Steve Hartlett started Stove last year after Ovlov broke up for a time. The Connecticut band’s break-up didn’t stick (as per usual) and they’re back to making new music and playing shows, but Stove is still soldiering on as its own project. The band is following up last year’s clamoring debut full-length Is Stupider with a new EP called Is A Toad In The Rain, which will initially only be available on their upcoming tour Mannequin Pussy. But “Graduate And Congratulate” is an early sneak peek at where Stove is headed, and it’s a lot less noisy and abrasive than what they’ve put out before. It’s placid and textural and downright chill, and the video features Hartlett getting groomed in a backyard and staring mutedly into the camera. Watch and listen below.
Tour Dates (w/ Mannequin Pussy):
07/21 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Sacred Teachers & Bad Magic
07/22 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 w/ Dog Eyes
07/24 Tallahassee, FL @ The Shark Tank w/ Big Heet
07/25 Gainesville, FL @ The Nest w/ Big Heet
07/27 Orlando, FL @ Spacebar w/ Poster
07/28 Saint Petersburg, FL @ The Bends w/ Poster & Fictional Friend
07/29 Miami, FL @ Gramps
07/30 Saint Augustine, FL @ Shanghai Nobby’s w/ The Cosmic Groove
07/31 Atlanta, GA @ The Sewing Room w/ DiCaprio & Fishmonger
08/01 Nashville, TN @ Drkmttr w/ Shell of a Shell
08/02 Charlotte, NC @ Lunchbox Records w/ Alright
08/03 Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
The Is A Toad In The Rain EP will be available at Stove’s upcoming shows with Mannequin Pussy. It’ll be released via Exploding In Sound later this summer.