Norway’s WOLVES LIKE US will unleash their fourth album, Brittle Bones, on October 25th via Pelagic Records. The band just unveiled a new single called “Stay Cold” and you can check it out below.
The long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s Black Soul Choir, Brittle Bones — demoed by Kvelertak’s Bjarte Lund Rolland and mixed by Kowloon Walled City’s Scott Evans — displays a more refined and dynamic wolf pack. “There was less tension this time; we almost didn’t argue at all which is rare for us,” relays drummer Jonas Thire. “A lot has happened to us at a personal level. Positives, like we all have kids now. But dark shit, too. There’s been a divorce. [Vocalist/guitarist] Lars [Kristensen] has been really sick. He wrote the lyrics as a kind of diary to deal with issues like abuse, literally and figuratively.”
Lyrically, the thread that runs through Brittle Bones is the topic of honesty. “It’s about dealing with demons in a real way, facing them and giving them the middle finger so to speak,” notes Kristensen. “Brittle Bones is a juxtaposition of the calm and the raspy; comfort and disturbance; beauty and repulsion… for the essence of art can only be understood as equally disturbing the comfortable and comforting the disturbed.”
In advance of its release, today Heavy Blog Is Heavy is pleased to unveil first Brittle Bones single, “Stay Cold.” Issues the band of the track,
“This song is about finding that last drop of hope in yourself. When you’re down and out, there’s blood on your hands and you think you’ve lost it all. There’s still a choice.”
Adds Heavy Blog Is Heavy,
“‘Stay Cold,’ like much of Brittle Bones, has this spring in its step that’s just impossible to resist. That’s also mirrored in its excellent cover art, the pink font blending beautifully with the darker image. That’s kind of what the album sounds like; the staple WOLVES LIKE US’ sound is definitely here but they haven’t stayed in place, fusing it with an even more melodic style that just makes it pop… that difference is mostly heard in the vocals, as they present a sweeter, more fleshed out version of their sound. The album doubles down on these ideas to create something akin to what Torche or Kvelertak can create.”
Stream “Stay Cold,” courtesy of Heavy Blog Is Heavy, at THIS LOCATION.
WOLVES LIKE US‘ Brittle Bones includes a guest vocal appearance by longtime comrade Gared O’Donnell of Planes Mistaken For Stars and will be available on CD, LP, and digital formats. See preordering options below. Fans of Quicksand, Hot Water Music, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Junius, and Drive Like Jehu pay heed.
Following the release of Brittle Bones, WOLVES LIKE US will embark on a European tour supporting Planes Mistaken For Stars. The journey begins in December 1st in Manchester and runs through December 12th in Oslo. See all confirmed dates below.
12/01/2019 Soup Kitchen – Manchester, UK
12/02/2019 The Exchange – Bristol, UK
12/03/2019 The Flapper – Birmingham, UK
12/04/2019 Rescue Rooms – Nottingham, UK
12/05/2019 G2 – Glasgow, UK
12/06/2019 The Lounge – London, UK
12/07/2019 Den Eglantier – Sint-Niklaas, BE
12/08/2019 Jubez – Karlsruhe, DE
12/09/2019 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
12/10/2019 Cassiopeia – Berlin, DE
12/11/2019 MTC – Cologne, DE
12/12/2019 Vaterland – Oslo, NO
Forged in 2010, WOLVES LIKE US emerged out of the ashes of local punk/hardcore pioneers JR Ewing, Amulet, and Infidels Forever, among others. The band quickly made a name for themselves as a super-energetic live band within the local scene, blending equal parts Quicksand and Afghan Wings with their own idiosyncratic post-hardcore sound. After only five shows, they signed with Prosthetic Records and hit the road for tours and shows with the likes of such scene heavyweights as Kvelertak, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Swing Kids, Junius, and Gallows. The band went on to release three critically-lauded albums under the Prosthetic Records banner: Late Love (2011), Get Gone (2012), and Black Soul Choir (2014).
Brittle Bones Track Listing:
1. Stand Up To Get Down
2. Stay Cold
3. Property Of Dortmund
4. I Can’t Love You Wild Enough
5. Winter Chains
6. Oil Money
7. Ash Wednesday
8. Devil Stare Part Two
9. On The Low
10. Plastic On The Fire