Gauntlet Hair
Announce New Album Stills out 15th July
Premiere First Single "Human Nature"
STILLS
 
Release Date: 15th July 2013 
Label: Dead Oceans
Format: CD/LP/DL
TRACKLISTING
01. Human Nature
02. Spew
03. Simple
04. Bad Apple
05. New To It
06. Obey Me
07. Heave
08. G.I.D.
09. Falling Out
10. Waste Your Art
LINKS
 
CONTACT:
Nita Keeler 
nita.keeler@gmail.com
+44 (0)1600 892 690

"they make enough psychotropic noise to melt the most hardened of craniums." The Fly

Gauntlet Hair has announced their new album, Stills, to be released 15th July  on Dead Oceans. The band has shared the first single from the album, "Human Nature," with Pitchfork Tracks today.
 
Recorded during Portland, Oregon's grey winter days in producer Jacob Portrait's (Unknown Mortal Orchestra) appropriately named studio "The Cave," the album reveals Gauntlet Hair's guileless affection for the goth industrialists and post-punks who blazed a shadowy path through the 80s and 90s. Lead track, "Human Nature," starts with vaguely menacing whispers and a cicada-winged heartbeat that flowers into a grand, gorgeous squall.
Click image to listen to track via YouTube
The album follows the once-Denver-based band's 2011 self-titled debut for Dead Oceans and singles spread across labels like Forest Family and Mexican Summer. After moving back to their hometown of Chicago last year, drummer Craig Nice and singer/guitarist Andy R. looked to their teenaged selves for inspiration. "I started listening again to the stuff I would have in my discman in the back of my mom's car," says Nice. "White Zombie, Marilyn Manson — the production on those records is so amazing. Nothing sounds like that anymore."

Mining that childhood nostalgia for inspiration has proved effective. The tracks on Stills have the signifiers of industrial and minimal-wave a la The Durutti Column or Joy Division, but all the fluidity and momentum of INXS or Depeche Mode's 80s synth-pop. "New To It" reimagines the opening snare from "I Wanna Dance Wtih Somebody" at a goth dance party. Andy R. lurches into an unearthly guttural groan halfway through "Bad Apple." "Spew" loads up on John Hughes synths. A Cobain-like sneer worms its way out of "Heave." The horror and joy combine to make Stills a garden of dark delights.
PRAISE FOR GAUNTLET HAIR

"Gauntlet Hair lasts only nine songs. But they're all potential singles in their own right, all different: the romantic smolder of "Showing", the jittery throb of "Mop It Up" (the one that goes, "You say goodbye"), the sparkly shuffle of 'Overkill'…"   PITCHFORK

"One of the most exciting acts Young Weird America has introduced to us yet." -BLURT

"[An] evolved debut collection of cavernous, thunderously loud, danceable avant-pop jams." -GORILLA VS BEAR

"...a layered, interesting listen."-ONION AV CLUB

"A hazy, island-approved head-trip for fans of Panda Bear and Washed Out"  -EXCLAIM!
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