This week Propagandhi let us in on their Failed States early via a full album stream. But if you're itching to know where the Prairie punkers are coming from on their sixth full-length, the band have shed some light on what's behind this anticipated follow-up to 2009's Supporting Caste.
"Instead of being like, 'Oh yeah, it sounds like Supporting Caste,' it's its own record for sure," guitarist/vocalist Chris Hannah tells Exclaim! in a recent interview. "It's not the same as Supporting Caste, where you can hang your hat on it, and be like, yeah, this is what it is. Sonically, it sounds a lot different. It doesn't deliver the goods as predictably, but for everybody in the band it delivers them in a much more satisfying heavy way."
The album has no shortage of raging metallic riffs and heavy hardcore ragers, but also stretches out for longer, more emotionally hefty tunes. It covers the gamut of sounds and feelings that the band have explored over their last few albums, in a much more cohesive and, well, fast way than Supporting Caste.
Drummer Jord Samolesky points out that recording the album in the band's hometown of Winnipeg made all the difference.
"Being able to do it in Winnipeg for me was a fucking huge bonus after going through nightmare-inducing experiences with sharing a room with [bassist Todd] Kowalski for three and a half weeks [while recording Supporting Caste]," laughs Samolesky. "To be able to sleep in my own bed at night and walk 15 minutes to the studio, even though it was fucking freezing like shit out here, it felt good. The guy we recorded with was great. It felt proper at this point."
As for Kowalski, he says that for him, the looseness and relaxed approach that the band had while recording was another factor that a huge impact on the resulting album.
"My mind, I'm not really that specific or rigid with art or music," says Kowalski. "I do that if that's the situation, you know? But I've realized that for me, and the way that my mind works, I'm way better if it's just lively and we're going for it. Instead of worrying about doing something so right, I'm just feeling the vibe and going for it, I'll be way better, for sure."
As previously reported, Propagandhi are gearing up to take their show on the road next month. The dates, which are with Manitoba hardcore dudes Comeback Kid, are below.
Failed States officially arrives Tuesday (September 4) through the band's new home on Epitaph Records.
9/25 London, ON - London Music Hall
9/26 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theatre
9/27 Ottawa, ON - Ritual
9/28 Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
9/29 Chicitoumi, QC - Hotel la Sagueneenne
9/30 Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
10/2 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Club
10/3 New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
10/4 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
10/5 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10/6 Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar
10/7 Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar