Methyl Ethel Announce New Album, Share Video for New Song “Real Tight”

Triage Due Out February 15, 2019 via 4AD

Nov 09, 2018
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Australia's Methyl Ethel, the band led by Jake Webb, have announced a new album, Triage, and shared a video for a new song from it, "Real Tight." Triage is due out February 15, 2019 via 4AD. Matt Sav directed the "Real Tight" video. Watch it below, followed by the album's tracklist and cover art, as well as Methyl Ethel's upcoming tour dates.

Triage is Methyl Ethel's third album. Webb wrote, performed, and produced the album, recording it in his home studio in Perth. For live shows the band fills out to a five-piece, adding in Thom Stewart, Chris Wright, Lyndon Blue, and Jacob Diamond. The album includes "Scream Whole," a single that was shared back in September. You can watch the video for that below too.

Webb issued this statement about the album in a press release:

"Methyl Ethel began as a personal challenge. I wanted to see if I could write, record and release some music before the band I was in at the time finished doing the same. I did and subsequently withdrew from some close friends. Relationships were severed, I severed some even closer ones. This all played out in such a public way, as it invariably does, so I withdrew more. My first album Oh Inhuman Spectacle became the 'why me?/fuck you/sorry' album that I wrote as a confused coping mechanism. It helped and I enjoyed it. I continued the introspective journaling with the follow-up, Everything is Forgotten. For me, that album said 'who cares? all your emotions are irrational and meaningless anyway.'

This year, I found myself in the same city, alone in a room tasked with writing an album to be heard, not as an outlet for personal grievances. I decided to find closure with Triage. The question this time around is 'what is important? What requires attention?' I think It's about living with secrets. Secrets cause the problems. They call them white lies, little things used to manipulate people for the greater good. It's a triage of truths to maintain an artifice. A poem by T.S Elliot that I referenced on the first EP I recorded says it best;

'To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;
There will be time to murder and create,
And time for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate;
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.'

Everyone is older, people have moved on. I receive text messages from old friends looking to reconnect. I have a masochistic social complex in so far as I enjoy the company of others, but self-imposed solitude and exile are exciting and useful to me. It's like method acting, which isn't too far removed from the emotional memory I see people drawing upon every day. I challenge the idea of friendship and trust. I think because I am untrustworthy. At least I'm honest about that."

Triage Tracklist:

1. Ruiner
2. Scream Whole
3. All the Elements
4. Trip the Mains
5. Post-Blue
6. Real Tight
7. Hip Horror
8. What About The 37º?
9. No Fighting

Methyl Ethel Tour Dates: 

3/14/19 - Heaven, London, UK
3/19/19 - The Echo, Los Angeles, CA*
3/20/19 - Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA*
3/22/19 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR*
3/23/19 - Barboza, Seattle, WA*
3/25/19 - Schubas, Chicago, IL
3/27/19 - The Garrison, Toronto, ON
3/29/19 - Elsewhere, Brooklyn, NY*
3/30/19 - DC9, Washington, DC*

* w/ TEEN

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