photographer credit: Derek Rathbun
Houston, TX’s Lace have announced their debut full length, Human Condition, due out April 13th from Funeral Party Records. The band has teamed with Cvlt Nation to share the album’s blistering opener, “Amnesia.” Cvlt Nation praised Lace as, “a band like no other” and called Human Condition “a cathartic collection… an incredibly strong and accomplished debut work…”
Listen to “Amnesia” via Cvlt Nation:
Listen to “Amnesia”
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“Amnesia” is a cut of vicious post-punk affected hardcore, exemplifying the more savage end of Human Condition‘s sonic spectrum. Across the album’s lean 25 minute run time, Lace crash between raw hardcore aggression and the more jaggedly bleak sounds of post-punk and noise rock. The band’s primal sound serves as a delivery system for vocalist Josh Borsarge’s throat-shredding missives on destructive human behavior, anxiety, and desperation. The result is a truly visceral album that refuses to be neatly categorized and is experienced as much as it’s heard.
Lace have also announced a run of U.S. tour dates that will see the band bringing their explosive live show to the East Coast and Midwest this spring. See full itinerary below.
Human Condition is due out April 13th.
Human Condition track list:
2. Dead Umbrella
3. Roman Candle
5. Poison Drum
6. On A Rung
7. Mapplethorpe (The Leper Song)
8. Moral Trip
10. Paradise, Coming Down
Crawling out of the darkness in early 2016, Houston, TX’s Lace grabbed several lifetimes of depression, displacement, and outsider feelings, and stuffed them into one-minute blasts of brutal, lo-fidelity hardcore. Months after forming, their six song demo “My Mask Is Off” caught the attention of press and punks worldwide with its unrelenting power and unhinged non-production. The recordings were bleak, desperate and dripping with an almost starving urgency and that dark energy carried over into the band’s gratingly loud live shows. Still very much outside any scene or subculture, even in their own town, the band played rarely, toured minimally, and opened for like-minded acts like Total Abuse, Dropdead, Protomartyr, and Elysia Crampton when they rolled through Texas.
When the time came to record their first full-length album, Lace took an abrupt, defiant turn from the grainy hardcore of their demo, expanding both in terms of creative reach and production quality. On the 10 songs that make up “Human Condition”, Lace is still dealing in themes of antisocial lonerdom and crushing anxiety, and still blanketing their songs in swarms of feedback, speed and volume. Instead of sticking to any pre-explored style, however, the band meshes desolate hardcore angst with restless post-punk experimentalism and an unplaceable undercurrent of thoughtfulness that almost leaves an impression of a hope somewhere deep beneath the din. Everything is recorded in full definition, adding depth to pissed-off ragers like “Amnesia” or “Moral Trip” and peeling back layers of sound when the band does a 180 into eerie slow-burners like “Tension” or “Mapplethorpe (The Leper Song)”. Lace offers an uncompromising and unapologetically challenging set of emotional hurdles to jump as the record quickly shifts moods. –Fred Thomas
05/12 New Orleans, LA @ Poor Boys
05/13 Birmingham, AL @ TBA
05/15 Raleigh, NC @ The Bunker
05/16 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
05/17 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
05/18 Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s
05/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Cousin Danny’s
05/20 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rock Room
05/22 Cincinnati, OH @ The Hub
05/23 Nashville, TN @ Fond Objects
05/24 Memphis, TN @ TBA
05/25 Dallas, TX @ Double Wide
05/26 Austin, TX @ TBA