DOWNLOAD: Male Bonding - "Bones" (MP3)

Male Bonding at Bowery Ballroom in 2010 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Male Bonding

UK lo-fi rockers Male Bonding are releasing their followup to last year's debut, Nothing Hurts, this summer. The new LP, Endless Now, comes out on August 30 via Sub Pop. The band brought in producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.) to help beef up their sound on the new album. Frankie Rose provided harmony vocals on the album, and the band also worked piano, cello, and mellotron into their songs. Frontman John Arthur Webb recently spoke to Pitchfork about the album's bigger sound:

It would suck to just fucking knock out lo-fi albums once a year. We're happy to be shaking that off. It's an easy way to hide-- a bunch of reverb and compression disguises a lot of things. It worked great for us on the first record but you have to try and explore the avenues that are open to you; we never could've paid to go into a studio before Sub Pop was involved.

That said, it wasn't really that long ago that we recorded the first record, so we haven't changed that much. It's not going to sound like Odd Future or anything.

Check out the sound they're going for on the pop punk-charged track "Bones," which you can grab an MP3 of above. They haven't exactly abandoned lo-fi, though it is certainly less noisy than their debut. You can also watch an album trailer below.

Male Bonding go on a short North American tour in support of the album with the no-frills indie pop trio Love Inks. The tour hits NYC on August 27 at Glasslands and August 29 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on sale now for the Glasslands show and the Mercury show. After the North American tour, both bands will head out on their own European tours.

All tour dates and tracklist below...

Male Bonding - Endless Now (ALBUM TRAILER VIDEO)

Male Bonding -- 2011 Tour Dates
August 6th. OFF Festival, Katowice, Poland
August 27th Glasslands, Brooklyn NY @
August 28th Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia PA @
August 29 Mercury Lounge, New York NY @
August 31 st Brighton Music Hall, Boston MA
September 1st lI Motore, Montreal, QE @
September 2nd Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON @
September 3rd Magic Stick Lounge, Detroit, MI @
September 8th Subtereanean, Chicago, IL @
September 10th Red Palace, Washington, DC @
September 24th. Exeter - The Cavern, UK
September 25th. Cardiff - The Globe, UK
September 26th. Liverpool - Shipping Forecast , UK
September 27th. Birmingham - The Victoria Pub, UK
September 28th. Manchester - The Ruby Lounge, UK
September 29th. Glasgow - The Admiral, UK
September 30th. Newcastle - The Other Rooms, UK
October 1st. Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
October 4th. Brussels, Rotande Botanique, Belgium
October 5th. Amsterdam, OT301, Netherlands
October 6th. Tilburg, Incubate, Netherlands
October 7th. Paris, Fleche D'Or, France
October 8th. Berlin, Festaal Kreuzeberg, Germany w/ Moon Duo
October 9th. Leipzig, Centraltheatre, Germany w/ Moon Duo
October 10th. Munich, 59:1, Germany w/ Moon Duo
October 12th. Yverdon-Les-Baines, Amalgame, Switzerland
October 13th. Bern, Isc Club, Switzerland
October 14th. Lille, Aeronef, France
October 17th. London - Upset The Rhythm! The Garage
@ w/ Love Inks

Endless Now Tracklist:
1 Tame the Sun
2 Carrying
3 Seems to Notice
4 Bones
5 Before It's Gone
6 What's That Scene
7 Mysteries Complete
8 Can't Dream
9 The Saddle
10 Channeling Your Fears
11 Dig You Out

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