Chicago trio, Lume, recently released their label debut full length, Wrung Out, on Equal Vision Records / Graphic Nature Records. The band are heading out on a West Coast tour in June, with No Sun and label mates Gatherers on select dates. Ahead of the release, PopMatters premiered the full album stream, saying of the record, “There are throwbacks to the dark, dangerous glory days of alternative rock (the haunting, seductive “Lean”; “Shudder”) as well as moments of earth-shattering catharsis (“Already Low”)”.

When the band started to write Wrung Out, they initially were inspired by the weight of societal pressures, but after the consecutive deaths of three friends, due to drug abuse and suicide, the writing process became a means of memoriam, catharsis and a sounding board for unanswered questions. While most of the record centers around the emotional fallout from this string of personal tragedies the band endured around the time they began work on the record, songs like “Loss Leader” explore being lost in the feedback loop of a digital world. Other tracks such as the opener “Wrung Out”, balance optimism and pessimism, and how the latter negates one’s quality of life. Lume’s brand of post-hardcore achieves heaviness through minimalism and is perfectly counterbalanced by beautiful moments throughout their label debut.  

In 2014, the members of Lume – Daniel Butler (Vocals/Guitar), Dylan Hulett (Bass), and Austin Hulett (Drums) – started the band with the purpose of emerging themselves in a diverse, vibrant musical scene that would help them reach a new level as a band. After several sold-out, limited run releases and a prolific touring schedule that found them hitting almost every state, the band entered the writing process for their full-length, Wrung Out, in late 2016 with the goal of recording what could become a pivotal release in their career. The band turned to Mike Watts (Glassjaw, Dilinger Escape Plan, O’Brother) to produce the record and help guide them as they expanded their sound. They also enlisted Johnny Dang (of o’Brother) and Spencer Ussery (of Big Jesus) to collaborate on several tracks; learning valuable lessons about crafting a song from both in the process. The result is a diverse collection of ethereal, heavy rock songs that owe as much to the bands they grew up on – such as Soundgarden and Radiohead – as they do to contemporary rock bands like Cloakroom, Chelsea Wolfe or Nothing. Wrung Out is undoubtedly Lume’s most ambitious record to date and having signed to Equal Vision Records / Graphic Nature, it will surely see them rise to new heights in 2018.

Wrung Out Tracklist:

  1. Wrung Out

  2. Keep Me Under

  3. Gaze

  4. Loss Leader

  5. Unglued

  6. Shudder

  7. 31st Street

  8. Lean

  9. Already Low

  10. Unending

Full Tour Dates:

6/03 – Chicago, IL @ Downstairs Subterranean

6/19 – Springfield, IL @ Blacksheep

6/20 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone

6/21 – Austin, TX @ The Lost Well w/ Brother/Ghost

6/22 – El Paso, TX @ Love Buzz w/ Brother/Ghost

6/23 – Tempe, AZ @ 51 West

6/24 – San Diego, CA @ SPACE w/ Quiet

6/25 – Long Beach, CA @ Northside Vinyl

6/26 – Ventura, CA @ The Tavern w/ SHEER & Mossbreaker

6/28 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place w/ Quiet

6/29 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Atlas Coffee w/ Quiet

7/01 – Portland, OR @ Blackwater w/ No Sun

7/02 – Seattle, WA @ Victory Lounge w/ No Sun

7/03 – Victoria, BC @ Copper Owl Bar w/ No Sun

7/04 – Vancouver, BC @ Black Lab

7/06 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Beehive Social Club w/ No Sun, Supercrush & Big Bite

7/07 – Denver, CO @ Seventh Circle w/ No Sun

7/10 – St. Louis, MO @ Sinkhole w/ No Sun

7/11 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s w/ Bent Knee & Gatherers

7/12 – Madison, WI @ Art In w/ Bent Knee & Gatherers

7/13 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar w/ Bent Knee & Gatherers

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