Boston, MA post punk/new wave/synth pop band House Of Harm have announced the release of their sophomore album ‘Playground, and have shared their new single “Roseglass” along with an accompanying music video.
The follow-up to 2020’s debut LP Vicious Pastimes, will be out on December 1st via AVANT! Records. Pre-order it here.
“We started writing songs for the album in 2021, and actually had about 75 to choose from by 2022.” lead singer Michael Rocheford says. The band painstakingly narrowed the record down to an efficient 10 tracks that they felt made the most sense, both standing on their own as well as fitting into an LP that built a cohesive world for the listener to get lost in. “This group of songs just feels like a playground to us,” he shares of the album title’s genesis.
The album’s name also reflects the experimentation and happy accidents that came about during the writing and recording process. “We really tried to expand our sound, but a lot of the new ground we broke ended up being unintentional somehow.”
The video for new single, filmed & directed by Caroline Bailey, was shot at a public marketplace in southeastern Massachusetts “Roseglass”, shares Rocheford, “is about the human cycle of putting yourself into situations where you feel like you’re an intruder for the sake of a better outcome later.” The scrutiny from the passers by made filming the video an uncomfortable bit of exhibitionism for the band, playing into that theme. “We wanted to show the audience what it would feel like for us to jump out of our usual skin and try to unsettle ourselves publicly to lay the groundwork for what lies ahead on this album.”
Check out “Roseglass” below, followed by the alvum’s tracklist and artwork.
House of Harm ‘Playground’ Tracklist:
- Before the Line
- To Last
- The Face of Grace
- Soaked in Pastel
- Two Kinds
- Ignore the Taste
- Moving On
- Place It Back
Upcoming Tour Dates:
06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milk Boy
07 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
08 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
Photo Credit: Gerson Vargas