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Self Defense Family announce new LP; debut video

Monday, May 4, 2015 10:47 AM PT

Official press release:

Self Defense Family are one of the most prolific Punk bands out there today. Through countless releases and as many musical contributors (they have had more than ten active members at any given time), the collective has grown in both sound and vision.

The band's forthcoming LP, Heaven Is Earth, was recorded at four classic indie/punk studios by a diverse group of engineers: Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios (Mind Eraser, etc), Kurt Ballou at God City Studios (Converge, etc), Mark Millar at Sone Lab (Dinosaur Jr, etc), and Jon Low at Miner Street Recordings (Kurt Vile, etc), and each engineer left their own distinct audio fingerprint on the collection of songs. Heaven Is Earth will be released on June 30th through Deathwish.

Opener "In My Defense Self Me Defend" percussively wanders as warped guitars weave a pillow for Patrick Kindlon's introspective prose. "Talia" introduces both piano and harmonica to the formula, all of it swirling and dancing around a throbbing bass line. "Ditko" exists in a similar sonic place as well, but utilizes textural guitars and subtle effects to set the pensive mood. It's not all sad clown music though. "Prison Ring" picks things up in the middle of the album with a Mekons like urgency. While "Everybody Wants a Prize for Feeling" welcomes a whimsical stomp akin to The Fall. These reluctantly upbeat songs lead to the title track "Heaven Is Earth". A song that descends with a delicate airiness while dealing out some of the heaviest moments of lyrical personal reflection. "Basic Skills" fills a similar space as well. A beautiful construct of a song, rich in melancholia but built on some of the most memorable melody ever from the band. Never leaving quietly, Self Defense Family then offer the closer "Dave Sim", kicking the door open for one last high volume, pessimistic hurrah.

More info coming soon. In the meantime, watch the music video premiere for "Talia" over on AVClub.com.

Heaven Is Earth track listing:

1. In My Defense Self Me Defend
2. Talia
3. Prison Ring
4. Ditko
5. Everybody Wants A Prize For Feeling
6. Heaven is Earth
7. Basic Skills
8. Dave Sim


5/4/2015 10:54:22 AM
Listener is stoked

5/4/2015 12:36:07 PM
very very good

5/4/2015 1:21:49 PM
I care. Beyond excited. Will be preordering and pestering the rest of the interwebs to get on this new lp. I fcking love SDF, you should too - BKR

5/4/2015 3:28:29 PM
Every Deathwish press release sounds so fcking arrogant. I can't imagine Jake writes them because he's too busy enjoying the smell of his own farts and regurgitating the same artwork over and over but it sure seems it.

5/4/2015 7:48:46 PM
These guys can keep trying all they want; Dischord is never releasing any of their bullshit.

5/4/2015 9:53:58 PM
Cool. I love pretentiousness.

5/5/2015 7:52:40 AM
Great band, album will be one of the years best

5/7/2015 1:07:21 PM
Not a huge fan of SDF, but I feel like they are one of the hardest working punk bands around because they keep cranking out releases like it's nothing.