Tiny Engines has announced a new full-length from Cleveland, OH’s Signals Midwest. The label will issue the band’s new LP, At This Age, in September of 2016. Recorded at Atlas Studios in Chicago, IL in September of 2015, the album was produced by Into It. Over It.’s Evan Weiss. You can sign up for pre-order notification here. Check out the album video teaser below.
Signals Midwest has some upcoming shows and will once again be playing The Fest. Full dates listed below.
Life changes. It’s the natural order of things. As you get older, friendships evolve, relationships fade, and surroundings change. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but trying to find your place and a sense of balance in all of life’s changes is something no one really prepares you for. The four members of Cleveland’s Signals Midwest can certainly attest to that. In eight years, they’ve borne witness to graduations and weddings, moves and funerals, new loves and heartbreak. But through it all, the one constant in the lives of vocalist/guitarist Max Stern, bassist Loren Shumaker, guitarist Jeff Russell, and drummer Steve Gibson has been this band.
At This Age, the quartet’s fourth full-length album, is both a testament to change and a reflection of a band at a pivotal moment in their lives. When you’re a young punk, the idea of devoting your life to music — writing songs and traveling the country with your best friends — doesn’t seem that hard: Write songs, get in the van, and go. “Will we make any money? Will our jobs still be there when we get back? How will we pay our rent next month? Who cares? As long as we’ve got each other and this band, that’s all that matters.” It’s an ethos that guides many bands in the beginning, but after a while, it’s not an easy attitude to maintain.
“I was asking myself questions like ‘How do I evolve as a person but retain what I love? How do I advance through the world but sustain the things that excited me when I was first discovering them?’” says Stern. These are the questions that guide the album, which marks some of the band’s most stark and mature songwriting to date. Produced by Into It. Over It.’s Evan Weiss and recorded at Atlas Studios in Chicago IL, At This Age might be the band’s most direct, stripped-down songwriting, but it’s an album that sounds huge. At times urgent and anthemic, and at others intimate and poignant, At This Age isn’t just an album, it’s a part of Signals Midwest; a cathartic release of angst and anxiety and vulnerability and maturation. It’s their way of communicating with the world and navigating the creeping fear that comes with change.
Eight years is a long time. For a band, it’s an eternity. What does the future hold for Signals Midwest? What does the future hold for any of us? Change is perhaps the most unpredictable and inevitable force in the universe: We can’t stop it. All we can do is to try to prepare for it. In the meantime, the best we can do is stop every once in a while to appreciate the people we have in our lives in that moment — it might not last. — Matt Cohen
At This Age Track Listing:
1. You’re Gonna Be Golden
2. Should Have Been A Painter
3. West Side Summer
4. At This Age
5. Alchemy Hour
6. We Drive Forever Like It’s Nothing
7. Autumn Breaks
9. Who I Was Before We Met
10. Song For Ana
Signals Midwest Upcoming Shows:
JUN 29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Murderroom
JUN 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Pharmacy w/ Timeshares
JUL 01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Suburbia w/ Katie Ellen, Broadcaster
JUL 02 – Boston, MA @ O’Briens
JUL 03 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
JUL 16 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class w/ Pup
JUL 30 – Cleveland, OH @ Musica w/ Timeshares & Worship This
AUG 05 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Fat Guy Fest
OCT 26-27 – Ybor City, FL @ Big Pre-Fest In Little Ybor
OCT 28-30 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest