SLATES 'Summery' drops May 19th; Pre-Orders Available Now
Edmonton punk band SLATES will release their latest LP Summery on May 19, 2017 through New Damage Records in Canada. New Noise Magazine broke the news this morning and also premiered the video for Summery’s punchy first single “Sub-optimal”.
To watch + share the video for “Sub-optimal”, click HERE.
“Sub-optimal” is now available to purchase via iTunes and stream on all digital platforms. In addition to streaming the new single, fans can also pre-order the new album through iTunes and New Damage Records.
Summery is the follow-up to SLATES’ buzzworthy 2013 release Taiga. Determined to capture the raw intensity and authenticity of their previous release, the band chose to once again record to analog tape with noted engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Stooges). Heading back into the studio with Albini, this time at Edmonton’s Homestead Records, allowed both parties to settle very comfortably into their roles, with both knowing what to expect from the other. This familiarity allowed more room for spontaneity and experimentation to guide the sessions.
The 11 new cuts on Summery see the band’s sound deepening, coloured by birth and death in the extended SLATES family.
“Our latest record was recorded in the aftermath of some pretty sudden and bleak shit,” comments lyricist and vocalist James Stewart. “It was time to find a light in the storm, and to head towards it. ‘I'm ready for summer’ is the lyric that defines this record. I want to sing about life lived, and the love of those close to me, especially when facing loss and grief.”
In support of their forthcoming LP, SLATES has announced shows in Edmonton and Calgary. Additional tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
05.26.17 – Calgary, AB @ Palomino Smokehouse and Bar
05.27.17 – Edmonton, AB @ Barber Has