New Bound Stems – “Happens To Us All Otherwise”

Bound Stems made their Stereogum debut in a post titled, simply enough, “Chicago,” back in ’06, on the back of their worthy Appreciation Night. They’re still dipping into and out of of their hometown’s signature fuzz-bucket style of indie rock, but the first single from the forthcoming sophomore LP brings verses with an unexpectedly beachy vocal cadence (seriously, unplug that guitar and sing it in the sand and it wouldn’t be hard to pass it off as Jack Johnson & the Special Sauce). It’s a really sunny place, wherever Bound Stems are writing from, even while they chant “he’s got one foot out the door.” It’s a decent lead track. We’re hoping the rest of the album sounds more like the b-section than the rest.

Bound Stems – “Happens To Us All Otherwise”

The Family Afloat is out 9/9 on Flameshovel. The Stems are bounding:

7/11 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
7/18 – Muncie, IN @ Vilage Green Records
7/19 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
7/20 – Montreal, PQ @ Jupiter Room
7/21 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
7/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall
7/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ M-Room
7/24 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
7/25 – Washington, DC @ Velvet Lounge
7/26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler’s Coyote Lounge

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