Hard Girls – “Dulcet Tones” (Stereogum Premiere)

James Rettig | January 25, 2016 - 12:10 pm

“Dulcet Tones” is built around huge, uplifting chords, but the words contained within sound indecisive, reluctant: “I heard those dulcet tones ring out in the coming gloaming of the evening/ You said they sound like home, but I don’t know…” Hard Girls — the San Jose band made up of members from Shinobu and Pteradon — have been putting out similarly barn-burning and bold punk songs for years now, first over the course of a few EPs and then on 2012’s Isn’t It Worse and 2014’s A Thousand Surfaces. They’ll be heading into the studio to record a new album later this year, but for now they’re sharing a demo of “Dulcet Tones” and two other tracks, out now on a digital EP via Jeff Rosenstock’s Quote Quote Unquote Records. Listen below.

Tour Dates (w/ the Smith Street Band):
03/17 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction *
03/18 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe *
03/19 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
03/20 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge *
03/23 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada #
03/24 Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder #
03/25 Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown #
03/26 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa #
03/28 Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem #
03/29 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade #
03/30 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 #
03/31 Washington, DC @ DC9 #
04/01 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory #
04/02 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle #
04/03 Boston, MA @ The Middle East #
04/05 Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange $
04/06 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar $
04/07 Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s $
04/08 Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room $
04/09 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitche $
04/10 Minneapolis, MN @ The Nether Bar $
04/12 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge %
04/13 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court %
04/15 Seattle, WA @ Vera Project %
04/16 Portland, OR @ Analog Lounge %
04/18 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill %

* w/ Diners
# w/ Worriers
$ w/ Signals Midwest
% w/ Lee Corey Oswald

The Dulcet Tones EP is out now via Quote Unquote Records.

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