LA duo Teenage Wrist have released “Yellowbelly”, the next single and video from their upcoming second album Earth Is A Black Hole, out February 12 via Epitaph. We have an exclusive interview with vocalist/guitarist Marshall Gallagher.
Vocalist/guitarist Marshall Gallagher says about the new single:
“[Yellowbelly] came out early in the writing process and really informed the rest of the record. It’s partly about death, or the inevitability of it being a motivator for reveling in life. It’s about not letting fear, doubt or ego stop you from making connections, because the opportunity could end at any moment. I’ve personally spent a lot of time being pessimistic and isolated and whatnot, but I decided I’d rather test the limits of my love and free will. That’s going to be a lifelong endeavor I think, and will take some time to learn but it’s better than dying, knowing I didn’t try as hard as I could.”
Check out the video for “Yellowbelly” below (directed by Gilbert Trejo – Chelsea Wolfe, Blackbear), and keep reading for our interview with Marshall Gallagher. Pre-order Earth Is A Black Hole here.
Interview by Nicholas Senior
Teenage Wrist’s long-awaited sophomore record, Earth is a Black Hole, out February 12 via Epitaph Records, will engender some hyperbole, but even the highest praise couldn’t prepare your ears for the most joyously loud and fun rock record to come out since the peak of grunge. The classic touchpoints are there – Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters – but there’s a decidedly modern touch that helps make Earth is a Black Hole feel timeless and distinct from the rest of the (certainly excellent) throwback grunge scene.
Vocalist and guitarist Marshall Gallagher acknowledges that bringing the retro into the modern was part of the goal of this new record.
“That’s kind of our mission as a band right now, is to – and it always has been to some extent – just remind people that guitars are still here, and they’re still relevant, and they can still be really cool, and they can sound both nostalgic and modern,” he says.
Interestingly, the record, like many that will come out in 2021, was put on hold half-way through thanks to the pandemic. That extra time served as a blessing in disguise, notes Gallagher.
“We had a deadline, and then when the pandemic hit, the deadline was gone,” he says. “We started the record in February, and we got pretty far before shit hit the fan.”
Between delays and figuring out how to record safely, the band didn’t end up with masters until August, so there was a lot of time to stew over the sound and themes of the record. Gallagher and company used that time as wisely as possible, as any of us can acknowledge how 2020 has been…
“I don’t know what the hell I would have done without having a record to track,” Gallagher says. “The whole inactivity on the world’s part, just locking everyone down, shutting them in their home, definitely forced a lot of introspection, which weirdly enough was kind of happening before we even started tracking the record. When we let it all out on tape, it just kind of all sort of formed around us and be exacerbated.”
That push and pull between stress and creation led to a record ripe with themes of existentialism, but also wrestling with being positive and negative. It’s a truly perfect record to re-establish a sense of purpose after 2020. Gallagher is flattered but concurs:
“As a whole the record is about finding the moments that are important to you in all this hopelessness, and living for those moments, and just cherishing the relationships that you have, and really relishing in the accomplishments and the journeys you take, because one day it’s all going to be gone, and currently might be crashing down. We don’t know.”
Music that’s loud, has depth, while still being an absolute blast to listen to? Rare treasures like these need to be savored. Teenage Wrist deserve to be the next big thing.
Images courtesy of Teenage Wrist. Featured image credit: Lindsey Nico Mann.