Western Addiction Remind Us That 'Your Life Is Precious'Zoe Camp |
San Francisco punks Western Addiction are set to return next week with Tremulous, their first full-length in 12 years. The quartet — whose lineup includes current and former members of Dead to Me, Cobra Skulls and Enemy You — have outdone themselves on the new album, casting a gloomy, pummeling pall over their usually upbeat hardcore. It's a direly-needed shot of catharsis — not just for us, but for the band themselves, who are still reeling from the untimely death of their friend and colleague David Jones (frontman of Enemy You, the Bay Area punk crew of which Western Addiction guitarist Ken Yamazaki was a member).
The group grapples with — and ultimately, overcomes — this loss on "Your Life Is Precious," the album's latest single. Speaking with CLRVYNT, vocalist / guitarist Jason Hall describes the anthemic track as a eulogy for Jones, who took his own life in 2015. "I loved his intensity and strange behavior and absolute worship of music," Hall reflects. "Sometimes I get so upset that it had to turn out that way, but other times I feel he’s finally at peace." The accompanying clip, which details a grainy San Francisco love story, brightens the mood somewhat; nevertheless, Jones' spirit lingers — as it should. Scroll down to check out the band's upcoming tour dates.
Western Addiction's new album, Tremulous, is out March 10 via Fat Wreck Chords. Pre-order it here.
WESTERN ADDICTION on TOUR
Mar. 10 — Santa Rosa, CA @ Hendley Hotel
Mar. 11 — San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Apr. 14 — San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Apr. 15 — Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Apr. 21 — Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre