On September 27th we’re releasing a new full length from the Cobra Skulls titled Agitations. Comprised of 13 tracks that clock in under 30 minutes it will be their quintessential album to date. Check out the cover art for Agitations and head over to their brand new website! Follow the Cobra Skulls on twitter as we’ll be announcing a full U.S. tour soon.
Here’s what singer/songwriter Devin Peralta has to say:
In the past I’ve always written songs sporadically and when it seemed as though a song wanted to write itself, but for our new album, Agitations, the process was a little different because time was a bit of a constraint.
We finished a short tour in February and then I had less than a month to write an entire album. Solitude was definitely a necessity for me to write, even more so than usual, so I moved into a cheap, dirty, weekly motel in Reno (in a room I was told was used for an upcoming film based on the book “The Motel Life”) where I could concentrate, undisturbed.
The result is 13 songs, most of which are amalgams of a score of ideas for songs that had amassed in my mind over the past couple years that I somehow managed to store in my ever-increasingly faulty memory. After three weeks of motel life, I checked out and got together with Adam and Luke. We rehearsed for 8 days before driving to Motor Studios in San Francisco where we had three weeks to record – more than we’ve ever had before.
A couple of days into recording, Fat Mike came by for a few hours. I played him some of the songs on acoustic guitar. He liked a couple, but said that he thought we weren’t ready to record. Discouraging for some, I think it was actually a good motivation for us to make the best Cobra Skulls album to date…and wouldn’t you know it? I just heard from him yesterday after he listened to the mixes and he said it’s our “best album”. I’m not really sure he’s heard both of our other ones, though, so that has to be taken with a grain of salt, but still, it’s a good sign, eh? I for one have never heard of a band to come out of the studio and not think they just made their best album, so it might not mean much that I, too, think this is our best album yet, but I do! The album is called Agitations, because most of the songs are lyrically concerned with, well, things that agitate and bother me. Things like prisons that are operated like businesses in an ever increasingly xenophobic and paranoid post 9/11 society, U.S.
We are very sad to report the passing of Bad Astronaut’s drummer, Erik Herzog, an exceptionally talented musician and lifelong member of the Santa Barbara music scene. Our deepest condolences to Erik’s family and to our friends in Bad Astronaut: Joey, Marko, Todd, Angus, and Thom.
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New interview with Jay from Frenzal Rhomb.
Mean Jeans are playing Portland tomorrow night!
TILT is playing day 1 at The Lookouting: A Celebration of Lookout Records at Gilman!
There’s a bunch of Fat bands on the Watch Dogs 2 game soundtrack! Give it a listen on their Spotify playlist.
Fat Mike talks to CBC News in Canada about the US Elections.
Stacey Dee from Bad Cop/Bad Cop talks with Dying Scene.