American Wrestlers are releasing their sophomore album, Goodbye Terrible Youth, in a few weeks, and they’ve shared “Give Up” and “Amazing Grace” from it so far. Today, we get another new single in the form of “Hello, Dear,” a scratchy and insular but characteristically anthemic song from the one-time Band To Watch. Here’s what Gary McClure had to say about the track in a press release:
‘Hello, Dear’ is a common subject line for spam email, or at least my junk folder seems forever full of mail with this header. The song is from the point of view of a person who is taking on the image of being an artist when they’ve never produced anything that could be deemed a work of Art in their whole life. It’s about feeling your time running out. In a panic you grab some cool pants and a canvas and spread on some abstract crap and ask the void “What about this? Will this do it?” It’s harsh and I’m a hypocrite. Who knows, historically maybe some of the best Art has been made that way. There sure is enough of it stacking up. What could be my favorite line from the whole record is here: “I’d crawl through glass for a sign of life but lately I cannot sleep at night with my back to my telephone.” It gets quiet, it gets loud. The guitars are the nerves getting out of control, the drums are the something deliberate and impending.
Listen to it and check out some new tour dates below.
11/09 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In *
11/11 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook *
12/01 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr.
12/02 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
12/04 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
12/05 Montreal, QC @ Le Divan Orange
12/06 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
12/07 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
12/08 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
12/09 Washington, DC @ DC9
12/11 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
12/15 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
01/10 Nashville, TN @ The High Watt #
01/11 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn #
01/12 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa #
01/13 Houston, TX @ White Oaks (Upstairs) #
01/14 Austin, TX @ Sidewinder (Inside) #
* w/ Sunflower Bean, The Lemon Twigs
# w/ Ne-Hi
Goodbye Terrible Youth is out 11/4 via Fat Possum.