Austin-based shoegaze/dreampop greats Letting Up Despite Great Faults have shared their new single She Spins, the third track to be lifted from their upcoming album, ‘IV,’ due out March 4th. The final single before their long-awaited comeback album is released, She Spins offers a perfect encapsulation of the band as they are today, returning to music with lyric-forward, refined, and shimmering tracks that reflects their growth, both as a band and as people. Listen to She Spins via Soundcloud below.
Laden with introspective and vulnerable lyrics, on this latest offering vocalist and guitarist Mike Lee questions the insecurities we all feel from time to time in a relationship.
Commenting on the track, Lee explains: “She Spins is a song about that subtle jealousy you get when someone gives something to another in a way they’ve never given to you, or maybe something you’ve never seen them do that completely surprises you because you thought you knew everything about this person.”
“It’s feeling that and then recognising that it’s sort of your fault for not realising that or welcoming a space for that person to open up in that way, and trying to figure out if you change for that person or you let that person have that space because that might be better for them.”
Letting Up Despite Great Faults was founded by Mike Lee in Los Angeles, CA. In 2006 he wrote an EP described by NPR as “beautiful, lolling music”, but it wasn’t until a few years later where he would deliver the band’s signature noisier and lusher soundscapes on a debut LP buzzed about all around the blogosphere, drawing praise from Pitchfork, Consequence, Gold Flake Paint, KEXP and more.
Pitchfork found their first single on MySpace, while Mike found his first bandmate Kent Zambrana (bass) on Craigslist. Soon after, they upped sticks and moved to Austin, TX, where they linked up with remaining members Daniel Schmidt (drums) and Annah Fisette (guitar, vocals).
Now, after eight years, the band are back with a new full length titled ‘IV‘—filled with dreamier soundscapes, and covering topics of growth, loss, and regret.
With the album mastered by Simon Scott of Slowdive, it’s hard not to label it shoegaze, but from deep storytelling to catchy indie-pop melodies, they hope to show fans, both old and new, just how much they’ve grown in their little corner of the world.
Letting Up Despite Great Faults return to us in 2022 as a changed group. The band’s forthcoming full-length ‘IV’ is their first album in eight years and investigates personal narratives around growth, loss, regret, and renewal.
Sonically, the group’s sound also explores a more aggressive, forward-leaning approach, wherein Lee elected to break the shoegaze/indiepop hermetic shield of synths and filtering.
For ‘IV,’ Lee realised the agency of his voice, thrusting it forward, where it was once “an instrument” in Letting Up’s gauzy yet layered expanse of sound. The guitar-driven album represents life’s inquiries into often stark revelations concerning mortality and love, as Lee notes, “why you love, how long you love.“
New album ‘IV’ is released March 4th, 2022
Letting Up Despite Great Faults live dates
3/7 Nashville TN @ The East Room
3/8 Cincinnati OH @ The Comet
3/9 Pittsburgh PA @ Spirit
3/10 Washington DC @ Pie Shop
3/11 New York NY @ New Colossus
3/16-19 Austin TX @ SXSW
4/16 Austin TX @ Hotel Vegas *
4/18 Fort Worth TX @ Main at Southside *
4/19 Kansas City MO @ Minibar *
4/20 Denver CO @ Lost Lake *
4/21 Salt Lake City UT @ The DLC *
4/22 Seattle WA @ Lo-Fi *
4/23 Portland OR @ The Fixin’ To *
4/24 San Francisco CA @ The Knockout *
4/25 Los Angeles CA @ Peppermint Club *
4/27 Phoenix AZ @ Linger Longer *
4/28 El Paso TX @ Lovebuzz *