Narrative indie rock luminaries from Brooklyn-via-Hoboken, Wormburner will release their third LP on September 30, 2014 via Negative Fun Records. Titled Pleasant Living in Planned Communities, this album’s cast of desperate characters includes a downed airman in WWII Europe, a 21st Century soldier returning home from battle, and a transient gay hustler whose youthful looks are weathering with age. Wormburner will perform an Album Release Show at Mercury Lounge in NYC on Friday, September 26 at 8pm.
Openly gay front-man Hank Henry elaborates on his lyric content; “I’ve only recently realized that the source material for these narratives is probably the fact that I lived many of my formative years in the closet, pretending to be someone I wasn’t. And when you’ve experienced something that intense, it can’t help but inform your writing. That, and a healthy dose of Raymond Carver.”
Recorded in too many locations to name here, Pleasant Living in Planned Communities bristles with a heightened urgency not captured on previous Wormburner recordings. Yet somehow this album goes down smoother, the executions tighter, and the performances elevated courtesy of guest appearances by ace guitarists Sean Eden (Luna) and Paul Carbonara (Blondie).
Negative Fun gave an advance taste of the album last year when they released “Today Might Be Our Day” B/W “Parliaments On Sundays” as a 7-inch single. Both tracks are included on the full-length along with nine other roaring epics of guitar-driven-garage-rock. Time Out New York cites “echoes of Springsteen, The Clash and The Pogues that ring out in succinct vignettes…twanging and swelling over vocalist Hank Henry’s forthright, reedy delivery.”
“Some people are puzzled by that fact that I’m a gay man fronting a band that’s known for such loud, fist-pumping rock music,” continues Henry. “The lyrics on this record explore subjects like combat and its aftermath – not your typical gay themes. But underneath the surface, I find that my lyrics are just as much about characters living on the outside of societal norms, characters running from something, and that themes of hidden identity are everywhere in my songs. “
Listen to single “Today Might Be Our Day” here and check out the lo-fi video here and feel free to post. Both tracks are now available digitally and you can purchase the 7-inch from Negative Fun on purple or black vinyl HERE.
Pleasant Living in Planned Communities is the follow up to 2010’s, Placed By The Gideons, an album told through the eyes of fugitives on the run. KEXP called Placed By the Gideons, “A testament to life on the road and the people responsible for placing bibles in hotel nightstands.”
Wormburner has shared the stage with Violent Femmes, The War on Drugs, Old 97s, The Walkmen, Deer Tick, Cracker and Camper van Beethoven and more. David Lowery actually produced Wormburner’s debut album.
Wormburner is baseball slang for a scorching ground ball.
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