Chicago punk band The Lawrence Arms have shared another new track, Last Last Words, as the second single from their forthcoming album.

Skeleton Coast, the band’s first album for six years, is due out on 17 July via Epitaph Records.

It was recorded 30 miles east of El Paso, Texas, at Sonic Ranch Studios with longtime producer Matt Allison, and contains the elements of the band’s sound that fans have come to love for the past two decades, but presents them in a way that sounds perfectly aligned with these strange times.

Although it was written and recorded before the coronavirus pandemic upended the world, the band’s seventh studio album sounds eerily prescient as it imagines an apocalyptic future where coyotes croon and wolf packs roam free. 

Skeleton Coast is The Lawrence Arms’ seventh studio album.

“For a band who has been around as long as us, this is about as urgent of a record as we could make,” said vocalist and bassist Brendan Kelly. “It may be kind of dark but it’s really about searching for light in the darkness and finding it, as small as those moments may seem.

“That’s sort of where we’re at: Collecting the scraps of things that could make for a bearable existence in dark times.”

The track Last Last Words is “about coming to terms with your own obscurity – but like, in a pretty upbeat way,” says vocalist and guitarist Chris McCaughan. “It’s an escape dream to an edge of the world while being strangely content with some undergrown adulthood.

“It’s part undercover love song to the sometimes beautiful randomness of the universe and part offbeat, comical reminder to keep rewriting your unknown future. Like so much of the record, the song chases tiny flashes of light in the darkness.”

Since forming in 1999, The Lawrence Arms have never had any agenda apart from just having fun and making good music.

Kelly, McCaughan and drummer Neil Hennessy have made albums that continually challenge the boundaries of their sound. In the process they’ve carved out a distinctive identity in the punk community that’s simultaneously gritty, beautiful, melodic and mutinous.

  • The Lawrence Arms album Skeleton Coast can be pre-ordered from Epitaph Records HERE.
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