T.S.O.L. Announce New Album “A-Side Graffiti” & Share Lead Single “Swimming”

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“I think it’s important for a band to keep pushing… trying new things,” says Jack Grisham, vocalist for legendary SoCal punk band T.S.O.L. “If not, you might as well do the county fair circuit… not that there’s anything wrong with that. You’ve got to make a living somehow!” For T.S.O.L., that “new thing” is their ninth studio album A-Side Graffiti, which comes out on February 27th via Kitten Robot Records. The bold first single, Swimming is a West Coast punk anthem in waiting that is now available via streaming platforms. With searing guitars and a rhythm section ready for an old-school pit, it launches out of the record with sweat and teeth. “Yeah, I guess you could call me a hedonist, or at least a selfish motherfucker who’s been mired too many times in the pleasure of the flesh—swimming in a blonde sargasso sea,” he says enigmatically of the song.

A-Side Graffiti features a frenetic collection of originals and some covers, including Sweet Transvestite from The Rocky Horror Picture Show and a surprisingly symphonic interpretation of Louis Armstrong‘s Wonderful World. The album is the follow-up to 2017’s The Trigger Complex, the album kicks off with the propulsive kick of Low-Low-Low with its title enjoying a spirited gang chorus. “We are a part of something great, a movement that was started 50 years ago, and continues through our loyalty to a sound and a way of thought,” he explains about the track. “Out there in the world, we may be low, but in here, on the dance floor, we are kings“. Their rousing take on the aforementioned Sweet Transvestite, which features Keith Morris (Circle Jerks / Off) in the role of Brad, shows off Grisham’s rendition of Tim Curry‘s campy cult favorite that will undoubtedly prove to be a live favorite. “We were asked to pick a song to be included on a tribute album—a dedication to an old radio D.J. who played quirky tracks,” he explains. “‘Sweet Transvestite’ was on the list of songs available so we chose it. But when we delivered our version, we were told that they’d expected us to ‘punk it up’ and that it was too close to the original. Hmmm. I’m not sure how much punker we could’ve been.”