Western Addiction aren’t like most bands on Fat Wreck Chords. The San Francisco-based band’s sound veers more Black Flag than NOFX, which means that decibel-loving (and Decibel-loving) longhairs can get behind it as much as fans of tight, melodic punk can.
Today, we’re debuting “Lurchers,” the second single off the band’s upcoming third full-length, Frail Bray, which is their follow-up to 2017’s Tremulous. The song is a concise, dirty and agressive hardcore punker that shows the band’s strengths, with a touch of melody lurking beneath it all.
“This was the last song written for the record and we were pleasantly surprised by the outcome,” says vocalist Jason Hall. “It’s a straight-forward ripper with the structure of a classic country/western, ’50s rock and roll song, and it even features some Moog. Darius from Swingin’ Utters played tambourine because, surprisingly, that instrument is so damn hard to play correctly. I tried my best to interject melody throughout this record instead of barking like a lunatic all the time. The song is a manifesto for better living, the threat of hope and aggressive positivity. I encourage everyone to be bold about making this world a better place.”
Check out “Lurchers” below. Frail Bray drops on May 15 via Fat Wreck Chords. You can pre-order it here.