Brooklyn-based noise-rockers Russian Baths have shared Poolhouse, the third and final single off of their debut EP, ‘Penance’, which will be out February 23rd via Good Eye Records (pre-order). Take a listen via Soundcloud below.
Russian Baths’ Jess Rees (vox, guitar) explained, “This song was inspired by a friend’s tumultuous breakup. The idea can apply to any situation where you wake up and say ‘how the fuck did I get here, I don’t want to be here and I don’t even know who I am’. It’s about an existential crisis.”
Intertwining feedback and harmony with equal significance, Russian Baths paint in searing strokes finding beauty in towering, looming, incendiary noise-rock. Comprised of Luke Koz (guitar, vox), Jess Rees (guitar, keys, vox) and joined by Evan Gill Smith (bass) and Jeff Widner (drums), the band has been honing their craft and chemistry since initially storming listeners with their split single, ‘Ambulance / Ghost.’
Incorporating dissonance into traditional song structures, Penance’s aesthetic recalls Big Black’s caustic fits, ’70s space rock, Chapel Hill’s noise pop, Big Muff driven grunge, and the angular arrangements of British post-punk. The breadth of Russian Bath’s scope in sound is marked by the distance and cohesion between singles in the furious, driving Slenderman and the elegant thunderstorm that is Poolhouse.
Russian Baths tour dates
2/22: The Saint – Asbury Park, NJ