The blistering collection of songs found on FROG EYES’ forthcoming Dead Oceans debut, Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph, practically beg to be heard in a live setting, where Carey Mercer and bandmates perfectly reenact their many fiery moods and tensions on stage. Anyone who has witnessed the electric fury of a Frog Eyes live show knows the tumult that awaits them. Frog Eyes will be bringing their live cacophony to clubs throughout North America this May and June. Mark your calendars.
Paul’s Tomb was recorded almost entirely live to tape, with the guitars stabbing and shimmering, and Mercer coming on strong, like a crazed, guttural Van Morrison, playing with cadence and syllables at every turn. It’s heavy, raw, literate, otherworldy and in the end, utterly compelling. The more you give of yourself to Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph, the more you get lost in its gnarled world.
In a Spinner interview, Mercer called Paul’s Tomb “luminal,” when describing the out-of-time sound the band hoped to capture: “‘I don’t know if we ever verbalized it, but what we wanted to do was make a record that was neither yesteryear nor that super-hip Brooklyn sound,’ the singer-guitarist tells Spinner. ‘I’ve always been attracted to the idea of liminal space and this record fits with it; sonically it’s hard to pin down what era it’s from.’”
True enough, and what Mercer does not say can be read between the lines. Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph is a timeless victory.
For further proof of this achievement, the band is happy to share with you another magnificent cut from Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph, “Lear in Love.” Download it HERE.
Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph will be released on April 27th (26th in the UK). Over the course of the North American blitzkrieg, Frog Eyes will be joined by contemporaries like Plants and Animals, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Pearly Gate Music and Beach Fossils. See the full list of dates HERE.
There are more than a few of us here at Dead Oceans who have been closely watching the career of FROG EYES since their first album surfaced many moons ago. We have been admirers and collectors of all things Frog Eyes for years, so when the opportunity to release their new album was presented to us, we did not hesitate. We are beyond pleased to be working with one of the finest, most dynamic bands making music today. And on April 27th we will be releasing Frog Eyes’ crowning achievement.
Three years in the making, Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph marks Frog Eyes’ thunderous, frantic, fiery return. This is a slow-brewed masterpiece that is unmistakably Frog Eyes, a new album that was very much worth the wait. On this point we feel unassailable: Frog Eyes keeps getting better and better.
This is an album with weight. It’s wrapped in a gauze of fuzz, but a fuzz that’s neither yesteryear nor painfully now. Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph is neither overly modern nor awkwardly vintage, and it contains a depth and bombast that’s not only absent in Frog Eyes’ previous work, it’s absent from most contemporary music. Read more about Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph HERE.
We are pleased to share the mammoth opener from Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph. “A Flower in a Glove” encapsulates everything we love about Frog Eyes in just over nine minutes – an epic beginning to a monstrous album. Listen to “A Flower in a Glove” HERE.
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