Cymbals Eat Guitars have crafted what’s easily their most sonically enigmatic and most rewarding album to date, titled Pretty Years, out on Sinderlyn Records. Their trademark cacophonic guitar rock and innate propulsion are still abundant, but they’re buttressed by raucous synth and keyboard lines, and an extemporaneous saxophone performance, which enrich when they could easily clutter these songs. The band also worked more quickly and efficiently than they had in the past, facilitated by years on the road in which they’ve played close to a thousand shows, which rendered them a tight, fully-oiled machine in the studio.
Now they’re on tour and Thrillcall is giving away a pair of tickets to each date along the way! Download the app and set your location in order to enter; see the full list of tour dates below.
Lead singer and guitarist Joseph D’Agostino emphasizes that the band always goes into the studio with an edict of crafting an album that replicates their live sound, but haven’t had that come into full fruition until their wildly ambitious fourth LP, Pretty Years. “With this record…I think we nailed it this time. First or second takes of everything, real hunger in the performances. Just something to prove.” Bassist Matt Whipple adds of the new record, “We wanted to make a more energetic record. I personally looked to artists like Springsteen, 70’s Bowie, The Smiths, The Cure, Neil Young as inspiration for—not really for sound as much as for that dichotomy of bands who were entertainers still making, at times, weird dark music and writing songs that seem totally over-the-top by today’s rock band standards.”
The entire album is rife with electrified, flashbulb moments—“4th of July, Philadelphia (SANDY)” conveys the madness of life on the road, exhibiting D’Agostino’s uncanny ability to transform minutiae into profundity. This skill is evident in spades on the record’s centerpiece and opus, the disarmingly vulnerable “Dancing Days.” The song also exhibits the contributions of Whipple, and slyly invokes the album’s title in its magisterial chorus, as D’Agostino contritely croons, “Goodbye to my pretty years.” Pretty Years is a roller coaster ride, both lyrically and sonically, that encompasses what it’s like to be alive and in the moment. But ultimately, this is an album that keenly captures the magic and loss attendant to living life wide-eyed, and hints that these “pretty years” may portend even prettier ones to come.
Thrillcall will be doing giveaways for the concerts listed below. To enter, download the app, set your city & follow on-screen prompts!
7/12 @ Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
7/14 @ Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
7/15 @ The Wayfarer – Costa Mesa, CA
7/16 @ Casbah – San Diego, CA
7/18 @ Bootleg Theater and Bar – Los Angeles, CA
7/19 @ Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
7/21 @ Stubb’s BBQ – Austin, TX
7/22 @ Three Links – Dallas, TX
7/23 @ White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
7/25 @ The Earl – Atlanta, GA
7/26 @ Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
7/27 @ Black Cat – Washington, DC
7/28 @ Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD