After releasing the music video for “CRUTCH” two weeks ago, The Frights have now announced their forthcoming album Hypochondriac, due out Aug. 24. It’s the band’s third album, the second to be produced by FIDLAR’s Zac Carper and the first to be released on Epitaph Records.
“Hypochondriac is the most comfortable I’ve been with a record thus far,” vocalist/guitarist Mikey Carnevale said in a statement. “I care a lot about these songs because they’re embarrassing and personal.”
In anticipation of Hypochondriac, The Frights have released another single: “Me And We And I,” which, as Carnevale said of the record, is a personal, self-aware track. The music video finds Carnevale at the beach maiming/murdering his band members in faux-horror fashion, with no shortage of fake gore. Beyond the band’s disheveled and bloody appearances, the song’s bright surf sound is somewhat at odds with the emotionally conflicted lyrics. Carnevale switches from self-critique (“what a freak”) to self-assuredness (“it’ll be okay”) and then continues to cycle through, recognizing the unpleasant and moving into self-sufficiency.
Overthinking was the first step of writing Hypochondriac Carnevale said, but once he got past that, the record as it is now began to take shape. “What came of that [process], I think, is a confessional album that I never assumed a band like ours would make,” Carnevale said. You can preorder the album here.
The Frights are kicking off their tour in their hometown of San Diego on Aug. 24 before really getting into gear on Sept. 8 in Santa Ana. Tickets go on sale June 22. Watch the video for “Me And We And I” and listen to a performance by The Frights from the Paste archives below. Find their tour dates further down.
The Frights Hypochondriac Tour Dates:
24 – San Diego, Calif. @ Observatory North Park
08 – Santa Ana, Calif. @ Observatory
09 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore
11 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ In The Venue
12 – Denver, Colo. @ Bluebird Theater
14-15 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riot Fest
16 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ 7th Street Entry
20 – Dallas, Texas @ Trees
21 – Austin, Texas @ Barracuda
22 – San Antonio, Texas @ Paper Tiger
23 – Houston, Texas @ Warehouse Live Studio
25 – Orlando, Fla. @ The Abbey
27 – Tampa, Fla. @ Crowbar
28 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Masquerade (Hell)
29 – Greensboro, N.C. @ Blind Tiger
03 – Washington D.C. @ Rock N Roll Hotel
04 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer
05 – Boston, Mass. @ Royale
06 – Baltimore, Md. @ Metro Gallery
07 – New York, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Steel
10 – Toronto, Ontario @ Hard Luck
11 – Detroit, Mich. @ Shelter
12 – Columbus, Ohio @ Ace of Cups
13 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Fubar
16 – Sante Fe, N.M. @ Meow Wolf
18 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Crescent Ballroom