This spring, Chicago noise-rock outfit Melkbelly will return with their sophomore album. Dubbed PITH, it’s being teased with a lead single and the announcement of a North American tour.
The follow-up to 2017’s Nothing Valley is slated for release on April 3rd via Wax Nine/Carpark Records. Its 11 tracks were recorded in two brief sessions six months apart at Russian Recording in Bloomington, Indiana with help from frequent collaborator Dave Vettraino.
According to Melkbelly vocalist/guitarist Miranda Winters, the new album was birthed during a period of mourning. “We lost an incredible friend suddenly and nostalgia always acts as a helpful tool for me in navigating difficult times,” she explained. “Revisiting emotionally challenging moments or significant social interactions helps shed light on confusing feelings for me. Lyrically, grief gave way to considering life.”
Grappling with death — specifically, how to move forward past it — is at the center of the LP’s first single, “LCR”. “It’s about how having conversations with the dead can scoot you along in life,” noted Winters, “even when you’re really only hearing one side of the conversation or making up the other half.” Check it out below via its animated video.
As for the group’s upcoming live schedule, our former Artist of the Month is expected to visit cities like Chicago, Toronto, Washington, DC, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia shortly after the album drops. Concert tickets are on sale now.
Melkbelly 2020 Tour Dates:
04/04 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
04/22 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G
04/23 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
04/24 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
04/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
04/29 – Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
04/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
05/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project
02. Sickeningly Teeth
04. Little Bug
05. Humid Heart
06. Kissing Under Some Bats
07. Season Of The Goose
08. Mr. Coda
09. Stone Your Friends
10. Take H20