Monotreme Records welcomes This Will Destroy You
It is with the greatest pleasure that we annouce the signing of This Will Destroy You to Monotreme Records.
The Texan 4-piece (L-R Alex Bhore, Chris King, Jeremy Galindo, Donovan Jones) will release their utterly brilliant new album, ‘Tunnel Blanket’ on the 9th of May on Monotreme Records throughout Europe. Outside of Europe, the album will be released by the Suicide Squeeze label.
The album will be available on CD, double-180 gm vinyl gatefold LP and digital download formats.
We will also be re-issuing the back catalog releases ‘This Will Destroy You’ album and ‘Young Mountain’ EP. There will be some great pre-sale bundles up in our web shop before long.
A European tour is currently being booked for June-July. We will have the dates up in our tour dates section of the website as soon as they come through.
The album track ‘Communal Blood’ is now available to stream or download as a free mp3 using the SoundCloud link below:
This Will Destroy You
Mono-51CD, 51VNL, 51DD
Released: 9 May 2011
1. Little Smoke
2. Glass Realms
3. Communal Blood
5. Killed The Lord, Left For The New World
7. Black Dunes
8. Powdered Hand
Chris King – guitar; Jeremy Galindo – guitar; Donovan Jones – bass;
Alex Bhore – drums
In any relationship, it’s often what’s not said that lingers longest,
taken from an encounter and rendered indelible. Texan four-piece This
Will Destroy You realise this better than most instrumental outfits,
peppering their material with dialogue that’s no slave to language, to
vowels and tongues. It’s communication without bounds, expressive and
emotive and, most importantly of all, highly memorable.
Tunnel Blanket is the group’s second long-player. It follows a
well-received eponymous debut of 2008, a record that earned the band
many an attractive comparison to post-rockers who, for the sake of the
past being just that, will remain nameless here. But to This Will
Destroy You – founding guitarists Chris King and Jeremy Galindo,
bassist Donovan Jones and drummer Alex Bhore – the parallels were not
so welcomed. Their sound world was theirs alone to inhabit, any
coincidences just that. So, for album two, a new direction was
inevitable, ties binding them to any scene tossed and forgotten.
Tunnel Blanket delivers the epic-in-scope soundscapes that followers
of its makers’ previous recordings are accustomed to, but presents
them in new lights – where once the sun shone down bright upon
immediate tropes and traits, now their work is better suited to
distant starlight, casting changeable shadows across vistas of
inspired, ambitious amplification. This is not an album to pick
through in search of bold hooks and instant melodies. It is an
ever-shifting, always moving work, which seems to evolve before the
listener – spidery guitar lines feeling their way forth like vines
scrambling up trunks in time-lapse photography.
Recorded with John Congleton (Black Mountain, Bill Calahan, Modest
Mouse), Tunnel Blanket’s eight tracks can be heard as movements in a
single work – each constituent as important to the overall ebb and
flow of proceedings as any other. Within each a certain beauty is
manifested, one born of a desire to step free from common pigeonholes
and into a realm where parallels are, at best, fleeting: a glimpse of
Fennesz here, of Stars of the Lid in the record’s more serene
passages. Brian Eno’s Apollo album may come to mind on a couple of
occasions. What Tunnel Blanket categorically is not, however, is a
release that shares its genes with anything that could be deemed
typically post-rock in structure. The builds here keep building; the
breaks are permanent. Listen and it’s like the guitars are singing out
a paean to the endless space above, celebrating the primal splendour
of the unexplored dark.
Listen, closer, and everything becomes clear. No words, just sound;
patterns and phrases, but no chorus, nothing approaching a standard
rock motif. But communication is absolute and enduring, Tunnel
Blanket’s message evident. Dare to disengage with what is perceived as
convention and the rewards are manifold. And the listener is sure to
carry them for no little time.
– Mike Diver
We will have more information on this release very soon, and no doubt you will be hearing much more about it in the press in the the next few weeks.
Thanks for reading.