Written and recorded in guitarist Phil Douglas’ house, Iron Chic will release their highly-anticipated third full-length album, You Can’t Stay Here, on Friday October 13 via SideOneDummy Records. The video for the album’s first single, “My Best Friend (Is A Nihilist),” out today, contrasts the album’s overarching theme of grief and depression with a hopeful message of perseverance.
Digital and physical pre-orders are available now at smarturl.it/IRONCHIC.
You Can’t Stay Here is the Long Island punk group’s first new album since 2013’s The Constant One, and addresses the same big questions that have plagued the band from their outset: anxiety, mortality, life, death, what it all means, etc. But this record became so much more after the unexpected loss of guitarist Rob McAllister in January 2016. You Can’t Stay Here transformed into a sort of coping mechanism for the bandmates; some of the tracks had even been written with McAllister, compounding the shared pain of his absence.
The themes of You Can’t Stay Here are undoubtedly dark, yes, but the externalization of them — casting them into light and setting them to a fierce, determined melody — is a cry for survival and perseverance. This album is a tribute to fortitude, not weakness. Iron Chic has been through one hell of a fucking year, but they’re still standing, and they made this record together.
The unrelenting first lines of “My Best Friend (Is A Nihilist)” paint a relatable picture of the ever-present anxiety that looms over everyday life for someone living, and grieving, with depression:
It’s hard to be a human being.
How can we when we’re not quite sure what being human means?
But what “My Best Friend (Is A Nihilist)” and this album do so well is portray how giving into those emotions can actually be a part of the healing process itself, often times igniting a progression of the human spirit entirely.
I’ve been asleep for half my life but I’m awake now,
I make mistakes and I make them loud.
I make them big so they shake the ground,
And now I’m making up for it.
Iron Chic will support both Propagandhi and The Movielife this fall as they gear up for their first full U.S. headlining tour since 2013 later in November. The band will also headline this year’s The Fest in Gainesville, FL alongside Superchunk, Hot Water Music, Against Me!, and many more.
Iron Chic Tour Dates:
September 19 — Amityville, NY — Amityville Music Hall
October 10 — London, ON — London Music Hall
October 11 — Toronto, ON —Opera House
October 12 — Hamilton, ON — Absinthe (no Propagandhi)
October 14 — Ottawa, ON — Bronson Centre
October 15 — Montreal, QC — Club Soda
October 16 — Burlington, VT — The Monkey House (no Propagandhi)
October 17 — Washington, D.C. — Rock & Roll Hotel
October 18 — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
October 20 — Brooklyn, NY — Warsaw
October 21 — Boston, MA — Middle East Club
with The Movielife
October 26 — Richmond, VA — Strange Matter
October 27 — Carrboro/Raleigh, NC — Cat’s Cradle (back room)
October 28 — Jacksonville, FL — 1904
October 29 — Gainesville, FL — The Fest
October 30 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
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