The dream of the 90s is still very much alive for Georgia-based Arbor Labor Union. The Sub Pop-signed quartet evoke memories of Sonic Youth, Pale Saints and Drop Nineteens while pushing out chugging, vaguely crunchy guitar work on songs like “Belief’d.”
The sound of a door being knocked kicks the track off, signaling the arrival of something that is actually quite different from other outfits throwing it back to early post-rock. It’s the epic proportions of Arbor Labor Union’s lyrical content that keeps them from sounding like imitators.
The dramatic, near-shout vocal delivery in league with Titus Andronicus or Okkervil River sets a theatrical stage for gamely exploring the power of gods, faith and forces of nature. The result is a manifesto-adjacent anthem that’s heavy and entrancing in both sound and sentiment.
Arbor Labor Union’s Sub Pop debut, I Hear You, arrives on May 13. Pre-order here.