New Music - Parts & Labor

Jagjaguwar band Parts & Labor will release Mapmaker on May 22. The album features 12 new songs and cover art that at once recalls that of the latest self-titled Broken Social Scene album, don’t it? Mapmaker is the follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed Stay Afraid. Here is what the label had to say about the new album:

Mapmaker is the second Jagjaguwar/Brah album from these Brooklyn noisepunks. Expanding on the soaring melodies and cracked electronics of 2006's "Stay Afraid", P&L explores a wider array of berserk, malfunctioning instruments and intricate, pummeling rhythms. These 12 political/personal anthems about ambition and distraction boast bigger choruses, denser drones and shinier hooks. Parts & Labor cites the following bands as influences and is totally cool with you name-checking them: Hüsker Dü, Sonic Youth, Boredoms, Minutemen, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Amps For Christ.

They passed along the vicious first single, “Fractured Skies”, for you to sample. The song lives up to every bit of the description mentioned in the press release. It comes racing out of the gates, all sorts of dissonant sonic squeals, uninhibited drumming, and an industrial strength chorus that sounds like the eye of the hurricane. Better take a deep breath…

MP3 :: Fractured Skies
(from Mapmaker)

Visit Parts & Labor at their website and myspace

And catch Parts & Labor on tour:

04/24/07 Hollywood, CA - Safari Sams w/ ADULT. + Erase Errata
04/25/07 San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill w/ ADULT. + Erase Errata
04/27/07 Portland, OR - Holocene w/ Erase Errata
04/28/07 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey w/ ADULT. + Erase Errata
04/29/07 Missoula, MT - The Laboratory
05/01/07 Fargo, ND - Aquarium w/ Nudity
05/02/07 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry w/ ADULT.
05/03/07 Milwaukee, WI - Stonefly Brewery w/ ADULT. + Tussle
05/04/07 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle w/ ADULT. + Tussle
05/05/07 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick w/ ADULT. + Tussle

1 comment:

Wayne said...

I love this new Parts & Labor song, sounds like they have really expanded their sound. Btw, saw Wilco on Saturday night, as great a night of music that I have experienced.