Stagnant Pools Share “Your Whir”, expand tour

Stagnant Pools premiered their single "Your Whir" off their upcoming LP "Geist" out June 10 on Polyvinyl Records. Stagnant Pools play May 16 in Houston, TX

Stagnant Pools’ premiered their single “Geist” today, out June 10 on Polyvinyl Records. Geist will be available on CD, LP, digitally and cassette and can be pre-ordered now in the Polyvinyl online store. Stagnant Pools has also announced a summer tour  Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

In January the siblings traveled two hours from their hometown of Indianapolis to the Champaign, IL-based studio run by Hum guitarist/vocalist Matt Talbott — a short trip that quickly grew hazardous when a blizzard blanketed the region with snow, temperatures dipped further below zero than they had in decades, and roadsides became littered with stranded vehicles. After braving this grueling display of nature to arrive intact, the band hunkered down to finish their sophomore release, Geist. Four days later, they emerged having spent two days recording and two days mixing the record — all completely analog.

The result is ten songs that refine and expand on a shoegaze-meets-noise pop sound that has previously drawn comparisons to Joy Divison, Sonic Youth, and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Lead single “Intentions” continues in this tradition of pushing droning guitars barely over the edge into melody and amping up the fuzz and distortion without becoming submerged in it. Geist is anchored by “Filed Down,” a track that showcases increased vocal variety and spastic drumming, and highlighted by “Dots and Lines,” where a sunny guitar line shines brightly on a soaring chorus and persistent drum beat.

Recording the album live to tape will surely prove to have been good practice, because now that the album’s complete all that’s left to do is pile back in the van and hit the road again. “There’s something affirming about touring a lot,” says Douglass. “It’s kind of a concrete way of knowing that you are in forward motion.”

Stagnant Pools Tour Dates

05.16 Houston, TX @ House Of Blues #
05.18 Austin, TX @ Stubbs #
05.19 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live #
05.21 Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion Ballroom #
05.22 Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater #
05.24 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot #
05.25 Reno, NV @ Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel #
06.02 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall *
06.03 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
06.04 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern *
06.05 Ybor City, FL @ The Orpheum *
06.06 Orlando, FL @ The Social *
06.07 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Hell Stage) *
06.08 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
06.10 Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *
06.11 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club *
06.12 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater *
06.13 Chicago, IL @ Taste of Randolph *
06.14 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
06.16 Toronto, Ontario @ Horseshoe Tavern *
06.17 Montreal, Quebec @ Il Motore *
06.18 Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
06.27 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *
06.28 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
07.26 St. Louis, MO @ The Old Rock House *
07.27 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room *
07.28 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater *
07.30 Bosie, ID @ Neurolux *
08.01 Vancouver, BC @ Bilmore Cabaret *
08.02 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
08.03 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
08.05 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
08.07 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour *
08.08 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
08.09 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live *
08.13 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
08.14 Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree *
08.16 Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle *
08.17 Richmond, VA @ The Camel *
* with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

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