"A post-rock outfit combining elements of sludge and noise with more than a few jangly guitars... Less Art tackle in-your-face issues like suicide, animal extinction, and gun control in a way only savvy veterans can."
"Vigilante rage courses through the veins of Less Art... A hulking piece of post-hardcore sculpted from Drive Like Jehu's nasty grooves and Unwound's squirrelly tension."
"A claustrophobic machine of a band, playing post-hardcore in various shades of sheet-metal gray. Vocalist Mike Minnick ranges from almost conversational proclamations to bitter howls, urged on by whip-sharp Shellac-via-Kinsella guitar riffs and a cavernous rhythm section."
With debut Strangled Light out on Gilead Media this Friday, July 28th, Less Art offers up a stream of the entire album today, exclusively via Bandcamp Daily, along with a new interview with bassist Ian Miller.
Listen and read, here:
Less Art is the new band featuring brothers Riley and Ed Breckenridge of Thrice, Ian Miller and Jon Howell of Kowloon Walled City, and Mike Minnick of Curl Up and Die. On Strangled Light, these five veterans put forth a muscular new version of post-hardcore that crackles with feeling. Comparisons to OGs like Fugazi, Unwound, and Drive Like Jehu have been flying around – Bandcamp Daily pegs the dark, emotive sound as "post-hardcore in various shades of sheet-metal gray."
Strangled Light was recorded and mixed by Kowloon Walled City frontman Scott Evans at Sharkbite Studios and Antisleep Audio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Full of Hell, Mutoid Man) at Audiosiege.
Less Art will set out on a quick West Coast run in August, followed by East Coast dates with Vattnet in September.
Aug 4 - San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
Aug 5 - Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go! Records
Aug 6 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
Sep 14 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge - w/ Vattnet
Sep 15 - Boston, MA @ Middle East - w/ Vattnet
Sep 16 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd - w/ Vattnet
Sep 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts - w/ Vattnet
Photo by Scott Evans