Photo by Michelle Guided
Today we have the pleasure of presenting you the latest output from post-punk darkwave outfit Social Station. The band has gone through a metamorphosis to arrive at its current composition, with frontman Paul Todd now joined by Jacob Sebastian on bass guitar.
Based in Washington, the duo has announced both their upcoming tour dates (see below) and the maxi-single ‘Try (Cross My Heart)’, a dark upbeat yet brooding track. It’s immediately infectious, demanding repeat listen and calling to mind that lush intoxication experienced when The Damned ventured into goth territory with ‘Phantasmagoria’, as well as Echo & The Bunnymen. Todd’s tempting vocals lie in fertile ground half way between Joy Division’s Ian Curtis and none other than Nick Cave.
Apart from the title track, this release features a solid collection of remixes by fellow DC and Baltimore artists, including Br’er of Blight Records, The Holy Circle, Red This Ever, and Tim Phillips.
With a passion for analogue synths, hypnotic guitar, and undeniable melancholic vocals, the band originally started as a solo project in 2013 by singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist Paul Todd, debuting with the single ‘The Sun and The Air’, followed by their ‘With a Smile’ EP.
“The song ‘Try’ has been evolving for close to two years with its start as a slow and deep staccato guitar riff along the lines of early Chelsea Wolfe or PJ Harvey, and just the first verse. Moving the song to an arrangement for piano completed the verses but still did not have the Cross My Heart chorus and up-tempo pace. Still pretty gloomy,” says Paul Todd.
“The song took off with a life of its own. The guitar melodies and string arrangements just fell into place. Two words always come to mind when working on a Social Station song, yearning and melancholy. The perspectives or lens may change but longing or struggling and feeling overwhelmed drives the writing process. This song in particular frames the challenge of feeling comfortable in your own skin while trying to have a meaningful and significant relationship.”
Their live show and distinct sound originally took shape through Paul Todd’s collaboration with Spenser Kydd. Their common music sensibility for distinct melodies and themes led Social Station to release their debut single ‘Awfully Pretty’ in 2015. That track received immediate attention and was hand-picked for Orkus Music and Culture Magazine’s monthly music compilation.
With the addition of Alexander Minx on drums, Social Station spent a summer in an industrial space in Baltimore, writing and recording their debut full length album ‘Our Pleasure of Solitude’. This effort earned them inclusion in the NPR-affiliated WAMU Capital Soundtrack and Stereo Embers Magazine’s ‘Next Twenty Post-Punk Bands You Should Know About’.
With a renewed commitment to touring and recording, and the departure of Spenser Kydd and Alexander Minx, this release marks a new chapter for Social Station. The extensive use of midi sequencing and the addition of classical musician Jacob Sebastian on bass has opened a whole new world of possibilities for the duo, both in the studio and on stage.
The two of them will kick off an extensive tour in support of their new single ‘Try (Cross My Heart’ and their back catalogue.
Catch them at one of the dates lined up their summer.
June 12 Washington, DC – Slash Run with Cruz de Navajas, False Figure & Edge Petal Burn
June 24 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar with De Lilith & N0IR
June 26 Manchester, NH – Ukrainian Club Manchester with Sweet Pablo & WKEAH
June 28 Montreal, Quebec – Brasserie Beaubien with Scene Noir, Awwful & Lost Creatures
June 29 Kingston, Ontario – Overtime with Double Eyelid, V0ID & Trash McCann
June 30 Toronto, Ontario – Cherry Cola with Double Eyelid, Subterranea & Queens & Kings
July 1 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo’s Mohawk Place with Venus II Creature, Third Realm & Optic Oppression
July 3 – TBD
July 5 Pittsburg – TBD