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Loathe recruit Teenage Wrist for a collaborative version of “Is It Really You?”

Posted by Ramon Gonzales in News on January 20, 2022

The track from Loathe’s 2020 I Let It In and It Took Everything offers stylized shoegaze and heavy alt for one hell of a refreshed track.

Among two of the alternative music’s most promising emerging artists, UK sensation Loathe have linked with LA-based Teenage Wrist for to brilliantly bring together a stylistic mesh on the track, “Is It Really You?”

The track was originally featured on Loathe’s widely-acclaimed 2020 full length album, I Let It In and It Took Everything, and proved to be the perfect selection that would bring the two bands together. Embracing Loathe’s dynamic versatility and Teenage Wrist’s nuanced distortion, the tandem found common ground on a track that went from great to even better.

Loathe shared their enthusiasm in being able to hear their work interpreted by a like-minded unit. “Teenage Wrist are great! We’ve been fans of their music for a while and soon after the release of their latest record, we caught wind that they’d be interested in collaborating with us. And so their take on ‘Is It Really You?’ was born. It’s interesting to hear our song through another artists respective lens, especially from artists you appreciate and enjoy, too.”

Marshall Gallagher of Teenage Wrist shared how he found Loathe and instantly dove into their work , “We discovered I Let It In and It Took Everything while we were tracking Earth Is a Black Hole, and it immediately became one of my favorite records of that year. Honestly, I only listened deep to a handful of records while we were making ours and that was one of them. So, it was pretty wild to get to dig through the actual tracks and do our own interpretation of ‘Is It Really You?’ I was already such a big fan and that song in particular really hit me. It’s extra cool to know that we’re fans of each other’s music and hopefully we get to share a stage soon.”

The release of the recent collaboration follows Loathe’s first showcase of new music since their 2021 ambient release, The Things They Believe. The standalone single “Dismorphous Display” features a skilled mesh of melody and bombast that become the signature for the band.

In related news, Loathe is set to embark on a 23-date North American trek supporting Code Orange on their Out For Blood run. The tour will also feature opening performances from emerging Des Moines firestarters Vended and PDX metallic hardcore crew, Dying Wish. Dates, venues and tickets for the tour can be found below.


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