Lemuria releasing new LP this week (hear a song), tell us their top LPs of 2017
Long-running indie-punk staples Lemuria haven't released an album since 2013's very solid The Distance Is So Big, but that will change with this Friday's (12/15) Recreational Hate, which was just officially announced earlier this week. (In August they launched pre-orders for a "secret LP," which ended up being this album.) They made the album with producer and engineer Chris Shaw, and they said, "We chose to work with him, in part, for his very eclectic discography, including the Weezer 'Blue' album, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Ice Cube, Wilco, Public Enemy, Modest Mouse, A Tribe Called Quest, Ween and Lou Reed." The album is also the first release for the band's own Turbo Worldwide imprint, which they launched with the help of Asian Man Records and Big Scary Monsters.
Ahead of the album's release, we're premiering the track "More Tunnel," which has Sheena Ozzella and Alex Kerns's overlapping and harmonizing vocals sounding as excellent as ever over a grungy power pop backdrop (you can definitely hear that Weezer "Blue" album influence). It's fleshed out by a little synth here and a little acoustic guitar there, and it's very worth checking out. Listen below.
We also asked Alex Kerns what his top 10 albums of 2017 were, and he sent us a list that includes Lorde, Kamasi Washington, Cayetana, Run the Jewels, Pissed Jeans, The Menzingers, Aimee Mann and more. Check out his full list below.
As recently mentioned, Lemuria are going on a short West Coast tour with Jeff Rosenstock (who plays NYC tonight) in February. Those dates are listed below too.
Alex Kerns' Top 10 Albums of 2017
Lorde - Melodrama
Cafe Tacuba - Jei Beibi
Kamasi Washington - Harmony of Difference
Cayetana - New Kind of Normal
Trans Am - California Hotel
Run the Jewels - RTJ3
Pissed Jeans - Why Love Now
Spoon - Hot Thoughts
The Menzingers - After the Party
Aimee Mann - Mental Illness
Lemuria -- 2018 Tour Dates
Feb-15 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge*
Feb-16 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room*
Feb-18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom*
Feb-22 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall*
Feb-24 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium*
* w/ Jeff Rosenstock and ROAR