Published Apr 16, 2015While Tough Age are just days away from releasing their cuddlecore-saluting Tough Age Plays cub's Hot Dog Day, it turns out the band are also about to put out a brand new LP of original material too. The group's sophomore set, I Get the Feeling Central, is due out June 23 through Mint Records. Maybe times aren't as tough as they seem.
A press release explains that, like the Vancouver-raised, Toronto-based quartet's 2013 self-titled debut, the upcoming 12-song offering was "built on the bedrock of scuzz pop." It was recorded at Vancouver's Little Red Sounds studio with producer Felix Fung (Chains of Love, Needles//Pins).
It's suggested that the crunchy collection plays ear-splittingly sweet, whether offering fuzzy garage rock hooks, "ominous surf" ("Landau, Luckman & Lake") and psych-pop ("Castigation"). Lyrically, the set is said to deal with topics of "introspection, self-deprecation, and ultimately moving past unrealistic expectations."
"It might sound like a dumb pop record, but I needed it to have meaning for me," guitarist/vocalist Jarrett Samson explained to Nylon. "The whole crux of this album is a thematic response to how I was feeling about the first album. It's about the internal pressure of thinking this is as good as you're going to get, and that it isn't very good. Then comes the realization that it doesn't really matter. It's the feeling of having to do what you have to do for yourself. If you don't create anything, you won't be you anymore."
You can sample the gloriously clattered drums, echo-slathered vocals and raw, in-the-red pop riffs of first single "Snakes & Ladders" down below.
As previously reported, Tough Age are teaming up with Vancouver's Energy Slime for a spring tour. You'll find all of the details down below.
As for Tough Age's cub covers 7-inch, it lands just in time for this weekend's Record Store Day event (April 18). It also arrives via Mint Records. You can stream the EP over here.
I Get the Feeling Central:
1. 50 Girls 50
2. Snakes & Ladders
3. Gutter Lemon
4. Flamenco Wiccan
5. Warm Hair
6. Landau, Luckman & Lake
9. New Orleans Square
12. I Get That Feeling Central
04/18 Vancouver, BC - Neptoon (free Record Store Day show)
04/18 Seattle, WA - The Future *
04/19 Portland, OR - Rontoms *
04/20 Boise, ID - The Crux *
04/22 Las Vegas, NV - Hellpop *
04/23 Santa Barbara, CA - Funzone *
04/24 Los Angeles, CA - Neon Venus *
04/25 Oakland CA - Eli's Mile High Club *
04/26 Davis, CA - Third Space *
04/28 San Francisco, CA - El Rio *
04/30 Olympia, WA - Deadbeat *
05/01 Victoria, BC - Copper Owl *
05/02 Vancouver, BC - The Astoria *
* with Energy Slime