Earlier this year, Atlanta indie-rock act Starbenders released their Powder b/w Diet Soda 7-inch. It not only showed the group shedding their “bubblegum punk” origins in favor of darker tones, but it also was a step toward a more prolific output. They already have a new LP ready for release sometime in the near future. But before that, they’re preparing yet another 7-inch set to be released August 18th via Institution Records.
The single’s A-side, “Brake”, continues the bands trend of intense, raucous jams. The escalating guitar and vocal lines seem to climb throughout the track, sounding like they’re approaching some momentous peak. Then the song drops the tension, opening up for a bright hook with choppy chords and snapping drums. It’s a push-and-pull between these competing ideas, resulting in a heavy rallying cry.
Listen in below.
Starbenders will be heading out on tour in support of the “Brake” 7-inch, and you can find those dates below.
Starbenders 2015 Tour Dates:
08/19 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn Birm
08/20 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement
08/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn
08/22 – Louisville, KT @ Seven Sense Festival
08/23 – Columbus, OH @ Spacebar
08/24 – Detroit, MI @ Northern Lights
08/26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers
08/27 – Rochester, NY @ Flour City Station
08/30 – New York, NY @ Piano’s
08/31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Pine Box
09/2 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint