The Lawrence Arms announce first record in six years

By Tom Walsh

A welcome tonic to life in lockdown, Chicago punks The Lawrence Arms have announced the release of their first record in six years.

‘Skeleton Coast’ – the band’s seventh LP – will be released on July 17 via Epitaph Records, and marks the first new material since 2014’s ‘Metropole’. Ahead of its release, fans can enjoy a preview with the single, ‘PTA’, which is out now.

Recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios, a short drive from El Paso, Texas, with long-time producer Matt Allison, The Lawrence Arms deliver a prophetic album for these times. Despite being written and recorded prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, ‘Skeleton Coast’, paints an eerily prescient picture of a post-apocalyptic world.

Vocalist and bassist Brendan Kelly explains: “For a band who has been around as long as us, this is about as urgent of a record as we could make. It may be kind of dark but it’s really about searching for light in the darkness and finding it, as small as those moments may seem. That’s sort of where we’re at: Collecting the scraps of things that could make for a bearable existence in dark times.”

Listen to the new single ‘PTA’ here.

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