Chicago New Wave outfit California Wives are prepping their full-length debut, Art History, out September 4th on Vagrant. “Blood Red Youth,” a driving guitar-and-synth anthem with a swelling chorus, is the opening track.
“All too often, you see people changing who they are to meet some set of social expectations,” lead singer Jayson Kramer tells Rolling Stone of his inspiration for the track’s scathing lyrics. “I was seeing that happen to the people around me and it was upsetting to me at that time in my life. This song came from that particular place.”
Art History was produced by Claudius Mittendorfer, known for his work with Interpol, Neon Indian and Wild Nothing. If “Blood Red Youth” is any indication, the album benefits amply from the addition of lead guitarist Graham Masell, who joined the band earlier this year.
Here’s the full track listing:
“Blood Red Youth”
“The Fisher King”
“The New Process”