San Francisco punks Western Addiction released just one full-length during their initial run as a band in the early mid/2000s, and now their reunion run is about to double that. As mentioned, they're following 2017's Tremulous, which was their first album in 12 years, with the new album Frail Bray on May 15 via Fat Wreck Chords (pre-order). This one was produced by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Jeff Rosenstock, Joyce Manor, etc), and his crisp, hard-hitting production style is perfect for Western Addiction's tightly wound melodic hardcore songs. This album is just ripper after ripper, and you can hear it for yourself a couple days early -- a full stream premieres in this post.
"This record is about hope, rejuvenation, motherhood and positivity through grief," vocalist Jason Hall says. "Our last record, Tremulous, was brimming with despair and I had an epiphany that without hope, we have nothing. Dire or not, we must try."