Arbor Labor Union

Atlanta’s Arbor Labor Union are back with the follow up to 2016’s I Hear You. New Petal Instants will be out on 2/7 via Arrowhawk Records. They seemed to lean a little bit more into some Americana vibes on this first track. Here’s some more info from the PR team.

While the members of Atlanta’s Arbor Labor Union are involved in and influenced by the scene and ideology of DIY punk and hardcore, they are indebted to Cosmic Americana Music, Whitman-esque optimism and appreciation toward nature, and the working-class sympathies of Woody Guthrie. In their words, “CCR meets The Minute Men.”

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Arbor Labor Union began life as Pinecones and much like a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, Pinecones entered into the cocoon of Sub Pop and re-emerged as Arbor Labor Union. Whatever happened during this transformation, the band definitely sounds better.

After spending some considerable time with I Hear You, I still fall back on Parquet Courts as a reference. Both acts have this ability to bludgeon you into submission with a driving rhythm section as guitars navigate around each other, occasionally careening over each other sending the other in a different direction. Unlike Parquet Courts, and I don’t know if I’ve made this up in my head because they’re from Athens, GA; but there seems to be an Americana element to it. I can’t really put my finger on what gives me that feeling. Any help would be appreciated.

I dig these cats. Their music gives me a bolt of energy that makes me feel young which is always appreciated. Plus, after reading their bio on Sub Pop, I think they might be a little unhinged which makes me like them all the more.

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