Cymbals Eat Guitars


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bark118: Cymbals Eat Guitars / Lenses Alien

Lenses Alien

“Rifle Eyesight (Proper Name)”

Cymbals Eat Guitars released their debut album Why There Are Mountains in 2009, receiving a response that far exceeded the band's expectations. Two years have gone by since that early hype cycle began, and a lot has changed. An official release of Why There Are Mountains on the band's own imprint, extensive US touring with the likes of Bear in Heaven, Los Campesinos!, and The Thermals; European dates with The Flaming Lips and The Hold Steady; and festival performances including Lollapalooza and Glastonbury kept the band quite busy. All the while, they were using whatever free time was afforded to them to write songs for a planned follow-up.

After signing to Barsuk Records in early 2011, the band settled down in Whipple's basement in New Jersey to finish writing that follow-up. Lenses alien, the result of these collaborative explorations, is a stunning example of a band growing into itself — learning to collaborate, becoming more confident. At its core, Lenses Alien is a marriage of classic pop forms and ambient haze that makes for a stark, dusky psychedelia. D'Agostino's vocals, now with support from Hamilton and Whipple, sit daringly at the forefront, and his lyrics are dark, strange, and affecting as ever. A relentlessly complex listen, Lenses Alien strikes a balance between the archaic and the inviting and is as much a document of doubts and contradictions as of irreverent joy. It's a varied collection of songs that feels handmade — built from the ground up — and it's precisely the album Cymbals Eat Guitars was built to make.

Cymbals Eat Guitars premieres "Chambers" on Stereogum 26 Jun 2014

Cymbals Eat Guitars premiered the latest track off their forthcoming album LOSE at Stereogum today, who said, "LOSE feels like a culmination of everything yet accomplished by Cymbals Eat Guitars, the moment where everything is being expressed and revealed. It's immensely brave, and more than anything, it sounds like a beginning." This follows the release of "Jackson", which premiered last month at Pitchfork and has been met with jaw-dropping excitement and increased the anticipation for LOSE, out August 26th.

Cymbals Eat Guitars are also excited to announce that they'll be hitting the road with Bob Mould — tour dates can be found here.

Finally, the band has unveiled the pre-order for LOSE via their website, where fans can purchase deluxe packages from the band including an exclusive t-shirt, lyric book, and exclusive guitar pedals from Brian Hamilton, Cymbals Eat Guitars band member and founder of boutique guitar pedal company

upcoming shows

20 Aug

NEW HAVEN, CT · Bar Night Club 

21 Aug

KINGSTON, NY · BSP Kingston 

22 Aug


24 Aug

ASBURY PARK, NJ · Asbury Lanes 

26 Aug

BROOKLYN, NY · Baby's All Right 

5 Sep

PHILADELPHIA, PA · Theatre of Living Arts

6 Sep

WASHINGTON, DC · 9:30 Club

10 Sep

NEW YORK, NY · Bowery Ballroom

11 Sep

NEW YORK, NY · Bowery Ballroom

12 Sep

BOSTON, MA · Paradise