|Boston's Choke Up sign to Black Numbers. Set to release debut LP in early 2015.|
All the big news. One of our favorite bands emerging from the local Boston punk scene, Choke Up, has signed with independent New Jersey label, Black Numbers (Great Lakes USA, The Color and Sound). Yay!
Per Black Numbers’ website:
“The latest addition to our roster, Boston’s Choke Up, will release their debut LP in early 2015. It’s called Black Coffee, Bad Habits and will be our first release for the new year. We’ll have details on record release shows and the touring to follow pretty soon.
This Boston quartet has been cracking open their former blasts of chaotic, emotional hardcore and spilling out gigantic stadium-sized songs. “Black Coffee, Bad Habits” sounds like a DIY basement band having a moment of realization on record – they are suddenly ready for the spotlight. Swinging-for-the-fences with big production, strings and lush layered vocals, Choke Up has flushed out their sound into an album of fully realized emotive punk anthems. A looking glass into the lives of four extremely earnest human beings, it’s difficult to not empathize with the joy, melancholy, and frustration let loose in these 14 tracks. Guitars are played with a new found confidence, but the emphatic, wavering vocals betray the band for what they are – a group of friends taking a shot in the dark. Without fancy haircuts or plastic commercial aspirations, we are left with incredibly real, poetic lyrics about life, innocence, nature, and the fragility of relationships – written by four old friends fueled by the smell of stale sweat, the taste of cheap beer, and a desperate urge to push forward.
- Jonah Livingston / Ramming Speed”
Black Coffee, Bad Habits track listing:
2. My Oh My
4. Thicket And Vine
5. Don’t Wake Up
6. Coldest Brew
7. 1301 Las Vegas Blvd
9. Polka Dots
10. Woke Up Drunk
11. Live And Die
14. Dry Out