In addition to currently playing together in Into It. Over It. and formerly in Former Thieves, drummer Josh Sparks (also ex-Damiera) and guitarist Josh Parks join forces in Slow Mass. The Chicago band is fronted by My Dad's Dave Collis, and also features Mercedes Webb on bass/vocals. They'll release their debut EP Treasure Pains on September 9 via Landland (pre-order).

Earlier this year, they released the lead single "Dark Dark Energy" and we're premiering another track, "Portals to Hell." As you may guess from the lineup, it's mathy post-hardcore (the Dischord kind, not the Kinsella kind) and these guys pull it off expertly. Especially with this kind of music, you're only as good as your drummer, and Josh Sparks is one of the best in the game right now. Listen to both songs below.

Slow Mass also have dates coming up, including shows with Solids, Sneeze, Lithuania, Xerxes, Pygmy Lush, Greys, Two Inch Astronaut, and more. There's a Brooklyn show on October 1 at Shea Stadium with Clique. All dates are listed below.

Slow Mass -- 2016 Tour Dates
08/26 - Chicago, IL @ Subt Downstairs w/ The Reptilian
09/20 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Louie's Trophy House w/ Greys
09/21 - Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
09/22 - Toronto, ON @ The Baby G ^
09/24 - Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola ^
09/25 - Winooski, VT @ The Monkey House
09/26 - Manchester, NH @ Fuzz Hut +
09/27 - Boston, MA @ Out of the Blue Gallery +
09/28 - Amherst, MA @ UMass +
09/29 - Bard College, NY @ The Root Cellar #
09/30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits #
10/01 - Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Clique
10/02 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong w/ Pygmy Lush & Two Inch Astronaut
10/03 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski's w/ Edhochuli
10/04 - Columbus, OH @ The Summit %
10/05 - Louisville, KY @ TBA %
10/06 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar %
10/07 - Dekalb, IL @ 7th St Space %
10/08 - Chicago, IL @ Landland %

^ with Solids
+ with Sneeze
# with Lithuania
% with Xerxes