Chicago-based monolithic minimalist trio Luggage are set to release their third full-length, ‘Shift,’ on November 22nd. From the opening bars of the album’s first track, Cam, Luggage demonstrates their modus operandi—muscular economic drum patterns, lurching repetitive bass, glassy and discordant guitar lines, and fractured, disembodied vocals. It almost harkens back to the earliest days of industrial music, where ham-fisted grooves underscore throbbing bass and scratchy swaths of dissonant texture. Listen to Cam via Bandcamp below.
Recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago with Matthew Barnhart (Shearwater, The New Year) handling the engineering duties, ‘Shift’ was recorded almost entirely live (with the exception of vocals and a few minor overdubbed embellishments). As a result, ‘Shift’ bears Electrical Audio’s trademark hi-fidelity perfection and organic purity. The band members’ disciplined restraint and frequency-specific contributions allow the listener to hear every instrument, every nuance, and every tonal deviation.
‘Shift’ track listing
4. Every Day
‘Shift’ will be released November 22nd via Corpse Flower Records and is available for pre-order here.
Luggage will be on the road in November and December – check out tour dates below and re-visit their video for the album’s eponymous track Shift via YouTube.
Luggage tour dates
Nov 27, Chicago, IL. Empty Bottle (record release show)
Dec 2, Detroit, MI. Outer Limits
Dec 4, Kingston, NY. Tubby’s
Dec 5, New York, NY. Trans Pecos
Dec 6, Columbus, OH. Cafe Bourdon Street