Dot Dash Recordings and Remote Control Records are pleased to announce a new EP from Western Australia’s Methyl Ethel. Hurts To Laugh will be released Friday 10th April via Dot Dash / Remote Control. Overnight triple j’s Good Nights premiered the EP’s lead single ‘Majestic AF’. Listen via methylethel.lnk.to/hurtstolaugh.
To celebrate the new single and EP Methyl Ethel will be supporting Peter, Bjorn & John on their American tour dates throughout March and April. On return to Australia, Methyl Ethel will tour in solo mode at intimate venues in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Full tour dates and ticket links below.
Hurts To Laugh marks the ongoing output of Methyl Ethel producer and multi-instrumentalist JakeWebb’s restless mind. Time and again he’s proven that while there’s no distinction between music and art, psychologically speaking there is a difference between feeling and emotion. One is a conscious response to a set of circumstances, the other is the unconscious conditions of our very being that only occasionally surfaces through feelings. Hurts To Laugh excavates this ambiguous site, implied by its very title. You can laugh so hard it hurts – pure joy. Or laugh despite the pain – despair. These paradoxes run throughout the EP, as well as everything that came before.
‘Majestic AF’ stumbles into its bubbling oscillator and analogue polyrhythms, while a kick-free drumbeat marches right into an atonal synth melody supporting Webb’s equally idiosyncratic falsetto.
Hurts To Laugh was recorded at the same time as 2019’s Triage and both releases feature cover art by Sydney-based artist Loribelle Spriovski. Triage was Webb’s third and final album in a trilogy of obliquely expressed relationship drama, starting with 2015’s Oh Inhuman Spectacle which features certified ARIA Gold single ‘Twilight Driving’. 2017’s Everything Is Forgotten birthed the sensational single ‘Ubu’ which is now certified ARIA Platinum.
Methyl Ethel is a project that’s the brainchild of a single mind—writer, performer and producer Webb—while also being a live band of five members. It makes music that draws from myriad influences and a history of new wave and indie rock, while sounding like its own thing entirely. Both familiar and alien, intimate and aloof, you never quite know what you’re in for, but the trip is bound to be enchanting.
Wed 15 April – The Outpost, Brisbane
Thur 16 April – The Night Cat, Melbourne
Fri 17 April – Mary’s Underground, Sydney
Sun 19 April – Goodwill Club, Perth Tickets on sale Friday 28 February via methylethel.com
Methyl Ethel – Solo – Supporting Peter, Bjorn & John [USA]
Mon 23 March – Teregram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA
Tues 24 March – La Santa, Santa Ana CA
Wed 25 March – New Parish, Oakland CA
Fri 27 March – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
Sat 28 March – Crocodile, Seattle WA
Tues 31 March – Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Wed 1 April – Bluebird, Denver CO
Fri 3 April – Amsterdam, St. Paul MN
Sat 4 April – Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Sun 5 April – Loving Touch, Ferndale MI
Tues 7 April – Johnny Brendas, Philadelphia PA
Wed 8 April – Union Stage, Washington DC
Fri 10 April – Webster Hall, New York City NY
Sat 11 April – Brighton Music Hall, Boston MA