Avant-rock trio City of Ships have announced their much anticipated sophomore album, Minor World, which will be co-released by Translation Loss Records and Sound Study Recordings on July 19. Minor World is the follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed debut full-length Look What God Did To Us.
Beginning today, Sound Study Recordings is offering fans the chance to pre-order Minor World on limited edition (500) 210 gram vinyl here http://soundstudyrecordings.com/soundstudy/shop.html
and Translation Loss Records is offering a CD pre-order here
On City of Ships’ follow up to Look What God Did To Us, one of Decibel Magazine’s Top Metal Albums of 2009, Eric Jernigan (guitar/vocals), Andrew Jernigan (bass) and Rob Motes (drums) set out to push the boundaries of their music farther than ever before. Expanding immensely upon 2009's heralded release, City of Ships meticulously weave post-metal and art-rock styles resulting in an intense yet completely accessible sound that's all their own and impossible to pigeonhole.
“We recorded with Andrew Schneider (Rosetta, Pelican) again, this time at his new studio in Brooklyn,” says Jernigan. “We had some meetings with Schneider ahead of our sessions and agreed we'd set no limits on the variety of timbre and texture on the record. To that end we used a wide range of unusual mics, multiple guitars, more than half a dozen amps, and even different drum tones in order to highlight the individuality of each track.”
After six months of writing and recording, their newfound vision paid off. Instead of re-creating Look What God Did To Us, City of Ships continue to challenge themselves, breathing new life into the band’s massive sound with each note.
“Without sacrificing our love of the almighty riff, we let melody guide the trajectory of Minor World,” adds Jernigan. “The song-writing is more fluid than anything in City of Ships history and vocals take center stage more frequently than they ever have.”
While Minor World’s title is a tongue-in-cheek nod to City of Ships’ self-described relative obscurity, there is nothing “minor” about the new album. Colossal guitars and roaring vocals meld seamlessly with mountainous sound-scapes of ambient melody and indie-rock fervor on tracks like "Subrosa," "Low Countries" and "Celestial Navigation" as City of Ships skillfully churn their way through the peaks and valleys of the 42 minute long Minor World.
City of Ships is currently trekking their way across Europe and will return for a US tour later this summer.
Minor World Track Listing:
3. Low Countries
4. Tantric Engineer
5. Darkness at Noon
6. Easy Way / Hard Way
7. Celestial Navigation
8. Sweet Delirium
10. Low Lives
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