Plague Vendor has shared a new song “ISUA” at SPIN today. The song is from BLOODSWEAT, the Whittier, CA band’s new album out March 25.
As told to SPIN, vocalist Brandon Blaine explains “When we all lived at Com (the name of our pad), everyone would go to bed, but I would continue to stay up…I just want to enjoy people, I love company, and never want the good times to end. Recording “ISUA” with Stuart Sikes was a lot of fun; he pushed us to experiment with different mics and gear. It was great to have that different perspective in the studio.” Visit SPIN to listen to “ISUA” now.
BLOODSWEAT was co-produced with Stuart Sikes and mixed by Alan Moulder, and it vastly expands on the sonic territory explored in their debut. During the recording process, Plague Vendor aimed to capture each track in as few takes as possible, avoiding many overdubs and embracing the same minimal production they bring to their live performances. Nearly all of the eleven songs on BLOODSWEAT were heavily road-tested, imagined, and re-imagined live before ever making it into the studio. The foursome spent the last two years playing endless live shows, filling everywhere from backyard parties to clubs to festivals.
Palpable tension comes from the sense that anything could happen, and certainly you feel that way when listening to BLOODSWEAT. But mostly Plague Vendor is interested in simplicity and the sort of expressive nakedness that can come from stripping everything away. BLOODSWEAT invokes its own name as it unfurls, edged with a sense of danger and vulnerability.
BLOODSWEAT Track Listing:
1. Anchor to Ankles
3. Ox Blood
7. No Bounty
8. Saturday Night Shakes
9. Fire to Emotion
10. Giving In, Given Out
11. Got It Bad
Plague Vendor Live Shows:
Feb 13 – San Diego, CA – You Are Going To Hate This Fest (SOMA)
Mar 02 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour
Mar 05 – Costa Mesa, CA – Musink (OC Fairgrounds)