by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)
Give praise. All The Saints have returned! This isn’t some weird religious turn for Post-Trash, but a genuine honor to welcome back the elusive Atlanta trio with the announcement of their third album, Look Like You’re Going Somewhere, due out next month via Chunklet Industries (Harvey Milk, Dasher, The Gotobeds). While the band gained notoriety as the final signing to the legendary Touch & Go Records before it shuttered its doors, the band released one record for the label in the form of 2008’s Fire On Corridor X, an underground classic that showcased the band’s experimental shoegaze sound, blended together occasional touches of slacker punk and noise rock into an enveloping sound. Following a tour together with A Place To Bury Strangers and Dead Confederate, the band went relatively quiet, causing fans outside Georgia to wonder their fate. Then, with little to no warning, All The Saints released their sophomore album, Intro To Fractions, three years later, a complexing continuation of their sound that was further knotted and sonically adventurous. It’s been eight years since that record, with little more than a 7” single in 2016 to let us know they were still alive.
Good things come to those who wait however and it should be repeated that you can’t rush greatness. All The Saints’ long awaited third record captures them still ruthlessly loud and tonally expansive, their sour dirge-gaze sound still glopped together in-tact. Their return is syrupy slow and hypnotically nuanced, a vortex into impenetrable sound that sprawls and smolders. Lead single “Creak” brings us back into the shadows and dark recesses of All The Saints’ sound with a slow driving rhythm that opens to washes of tension riddled guitar chords, bent and glistening in every direction. As the verses start to unwind and snake through the tall grass, the guitar noise peels aways and the sinister groove is left to sink hopes and accent the howls into doom-influenced shoegaze carnage. It’s a friendly reminder of why All The Saints, in all their reclusive tendencies, remain on the Southeast’s finest and with their new album coming soon, we can only hope for further ear-bleeding activity.