The Small Wins EP Out June 17th via Exploding In Sound Records
photo credit: Jesse Weiss
LISTEN TO “APP TOFU”
Spook The Herd announced the release of The Small Wins EP on Exploding In Sound Records just last week and already the band have returned with “App Tofu,” the release’s second single. Set for release on June 17th, the duo of Jesse Weiss (Palehound, Grass Is Green) and Abe Kimball (Vending Machetes) have created an album of sludgy summer pop anthems, a collection of six big infectious rock songs that are, dare we say it… undeniably fun. Joined by friends from Palehound (Ellen Kempner and David Khoshtinat), Ovlov (Theo Hartlett and Morgan Luzzi), Stove/Jackal Onasis (Alex Molini), and beyond, the Boston based duo have poured their hearts into this record and its fuzzy parade of endless hooks.
The follow up to last year’s split cassette with Hellrazor (members of Speedy Ortiz), Spook The Herd have been steadily writing and recording whenever their busy schedules allow. While Weiss is well known for being a heavily in-demand drummer, The Small Wins EP allows him a chance to evolve his talents as a songwriter, guitarist, and bassist and the results are fantastic in its bubblegum pop splendor.
Stereogum shared the band’s new single saying, “their latest offering from the upcoming release is “App Tofu,” which arrives alongside a music video featuring the duo performing whilst draped in streamers through the lens of a choppy television set. The song clocks in at a little over a minute and a half, with Spook The Herd wasting no time in delivering a quick-and-dirty stream of dimly-lit guitars and damp melodies. It’s like surf-rock if the ocean was a viscous and vastly polluted swamp.”
06/16 – Boston, MA @ Ol’ Yeller w/ Pope, Strange Mangers & Young Jesus
ABOUT SPOOK THE HERD:
Spook the Herd is a Boston-based rock band, and the brainchild of Jesse Weiss and Abe Kimball. As decade-long friends and former bandmates, STH began with a desire to form a collaborative recording project free from the stresses of extensive touring. After releasing a single, a three-song EP, and playing a handful of shows with Theo Hartlett and Morgan Luzzi of Ovlov rounding out the live lineup, Spook The Herd began working on a more expansive collection of songs. Thus came The Small Wins EP.
Initially just a concept, Weiss wrote and recorded five of the six tracks, instrumentally, before passing them over to Kimball to write melodies and lyrics. Containing several guest appearances, and a musical vibe different than the group had ever previously expressed, the EP captures a wide variety of feelings and emotions. Targeting a bubble-gum pop melodic approach to contrast the gritty guitars, The Small Wins EP is a step in the future direction of the band. The group plans on performing more shows this summer to support the subsequent release, and has already laid the foundations of a sibling record entitledThe Minor Tweaks EP. While never stopping to compromise their musical ideas, or fit the mold of any one genre, Spook the Herd looks forward to continually recording and releasing new music.
“a duo whose combined talents lead to songs that fall right in the middle of the spectrum between sugar and fuzz. Take their new single “Slurpee Surf”, for example. If the track’s title instantly conjures images of pop rock (both the candy and the genre) and surf tunes, well, then it’s doing its damn job.” – Consequence of Sound
The Small Wins EP is due out June 17th via Exploding In Sound Records.