Philadelphia’s Pissed Jeans have been making gnarly noise for 13 years, and on their fifth album Why Love Now, the male-fronted quartet is taking aim at the mundane discomforts of modern life—from fetish webcams to office-supply deliveries. The album will see its worldwide release on February 24th, 2017, and we’re pretty fucking psyched about it.
Pissed Jeans’ gutter-scraped amalgamation of sludge, punk, noise, and bracing wit make the band—Matt Korvette (vocals), Brad Fry (guitar), Randy Huth (bass) and Sean McGuinness (drums)—a release valve for a world where absurdity seems in a constant battle trying to outdo itself. Why Love Now picks at the bursting seams that are barely holding 21st-century life together. Take the grinding rave-up and lead single “The Bar Is Low” [link] which, according to Korvette, is “about how every guy seems to be revealing themselves as a shithead.”
As they did on their last album, 2013’s Honeys, Pissed Jeans offer a couple of “fuck that shit type songs” about the working world, with the blistering “Worldwide Marine Asset Financial Analyst” turning unwieldy job titles into sneering punk choruses and “Have You Ever Been Furniture” waving a flag for those whose job descriptions might as well be summed up by “professionally underappreciated.”
And the startling “I’m A Man,” which comes at the album’s midpoint, finds author Lindsay Hunter (Ugly Girls) taking center stage, delivering a self-penned monologue of W.B. Mason-inspired erotica—office small talk about pens and coffee given just enough of a twist to expose its filthy underside, with Hunter adopting a grimacing menace that makes its depiction of curdled masculinity even more harrowing.
No Wave legend Lydia Lunch shacked up in Philadelphia to produce Why Love Now alongside local metal legend Arthur Rizk (Eternal Champion, Goat Semen). “I knew she wasn’t a traditional producer,” Korvette says of Lunch. “We wanted to mix it up a little bit. I like how she’s so cool and really intimidating. I didn’t know how it was going to work out. She ended up being so fucking awesome and crazy. She was super into it, constantly threatening to bend us over the bathtub. I’m not really sure what that entails, but I know she probably wasn’t joking.”
The combination of Lunch’s spiritual guidance and Rizk’s technical prowess supercharged Pissed Jeans, and the bracing Why Love Now documents them at their grimy, grinning best. While its references may be very early-21st-century, its willingness to state its case cement it as an album in line with punk’s tradition of turning norms on their heads and shaking them loose.
Read more on Pissed Jeans from Maura Johnston here.
Why Love Now will be released on CD / LP / DL, and is available for preorder now here. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited Loser Edition on lavender vinyl (while supplies last).
Historically, Pissed Jeans’
music videos are a truly a magical sight to behold. Somehow, this one for the ’Shallow’
track, “Boring Girls”, outdoes them all. Experience all of the majesty
via this Stereogum premiere.
Order Shallowfrom Sub Pop Records right this moment. This is a move you will not regret.
Pissed Jeans’ beautiful mess of a debut record came out in 2005 on the Parts Unknown record label, and it was called Shallow. It’s the reason why Sub Pop fell in love with the Pennsylvania foursome, and fall in love with them we did. Shallow has long been out of print on the popular vinyl format, and has been considered an eBay treasure for years, but no longer! Sub Pop is attempting to deflate the eBay price of the original pressing by flooding the market with 2014 reissues of this punk classic, out on October 7th. All Sub Pop Mega Mart customers who pre-order the record on vinyl will receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the LP, and all customers who pre-order on any format will receive an instant download of the entire record.
Record Store Day 2014 is a mere 51 days away according to the official countdown over at RSD.com, and with the popularity of vinyl ever increasing, there are more Record Store Day exclusives in 2014 to sift through than ever before. This means one or two of the following things: 1) You are going to spend MUCH MORE money than last year; and/or 2) It’s going to be tough to stick out in crowded record bins full of limited-edition, Record Store Day-only releases. Well, we here at Sub Pop HQ read the tea leaves, studied the data points, and decided early on that we were going to have to do something really special to stand out this year. We went to work, trimmed the fat, and got our release list to the four most exciting, collectable, sonically pleasing, limited-edition Sub Pop Record Store Day Releases ever. To get a full appreciation of what I’m bullshitting so eloquently about, see below. We’ll see you at your local independent record retailer at four in the morning on April 19th. You bring the coffee. And the donuts.
