RIYL: Daughters, Jesus Lizard, Dead Guy, Titus Andronicus, Melvins, Metz, Ceremony
Label: Sub Pop Records
Pissed Jeans have been making gnarly noise for 13 years, and on their fifth album, Why Love Now, the male-fronted quartet is taking aim at the mundane discomforts of modern lifeāfrom fetish webcams to office-supply deliveries. āRock bands can retreat to the safety of what rock bands usually sing about. So 60 years from now, when no one has a telephone, bands will be writing songs like, āIām waiting for her to call me on my telephone.ā Kids are going to be like, āGrandpa, tell me, what was that?ā Iād rather not shy away from talking about the internet or interactions in 2016,ā says frontman Matt Korvette.
Pissed Jeansā gutter-scraped amalgamation of sludge, punk, noise, and bracing wit make the bandāKorvette, Brad Fry (guitar), Randy Huth (bass) and Sean McGuinness (drums)āa release valve for a world where absurdity seems in a constant battle trying to outdo itself. Why Love Now picks at the bursting seams that are barely holding 21st-century life together. Take the grinding rave-up āThe Bar Is Low,ā which, according to Korvette, is āabout how every guy seems to be revealing themselves as a shithead. It seems like every guy is getting outed, across every board of entertainment and politics and music. Thereās no guy that isnāt a total creep.ā
The lyrics on Why Love Now are particularly pointed about gender relations and the minefield they present in 2016. āāItās Your Kneesā is about the endless, unrequested, commenting on if youād fuck a girl. āMy great aunt won a cooking contest.ā āOh, thatās pretty hot. Iād hit that,āā says Korvette. On āLove Without Emotionā Korvette channels Nick Caveās guttural side while bemoaning his detachment over cavernous guitars. āIgnorecamā twists the idea of fetish cam shows- āwhere the woman just ignores you and watches TV or eats macaroni and cheese or talks on the phoneāāinto a showcase for Korvetteās rancid yelp and his bandmatesā pummeling rock.
As they did on their last album, 2013ās Honeys, Pissed Jeans offer a couple of āfuck that shit type songsā about the working world. And the startling āIām A Man,ā which comes at the albumās midpoint, finds author Lindsay Hunter (Ugly Girls) taking center stage, delivering a self-penned monologue of W.B. Mason-inspired eroticaāoffice small talk about pens and coffee given just enough of a twist to expose its filthy underside, with Hunter adopting a grimacing menace that makes its depiction of curdled masculinity even more harrowing.
No Wave legend Lydia Lunch shacked up in Philadelphia to produce Why Love Now alongside local metal legend Arthur Rizk (Eternal Champion, Goat Semen). āI knew she wasnāt a traditional producer,ā Korvette says of Lunch. āI like how sheās so cool and really intimidating. She ended up being so fucking awesome and crazy. She was super into it, constantly threatening to bend us over the bathtub. Iām not really sure what that entails, but I know she probably wasnāt joking.ā The combination of Lunchās spiritual guidance and Rizkās technical prowess supercharged Pissed Jeans, and the bracing Why Love Now documents them at their grimy, grinning best. While its references may be very early-21st-century, its willingness to state its case cement it as an album in line with punkās tradition of turning norms on their heads and shaking them loose.
We will ship this item by February 24, 2017
All customers who pre-order the LP version of Why Love Now will receive the album on Loser Edition Lavender-colored vinyl.
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