New York based Cymbals Eat Guitars is coming out with their new record Lose (via Barsuk) on August 26th! You can give it an advance listen over at Exclaim!
The record takes on themes of loss, and nostalgia – a reference to frontman Joseph D’Agostino and the loss he experienced during the album’s recording. Specifically, his close friend and collaborator Benjamin High passed away.
“LOSE is a very apropos title because it refers not only to losing Ben, but also it’s about a sort of nostalgia, a longing for a time when music meant everything to you and your friends, and it seemed like one great rock record could change everyone’s life the way it changed yours,” says D’Agostino. “It’s about being in mourning for your long-held belief that music could literally change the world. That’s the contradiction at the heart of LOSE… You’re disillusioned, but somehow you can do nothing else but rail against that feeling mightily and try, once again, to make a record that makes you and everyone else ‘wake up wanting to listen to records’.”
Praise For Cymbals Eat Guitars
“LOSE, Cymbals Eat Guitars’ third album, finds the band sticking to its old structural modus operandi — namely, stitching thunderous vamps together into rambling odysseys” - NPR
“This Staten Island quartet breathes life into indie rock with songs as personal as they are ambitious on their upcoming third album LOSE” - Pitchfork
“Our relationship with loss and grief is not unique, and that gives it a universal power. That power is present on LOSE, an album that says so much about the way we grow, and change, and most importantly, how we remember.” - Stereogum
“As our first taste, the band’s unveiled album opener “Jackson”. Spanning six minutes, the track itself represents a kind of microcosm of the grieving process, alternating between interludes of contemplative rock and surges of angst and biting noise.” - Consequence of Sound
“What Cymbals Eat Guitars does best is to constantly toy with the highs and lows of song construction: soft, loud, acoustic, reverb, shout, cymbal or guitar.” - FILTER
“… Cymbals has its own calibration of the beautiful and the grinding, one that leaves room for plenty of tunefulness amid the yowls.” - New York Daily News