Mudhoney On Top: KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle LP:In
2013 both Mudhoney and Sub Pop turned 25, and, in celebration of this
milestone, the band performed on the actual roof of Seattle’s iconic and
also very tall Space Needle. Due to space limitations up on top, and
the obvious safety issues involved, only about 13 people were able to
bear witness to this performance (and you can hear each of them,
clapping individually between songs). Our friends at KEXP
recorded and broadcast this monumentally historic event, and this
limited-edition vinyl LP preserves it for eternity. Limited to 2,700
Pissed Jeans The Very Best of Sub Pop 2009-2013: Live at the BBC 12” EP:
Here are four live-in-the-studio tracks that (finally!) give meaning
and validation to Sub Pop’s existence. This historic platter is limited
to 3,000 copies worldwide, and these versions of the tracks are
exclusive to this release.
Chad VanGaalen “I Want You Back” 7” Single:
This single features four new tracks from the Calgary artist’s vault of
unheard music. Exactly none of these tracks appear on Chad’s
forthcoming album, Shrink Dust (out 4/29 on Sub Pop!). The dare-we-say
incredible cover art is by Chad himself. Limited to 2,300 copies
The Notwist “Run Run Run” 12” Single:
“Run Run Run” is from the band’s just-released album, Close to the
Glass, and this single also includes three more, unreleased tracks: one
new song, and two exclusive remixes of “Run Run Run.” Both sides of the
record feature a special double groove, with each parallel groove
containing a different song. Limited to 1,900 copies worldwide.
Pissed Jeans are back with another subtly astounding video for “Romanticize Me”, off of their excellent release, Honeys. Watch “Romanticize Me” in the accompanying player.
Pissed Jeans are playing Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee on Saturday, July 13th in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood. This event is free and boasts a line-up of past and present artists in the SubPopsphere and it’s a free event. The Silver Jubilee is free. More information can be found here.
In this week’s installment of Getting to Know Us, the weekly column in which we shamelessly extoll the many audible virtues of the artists playing the very FREESub Pop Silver Jubilee on Saturday, July 13 in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. This week, we’re talking about the sonically disparate, but similarly remarkable live acts, the filthy Pissed Jeans and the effortlessly suave Father John Misty.
There’s a pretty visceral image that comes to mind the first time you hear the band name “Pissed Jeans”, and it’s pretty accurate. It’s not like the band GG Allins themselves when they perform, but it’s not like they don’t not GG Allin themselves, either—you know what I mean? Okay, it’s a little like this: they’re similar to GG Allin but with an utterly devastating sense of humor and with better songs. Also, with the Pissed Jeans, there’s no blood, urine or shit, only sweat. Upon further thought, the whole GG Allin analogy feels a little off…eh, I’m sticking with it. Watch the video from their megahit, “Bathroom Laughter” in the accompanying player. If that’s not enough, which is understandable when talking about Pissed Jeans, this live video portrayal of their song “False Jesii Part 2” is as worth your time as anything else you could be doing.
Father John Misty: singer, dancer, actor; Sub Pop’s own in-house triple threat. If there ever was an SP artist who could bring us an EGOT, it’s him (or Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords who is halfway there). Chances are that you’ve seen him somewhere since Fear Fun, Father John Misty’s debut, came out in May 2012, as he and his band have performed on a number of TV shows, played countless festivals, and have toured extensively for well over a year now. Father John Misty performs like a preacher; through his huge, melodic voice, hypnotizing hip-shaking, white suits, decidedly better-than-average looks, perfectly suited (not to mention well dressed) band, you’ll come away a believer. There’s honestly not too many bands that are easier to enjoy. Watch the accompanying video for “Fun Times in Babylon”, track one off of Fear Fun to hear what we’re saying about.
So far, Getting to Know Us has acquainted/reacquainted its readers with Tad and Brothers of a Sonic Cloth, Jack Endino’s Earthworm, Shabazz Palaces, J Mascis, and now Pissed Jeans and Father John Misty. I know we’re blinded with bias, but this lineup is already near perfect and we’re only halfway through it. Oh, and it seems worth reminding you that entry to this festival is entirely free—we’re charging for falafels and beer, however.