FLESHWATER — Anthony DiDio [vocals, guitar], Marisa Shirar [vocals], Matt Wood [drums], and Jeremy Martin [bass] — will release We’re Not Here to Be Loved on November 4 via Closed Casket Activities. Pre-order it here.
Today, the band has shared the video for “Kiss the Ladder.” Watch it here.
Fleshwater paint in broad strokes of alternative, shoegaze, electronic, post-hardcore, and off-kilter pop splashed against a tight sonic canvas awash in vibrant colors and visceral textures.
Their songs unfurl with all the unpredictability of a living entity — and you can never quite put a finger on where they’ll go next. The moment you press play, it’s as if they appear in a rush of emotion, only to disappear back into a ghostly ether once the record stops.
As such, the Lowell, MA quartet balances the intimate inhale of male-female harmonies with an overpowering exhale of distortion.
The band quietly emerged in 2020 with Demo. “Linda Claire” amassed 1.3 million Spotify streams under the radar, while Stereogum hailed the three-song set as “a cool piece of hazy guitar-trudge music.” Along the way, the musicians wrote what would become We’re Not Here To Be Loved and self-produced the album with Kurt Ballou (Converge) recording them. The band mined a kaleidoscope of influences, ranging from Hum, Deftones, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Far to Björk, and they ultimately arrived at an ethereal signature style of their own punctuated by gnashing grooves and anesthetizingly gorgeous vocal conjurations.
WE’RE NOT HERE TO BE LOVED TRACK LISTING:
“Razor In The Apple”
“Kiss The Ladder”
“Begging For The Ending”