We Are The Union‘s second full-length album for Paper + Plastick Records, You Can’t Hide The Sun, is officially available today! The band’s follow-up to Great Leaps Forward was delivered early to customers who preordered the album from Paper + Plastick is it was streaming in its entirety on AltPress.com last week.
Now, those of you who haven’t heard You Can’t Hide The Sun yet can stream it on Paper + Plastick’s SoundCloud page. This stream is embeddable on your websites by using the following code:
The record is available for preorderon vinyl, CD and digital formats now in P+P’s webstore, with all orders received an instant digital download.
Early reviews for You Can’t Hide The Sun are praising We Are The Union’s ability to improve its sound while leaning back on its signature ska-punk core. In his 8/10 review, AbsolutePunk.net staff writer Ryan Gardner gushes, “…it’s evident that We Are The Union have taken great leaps forward to get here, and they aren’t about to give up now.” He also heaps praise on the album’s lyrical content: “…We Are The Union manage to find optimism buried within the depths of loss. Even when times get tough, moving forward proves to be the only option.”
Meanwhile, A Year In Reviews gives You Can’t Hide The Sun a perfect 10/10 rating, calling it a “powerhouse album.” The record has an equal appeal to both long-time fans eager for new music, and for first-time listeners who will find something new to delve into with We Are The Union’s easily accessible sound.
The band will be embarking on a busy tour schedule in support of its new album, with one leg of the tour culminating in a performance at Fest 11, and one leg of the tour featuring support from The Sheds. All of the dates can be seen below.
2. I Want You To Hit Me As Hard As You Can (STREAM)
6. If I Can’t Smoke Or Swear, I’m Fucked
10. Delta. Oscar. Whiskey. November.
11. The Ghost That Haunted Me
Sunday, October 14th – St Louis, MO @ FUBAR
Monday, October 15th – Ft Wright, KY @ Shimmers Tavern
Tuesday, October 16th – Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions
Wednesday, October 17th – Rochester, NY @ Dub Land Underground
Thursday, October 18th – Watertown, NY @ The Dungeon
Friday, October 19th – Albany, NY @ Hudson River Coffee House
Sunday, October 21st – Garden City, NY @ Ethical Humanist Society
Monday October 22nd – Hamden, CT @ The Space
Wednesday, October 24th – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
Thursday, October 25th – Norfolk, VA @ Aletheia
Friday, October 26th – Sunday, October 28th – Gainesville, FL @ FEST 11
Friday, November 2nd – Ann Arbor, MI // FREE SHOW at The B-Side (You Can’t Hide The Sun Release Show)
Thursday, November 15th – Toronto, ON // Sneaky Dee’s
Friday, November 16th – Ottawa, ON // Café Dekcuf
Saturday, November 17th – Montreal, QC // L’Esco
Sunday, November 18th – London, ON // Rum Runners w/ Man Overboard
Monday, November 19th – Pittsburgh, PA // The Smiling Moose
Tuesday, November 20th – Toledo, OH // Frankie’s Inner City
Friday, November 23rd – Flint, MI // Flint Local 432
Saturday, November 24th – Chicago, IL // Reggie’s Rock Club
Sunday, November 25th – Minneapolis, MN // 7th St Entry
Monday, November 26th – Lawrence, KS // The Bottleneck
Tuesday, November 27th – Tulsa, OK // Eclipse
Thursday, November 29th – Mesa, AZ // The Underground
Friday, November 30th – Murrieta, CA // The Dial
Saturday, December 1st – Fresno, CA // Chinatown Youth Center
Monday, December 3rd – Stockton, CA // Plea For Peace
Thursday, December 6th – Pomona, CA // Aladdin Jr
Friday, December 7th – Canoga Park, CA // Guitar Merchant
Saturday, December 8th – Las Vegas, NV // East Side Joe’s
Monday, December 10th – Midland, TX // The Pine Box
Wednesday, December 12th – Houston, TX // Scout Bar
Friday, December 14th – Nashville, TN // The Owl Farm
Saturday, December 15th – Whitesburg, KY // Letcher County Tourism
Sunday, December 16th – Columbus, OH // Kobo Live
Monday, December 17th – Kent, OH // Euro Gyro
More about We Are The Union:
Reed Wolcott – Vocals, Guitar
Brandon Benson – Bass, Vocals
Ricky Weber – Lead Guitar
Jim Margle – Drums
Unhappy with the current state of ska music, We Are The Union decided to stick out their own necks and tried to change things for the better in the summer of 2005. Getting a paycheck is not on their agenda. Instead of following typical ska punk conventions, WATU takes a harder-nosed approach to the genre. With influences ranging from Philadelphia/New Jersey favorites Lifetime and Kid Dynamite, and bands like Slapstick and This Is A Standoff, they rage with the best of them while still retaining a heightened sense of melody.
The band released a digital-only EP on Paper + Plastick, Graveyard Grins, in early 2012, which followed up its breakout sophomore full-length Great Leaps Forward. The EP featured three original songs that will appear on the group’s third full-length, along with a Descendents cover. We Are The Union’s third LP, You Can’t Hide The Sun, will see an October 16 release via Paper + Plastick Records, accompanied by an album release tour culminating in a performance at The Fest 11 in Gainesville, Fla.