Dallas and Brooklyn-based ska-punks The Holophonics have announced a new album, LAVOS, due December 16 via Bad Time Records, marking their first release for the label (pre-order). "LAVOS is an album about the anxiety, fear, and shame of working through trauma," vocalist Eric Daino says. "The lyrics deal with the visceral symptoms of surviving - both physical and mental - and came out quickly in large, unfiltered swaths that speak to a constant sense of pressing urgency. The music, however, takes a far more meticulous and detailed tack. Obsessively pored over and checked and rechecked hundreds of times - every melody, chord, and rhythm reflect the intense scrutinization to which I would subject myself before being ready to share my experiences."
The first taste of this very personal album is "Weirdo with a Capital Oh?!," which starts out as a ska-infused dose of speedy, sugary, circle-pit-inducing skate punk before flirting with bits of prog and reggae later on. It's fun and snotty on the surface, but the serious subject matter of "Weirdo with a Capital Oh?!" packs an even harder punch. Listen and check out the Joel Herrera-directed video below.