THE LAWRENCE ARMS is a lot of things but predictable isn't one of them. Since forming in Chicago in 1999-the trio of bassist/vocalist Brendan Kelly, guitarist/vocalist Chris McCaughan and drummer Neil Hennessy-have never broken up or become a nostalgia act, choosing instead to make albums that continually challenge the boundaries of their sound. In the process they've carved out a distinctive identity in the punk community that's simultaneously gritty, beautiful, melodic and mutinous. Although it was written and recorded before the Coronavirus upended the world, the band's seventh full-length Skeleton Coast sounds eerily prescient as it imagines an apocalyptic future where coyotes croon and wolf packs roam free. "For a band who has been around as long as us, this is about as urgent of a record as we could make," Kelly explains. "It may be kind of dark but it's really about searching for light in the darkness and finding it, as small as those moments may seem. That's sort of where we're at: Collecting the scraps of things that could make for a bearable existence in dark times."
Tracklist: 01. Quiet Storm 02. PTA 03. Belly Of The Whale 04. Dead Man's Coat 05. Pigeons And Spies 06. Last, Last Words 07. (The) Demon 08. Ghostwriter 09. How To Rot 10. Under Paris 11. Goblin Foxhunt 12. Lose Control 13. Don't Look At Me 14. Coyote Crown
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