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City Of Ships return with first new song in 4 years

City Of Ships 2015

There’s something I really like about the image of a city of ships. China Miéville‘s The Scar uses this very concept as the basis for its central locale Armada, an ancient construct of a hundred pirated and salvaged vessels, both sea and air. It’s a beautiful, rag-tag notion, and possibly part of why I love the melancholy nature of namesake band City Of Ships.

The Brooklyn/Austinite group, formed in the middle of the last decade, last released a record in 2011 – the Minor World LP – which was an understated and pensive triumph; one of those underrated gems that even I didn’t write about enough, so as the group prepare to release their new record Ultraluminal, here’s me trying to make up for that.

The trio have released a new song called “Alarm” from this album, premiered over at Substream Magazine, and it goes a little something like this:

It immediately recalls their previous work with Andrew Jernigan’s massive, thudding bass, surrounded by shoegazing atmospherics and general discordance. Good stuff.

The record itself has some great talent behind it; it was co-produced by Andrew Schneider, who’s worked with big riff masters like Cave-In and Pelican, and it was mastered by Carl Saff (Guided By Voices, Young Widows).

Of the song, frontman Eric Jernigan says:


“Alarm” was among the first new songs we worked out for Ultraluminal. The rocksteady groove sucked us in as soon as Andrew presented the bass line. After just one rehearsal jamming on it, we knew this cut would be special.

Ultraluminal is due out in Europe and the UK on March 20th via Golden Antenna Records, and 21st April via Translation Loss Records (CD) and Science of Silence Records (vinyl). In the meantime, it’s well worth looking into their discography on Bandcamp.

City Of Ships will be joining the marvellous Junius on their European tour in April, as well as their planned stop at both venues for Hit The Deck festival. Dates are below!

Apr 09 Vortex Siegen, Germany
Apr 10 Roadburn Festival – Cul de Sac, Tilburg, Netherlands
Apr 11 Dudefest, Karlsruhe, Germany
Apr 12 Panic Room, Essen, Germany
Apr 13 headCRASH, Hamburg, Germany
Apr 14 Underwerket, Copenhagen, Denmark
Apr 15 Magnet Berlin, Germany
Apr 16 Conne Island, Leipzig, Germany
Apr 17 Arena Vienna, Austria
Apr 18 Lo Fi Club, Milan, Italy
Apr 19 Feierwerk, Munich, Germany
Apr 22 Covent Garden, Éragny, France
Apr 23 Kavka, Antwerp, Belgium
Apr 24 Barfly, London, UK
Apr 25 Hit the Deck Fest, Bristol, UK
Apr 26 Hit the Deck Fest, Nottingham, UK