Plague Vendor has shared a new song 'ISUA'. The song is from BLOODSWEAT, the Whittier, CA band's new album out March 25.
As told to SPIN, vocalist Brandon Blaine explains "When we all lived at Com (the name of our pad), everyone would go to bed, but I would continue to stay up…I just want to enjoy people, I love company, and never want the good times to end. Recording 'ISUA' was a lot of fun; we were pushed to experiment with different mics and gear. It was great to have that different perspective in the studio."
Plague Vendor's new album BLOODSWEAT is the band's most powerful and menacing work, and a record that cements the band as the purveyors of dark post-punk in the current scene. The band's sophomore record arrives 25th March via Epitaph.
BLOODSWEAT is the anticipated follow up to Whittier, CA band's debut album Free to Eat, which was cited by NME as "the most urgent punk to burst out of speakers in 2014" And simply put, "it fucking shreds" according to Pitchfork.
But Free to Eat, though brash and aptly terse, was just an appetizer to the main course. BLOODSWEAT, co-produced with Stuart Sikes and mixed by Alan Moulder, vastly expands on the sonic territory explored in their debut. During the recording process, Plague aimed to capture each track in as few takes as possible, avoiding many overdubs and embracing the same minimal production they bring to their live performances. Nearly all of the eleven songs on BLOODSWEAT were heavily road-tested, imagined, and re-imagined live before ever making it into the studio. The foursome spent the last two years playing endless live shows, filling everywhere from backyard parties to clubs to festivals. At the heart of every show is a frenetic performance by front man Brandon Blaine, who channels The Birthday Party-era Nick Cave. That combined with the musicians' energy and spirit, the band evokes a foreboding, and very rock ‘n’ roll presence reminiscent of 80s Southern California punk that is more deathrock circa Christian Death than The Adolescents's brand of skate punk.
Palpable tension comes from the sense that anything could happen, and certainly you feel that way when listening to BLOODSWEAT. But mostly Plague Vendor is interested in simplicity and the sort of expressive nakedness that can come from stripping everything away. BLOODSWEAT invokes its own name as it unfurls, edged with a sense of danger and vulnerability.
BLOODSWEAT Track Listing:
1. Anchor to Ankles
3. Ox Blood
7. No Bounty
8. Saturday Night Shakes
9. Fire to Emotion
10. Giving In, Given Out
11. Got It Bad