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NYC Punk Legends Bush Tetras Announce New LP “They Live In My Head” Out July 28th On Wharf Cat Records & Share Blistering New Single

May 9, 2023

NYC Punk Legends Bush Tetras Announce New LP 

First LP In 11 Years Produced By Sonic Youth’s
Steve Shelley

Listen to “Things I Put Together”

They Live In My Head Out July 28th On Wharf Cat Records

Bush Tetras have made punk music at the fringes for over four decades. Flashes of reggae, bursts of noise, guitars that rattle, shake and snake, born out of a gutter behind CBGBs. The band’s first iteration lasted just a few years, from 1979 through the early ‘80s. But they respawned time and time again, contorting their sound, tweaking the vision, remaining completely singular and indispensable along the way. In the late 2010s the group—Pat PlaceCynthia Sley, and Dee Pop—reformed again, releasing an EP, Take the Fall, in 2018. It was their first offering of new music in over a decade. A few years later in, 2021, they released a career spanning box set called Rhythm and Paranoia. The New York Times called the box set an artifact that “proves for decades [that Bush Tetras] continued to evolve in surprising yet intuitive directions.” And in Pitchfork’s Best New ReissueRhythm and Paranoia revealed “just how vital [Bush Tetras] remained each decade.” 

Around the same time of the release, the band began working on a full length record, starting writing sessions during the pandemic over Zoom. Right before the release of the box set, beloved drummer Dee Pop passed away. Determined to complete the record to honour his memory, the Tetras went into the studio to finish what they’d started, once the timing was right. They brought in a new drummer, Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, who also served as producer.

Now, the band are announcing that new LP, an album entitled They Live In My Head, that will be released on Wharf Cat Records on July 28th. To mark the release the band are sharing their first single from the LP, a track called “Things I Put Together.

That glaring tone that emerges immediately hooks you, emphasised by the complexity of the deep bass beats and the crisp drum shuffles. Compelled by the truly immersive energy of this outfit and the robust lyrical journey, from start to finish you embrace every element, the angular traction and the power of this outfit. This eccentric stamina can be found at the core of this release and this propels the release into crucial status.

The band have announced two US shows to mark the release of the LP, with further dates to come in the US and Europe. Those dates, which can be found below, will feature the band’s newest member Rocky Riordan of The Pogues, The Radiators and Elvis Costello & The Attractions.

They Live in My Head is the band’s third full length record since their formation in 1979, but that fact is a little misleading. Bush Tetras have written songs together for decades. They’ve thought about their output, they’ve played heart stopping live shows. They Live in My Head is a natural evolution to the band’s sound. When Shelley joined the band, Bush Tetras went into the rehearsal space, entering into kinesthetic writing sessions. “We just went into the rehearsal space and things just would fall right into place,” says Place, “We’d just start playing and the next thing would happen and we’d know where to take it.” 

This intuitive approach to songwriting lends itself to music that feels urgent, natural, the kind of stuff you can really grind your teeth and dance to. The record is a collection of songs that often reflect on the past, of thinking back to old memories, and honouring those who are no longer with us. “We thought a lot about memories from 1979 in New York City.” says Sley, “It’s a reflection of growing up together, what we were eating, what we were doing, weird little things people probably won’t get. But that’s cool.” 

There’s ample moments where Bush Tetras reflect on the immediate challenges of the 2020s: the pandemic, the need to protest, the need to stand up against what is right in the face of evil. Bush Tetras have always been a political band, a band that calls out all kinds of bullshit, and They Live in My Head, is absolutely no exception. Bush Tetras are always like this: a band that demands your attention, that isn’t definable by any sort of genre descriptors or cheap shots. Four decades on they’re as essential as ever, ready to make you think, make you dance, hit up a mosh pit and throw elbows in your combat boots, but only if you won’t be a jerk—or a creep.

They Live In My Head will be released on Wharf Cat Records on July 28th. It is available for preorder here.

Bush Tetras – They Live In My Head Track List
1.   Bird On A Wire
2.   Tout Est Meilleur
3.   Things I Put Together
4.   2020 Vision
5.   I Am Not A Member
6.   Walking Out The Door
7.   So Strange
8.   Ghosts Of People
9.   They Live In My Head
10. Another Room
11. The End

Tour Dates
9/15 – NYC – LPR
9/29 – Philadelphia – Johnny Brendas

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