATES
June 9 Los Angeles, CA @ Genghis Cohen
July 6 Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
July 20 New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage #
July 21 Philadelphia, PA @ Ukie Club ^
July 22 Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents ^
July 23 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar ^
July 25 Washington, DC @ DC9 ^
July 27 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook ^
July 28 Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle ^
July 29 Nashville, TN @ Third Man Records ^
July 30 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade ^
August 1 Birmingham, AL @ Saturn ^
August 2 New Orleans, LA @ Toulouse Theatre ^
August 3 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall ^
August 4 McAllen, TX @ The Gremlin ^
August 5 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger ^
August 7 Austin, TX @ Parish ^
August 8 Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall ^
August 9 Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge ^ 
August 11 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck ^
August 13 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall ^

# w/ Horsegirl, Water From Your Eyes, Iceage 
^ w/ Horsegirl 

https://lifeguardband100.bandcamp.com/

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