by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)
It's nearly been a year since Minneapolis trio Double Grave's blustery debut album, New Year's Daydream, and the band are set to release it's counterpoint EP, Empty Hands. Set for release on April 27th via Sad Cactus and Forged Artifacts, their latest serves as a jubilant follow-up, a record made for the coming Spring and Summer. Packing four songs into a concise ten minutes, Double Grave aren't wasting any time, but they're not exactly holding anything back either. The home recorded album is full of unrestrained energy, following their punchy guitar riffs and mountains of distortion to visceral new heights.
First single "Laetitia" is packed with sun soaked melodies, the guitars ranging from blistering to aggressively scrappy. The thing cracks with each dense hit, a pummeling bit of grinding noise-pop-centric fun, each new distorted layer more glorious than the last. The syrupy vocals stretch out with each syllable, pulling gently like slow drying glue. The video captures the band playing underwater (probably not recommended for your instruments) as the lyrics move across the screen with animations that waver in the tide. The songs addresses our current political climate and the inability to escape it all.
Double Grave's Empty Hands is out April 27th via Sad Cactus (vinyl) and Forged Artifacts (cassette).