Enlisting Knocked Loose guitarist Isaac Hale as producer, the San Diego purveyors of Sasscore transcend nostalgia to craft a unique brand of aggression that cannot be pigeonholed.
Cultivating a rabid following for their stylistic meld of Y2K era core, San Diego’s self-proclaimed slangers of Sass have announced their highly-anticipated sophomore album, The Romance of Affliction.
Recruiting Knocked Loose guitarist Isaac Hale to serve as the project’s producer, the compilation of 13-tracks asserts an articulate brand of angst and aggression anchored by the insightful, at times scathing lyrics of the band’s voice in Connie Sgarbossa.
A lyrical steam of consciousness that aims to navigate adversity while holding onto a cautious sense of optimism, the album traverses some dark thematic corners in the name of honest, poignant songwriting . Speaking to the kind of catharsis that best defines SeeYouSpaceCowboy, two weeks after the band finished recording their LP, Connie Sgarbossa suffered a nearly fatal drug overdose. She explained the experience and how it punctuated the emotional outpour that went into the album.
“Writing music is cathartic to me,” she says. “Getting things on paper is the only way I know how to deal with stuff. So to have that happen two weeks later almost backed up why I wrote the album – it was a self-fulfilling prophecy. It reinforced that I wrote the album that I needed to write.”
Sgarbossa further detailed the layers of the emotionally taxing collection of songs. “The album is a reflection on the last couple of years of our lives; It serves as a tongue in cheek, but genuine look at what it means to struggle through adversity while trying to find some beauty in it all… It’s about making art about parts of our lives that are ugly and how that seems to resonate the most with people.”
Sgarbossa finishes, “…what it means to be in love with someone as well as the substances that are killing you both, what it means to use sex as a way to try to feel content and loved but without a true connection that instead makes you feel more isolated. The poetic nature of writing songs about addiction only to almost die of an overdose a few weeks later. It’s a pretty coat of paint on a crumbling structure.”
To introduce the sophomore effort, SeeYouSpaceCowboy have pulled back the curtain with the potent, pulverizing lead single, “Misinterpreting Constellations”. Frentic guitars, unconventional percussion and Sgarbossa’s violent vocal presence coalesce in a four-minute stanza that is dancing display of heavy music muscle. Sgarbossa explains, “…it’s a look back at actions you viewed as a romantic situation, and still do to an extent, but being able to realize that ‘love at all cost’ maybe wasn’t the healthiest thing for yourself, them or others.”
Violent and visceral, SeeYouSpaceCowboy have established themselves as an important name in an emerging class of new school aggressors that are less concerned about category and intent on wearing their influences on their sleeve in creative, inventive ways. Their brand is difficult to categorize and while it taps into a classic era of music, the result is a contemporary show of creative force that earns collaborative cosigns from not just Isaac Hale, but also from Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die and Aaron Gillespie of Underoath.
Stream the band’s first single and accompanying visual for “Misinterpreting Constellations” below. Pre-order the November 5th, Pure Noise Records release of The Romance Of Affliction – HERE