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Lifeguard Release New Song “Alarm”- Taken From “Crowd Can Talk” / “Dressed In Trenches” out July 7th via Matador

June 9, 2023
Credit: Mariana Belaval  






On July 7th, Matador Records will release ‘Crowd Can Talk / Dressed in Trenches’, a composite of two EPs by Chicago trio Lifeguard. Now, listen to the new single “Alarm” and watch the band blaze through the song in a live session recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio- featured below.

Immediately Lifeguard rip into their raw and rapturous soundscape, it’s heavy, and dynamic and delivers one of the most punching drum beats/drum fills throughout the journey. The complex bass notes powerfully touch on the mighty depth of their vision and their structure. Through this blazing arrangement, the brooding guitar rhythms and volatile vocal notes keep you fixated on the movement, Lifeguard have this intuitive sense of harmony, delivered amongst their expressionistic exploration. This brash world shows these piercing peaks of robust tones and harsh and frantic playing, Lifeguard are creating this consuming and courageous lasting atmosphere, touching on their dark vision and allowing cautiously melodic moments to shine.

This outfit has so many opportunities ahead of them, ready to further grow their fanbase and unleash their monolithic compositions upon the world.

Today, Lifeguard will make their LA debut at Genghis Cohen. In July, the band will join Chicago peers and Matador labelmates Horsegirl on a summer US tour, including a performance at Central Park SummerStage. Revisit the video for ‘Dressed in Trenches’ opener “17-18 Lovesong” HERE.

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.

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

‘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.

On each record, there are echoes of underground guitar bands from decades past. This is not record-collector music, though. It’s the product of a present-day community. Lifeguard are, first and foremost, a performing band and the songs are written to stand up in that moment.

“More than old records – before that, before anything – we’re influenced by live shows and people around us,” explains Slater. “The inspiration comes from playing shows with people and having that mind-blown moment of seeing some friend play at Schubas or Book Club,” adds Lowenstein. “It’s happening on these tiny little scales of seeing kids play live and [knowing] this is something new and interesting.”


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


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

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