Mental Health 'Trying Hard Enough' (album stream)
Published Jun 02, 2017Vancouver rockers Mental Health took us inside their "Stupid Mind" last year, and now they've shared a full album's worth of new music. Their debut album Trying Hard Enough isn't officially out until next week, but Exclaim! is giving you the chance to hear it early and in its entirety.
The 10-song offering was recorded at The Noise Floor on BC's Gabriola Island, compiling a hard-hitting set of "impassioned slacker fuzz rock" that the band boast as being "the loudest record we've played on together."
The group's name hints at some of the album's overarching themes, which addresses "how mental illness can warp everyday thoughts and experiences" in the lyrics. For example, the previously shared opening cut "Stupid Mind" serves as a "break-up letter to OCD," while "Umuted" provides a satirical take on anxiety's ability to "make apathy and even self-loathing seem enticing."
The band will officially unleash the album at a Vancouver record release show on June 10 at Red Gate, where they will be joined on the bill by Dadweed, Grey Natives and the Sylvia Platters. Right now, though, get an exclusive advance listen to Trying Hard Enough in the player below.