Since forming in 2006, CITY OF SHIPS has consistently impressed audiences with their distinctive brand of heavy, down-tuned melodic rock. Their third full-length, Ultraluminal, finds the band building sonic skyscrapers on the foundations laid by their previous two LPs. With its ten expertly-crafted new songs co-produced by veteran recordist Andrew Schneider (BIG BUSINESS, CAVE-IN, PELICAN) and mastered by Carl Saff (GUIDED BY VOICES, YOUNG WIDOWS), the album is an unequivocal game-changing declaration from one of Americas most compelling underground bands.
Delving deeper into the sonic terrain mined by groundbreakers like Failure, Helmet and Quicksand, City of Ships delivers an innovative take on contemporary post- hardcore to create an undeniably powerful listening experience. Transcendent, discerning, and ultimately cathartic in its contemplative approach, Ultraluminal proves the bands capability in fusing their characteristic gnarled riffs with brilliant hooks to match.
Ultraluminal marks its territory with expansive guitar work, growling bass lines, and thunderous drumming. Vocalist Eric Jernigan harnesses his trademark shifts from soaring, gravel- throated anthems into tranquilizing melodic bliss, just as the songs themselves effortlessly cascade in coruscating crashes. Tracks like Alarm and Metadata Blues demonstrate immaculate poise and imaginative lyrical prowess as City of Ships keeps a white-knuckled grip on their surging dynamics.
The band is thrilled to announce their performance at this year’s Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands! More European dates will be announced very soon.