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The Lawrence Arms’ New Album, Metropole, Out Now

The first album in eight years from Chicago-bred trio The Lawrence Arms, Metropole, is out now on Epitaph Records. Metropole was released yesterday.

This is the band’s sixth studio release and most dynamic to date. An album partially inspired by and loosely structured after late-90’s/early 2000’s hip-hop records – a particular favourite being Outkast’s Aquemini. With close listen, sound samples are heard throughout the album. They’re recordings of street musicians, captured by the band on their cell phones. A horn played by a man on his back on the middle of the road, so drunk he couldn’t even see. Or faint piano sounds, that was a grand piano someone was playing in the middle of the street. Everything from accordion to bagpipes help capture the urban isolation, the stranger-in-a-strange-land feeling that saturates so much of the record.

Metropole also sees core members Brendan Kelly (vocals/bass) and Chris McCaughan (vocals/guitar) exploring a new found love for storytelling through song writing. Take the bravely personal lyrics of Seventeener (17thand 37th), “I never/Wanted to die old/But it’s too late now/My heart has grown so cold”. Or on Never Fade Away with “Don’t know where I’m headed/But I know where I’ve been”. But the band hasn’t grown too serious over time with song titles like Paradise Shitty and Drunk Tweets, fans are assured that the Lawrence Arms are still the masters of juvenile humour.

Metropole is available for purchase now by visiting: iTunes or the Epitaph store. Fans are invited to catch The Lawrence Arms on their long-anticipated US headlining tour this February and March. Tickets are on-sale now.

You can catch The Lawrence Arms live on the following dates:
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 19 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

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The Lawrence Arms Stream New Album, Metropole, At The AV Club

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

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The Lawrence Arms Reveal Video For Seventeener (17th and 37th)

The Lawrence Arms have revealed their new video for Seventeener (17th and 37th), directed by Ben Pier. The video was premiered this week at SPIN.com. The video shows the band’s comical attempt at Hollywood fame as they experiment with several genre variations from 80’s metal heshers to a clown makeup-wearing horrorcore outfit as they search for their band’s identity.

Seventeener (17th and 37th) is a track from the band’s new album Metropole which is out on January 28 on Epitaph.

In support of the album, The Lawrence Arms have announced a long-awaited US tour with dates in February and March. Fans can purchase tickets now by visiting: facebook.com/thelawrencearms.

Metropole is the Chicago band’s sixth studio album and their inaugural Epitaph release for Brendan Kelly (vocals/bass), Chris McCaughan (vocals/guitar) and Neil Hennessey (drums). After an eight year break, the album was recorded at Chicago’s Atlas Studios with co-producer Matt Allison who has also worked with punk-scene veterans Alkaline Trio. The new venture takes the band’s gritty punk rock and fiery spirit to reveal a new passion of the band for storytelling-through-songwriting on their most dynamic release to date.

The Lawrence Arms have never had any agenda apart from just having fun and making good music. And according to Kelly “…If we didn’t have that then we’d just rather not make a record, ‘cause fuck it.”

Fans are invited to pre-order Metropole at epitaphstore.com.

You can catch The Lawrence Arms live on the following dates:
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 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

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The Lawrence Arms To Release First Full-Length Album in Eight Years

Chicago’s own The Lawrence Arms will release Metropole, their first full-length album in eight years, on January 28 via Epitaph. Noisey recently premiered a track from the record.

The Lawrence Arms formed in Chicago in 1999 and members Brendan Kelly (vocals/bassist), Chris McCaughan (vocals/guitar) and Neil Hennessey (drummer) have released five studio albums to date. Their sixth album and first with Epitaph, Metropole, captures “…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 because you’re so caught in the wake of the city” said Kelly.

Metropole was recorded at Chicago’s Atlas Studios with co-producer Matt Allison who has also worked with Chicago-punk-scene veterans Alkaline Trio. The follow-up to their 2009 Fat Wreck Chords EP Buttsweat and Tears, the new venture takes the band’s gritty punk rock and fiery spirit to reveal a new passion of the band for storytelling-through-songwriting. Take the bravely personal lyrics of premiered track, You Are Here, where McCaughan ironically sings, “Days just keep rolling on/They won’t miss me when I’m gone/I’m the chorus to that lonely street/Just footsteps fading from a dying beat”. But it is clear that after a long hiatus, dedicated fans have missed The Lawrence Arms and are ready for the band’s most dynamic album to date.

“When we got going on making the album it felt like we were writing at a different and sort of evolved level which was really exciting” noted McCaughan. He continued: “It’s like all that time off ended up creating a whole new energy for us.”

Taking time off also helped inspire new creativity as they took inspiration from Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, classic late-‘90s hip-hop like Outkast’s Aquemini, Japanese hardcore bands and pop songs on the radio. Listeners will notice thoughtful detail as the band takes you through the many moods of Metropole through a series of fragments of street-musician performances that the band members recorded on their phones.

The multi-year break between albums ultimately went a long way in refining the band’s vision and sound. “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” explained Kelly.

Catch The Lawrence Arms live in their hometown of Chicago on New Year’s Eve, December 31, at Concord Music Hall. Fans are invited to pre-order the Metropole at: http://kingsroadmerch.com/epitaph-records.

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