It may have only been two years since Atlanta’s Microwave released its debut record Stovall, but a lot has changed since then. While the exuberance and joy of Stovall dealt with vocalist/guitarist Nathan Hardy’s wide-eyed wonder at a world previously obscured by a strict religious upbringing, their new album Much Love details the aftermath once the excitement of experimentation is dampened by the harsh realities of life.
Much Love comes out on September 30 and is currently available to pre-order at mcrwv.com. The band has so far released two singles from Much Love, “Lighterless” and “Busy,” leading up to the impactful video for “Vomit,” which fans can check out below.
Filmed over the course of eight days throughout Atlanta and parts of rural Georgia by Kyle Thrash (Modern Baseball, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Tiny Moving Parts), this video portrays people from various walks of life and calls attention to the varied things that they do to cope with the mess the world gives them.
The video’s emotional intensity serves as a contrasting visual accompaniment to the song itself, written by Nathan about his overall disenchantment with intimate relationships, friendships and religion.
Recorded and mixed by Travis Hill, Much Love is a more abrasive, rawer set of songs than its predecessor, more The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me than Deja Entendu. Yes, Microwave is very much still recognizable as the same band, but at the same time, these songs are a conscious evolution of their sound.
Fresh off a blistering performance at Wrecking Ball Festival earlier this month, Microwave will head back on the road this fall with All Get Out and Gates after debut performances at Riot Fest (Denver and Chicago) and The Fest in Gainesville, FL. They will also return for a second time to The Stuffing, Manchester Orchestra’s annual Thanksgiving festival in Atlanta, on November 23.
Microwave Tour Dates:
September 2-4 – Denver, CO – Riot Fest
September 16-18 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
October 28-30 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest
November 1 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
November 2 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
November 3- Cambridge, MA – Middle East (upstairs)
November 4 – New York, NY – The Studio at Webster Hall
November 5 – Virginia Beach, VA – Young Veterans Brewing Company
November 6 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (back room)
November 9 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theater
November 10 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall
November 11 – West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
November 12 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
November 15 – Hosuton, TX – Walter’s Downtown
November 16 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Jr
November 17 – San Antonio, TX – Jack’s Patio Bar
November 18 – Dallas, TX – Three Links