Teen Suicide Share New Song “The Stomach of the Earth”

Photo by Nick Hughes

Baltimore’s Teen Suicide have resurrected themselves with the announcement of a new double LP, It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot, out April 1, 2016 on Run For Cover Records. The first for the group since 2012, Teen Suicide began as the solo project of Sam Ray (Ricky Eat Acid, Julia Brown) with a rotating cast of musicians but has since morphed into a full band.

The EDM-leaning “The Stomach of the Earth” can be heard below. Pre-order for Big Joyous Celebration is now available via the Run For Cover webstore. Teen Suicide will appear at this year’s SXSW and embark on a full US tour on 4/20, all tour dates are below.

Songwriter Sam Ray said of “The Stomach of the Earth”, “This song is about purgatory. There’s a kind of purgatory that comes with being a drug addict, when you do the same things constantly every day and have only one goal and one desire at all times, and there’s a kind of purgatory that comes with getting sober and being a normal person, when life consists of nothing but small, forgettable moments and places. Sitting by a lake, getting your hair cut, going to the bank, even just deciding whether or not to shower on any given day, it all becomes the same boring, eternal thing. This song is mostly about that latter kind of purgatory, but also about purgatory in a more literal sense. So much of our record comes back to the idea of heaven (or any afterlife) being this really boring, mundane place. Sort of like Kurt Vonnegut’s description of the afterlife in “Slapstick”, where heaven is so dull it’s referred to as ‘The Turkey Farm’. rather than ‘Paradise’. Life might be this boring, mundane place, but it has a definite ending and there’s a great exhilaration that comes with facing the unknown. Imagine everything dull and routine about life, now stripped of all possibility of change. I don’t know why but I find that terrifying sometimes.”

Teen Suicide’s new album, It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot is also, according to the band, their final record. Recorded over fourteen months with a Robert Altman-sized group of collaborators and performers, it’s both a skeleton key for the band’s earlier work & a great corrective addition to it. Updating rather than refuting all of the past themes and styles of their revered first LP “i will be my own hell because there is a devil inside my body” and numerous EPs, Big Joyous Celebration shifts between punk, noise, country, house & a myriad of other electric dance genres to create something as messy, sprawling, and captivating as its mouthful of a title. Spread over twenty six tracks, there is plenty that Teen Suicide’s swansong has to say for itself in the band’s distinct, captivating, and refreshingly enjoyable voice.

Tour Dates:
Mar 16 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Apr 20 – Dallas TX @ Gas Monkey$
Apr 22 – Tempe AZ @ The Marquee$
Apr 23 – San Diego CA @ House of Blues$
Apr 24 – Anaheim CA @ House of Blues$
Apr 26 – Los Angeles CA @ Echoplex$
Apr 27 – San Francisco CA @ Slim’s$
Apr 29 – Portland OR @ Wonder Ballroom$
Apr 30 – Seattle WA @ The Showbox$
May 2 – Salt Lake City UT @ Club Sound$
May 3 – Denver CO The @ The Summit Music Hall$
May 5 – St. Louis MO @ The Ready Room$
May 6 – Chicago IL @ Concord Music Hall$
May 7 – Milwaukee WI @ The Rave$
May 8 – Pontiac MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom$
May 10 – Cleveland OH @ House of Blue$
May 11 – Pittsburgh PA @ Stage AE – Indoor$
May 12 – Philadelphia PA @ Theatre of Living Arts$
May 13 – New York NY @ Webster Hall$
May 14 – Worcester MA @ The Palladium$
May 15 – Sayreville NJ @ Starland Ballroom$
May 17 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club$
May 19 – Carrboro NC @ Cat’s Cradle$
May 20 – Wilmington NC @ Ziggy’s By The Sea$
May 21 – Atlanta GA @ The Masquerade$
May 22 – Nashville TN @ Marathon Music Works$
May 24 – Orlando FL @ Beacham Theater$
May 25 – Tampa FL @ The Ritz Ybor$
May 27 – Houston TX @ House of Blues$
May 28 – Austin TX @ Scoot Inn$

$ = w/ Say Anything, mewithoutYou, Museum Mouth

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