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Athens, Ga., rockers Grand Vapids have announced the details of their new full-length, Eat the Shadow (out on July 12), the follow-up to their 2015 debut Guarantees. They’ve also shared its lead single, “Disjecta,” with an accompanying video shot and directed by bassist Patrick Morales.
According to a press release, almost five years after the release of their first album (which landed the band on Paste’s 2015 list of 25 Georgia Bands You Should Listen to Now), “Eat the Shadow presents a band that has resurfaced after dark years of coping with personal tragedy, identity crisis and dysfunctional relationships.”
“Disjecta” (Latin for “scattered”) is focused in its stirring, understated rock melodies, but its isolated musings frantically struggle to stay afloat. It’s a divulgence of intense emotions surrounding the breakdown of a romantic relationship and the much-needed self-discovery that follows, and despite their song’s utterly forlorn nature, Grand Vapids build beauty out of lonely sentiments and dusty, lo-fi rock tones.
“The album title Eat the Shadow comes from a sibylline moment I experienced shortly after my brother died,” explained lead singer/guitarist Austin Harris. “I was sitting in a cafe in Atlanta on my way to volunteer for a summer at an intentional community. I was there eating lunch alone and an older gentleman stared into me and just said, ‘I can see your sadness and you have to eat the shadow.’ It was a powerful moment that has stuck with me, and I think it serves this collection of songs well. In spite of all the setbacks and disappointments, you have to release the ego and ‘Eat the Shadow.’”
Eat the Shadow was produced by David Barbe (The Glands, Drive-By Truckers) and tracked live at Athens’ Chase Park Transduction. Grand Vapids are headed out on tour with Axxa/Abraxas in April and May, and you can check out their tour dates below.
Watch the video for “Disjecta” below, and check out their Eat the Shadow album artwork and tracklist further down. You can preorder the album here.
Grand Vapids Tour Dates:
25 — Athens, Ga. @ Caledonia Lounge *
26 — Greenville, S.C. @ Eighth State Brewing +
27 — Asheville, N.C. @ Mothlight ^
28 — Richmond, Va. @ Trees Lounge #
29 — Arlington, Va. @ Galaxy Hut ~
02 — New York, N.Y. @ PIANOS
03 — Brattleboro, Vt. @ The Stone Church
05 — Raleigh, N.C. @ Neptunes $
(* w/ Annie Leeth)
(+ w/ April B and the Cool, Courteous Monk)
(^ w/ Knives & Daggers, Hug)
(# w/ J Clyde Morris, Andy)
(~ w/ Pagan Reagan)
($ w/ The Medium)
Eat the Shadow Album Artwork:
Eat the Shadow Tracklist:
02. Woman of God
03. Bit and Bridle
05. Creature Strain
06. Dead Planet
07. Glassing Out
09. Radiant Black