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Stagnant Pools announce new album, Geist, stream “Intentions”

on April 03, 2014, 11:00am

Indiana noise-rock duo Stagnant Pools will release their sophomore album, Geist, on June 10th via Polyvinyl Records. After spending much of the last two years touring in support of 2012’s excellent Temporary Room, brothers Bryan (guitar/vocals) and Douglass Enas (drums) began work on the album this past fall at their family’s home in Bloomington. According to a press release, “inspiration came in bursts — sometimes five demos would be recorded in an afternoon, sometimes months would pass without playing a note.”

Hoping to finish the album and get back on the road (touring is a “concrete way of knowing that you are in forward motion,” adds Douglass Enas), they set up shop this past January at the Chicago studio of Hum frontman Matt Talbott. There, in just four days, they recorded and mastered the record live to tape. The resulting 10-track collection sees the siblings Enas “refine and expand on a shoegaze-meets-noise pop sound that has previously drawn comparisons to Joy Divison, Sonic Youth, and The Jesus and Mary Chain.”

As our first taste of Geist, Stagnant Pools have unveiled lead single “Intentions”. From the first listen, it’s clear the pair have gotten much louder, infusing their one-two punch of droning guitars and rapid-fire drums with even more fuzz and distortion. Still, amid all that extra aural chaos, there’s something more going on: Bryan Enas’s vocals are now in a starring role, sounding more brooding and intense than ever before, while serving as an emotional anchor in a tumultuous sea of endless clamor. Whoever said endless dissonance can’t have a little heat and soul?

Listen in below.

Geist Tracklist:
01. You Whir
02. To Begin
03. Geist
04. Intentions
05. Filled Down
06. Ever So
07. His Head Was Warm
08. Dots And Lines
09. Decorder
10. Brute

In support of the album, the band has announced tour dates for this June, opening for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Consult the full schedule below.

Stagnant Pools 2014 Tour Dates:
06/02 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall *
06/03 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle  *
06/04 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern  *
06/05 – Ybor City, FL @ The Orpheum  *
06/06 – Orlando, FL @ The Social  *
06/07 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Hell Stage)  *
06/08 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar  *
06/10 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill  *
06/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club  *
06/12 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater  *
06/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop  *
06/16 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern  *
06/17 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore  *
06/18 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall  *
06/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s  *
06/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *

* = w/ Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

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