Five-piece punk band Spanish Love Songs have announced their third full-length album, Brave Faces Everyone.
The album released on 7 February 2020 via Pure Noise Records.
Lead vocalist and guitarist, Dylan Slocum explains, “This album is us honing in on what we think makes our band resonate with people — namely, the feeling that you’re not alone.
These are songs about looking outward and finding that, for all our differences, most of us are just trying to get by as the world is going to hell around us.
We don’t have any grand ambitions beyond that — we just want people to feel acknowledged. There’s comfort in knowing we’re on the same sinking ship. We want the album to be a knowing nod and a way to make the world a slightly more bearable, even if it’s just for 40 minutes.” The band have shared a taste of what’s to come with the first single, Kick.
The ten-track album, produced by guitarist Kyle McAulay at Howard Benson’s West Valley Recording, is steeped in the same detail-rich storytelling of Bruce Springsteen and Manchester Orchestra.
The songs represent the situations Slocum, McAulay, and their bandmates bassist Trevor Dietrich, drummer Ruben Duarte and keyboardist Meredith Van Woert experienced during 30-some weeks of rigorous touring during the album cycle of their previous record, Schmaltz.
In support of Brave Faces Everyone, the band will be hitting the road at the end of this month for a three-week UK and EU tour supporting The Menzingers. Immediately following their return to the states, the band will be jumping into a full US tour starting supporting The Wonder Years alongside Free Throw and Pool Kids.
“If you sing something loud enough and long enough,” Slocum muses, “hopefully people are able to find some peace in that.” Brave Faces Everyone experiments with more traditional song structures and fewer forwardly caustic moments this time around (however) haven’t dulled the band’s sound.
If anything, they’ve accentuated the most important parts of it. When everything is loud and urgent, nothing is. But when Slocum’s voice swells to a roar on this new record, the undeniable power grabs you by the collar and forces you to pay attention — and that’s the difference between simply being heard and truly being understood.
Brave Faces Everyone is available for pre-order now. For more Spanish Love Songs news, release and tour date information via their official website, Facebook page and Twitter from where they tweet as @SpanishLuvSongs.