New album from Shellac, LE gold vinyl from Quasi March 20 2024

US Domestic and non-EU/UK PREORDER / EU and UK PREORDER

TRACK LISTING ◇ 10 songs

WSOD / Girl From Outside / Chick New Wave / Tattoos / Wednesday

Scrappers / Days Are Dogs / How I Wrote How I Wrote Elastic Man (cock & bull) / Scabby the Rat / I Don't Fear Hell

It's still:
Steve Albini ◇ Guitar
Todd Trainer ◇ Drums
Bob Weston ◇ Bass

This is Shellac's sixth studio LP. Recording & mixing took place at Electrical Audio in Chicago over a bunch of long weekends in November 2017; October 2019; September 2021; and March 2022. The record was mastered by Bob & Steve at Chicago Mastering Studio.

LP and CD packaging and artwork are identical (the CD is just smaller). Bob took all the photos; some with a fancy camera and some with a telephone.

Audio quality is paramount, as always, with Shellac. The LPs are being manufactured by Green Vinyl Records using an injection molding process. This new process uses 100% recyclable PET (like soda bottles) and is environmentally friendly, containing no PVC or Phthalates. The process also uses 79% less CO2 than conventional hydraulic PVC vinyl presses. The records weigh 180 grams.

The band will continue to play shows or tour at the same sporadic and relaxed pace as always. There is no correlation between shows and record releases.

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When the Going Gets Dark was tracked in a local Portland studio called Audible Alchemy. Our hope was that without the stresses and logistical difficulties of being musicians and engineers simultaneously, we would be liberated enough to propel our playing to a new level. This did in fact happen. Our takes were some of the most daring and expansive of our career. We captured sounds that were powerful, unrepeatable, and unmistakably psychedelic. Images began to emerge, centered on dreams, memories, and defiance, and it seemed our record was coming together. But problems and frustrations with the studio slowed us down, and by mix down, the sessions came to a halt.

We let sleeping dogs lie for a while, and then I had the bright idea to call Dave Fridmann, the genius who produced The Woods for my other band SLEATER-KINNEY. He agreed to take the tapes to his studio in Fredonia, NY (Tarbox Road Studios). It was like winning the lottery. He understood the intensity and beautiful chaos we had captured. He made the mixes powerful and unpredictable. He enhanced the swirling, layered, psyche feel, and I swear, sprinkled fairy dust on our record.

I am proud of this music. Most of the bands that started when Quasi did are broken up or playing reunion shows. Tastes have changed, and fans have moved onto other things. But in the end, it’s the indescribable, soulful connection between Sam and me that compels us to continue writing and recording our songs. When the Going Gets Dark proves that all the blood, sweat and tears were worthwhile.

Janet Weiss, drummer

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