Chicago's Retirement Party debuted with 2017's Strictly Speaking EP, and they're set to release their first full-length, Somewhat Literate, this Friday (5/25) via Counter Intuitive Records (pre-order). It's a much crisper, bigger sounding release than their EP, and it proves that Retirement Party are a force to be reckoned with within the pop punk and indie rock worlds. Somewhat Literate finds the middle ground between those two genres (think Joyce Manor, Swearin', Modern Baseball, etc), and Avery Springer's unique voice is what sets them apart from the pack of bands like this. She's got a plainspoken, conversational delivery and tackles the anxieties of everyday life in a way where listening to Retirement Party feels like having a revealing convo with a friend. And it's not just relatable; it's also jam-packed with sharp, driving guitars and sugary hooks for days. It's worth a listen, and you can now hear the whole thing before the album is officially out. We're premiering a stream below.

Retirement Party are also touring, starting with a hometown release show on June 15 and then over a month of dates across the US including Long Island, Asbury Park, and more (you can check the band's social media for venue info -- many are house shows/DIY venues, etc). All dates are on the tour poster below.

Retirement Party -- 2018 Tour Dates
June 15 - Chicago, IL
June 16 - Akron, OH
June 17 - Buffalo, NY
June 18 - Albany, NY
June 19 - Boston, MA
June 20 - Mansfield, CT
June 21 - Ronkonkoma, NY
June 22 - Asbury Park, NJ
June 23 - Philadelphia, PA
June 24 - Fallston, MD
June 25 - Washington, DC
June 26 - Chapel Hill, NC
June 27 - Atlanta, GA
June 28 - Baton Rouge, LA
June 29 - Hattiesburg, MS
June 30 - Nashville, TN
July 1 - Bloomington, IN
July 2 - Bloomington, IL
July 4 - Denver, CO
July 6 - Salt Lake City, UT
July 7 - Boise, ID
July 9 - Seattle, WA
July 10 - Portland, OR
July 11 - Redding, CA
July 12 - Oakland, CA
July 14 - Fullerton, CA
July 15 - Phoenix, AZ
July 16 - El Paso, TX
July 18 - San Antonio, TX
July 19 - Houston, TX
July 20 - Austin, TX
July 21 - Denton, TX
July 22 - Oklahoma City, OK
July 23 - Kansas City, MO
July 24 - Davenport, IA
July 25 - Minneapolis, MN
July 26 - Milwaukee, WI