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The Lawrence Arms

Brendan Kelly Vocals, Bass 

Chris McCaughan Vocals, Guitar 

Neil Hennessy Drummer 


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The Lawrence Arms

Chicago's own The Lawrence Arms will release Metropole, their first album in eight years, on January 28, 2014 via Epitaph. Visit Noisey to listen to "You Are Here" from the album now.

The Lawrence Arms formed in Chicago in 1999, and members Brendan Kelly (vocals/bassist), Chris McCaughan (vocals/guitar), and Neil Hennessey (drummer) have released five studio albums to date. Their sixth album and first with Epitaph, Metropole, captures “that alone-in-a-crowd, stranger-in-a-strange-land kind of shit—a feeling of such weird solitude that you don’t even know what’s up and what’s down ‘cause you’re so caught in the wake of the city," according to Kelly.

Metropole was recorded at Chicago's Atlas Studios with co-producer Matt Allison who has also worked with Chicago-punk-scene veterans Alkaline Trio. The follow-up to their 2009 Fat Wreck Chords EP Buttsweat and Tears, the new venture takes the band's gritty punk rock and fiery spirit, to reveal a new passion of the band for storytelling-through-songwriting. Take the bravely personal lyrics of "You Are Here" where McCaughan ironically sings "Days just keep rolling on / They won’t miss me when I’m gone / I’m the chorus to that lonely street / Just footsteps fading to a dying beat". But it is clear that after a long hiatus, dedicated fans have missed The Lawrence Arms and are ready for the band's most dynamic album to date.

“When we got going on making the album it felt like we were writing at a different and sort of evolved level, which was really exciting,” notes McCaughan, “It’s like all that time off ended up creating a whole new energy for us.”

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