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ICYMI: Plague Vendor share new single “New Comedown” + Announce new album “By Night”

New album produced by John Congleton (Sharon Van Etten, St. Vincent), out June 7th on Epitaph Records

Photo credit: Robert Hickerson

Today, Plague Vendor have announced their new album By Night, produced by John Congleton (St Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, Chelsea Wolfe) and recorded at legendary EastWest Studios (Brian Wilson, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop). The follow up to their 2016 debut full-length BLOODSWEAT and their widely-acclaimed debut EP Free to Eat is set for release on June 7 via Epitaph Records. The 10-song set kicks off with the raw, vital track and first single “New Comedown.” Hear the song and watch the Dan Monick-directed video HERE.

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“When we were writing ‘New Comedown,’ there were a lot of colors and themes that were coming through, so we thought it best to finalize the verses once we were in the recording studio,” notes the band’s frontman Brandon Blaine. “The energy, urgency, and excitement there was unmatched. We caught lightning in the booth and trapped it in the recording.”

Plague Vendor is Blaine (vocals), Michael Perez (bass), Luke Perine (drums and percussion) and Jay Rogers (guitar). A fearless our-way-is-the-hard-way work ethic and famously physical live shows won the Southern California-based band a ferocious fan base and place of pride on the Epitaph Records roster. They are currently on the road taking their live show to venues around the US – supporting All Them Witches now, with select headline shows set for this spring. See tour dates below.

By Night sees Plague Vendor stretch and warp their songs, discovering a merciless sense of tension and apprehension that set every moment on edge. It captures the feeling of ruin and regeneration, of charisma and catastrophe and of slashing at the night with nothing but pure electricity. And, with Congleton’s precision production, they found their own way between the powerful-but-too-polished sound of right now and the engaging-but-aging reinterpretations of classic punk/rock albums of the 60s and 70s. Congleton’s limitless encouragement also led Plague Vendor to do things they never did before: chorused bass in endless waves, lightning-strike flashes of synth, motorik man-machine drums that sound inhuman and human at once and even a string section that’ll be a surprise if they ever do it live.

On By Night, Plague Vendor broke out new vocal ideas, new vocal styles, new depths of imagery and intensity that feel like flashbacks instead of pop songs. If BLOODSWEAT was a primal scream, By Night would be a precision attack.

“By Night” Cover Art

Album pre-save / pre-order HERE

TRACKLISTING

01 – New Comedown
02 – Nothing’s Wrong
03 – All Of The Above
04 – Let Me Get High\Low
05 – Prism
06 – White Wall
07 – Night Sweats
08 – Pain In My Heart
09 – Snakeskin Boots
10 – In My Pocket

 

PLAGUE VENDOR US TOUR DATES
Mar 19 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground +
Mar 20 Boston, MA – The Sinclair +
Mar 21 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom +
Mar 22 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church +
Mar 23 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel +
Mar 24 Raleigh, NC – Motorco +
Mar 26 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe Live
Mar 28 Nashville, TN – The End
Mar 29 St. Louis, MI – Fubar Lounge
Mar 31 Dallas, TX – Three Links
Apr 01 Austin, TX – Mohawk
Apr 03 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
Apr 06-07 Dana Point, CA – Sabroso Festival

 +Notes dates with All Them Witches

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