New Noise Issue #58 is diving into summer with our ska cover stars We Are The Union! The exclusive flexi included is a cover of The Unlovables’ song “If You Were Here.” Subscribers will get a special bundle with a WATU beach towel. Perfect for poolside summer reading!

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We Are The Union’s new album, Ordinary Life, comes out June 4 on Bad Time Records. Drawing heavily on ska, pop, and punk rock, We Are The Union’s upcoming full-length Ordinary Life balances soul-crushing lyrics with furiously catchy hooks.

Recorded in Joshua Tree this past summer with producer Jon Graber (NOFX, Goldfinger), it’s equal parts No Doubt, Motion City Soundtrack, Jeff Rosenstock, and Charly Bliss.

Frontwoman Reade Wolcott says on the album:

I think one of the things that I’m really proud of is the album really spans a pretty great distance in terms of genre. I would say about half the record is ska, and the other half, it’s almost like the other songs are genre experiments. Bands like Illuminati Hotties and Charly Bliss were huge inspirations across the board on so many different parts of the record. 

I’m so proud that we did that and then ended up with something that to me, still feels like a very cohesive, punctual statement.

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The issue also features an exclusive interview with them about how they’re shaking things up, bringing back ska, and keeping it inclusive.

The band features out, trans vocalist Reade Wolcott, who had the following to say when she first came out:

“… My hope is, through my story, through other artists creating, and through all of us supporting each other, that we can normalize the queer experience and normalize the trans experience to where we don’t have to go through all the difficulty that all of us have gone through. I think every queer story should be told, and every trans story should be told until we get to the point where I want them to be boring.”

Photo by Rae Mystic


Addison is reviews and online news editor for New Noise. She specializes in metal, queer issues, and dog cuddles.

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