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Microwave - Death is a Warm Blanket (September 13th, 2019) Album • Page 2

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by slowheart, Aug 1, 2019.

  1. ImAMetaphor

    absence 8/20/21 Prestigious

    DIAWB ripsssssssss
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  2. Elder Lightning

    Forever a Lake-Effect Kid Supporter

    DIAWB is awesome.

    Carry has some strong JEW vibes and I'm all about it.
  3. MattNCheeze


    This is such perfect September October music god damn
  4. Gnarly Charlie

    Good guy, but a bad dude

    This is pretty fucking rad. Diawb is 100% Nirvana but I’m there for it
  5. vidiviciveni


    I really adored Vomit, these aren’t quite rippin hard enough for me
    karcrashianpanache likes this.
  6. andrewcloer

    Lurking AP since 2005. Lurking Chorus since 2016.

    I don't know if anyone saw the press release, but this is pretty cool:

    If music can serve as a release for its creator and listener alike, then Microwave’s new album is sonic catharsis incarnate. Death Is A Warm Blanket is an explosion of mental and physical frustration, channelled into ten dynamic tracks that show just how powerful, gut-wrenching--and fun--loud rock music can be when it’s this completely unbridled.

    Vocalist/guitarist Nathan Hardy, bassist Tyler Hill, and drummer Timothy Pittard formed Microwave in Atlanta, Georgia in 2012 as an extension of friendships, school, and the local music scene. The band’s earlier work (including 2014’s Stovall and 2016’s Much Love) naturally reflected a more youthful outlook--romances, the many anxieties of your early 20s--but also the fallout that followed Hardy’s exit from the Mormon church at age 22. As Microwave began to pick up steam, Hardy underwent a sharp change in worldview fueled by the upheaval of entering adulthood, an amplified desire for new experiences after a particularly protected upbringing, and the easy access to drugs and alcohol on the road. “You’re hopeful when you’re younger and it made our earlier stuff a little more ‘there’s a light at the end of the tunnel’,” Hardy explains. “When I left the church, it was exciting to experience all these new things but then six years go by, that wears off, you’re older and you don’t have health insurance…”

    While Microwave continued to grow and tour steadily with each release, Hardy’s body and frame of mind deteriorated. His shoulder began dislocating (with one incident occurring during the band’s performance at Wrecking Ball festival in Atlanta) and the absence of any kind of financial safety net exacerbated his lengthy recovery from surgery. “Being in a band isn’t a lifestyle that leads to comforts,” Hardy says, “I was sleeping on couches. I’m a stagehand so if I can’t lift anything, I can’t work.” Microwave began touring again, and the physical toll of being on the road furthered his sense of decline. “I was so unhealthy… My shoulder was still weak, I was drinking way too much, my immune system was a mess. We were trying to get through sets but I would get heat-induced vertigo because I think my kidneys weren’t working properly. I thought I was going to die or have to stop being in a band because of it.” But like so many musicians, Hardy turned towards his only reliable outlet for exorcising frustration, and Death Is A Warm Blanket began to take shape.

    Galvanized by a strangely motivational union of fatalism, dissatisfaction, and determination, Hardy began writing songs and slowly, but surely improving his health. The new music outlined a different version of Microwave: angrier and heavier, but still rooted in truthful songwriting and Hardy’s knack for acute hooks. “When it comes to writing music there’s something liberating about feeling like you’re on a sinking ship. We felt totally unencumbered by any sonic expectations and this record ended up naturally heavier because of everything that was going on.” The band created Death Is A Warm Blanket’s endless array of guitar tones at the home studio of guitarist Travis Hill, who had engineered Microwave’s previous albums before joining the band. They put the open-ended time in the studio to good use, experimenting with unusual production flourishes and instrumental textures as they honed their new direction, and recruited Matt Goldman at Gem City Studios to capture Pittard’s massive drum sounds and mix the record.

