Exploding out of New Haven, CT, Estrogen Highs announce the release of their newest collection of ramshackle and catchy-as-hell punk jams on Irrelevant Future, out April 10 via Trouble in Mind.
The project that began as Stefan Christensen playing and recording everything solo in 2007 has become a fully jelled, rock-solid, full-band quartet. Full of the off-kilter weirdness that Estrogen Highs fans have come to love, Irrelevant Future also features one of the most straight ahead pop songs of their career, “I Wanna Be Tall,” premiered today on Impose.
Theoretically, this song is what all my dreams are made of, and if the rest of their upcoming LP on Trouble in Mind sounds like this when it comes out in April, we may be talking Instant Classic status.
The anxiously awaited follow up to the Estrogen Highs excellent self-released 2011 album Friends and Relative is finally here and let us be the first to say that if you aren’t already a fan of these guys, you are about to become one. After two LP’s, one 12″ EP, four 7″s and one cassette, the project that started as Stefan Christensen in 2007 playing and recording everything by himself has now fully jelled into a rock-solid, full-band quartet. “Irrelevant Future” synthesizes all of the bands best attributes into one hit packed, perfectly paced LP. It expounds on the wiry (and Wire-y) DIY whiffs from previous releases, emphasizes the thinking man’s punk of the Minutemen and all the while an undercurrent of Kiwi-jangle ebbs and flows. With all of this in mind, Estrogen Highs thankfully don’t sacrifice the off-kilter weirdness that already established fans know and love. Songs like “Alchemy Contest” and “Status Quo (Oh No)” have a quirky melodic sensibility that plays off intricate guitar and bass lines. “Grass of Leaves” holds down the chugga-chugga punk angle while “They Told Me I Was Everything” meditates on Shakespearean betrayal – and just when you think you’ve got a handle on the record’s direction they hammer you with “Seventh Sunday of the Ordinary Times,” a “ripper” if there ever was one in the band’s canon. The album’s closer “I Wanna Be Tall” is a measured leap forward, focusing the band’s strength’s into the first perfect pop song of 2012 – guaranteed to be stuck in your head for days! The first edition of 500 copies comes pressed on 150gm randomly mixed vinyl & includes a download code