Portland punks Abolitionist have releaseed their fourth LP, The Instant. The album is available for purchase at: https://abolitionist.bandcamp.com/album/the-instant-lp-2018.
Recorded in 5 days at Supernatural Sound Studios in Oregon City, Oregon, by engineer Robert Bartleson, and mastered by the mighty Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room, The Instantcompiles 12 punchy tracks, drawing sonically from a variety of punk and hardcore influences. The album also explores (through yet another dystopian storyline) the human tendency to follow the herd in the name of lofty ideals -- often at the expense of individual freedom, if not human life.
The album art & layout was done by Horsebites (Fat Wreck Chords, Epitaph, The FEST), who previously did art & layout on the band's first and third LPs.
The album is streaming in full on New Noise Magazine: https://newnoisemagazine.com/stream-abolitionist-instant/.
Check out their recent Bridge City Session here:
Formed in 2009 by vocalist/guitarist Dustin Herron, Abolitionist had a continually shifting lineup over the years before settling on the current lineup of Jeremy Dunlap on lead guitar, Joseph Mohler on bass/vocals, and Sean Rule (of the nineties east coast punk band, Plow United) on drums.
The Instant comes on the heels of three previous full-length vinyl LPs (all of which follow a dystopian storyline of some kind), and a tour around the western United States last summer.
With a 2.5 week tour planned for this upcoming July, Abolitionist is ready to charge into an increasingly unsettling future with nothing but two guitars, a bass, a drum kit, some amps, 146 combined years of life experience, and a couple of boxes of vinyl records for sale (maybe some shirts, too). Shit's fucked, so let's blow some eardrums.
7/11 – Portland, OR (Black Water) (all-ages)
7/12 – Sacramento, CA (Press Club) (21+)
7/13 – Berkeley, CA (924 Gilman) (all-ages)
7/14 – Los Angeles, CA (Cafe NELA) (21+)
7/15 – Fullerton, CA (Riff Mountain) (all-ages)
7/16 – San Diego, CA (Tower Bar) (21+)
7/17 – Las Vegas, NV (The Garth) (all-ages)
7/18 – Flagstaff, AZ (Green Room) (all-ages)
7/19 – Albuquerque, NM (Moonlight Lounge) (all-ages)
7/21 – Denver, CO (7th Circle) (all-ages)
7/22 – Fort Collins, CO (Surfside 7) (21+)
7/23 – SLC, UT (Beehive Collective) (all-ages)
7/24 – Nampa, ID (Rose House) (all-ages)
7/25 – Reno, NV (TBA)
7/26 – San Francisco (The Knockout) (21+)
7/27 – Arcata, CA (Outer Space) (all-ages)
7/28 – Eugene, OR (Pizza Planet) (all-ages)
1. The Instant
3. A Little Animal Liberation Never Hurt Anybody
4. Up Rising, Together
5. The Movement
7. Never Wanted This
8. Everything's Great (But We're Still Shit)
9. Failed Projections
10. Totally Bonkers
11. What If ... ?
12. Lonesome Death