Chicago trio The Lawrence Arms recently dropped “Last, Last Words” ahead Skeleton Coast, their forthcoming album out July 17 through Epitaph.
The track “is about coming to terms with your own obscurity—but, like, in a pretty upbeat way,” says vocalist and guitarist Chris McCaughan. “It’s an escape dream to an edge of the world while being strangely content with some undergrown adulthood. It’s part undercover love song to the sometimes beautiful randomness of the universe and part offbeat, comical reminder to keep rewriting your unknown future. Like so much of the record, the song chases tiny flashes of light in the darkness.”
Skeleton Coast was produced by Matt Allison and recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios 30 miles east of El Paso, Texas. The band’s seventh studio album is their first release in six years. Written and recorded before coronavirus upended the planet, the band’s latest endeavor imagines an apocalyptic future.
“For a band who has been around as long as us, this is about as urgent of a record as we could make,” says vocalist and bassist Brendan Kelly. “It may be kind of dark, but it’s really about searching for light in the darkness and finding it, as small as those moments may seem. That’s sort of where we’re at: Collecting the scraps of things that could make for a bearable existence in dark times.”
Formed in Chicago in 1999, The Lawrence Arms consists of bassist/vocalist Brendan Kelly, guitarist/vocalist Chris McCaughan, and drummer Neil Hennessy. The Lawrence Arms are featured on the cover of New Noise Magazine’s 53rd issue.
They’re also on the cover of New Noise Magazine Issue #53. Check it out here.
Skeleton Coast Tracklist
1. Quiet Storm
3. Belly Of The Whale
4. Dead Man’s Coat
5. Pigeons and Spies
6. Last Last Words
9. How To Rot
10. Under Paris
11. Goblin Fox Hunt
12. Lose Control
13. Don’t Look At Me
14. Coyote Crown