Seattle’s power-pop legends THE POSIES have managed to survive many tribulations over a four decade career.
Now they are distributing a free download of a fantastic new album track titled ‘Squirrel vs Snake’ [hear it below]
The band almost broke down last year, though, when long time drummer, Dario died suddenly and unexpectedly. Founder members Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow found it difficult to continue the project without their dear friend and such a great musician. They decided it called for a reinvention.
The band settled on presenting a new album — SOLID STATES — in a novel format, unifying laptop elements along with guitars, keyboards and drums. The familiar vocal harmonies and lyrical agility still remain.
The “Squirrel vs Snake ” is all about the state of the “dis—union” in the USA [and beyond… ] the disharmony, the dangers to our less cherished intellectual freedom, the pessimism that abounds and all the falsehoods that we take for granted every day in this time of doublespeak.
We had a listen:
The voice is sunray clear, wavering a little in front of the rhythm guitars that flutter as the crystal synths shine.
There is a troubling buzz somewhere beneath and bedevilment in every utterance. This is layer-upon-layer of clever juxtaposition.
It’s as if Simon & Garfunkel once met Joe Strummer over at George Martin’s Abbey Road studios (perhaps in 1967) and this is what they came up with. Delicious!
EURO TOUR DATES
Mar 29 Het Depot, Leuven, Belgium
Mar 30 Cafe de Stam, Joure, NL
Mar 31 Paard, The Hague, NL
Apr 01 Gigant, Apeldoorn, NL
Apr 02 Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
Apr 03 De Effenaar, Eindhoven, NL
Apr 04 MTC Cologne, Germany
Apr 06 100 Club, London, UK
Apr 08 Point FMR, Paris, France
Apr 10 Monarch, Berlin, Germany
Apr 12 Kagelbanan, Stockholm, Sweden
Apr 13 John Dee, Oslo, Norway
Apr 14 Nefertiti, Gothenburg, Sweden
Apr 15 Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden
Apr 16 Monkeys, Hamburg, Germany
Apr 17 Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland
Apr 19 Kafe Antzoki, Bilbao, Spain
Apr 20 Sala Arena, Madrid, Spain
Apr 21 Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona, Spain
Apr 23 Sala Budokan, Cartagena, Spain