Brooklyn’s scrappiest pair have done a lot of growing since forming in 2013, and so has their knack for writing clever songs that appear simple on the surface only to reveal complex layers with repeated listens. Their approach is loose and raw, capturing the energy of their live performances with a delicate balance of simplicity and deceptively bent pop anthems. Inspired by their peers and the strength of community in spite of opposition, Washer set out to make a more thoughtful, musically complex record with their sophomore album, All Aboard. Built from the heavier parts of personal life and the band’s minimalist dynamics, Mike Quigley (vocals/guitar/bass) and Kieran McShane (drums) leaned further on introspection than ever before. All Aboard is a dark album for dark times, struggling with feelings of self-doubt and being generally “full of shit.” It’s not all gloom though, there’s a desire deep within to get better, a specter of light shinning through the shadows.
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