Release Date: 19 January 2015
Format: LP Vinyl
|Sick Feeling Suburban Myth Limited Pink/Red Vinyl LP
You could say that Sick Feeling are a Brooklyn-based band, and you'd be right, but their story is one that originates in Berkeley, Austin, Philadelphia, and the suburban New Jersey sprawl — scenes best known for their raw and trenchant undergrounds, vanguard cities to many.
You could say that Sick Feeling are a new band, and even though Suburban Myth is their debut album, that's almost true. They've been together for two years, but their ranks—vocalist Jesse Miller-Gordon, guitarist Don Devore, bassist Danny Wood, and drummer Alan Yuch—have well-established histories playing in a wide-ranging list of bands including Ink & Dagger, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, and the Mongoloids, among others.
You could also say that Sick Feeling are a hardcore-punk band, and you'd be right in the most fundamental sense, but what does that even mean when we're talking about a band that once curated a photo exhibit in New York and then showed up to play inside of a twelve-foot square box for three nonstop hours? A CBGB Sunday Matinee it was not, but risks like these speak to hardcore's historic sense of testing boundaries and appropriating space.
After hearing Suburban Myth — a joint release between Terrible Records (owned by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor and Ethan Silverman) and Collect Records (owned by Thursday / United Nations / No Devotion frontman Geoff Rickly) — you will be hard-pressed to say that Sick Feeling haven't somehow transformed their nascent punk paradigms into a viable model of what it means to be young and fucked up and still turned off by self-defeating ennui. Which means that the worst possible thing would be to confuse this band with the past-due punk of pessimism and power chords. Sick Feeling is the sound of American nostalgia being turned inside out.
1. Gave Back (Suburban Myth Part 1)
2. Not No (Sick Feeling)
3. Liberal Arts
4. Natural Ice
5. I’m Chafing
6. The Americans
7. Suburban Myth (Part 2)
11. The Party