Small Leaks Sink Ships is an ironic name for a group that has overcome adversity as often as this Portland quartet. Over the years they’ve dealt with shattered bones, missing testicles (yup), and even a cancer diagnosis — all “leaks” big enough to sink a band that just keeps sailing on in spite of the odds. And it’s a good thing that they do, because their forthcoming full-length album Face Yourself, and Remove Your Sandals is an intricate, mathy odyssey that was well worth the wait (whether it was worth the missing testicles is another story).
Today the band shares their new song “Window”, which bridges the gap between math rock and the emo revival with its twinkling guitar lines and overlapping vocal tracks. The song never out-and-out explodes, but it builds tension throughout and offers periodic moments of release. It’s just the thing we’d expect from a band that continues to chug along, stumbling over pleasant surprises along the way.
Small Leaks Sink Ships will release their forthcoming album (their first on vinyl) next year via Lefse Records.