It’s a fun story so I might as well share it. Last year almost to the day, I went to go see Creepoid with my buddy at Sunnyvale. This was right after Good Eye Records had announced it was putting out Lunch Ladies‘ Down on Sunset Strip so our credibility factor was still pretty low.
The show was great but I really was struck by one band in particular. I went home and wrote on a napkin on my desk, “Russian Baths.” Time went on and despite the success of Lunch Ladies, I still was feeling a bit intimidated and probably ended up throwing that napkin out at some point.
Flash forward further to November of last year. I’m at the afterparty for High Waisted‘s tour homecoming show at Rought Trade and I run into SIMGE contributor and longtime bud Drew Kaufman. He’s there with a friend who introduced himself, not exactly, as Luke Koz of Russian Baths and, probably bug-eyed, I shook his hand and said something to the effect of, “I LOVE YOUR BAND.”
And there you go.
All kinds of flippin’ excited to share Penance, the debut EP from Russian Baths and the fourth release from Good Eye Records, out February 22nd. It’s all led by the absolutely monstrous “Slenderman” single which you can stream below.
Look for more, stream, stream, stream and join us along with our other longtime bud CoolDad Music as we host Russian Baths’ NJ release show at The Saint on February 22nd along with MORE BUDS in Dentist and The Black Clouds and NEW BUDS in Baked and Grace Vonderkuhn (RSVP). You can also pre-order the Penance EP here.