“Wormwood III, despite your thoughts and opinions on the band’s environmental/DIY stance, politics and the intensity of their idealism which has them going all-in as opposed to just posting about it on Facebook, is a listen that’s easy to get absorbed by and lost in.”
Stream the new EP, Wormwood III, in its entirety via Decibel Magazine, here.
Staghorn was founded in South Florida by Jared and Lexy, later joined by a third member, Luke, and eventually transplanted to their current location of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. The collective imagined an origin story of "Staghorn" (accompanied by a comic book illustrating as such alongside their first EP), which tells of the fictional post-apocalyptic group of people who have traveled back in time to warn humanity of an animal revolt in the the future that will leave mankind on the brink of extinction. With two of the band’s members currently living predominantly off-grid, their environmental ethics and exhaustingly DIY attitude are at the heart of everything the Staghorn collective does, including their Mogwai/ Godspeed You! Black Emperor style of epic, introspective, transcendentalist compositions. Equally heavy in concept and musicality, their art is meant to create a soundtrack to a better world by highlighting that which is both bleak and hopeful along the way. Strongly principled as a do-it-yourself collective which operates Leave Your Mark Print Shop and Mills Custom Amps, the band uses their trades, creativity and compassion to affect a working, sustainable future: they create their own amps and cabs, print all of their own merch, and have records pressed that are predominantly made of recycled materials. In short, activism is the driving force behind every element of Staghorn’s art.
Wormwood III will be released as a one-sided, etched 12" EP pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Limited to 500 copies (300 on Coke bottle clear with brown smoke, 200 random color variant- a Shuga Exclusive) in partnership with Shuga Records in Chicago. This limited first edition release will be screen printed by hand on recycled paper.
Upcoming shows: June 21 - Lincoln, NE @ Duffy’s Tavern June 23 - Chicago, IL @ Francisco FunHouse July 5 - Urbana, IL @ Audiofeed Festival - Black Sheep Stage September 13 - Hamburg, DE @ Astro Stube September 15 - Ninove, BE @ Cafe Gonzo September 16 - Ghent, BE @ Kinky Star September 18 - Montreuil, FR @ La Comedia September 20 - Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana w/ yndi halda September 21 - Canterbury, UK @ UCA Union Bar w/ yndi halda September 22 - London, UK - Omeara September 23 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club w/ yndi halda October 19 - Indianapolis, IN @ Indiana State Brewery Post - POST. Festival October 23- Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse October 24 - Atlanta, GA @ The Bakery October 25 - Savannah, GA @ The Jinx October 27 - Gainesville, FL @ THE FEST November 3 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk November 5 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Triple Nickel November 7 - Calgary, AB @ The Palomino w/ yndi halda November 10 - Vancouver, BC @ The Wise Hall November 11 - Seattle, WA @ Vera Project w/ yndi halda November 12 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir w/ yndi halda