After a long hiatus (of sorts) New York’s kings of slacker rock Cymbals Eat Guitars have finally announced the release of their third album, Lose, on 28 August, and the band have given us a little taste of what’s ahead. ‘Jackson’ is the first track to be taken from the album, and also serves as the album’s opener, and frontman Joseph D’Agostino sounds like he’s exercising some demons. The main reason for this is because Lose was written and recorded as a way of dealing with the death of his long time friend, and one time fellow band member Ben High, who sadly passed away while he was working with the band on their first album in 2007. It sounds like writing Lose was a cathartic process for D’Agostino who says this of the new record:
“LOSE is a very apropos title because it refers not only to losing Ben, but also it’s about a sort of nostalgia, a longing for a time when music meant everything to you and your friends, and it seemed like one great rock record could change everyone’s life the way it changed yours. It’s about being in mourning for your long-held belief that music could literally change the world. That’s the contradiction at the heart of LOSE… You’re disillusioned, but somehow you can do nothing else but rail against that feeling mightily and try, once again, to make a record that makes you and everyone else “wake up wanting to listen to records.”
The immediacy of ‘Jackson’ hits you in all its 6+ minute glory as D’Agostino blasts out the opening lines “You’re taking two Klonopin / so you can quit flipping”, but all that self-reflection and disillusionment is anchored firmly in an uplifting power-rock musicality shot through with optimism. If ‘Jackson’ is anything to go by, Lose is going to be a truly life affirming record.
Listen to ‘Jackson‘ below.