    The resulting album is an amalgam of everything exhilarating about loud guitars. Microwave revel in their newfound creative abandon, colliding post-hardcore aggression with ‘90s alternative sneer, and bleeding broodingly atmospheric verses into anthemic choruses. The band’s music has always shown hints of sharper edges, but Death Is A Warm Blanket takes those loud/quiet building blocks and twists them into a snarling mass of gigantic dynamic shifts and otherworldly heaviness. “Leather Daddy” opens the album with an unassuming acoustic guitar and Hardy’s reserved vocals to serve as a shaky bridge from the band’s previous work, and slowly grows taut with Hill’s gnarled bass before outright collapsing under the weight of colossal guitars and cacophonous drums. All the while the song’s lyrics set the scene for Death Is A Warm Blanket: mental isolation, physical incapacitation, a faded sense of community, and the unexpected freedom of having very little to lose. “Float To The Top” and “Hate TKO” explore the potentially dogmatic nature of subcultures, modern social media burnout, and the absurdities of bad faith arguing. The latter conjures up an In Utero-style blend of chaos and melody, while the former’s pulsating nest of guitars have been mutated to resemble a synth so ugly, it would make Trent Reznor proud.
    The quasi-title track “DIAWB” and “The Brakeman Has Resigned” paint a harrowing picture of Hardy’s lowest moments of limping from sickness to sickness, show to show, self-medicating and resigning himself to a hopeless existence but somehow putting one foot in front of the other. “Pull” offers a brief respite in the guitar attack, a moody slow burner that starts with some of the album’s most delicate music before hurtling into some of its most destructive. Elsewhere “Mirrors” is perhaps the finest example of Microwave’s mastery of hooks and heaviness: a swaggering cut of Headbanger’s Ball fodder sure to incite singalongs and pandemonium alike. Death Is A Warm Blanket reaches its apocalyptic conclusion with “Part of It,” a gleefully nihilistic track with sights set on an end of the world that can’t help but feel ever-closer these days. The album doesn’t have a light at the end of the tunnel, yet it does seem to find some semblance of acceptance even in harsh realities. “A lot of bands I grew up with had these climactic coming of age records where the sky opens up and it all turns out ok. This record doesn’t have that, but I feel like that’s more honest.” He adds with a bit of a laugh, “It’s more like someone punching you in the stomach and knocking the air out of you.” Perhaps it’s that painful honesty at the center of Death Is A Warm Blanket that makes it so compelling--if the end is near, Microwave won’t be going quietly.
  7. arewehavingfunyet


    WOW - that's great. Really liked this description:

    "The resulting album is an amalgam of everything exhilarating about loud guitars. Microwave revel in their newfound creative abandon, colliding post-hardcore aggression with ‘90s alternative sneer, and bleeding broodingly atmospheric verses into anthemic choruses. The band’s music has always shown hints of sharper edges, but Death Is A Warm Blanket takes those loud/quiet building blocks and twists them into a snarling mass of gigantic dynamic shifts and otherworldly heaviness."
    sonder likes this.
  8. karcrashianpanache

    Hysterical and Useless

    Astonishing use of adjectives in that release
  9. bedwettingcosmo

    i like bands who can't sing good Supporter

    brooding, atmospheric, anthemic, dynamic, otherwordly.

    yeahhhhh.... i feel like i'm reading every press release thats ever been released in their genre
    trevorshmevor and Leftandleaving like this.
  10. unbornwhiskey


    band may have leveled up on this one
  11. unbornwhiskey


    update: yep they did
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  12. Justin Roux

    Trusted Supporter

  13. unbornwhiskey


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  14. LessThanTrevor

    Trusted Prestigious

    Been following these dudes since Stovall got released and I absolutely cannot wait for this album. So happy to see their success and growth. Nate told me in 2016 that this album would be heavier. They started writing it before Much Love came out. I was shocked that they already started a new LP. Next month can't get here soon enough.
    sonder likes this.
  15. unbornwhiskey


    it's way heavier but they sacrificed zero hooks to get there, and there's a ton of atmosphere that was only implied in their previous records, a journey through space by which i mean it sounds like it's burning up on reentry. very adventurous but also very tight, it's a relatively short record but it's hard to notice because it's so well-balanced. this isn't a knock on them but this is sort of what i wanted daylight/superheaven to actually sound like—obviously grunge and '90s alt-rock inspired but with emo hooks
  16. teebs41

    Prestigious Prestigious

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  17. MattNCheeze


    If this band doesn’t sell out 1K rooms we revolt
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  18. LessThanTrevor

    Trusted Prestigious

    When I first saw them it was before they signed to Side One Dummy and they played to a room of four people that weren't a part of the other bands they were playing with. It was nuts.
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  20. bedwettingcosmo

    i like bands who can't sing good Supporter

  21. mattylikesfilms


    The title track is cool but feels half baked. It just really doesn't really go anywhere.

    "Carry" is rad though!
  22. MattNCheeze


    My Much Love LP came in a solid week before the release date so here's to hoping.
  23. AWasteOfATime

    @awasteofatime Supporter

    better than much love??
  24. josh-

    Twitter: @joshcaraballin

    Their riot fest set the day after they drop this is gonna be a heater
    paperlung likes this.
  25. TomG

    Regular Supporter

    Much love is going to be hard to top for me. Not digging the 2 new songs so far, but hoping they grow on me since I am a huge fan of much love