Back in 2014, Whittier, CA's Plague Vendor released their debut album Free to Eat. It was a tightly-wound, downstrummed garage punk album full of ripper after ripper. In the time since, they've loosened up. The band's sophomore album, BLOODSWEAT, comes out next week (3/25) via Epitaph, and it's the kind of bluesy garage rock swagger that the White Stripes were making in the early '00s. If you've seen them live, you know singer Brandon Blaine always looks like he's on the verge of exploding, and that's how he sounds here too. Listen to three below and a fourth, "Credentials," here.

Plague Vendor will head to Austin to make their SXSW debut this week, and one of their shows is the free BrooklynVegan Thursday day party at Cheer Up Charlies with Power Trip, Citizen, Turnover, Radioactivity, Mean Jeans, White Reaper, Sorority Noise, PWR BTTM and more. The show goes from noon-6pm and Plague Vendor are on at 12:45. RSVP is open.

Later in the year, they'll tour with their labelmates Refused (which makes for two wild, theatrical punk singers on one bill) and another ripping band, The Coathangers (who also have a new album). All dates are listed below.

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Plague Vendor - "No Bounty"

Plague Vendor - "Jezebel"

Plague Vendor - "ISUA"

Tracklist:
1. Anchor to Ankles
2. Jezebel
3. Ox Blood
4. Credentials
5. ISUA
6. Chopper
7. No Bounty
8. Saturday Night Shakes
9. Fire to Emotion
10. Giving In, Given Out
11. Got It Bad

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Plague Vendor -- 2016 SXSW Schedule
Weds., 3/16 - 11:15pm The Noise Presents @ Des Moines Embassy (Red River & 6th St.)
Thurs., 3/17 - 12:45pm Brooklyn Vegan Day Party @ Cheer Up Charlies (900 Red River)
Thurs., 3/17 - 5pm Wreckroom Records @ Arlyn Studios (200 Academy Dr. #140)
Fri., 3/18 - 4pm Antiquiet's Day Party @ The North Door (501 Brushy St.)
Fri., 3/18 - 11:55pm Fluffier Pit Party @ Barracuda Backyard (611 E.7th)

Refused / Plague Vendor / The Coathangers -- 2016 Tour Dates
May 26 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
May 27 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
May 28 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
May 30 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
May 31 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
June 1 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
June 3 - Dallas, TX - Trees
June 4 - Houston, TX - Houston Free Press Summer Festival
June 5 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
June 7- Jacksonville, FL - Mavericks at the Landing
June 8 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
June 9 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theater