Bottomless Pit – “Fleece”

This week marks the release of Shade Perennial, the third album from Chicago indie-rock lifers Bottomless Pit. The band was formed by Silkworm guitarist Andy Cohen and bassist Tim Midyett after those legendary Albini associates lost drummer Michael Dahlquist to a fatal car crash in 2005 and has been cranking out life-affirming greyscale guitar/bass/drums churn ever since. “Fleece,” the album’s lead track and lead single, is a steadily building anxiety spiral that somehow culminates in hope. The climactic lyric, “I’m just grateful to be alive,” takes on special resonance coming from dudes who lost their friend and bandmate far too early, and the music is absolute proof that anyone who fancies themselves an O.G. indie-rock aficionado — especially fans of Crazy Horse, Polvo, Built To Spill, early Modest Mouse, and (of course) Silkworm — should fall into Bottomless Pit’s discography. Press play on “Fleece” below.

Shade Perennial is out now via Comedy Minus One.