The Lawrence Arms are streaming their new album Metropole, a week before the January 28 release date, at The AV Club. You can hear it here.
Metropole is the first album in eight years from the Chicago bred trio. It’s a blistery, hook-heavy sound with a lyrical narrative that captures what vocalist/bassist Brendan Kellys calls “…that alone-in-a-crowd, stranger-in-a-strange-land kind of shit—a feeling of such weird solitude that you don’t even know what’s up and what’s down”.
Brendan Kelly, Chris McCaughan (vocals/guitar) and Neil Hennessey (drums) took their wide range of influences and inspirations from both classic punk/hardcore bands including Jawbreaker, NOFX, Propaghandi, Bad Religion and late-’90s hip hop like Outkast’s Aquemini to create their most dynamic record to date.
The samples heard throughout the album are sound recordings of street musicians, recorded by the band on their cell phones. Take the horn at the start of Acheron River that Kelly describes as “…a dude on his back on the middle of the road so drunk he couldn’t even see” or the piano at the end of Seventeener (17th and 37th) that was a grand piano someone was playing in the middle of the street. Everything from accordion to bagpipes helps capture the urban isolation that saturates so much of Metropole.
To that end, both McCaughan and Kelly—who asserts that the Lawrence Arms have “…never had any agenda apart from just having fun and making good music”—state that the multi-year break between albums ultimately went a long way in refining the band’s vision and sound. Kelly explained: “Because of the way we exist as a band, it was important for us to wait until we knew we had something to say that was sharp and pointed and dynamic and incisive. And if we didn’t have that, then we’d just rather not make a record”.
Fans are invited to pre-order Metropole by visiting here. The Lawrence Arms have also announced a string of long-anticipated US headlining dates. Tickets are on-sale now.
You can catch The Lawrence Arms live on the following dates:
Jan 28 Chicago, IL – Reckless Records / Wicker Park (Brendan Kelly acoustic performance)
Feb 14 Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock Live
Feb 15 San Diego, CA – Casbah
Feb 16 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
Feb 17 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Feb 18 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Feb 20 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Feb 21 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Feb 22 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Mar 03 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Mar 04 Pawtucket, RI – The Met
Mar 05 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
Mar 06 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
Mar 07 Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
Mar 08 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage