Cymbals Eat Guitars

releases

bark147: Cymbals Eat Guitars / Lose

LOSE

“Warning”


VIDEOS:Laramie

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 album available for Cassette Store Day 23 Sep 2014

International Cassette Store Day is this Saturday, September 27th! Barsuk is excited to offer up a limited edition cassette version of Cymbals Eat Guitars' latest critically acclaimed album LOSE on cassette. Limited to 300 copies worldwide, it includes a download code for high-quality MP3 files. Check out the Cassette Store Day website for a list of participating stores.

upcoming shows

10 Dec

WASHINGTON, DC · DC 9
all-ages

11 Dec

PHILADELPHIA, PA · Johnny Brenda's
21+

12 Dec

NEW YORK, NY · Knitting Factory
all-ages

13 Dec

ALLSTON, MA · Brighton Music Hall
21+

12 Jan

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM · Garage 

15 Jan

MILAN, ITALY · Lo Fi 

16 Jan

BOLOGNA, ITALY · Covo Club 

17 Jan

LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND · Sudpol 

19 Jan

PARIS, FRANCE · Le Point Ephemere 

20 Jan

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS · Paradiso