News: Thou Release New Single ‘I Feel Nothing When You Cry’

Thou have released a new single, “I Feel Nothing When You Cry,” ahead of their new album Umbilical due out May 31 via Sacred Bones. Thou, like many of their fans, have solid roots firmly placed in punk culture / subculture and lately have been exploring what it means to exist within and without a rigid morality. This sense of exploration takes thematic center on Umbilical, and their self-assessment is as harsh as that of the world around them.

Regarding Umbilical Thou state:

“They’ve called us anarchists, criminals, foreign meddlers, lunatics, dispossessed, relativists, utilitarians, egoists, passion maximizers, ascetics, negators of everything. Clearly, the ‘Thou’ experiment is never going to appeal to audiences who demand that art rigorously enforce a coherent and righteous worldview.

“And yet, are we not ourselves constrained by our own rigid morality? In those quiet moments of deep contemplation, when the bargains and concessions are thoroughly examined, when we yield before the Judging Eye—What is the summation of our choices? If the unspoiled self beyond the immensity of time were given voice, what pronouncements would be made? What would such an internal audit yield? What undeniable character would be revealed?

“This record is for the radicals, the crackpots, the exiles who have escaped the wasteland of capitulation. This record is for the militants and zealots refusing to surrender to comforts, to practicalities, to thirty pieces of silver. And this record is most especially for the weaklings and malingerers, burdened by capricious indulgence, hunched by the deep wounds of compromise, shuffling in limp approximation, desperately reaching back towards integrity and conviction.”

Umbilical will be released across all digital platforms and available in stores May 31 via Sacred Bones. Vinyl editions come with a black seven-inch featuring the tracks “I Feel Nothing When You Cry,” and “Unbidden Guest,” which are also available on CD and digital products.

Thou live dates:

May 04: Providence, RI – AS220
Jul 28: New Orleans, LA – The Broadside (w/ The Body + Dis Fig and Nail Club)
Sep 13-15: Richmond, VA – Persistent Vision Fest
Aug 14: The Zoo – Brisbane, AU *
Aug 15: Mary’s Underground – Sydney, AU *
Aug 16: The Baso – Canberra, AU *
Aug 17: Stay Gold – Melbourne, AU *
Aug 18: Crown & Anchor – Adelaide, AU *
Aug 23: Rolling Stone – Christchurch, NZ *
Aug 24: Meow – Wellington, NZ *
Aug 25: Galatos – Auckland, NZ *

* w/ Full of Hell

Photo courtesy of Thou

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