Back in December, we compiled a list of Milwaukee bands making albums we were excited to hear in 2016. Though our WordPress theme apparently ate that post for some reason, we assure you that Midwest Death Rattle’s entry came particularity packed with anticipation. After all, the indie rock outfit hasn’t put out anything since its wonderful and theatrical self-titled debut way back in 2012. The good news: the band has spent the last four years writing, perfecting, and recording 12 tracks for a new record. The bad news: it won’t be out until May.
However, there’s some good news for anyone else who has spent the majority of President Obama’s second term waiting for new stuff from Midwest Death Rattle. This morning MDR released a lyric video for “Post-Apocalypso,” the title track and first single from the band’s long-awaited follow-up. The video features an abundance of public domain footage singer-guitarist Nick Perow collected when he “went down some weird movie stock footage rabbit hole,” which bass player Ryan Peters edited into one cohesive piece. The dour song is accented with tuba accompaniment by Isa Carini (Heavy Hand, Scarring Party) and baritone sax by Mary Rodgers (Dead Man’s Carnival, Uptown Savages).
Get a first listen and check out the video today. If that’s not quite enough to hold you over until May, consider making the drive to see Midwest Death Rattle play at Lyric Room (Green Bay) with GGOOLLDD and Soul Low on Friday, February 19.