American Wrestlers announce new album Goodbye Terrible Youth due out 4th November via Fat Possum

American Wrestlers announce new album Goodbye Terrible Youth due out 4th November via Fat Possum



Due out on 4 November via Fat Possum


American Wrestlers, the once-anonymous project of St. Louis-by-way-of Scotland songwriter Gary McClure, are pleased to announce their follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut. Goodbye Terrible Youth (out 4 November on Fat Possum) shows McClure taking bedroom recordings onto a bigger stage without sacrificing the intimacy that makes them so attractive. If his self-titled album showed his knack for stringing together addictive guitar lines—the shimmer of shoegaze mixed with the emotional fist pump of power pop—Goodbye Terrible Youth amplifies that energy with a road-tested band. Literally breaking out of the home studio—the Tascam mixer McClure had been recording on has fallen apart from overuse—he’s embraced a bigger sound and stage on Goodbye Terrible Youth, his rueful yet propulsive songwriting only becoming sharper.

Hear Give Up

McClure’s career may be the definition of plugging away, enough so that he has the unique distinction of being “discovered” twice. Before starting American Wrestlers, he was one-half of Working For a Nuclear Free City, a shoegaze-inspired band from Manchester. By 2013, McClure and bandmate Phil Kay decided to wind the project down. As McClure weighed next move, he started playing around and posting demos online. The tracks caught the attention of Bridgette Imperial, an American who was studying overseas, and sparked more than just a meeting of musical minds. They began dating, and a year later, McClure had moved to St. Louis to marry her.

The midwest move has been a key influence for the restless musician, a more open music scene than he was accustomed to in Manchester. While working a warehouse job for UPS in Missouri, McClure began experimenting and recording what would become the first American Wrestlers album, and the momentum and reception built since then has allowed him to stretch out and refine a new album of songs with a full band, which includes Imperial, who plays keyboard, as well as Ian Reitz on bass and Josh Van Hoorebeke on drums. McClure’s new set of bouncing, well-crafted songs show that musical youth is not always wasted on the young.

American Wrestlers shared the first single off the record, “Give Up” via Stereogum who said; “Lead single “Give Up” definitely fits the bill, managing the neat trick of delicately shimmering and seriously rocking out at the same time.”

McClure had this to say of the song:

“I wrote Give Up in the basement of our two room house, in the murder inducing heat of a Saint Louis night, half a mile from the Mississippi river. It came out in one shot after I plugged in and hit a chord that rang out with a middle-era Clash jangle. I followed that chord into Strummerland and ended up going via some first-album-Foo-Fighters deal to somewhere else. The descending guitar lead line came much later when I wanted to add something in the vain of the clean-chorus-reverb guitar runs of contemporary indieists. A friend told me that it’s a song about feeling trapped. I don’t know. He’s probably right. “I better watch lest my pretense is a loaded gun for pseudo Chuck Bukow’s to wave” is my favorite lyric-that-shouldn’t-really-be-a-lyric that I ever wrote. “If I take my time they’ll bury me alive” is certainly the closest to the bone. There are some that are totally indecipherable and which I don’t think are even words. Those are undoubtably the most honest of all.”




“Americana indie-rock gem” – The Independent
“One of the most exciting albums I’ve heard this year” – The Guardian

“But the intrigue neither adds nor detracts from the fact that this is one of the best records of the year. By times lo-fi and dreamy, at others basking in melodic power-pop.” – Q

“The songs grab you from the start with clever guitar hooks and pretty soft-rock melodies that hide under the tinny brashness of the production.” – The Sunday Times


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American Wrestlers announce new album Goodbye Terrible Youth due out 4th November via Fat Possum