August222012

We Are The Union Announces New Full-Length Album: You Can’t Hide The Sun Drops Oct. 2 via Paper + Plastick Records

Band announces album release tour culminating at The Fest in Gainesville, Fla. 

We Are The Union is excited to announce the release of its third full-length album, You Can’t Hide The Sun, via Paper + Plastick Records on October 2 (vinyl release Nov. 6). You Can’t Hide The Sun is the follow-up to the group’s breakthrough sophomore LP, Great Leaps Forward, which came out via Paper + Plastick in March of 2010. The band followed up that release with a digital-only EP, Graveyard Grins, in October of 2011.

"This is our most punk-ska record yet," says WATU vocalist/guitarist Reed Michael Wolcott. "We’ve drifted away from the pop-punk scene and discovered that we’re much more comfortable returning to our foundation."

Citing influences ranging from Lifetime, Latterman and Strike Anywhere to Less Than Jake and New Found Glory, the band has been praised from the outset for its punk and hardcore-tinged brand of ska-punk. The driven Great Leaps Forward garnered critical acclaim and fan adoration, supplying We Are The Union with a strong record to tour on for over two years. You Can’t Hide The Sun takes the best parts of We Are The Union, grinds them down, returns them to the band’s roots, and spits out an improved sound to make the mouths of punk-minded, ska-loving fans water.

"Expect a more diverse record than our previous releases," Wolcott continues. "You’ll find songs that range from double-time rippers to single time anthems to bouncy ska jams."

We Are The Union will embark on an album release tour for two weeks in October just after the album drops. The dates will take the band from an October 14 gig in St. Louis, up to the northeast for a handful of shows, then down to Florida for WATU’s appearance at The Fest in Gainesville, Fla. Check out the tour admat and dates below.

Wolcott also spoke up about the album’s name and its meaning, pointing to the struggle of trying to ignore certain parts of reality that we can’t control - but the ultimate need to accept what is laid out in front of us.

"In our lives, friendships will decay, people will overlook our accomplishments, people we love will die and politicians will betray our trust. We can wake up every day and try to ‘hide the sun,’ struggling against the forces of reality in order to alter the past while fearing the future," Wolcott says. "If this is the path we choose, similar to Sisyphus pushing the boulder up the mountain, we will find ourselves facing every day right back where we started. You Can’t Hide The Sun is about how we can find solace in our lack of control over everything that life will throw at us, good or bad, and attempt to improve the world however we can. Though there will always be some who try, you can’t hide the sun or make those shadows shorter.”

You Can’t Hide The Sun was recorded, over the course of a year, with Mark Michalik at Drasik Studios and Wall To Wall Studios in Chicago, IL; Nick Diener of The Swellers at his studio in Saginaw, MI; and Tom Malinowski at his studio in Huntington, NY. The album was mixed by Mark Michalik. You Can’t Hide The Sun will see an October 2 release via Paper + Plastick Records on CD and digital with vinyl coming on Nov. 6. Please post the album name, release date, tracklisting and tour dates outlined below.  

We don’t have review copies available just yet, but if you’d like to set up an interview or feature coverage with We Are The Union, feel free to email Thomas Nassiff at exit384media@gmail.com. Questions about review copies can also be directed to Joshua Martin at joshua.martin@paperandplastick.com - some of you may be familiar with Josh from working with him as bassist of The Wonder Years.


We Are The Union - You Can’t Hide The Sun
October 2, 2012 (vinyl release Nov. 6)
Paper + Plastick Records
Tracklist:
1. Dust On The Hourglass
2. I Want You To Hit Me As Hard As You Can
3. Live Like Mitch
4. 415 In Progress
5. Hellbound & Helpless
6. If I Can’t Smoke Or Swear, I’m Fucked
7. Dead End
8. Do What You Love…
9. …And Fuck The Rest
10. Delta. Oscar. Whiskey. November.
11. The Ghost That Haunted Me
Dates in written format:
Sunday, October 14th – St Louis, MO @ FUBAR
Monday, October 15th – Ft Wright, KY @ Shimmers Tavern
Tuesday, October 16th – Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions
Wednesday, October 17th – Rochester,  NY @ Dub Land Underground
Thursday, October 18th – Watertown, NY @ The Dungeon
Friday, October 19th – Albany, NY @ Hudson River Coffee House
Sunday, October 21st – Garden City, NY @ Ethical Humanist Society
Monday October 22nd – Hamden, CT @ The Space
Wednesday, October 24th – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
Thursday, October 25th – Norfolk, VA @ Aletheia
Friday, October 26th – Sunday, October 28th – Gainesville, FL @ FEST 11

More about We Are The Union:
Reed Wolcott - Vocals, Guitar
Brandon Benson - Bass, Vocals
Ricky Weber - Lead Guitar
Jim Margle - Drums
Unhappy with the current state of ska music, We Are The Union decided to stick out their own necks and tried to change things for the better in the summer of 2005. Getting a paycheck is not on their agenda. Instead of following typical ska punk conventions, WATU takes a harder-nosed approach to the genre. With influences ranging from Philadelphia/New Jersey favorites Lifetime and Kid Dynamite, and bands like Slapstick and This Is A Standoff, they rage with the best of them while still retaining a heightened sense of melody.
The band released a digital-only EP on Paper + Plastick, Graveyard Grins, in early 2012, which followed up its breakout sophomore full-length Great Leaps Forward. The EP featured three original songs that will appear on the group’s third full-length, along with a Descendents cover. We Are The Union’s third LP, You Can’t Hide The Sun, will see an October 2 release via Paper + Plastick Records, accompanied by an album release tour culminating in a performance at The Fest 11 in Gainesville, Fla.
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