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Post Earth, the second full-length album from Los Angeles’ melodic noise punk quartet FEELS, is a call to arms, interspersed with frustration and hope.
It’s in the title track, a riff-heavy dispatch from a near future when billionaires flee the dying Earth, only to find their own comeuppance. It’s in the tuneful, ’70s punk of opener Car and its dismissal of “one nation under fraud.” It’s in the jittery Find A Way, which demands “Burn all the money, all the flags, all this stupid pride.” It’s in the entreaties to resist of Tollbooth: “the world needs you and you and you.”
“It wasn’t intentional to write a politically charged record,” says bassist Amy Allen, who constitutes FEELS with Laena Geronimo (guitar/vocals), Shannon Lay (guitar/vocals), and Michael Perry Rudes (drums). “But the way the world is functioning right now made it impossible to write about anything else. We all need to figure it out; we’re running out of time. The golden age is over.”
Maybe FEELS did not start their second album with a conceptual agenda, but they definitely intended to speak out: “If you have any kind of platform, you should use it for good,” Lay states. Geronimo continues, “If our wildest dreams came true, the album would sound exciting to people while also inspiring awareness and action against hate, prejudice, greed, the destruction of our environment…apathy’s not cool and toppling oppression could be fun if we do it together!”
FEELS do what they do thanks to a bond that stretches back to adolescence. Geronimo, Allen, and Rudes have known each other since high school, when the Rudes’ garage served as the hangout and nexus for their musical projects. Rudes and Lay played in Geronimo’s solo project, Raw Geronimo, for years before it morphed into FEELS with the addition of Allen. Their shared history makes for a rare chemistry among collaborators.
After recording their 2016 eponymous debut – which earned the band press attention from outlets including The FADER, SPIN and The Los Angeles Times — with Ty Segall in one marathon daylong session, FEELS decamped to Northern California in August 2017 for a comparatively luxurious eight days with Tim Green. The former guitarist of punk iconoclasts Nation of Ulysses, Green has worked with Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Joanna Newsom and Jawbreaker among others. “His studio was an ideal experience to be able to escape day-to-day tasks, lock ourselves away, and focus,” ruminates Rudes.
Post Earth is out via Wichita Recordings February 22, 2019
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