For your health and awake but still in bed team up for a split EP, Hymns for the despiseddue June 10 via Twelve gauge records (launch of pre-orders today at noon). It features two songs from each band and marks For Your Health’s first release since their excellent 2021 debut album. Despiteand first for awake but still in bed since the stay who you are EP which they released on Christmas Day in 2020.
“For your health’s Hayden and I have been friends for a long time, and we’ve been talking about doing a split for ages,” said Shannon Taylor of wakebutstillinbed. “During the process of writing our second feature, I had a few extra songs that didn’t quite fit, so I repurposed them for that. I’m a little surprised at how well our tracks work with the fyh ones, both sonically and thematically, we’ve been sitting on them for a while, so I’m really excited to release these songs.
Hayden Rodriguez from For Your Health adds, “Shannon from Awakebutstillinbed and I met years ago, before For Your Health was a band. Shannon lent her voice to one of our old songs and we did a short tour together, at the start of For Your Health. Our projects have been linked for a long time and hymns for the despised is a way to celebrate our friendship. These are not only my favorite songs for awakening but always in bed, but also my favorite for your health songs. We worked meticulously on this release, after writing our 12-song LP in a week, we decided to spend several months on these two songs and we’re really proud of that.”
For Your Health flirted with a cleaner, more melodic side to their post-hardcore/screamo sound on parts of Despite, but they never got more melodic than on their new song “Disarmament.” It’s got big, clear production, and Hayden delivers hooks that sound like the best parts of early 2000s emo-pop in a mixer, all without completely ditching the shouto fury of their early days. As Shannon said, wakebutstillinbed’s “Ride” goes very well with it, also striking a balance between harsh and melodic music, and coming out with one of the biggest and most spacious absib songs in the process. The songs for For Your Health were produced by Chris Teti of TWIABP and the songs for wakebutstillinbed were recorded by Ryan Perras of The Atom Age, and both sides of the split were mastered by Jack Shirley. Listen to both below.
For Your Health also has a bunch of upcoming tour dates, including their race opener part of Heavy Heavy Low Low and duck duck goosejoint reunion tour, with their Twelve Gauge label mates Slim. This tour hits NYC on July 7 at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. FYH also has dates with En Love and ASkySoBlack. All are listed below.
Read our 2021 interview with For Your Health to learn more and hear about our exclusive red/clear butterfly vinyl variant of Despitelimited to 100 copies.
1. awake but still in bed – Fear
2. awake but still in bed – Ride
3. For Your Health – Disarmament
4. To Your Health – A Word of Caution for the Phyrr of Heart
For Your Health – 2022 Tour Dates
6/9 Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival ^
6/10 Evansville, IN @ Damsel Brew Pub ^
6/11 Chicago, IL @Subteranean ^
6/12 Fort Wayne, IN @ Bug House ^
6/13 Toledo, OH @ Ottawa Tavern ^
6/14 Akron, OH @Kling Thing^
6/15 Buffalo, NY @ Area 54 ^
6/16 Rochester, NY @ bug jar
6/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Break Free Fest
6/20 Baltimore, MD @ The 8×10 =
6/21 Raleigh, NC @ Ruby Deluxe =
6/22 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern =
6/23 Charleston, SC @Cutty’s=
6/24 Jacksonville, FL @ Archetype =
6/25 Gainesville, Fla. @ Loosey’s =
6/26 Fort Lauderdale, Florida @ Studio 5 Ten =
6/28 Tampa, FL @ Born Free Pub & Grill =
6/29 Orlando, Florida @ Uncle Lou’s =
6/30 Atlanta, Georgia @ Eyedrum =
7/1 Knoxville, TN @The Bird and the Book=
7/3 Richmond, Va. @TBA=
7/5 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ Underground Arts =
7/6 Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall =
7/7 Brooklyn, NY @knit factory=
7/8 Providence, RI @ Pete Music Hall =
7/9 Boston, MA @ Middle East =
^ with In love
= with ASkySoBlack
xw/ Heavy Heavy Low Low