Posted on October 28th, 2018
Stove are gearing up to release their sophomore full-length 's Favorite Friend, this Wednesday, October 31st from Exploding In Sound Records. Today the band have shared one last preview of the upcoming record with "Stiff Bones", an early album standout with a wall of guitars colliding perfectly into Steve Hartlett and Jordyn Blakely's interwoven vocals. Stove began as a solo project but has since turned into a full-fledged band with the additions of drummer/vocalist Blakeley, bassist Alex Molini, and guitarist Mike Hammond. 's Favorite Friend is a testament to the specialness of that creative team-up.
Hartlett is a prolific songwriter and 's Favorite Friend is arriving hot on the heels of Ovlov's critically acclaimed second LP, TRU (which earned praise from NPR, The Fader, Pitchfork, Stereogum, and more), but much of Stove's bountiful creativity can be chalked up to the uncommon cohesion of its lineup. Each member took a vital role in shaping the songs and collectively defined Stove's sound as a unit. The album was written and recorded during a tumultuous time with Hartlett and Blakely having both recently lost loved ones, and much of 's Favorite Friend' grapples with grief and the sometimes harsh realities of time passing. Despite this, 's Favorite Friend is not a bleak album--its creation became a refuge for the members of Stove to unpack life's painful moments and find comfort in the bond between friends making art together.
Stove have also announced a lengthy run of U.S. tour dates that will see the band hitting most of the East Coast and Midwest with support from Maneka. See full itinerary below.
11/03 - Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville (Album Release Show) w/ Water From Your Eyes, Rock Solid, & Gustaf
11/23 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ The Dirty Nil & Dead Soft
11/25 - Portland, ME @ Sun Tiki Studios w/ Maneka
11/26 - Boston, MA @ O'Briens w/ Maneka, Pet Fox, & We Can All Be Sorry
11/27 - Providence, RI @ AS220 w/ Maneka, Halfsour, & Sneeze
11/28 - Wallingford, CT @ WAMLEG w/ Maneka, Crag Mask, & Witch Hair
11/29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Cafe Blamp w/ Maneka, Tact, & Rachel Browne
11/30 - New Brunswick, NJ @ In The West w/ Maneka, Spowder, & Glazer
12/01 - Richmond, VA @ Hardywood w/ Maneka
12/02 - Winston Salem, NC @ Monstercade w/ Maneka
12/03 - Durham, NC @ Pinhook w/ Maneka
12/04 - Atlanta, GA w/ Maneka
12/05 - Nashville, TN w/ Maneka
12/06 - St. Louis, MO @ Foam w/ Maneka
12/07 - Chicago, IL @ LandLand w/ Maneka
12/08 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Metal House w/ Maneka
12/09 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahalls w/ Maneka
12/10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler's w/ Maneka
12/11 - Brooklyn, NY w/ Maneka