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Is Kali Masi’s Sophomore LP [laughs] One Of The Best Records of 2021 That You Haven’t Heard Yet?

Chicago indie punk outfit Kali Masi’s sophomore LP [laughs] may have flown under your radar upon its recent release, but you’re forgiven, as it’s never too late to discover your next favorite band.

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Stream Kali Masi’s [laughs] HERE:

https://kalimasi.bandcamp.com/album/laughs

What others have said:

“Kali Masi are breaking down boundaries and truly taking no shit.”- Upset Magazine

“Take a deep breath and steady yourself for a ride, a journey of discovery, a journey that takes you through all the emotional ups and downs of life, headed by a backdrop of sound that kisses the heart with its power when needed, but strokes the face with tenderness at the right moments too.”- The Punk Site

“Chicago’s Kali Masi remind me of the Gaslight Anthem, the Menzingers, Against Me! and other hearty punk rockers of that ilk.”- Stereogum

“…this album operates in a weird present nostalgia for me in that I swear I’ve been listening to this album for most of my life.”- Chorus.fm

“‘The Stray’ is a roaring punk anthem that fans of The Casket Lottery, Hot Water Music, etc should check out.”- Brooklynvegan

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If there’s one word that can describe [laughs], it’s deliverance. On their new record, the band strives to break out of their personal chains to forge a path we all search for. The album is a collection of ambitious songs, musically and lyrically, centering around the universal truth that the power and courage to be who we are is and always has been inside of ourselves — rather than in the arms and minds of those around us.

Singer and guitarist Sam Porter shares the earnest narrative of feeling out of place both in your hometown and your own skin, and exploring that alienation as we strive for growth. The wailing guitars and powerful drums complement the urgent calls for clarity and understanding, noting the crushing emptiness of loss contrasted by the bittersweet reminiscence of youth.

Kali Masi have never been a band to hold anything back, and the four-piece stays true to this promise on the new LP. From start to finish, [laughs] is cutting, crucial and honest, with poetic recollections and curses of the past juxtaposed by contemplative acceptance of self in the present. On the new record, the band explores and dissects elements of strained friendships that often go unspoken, sometimes to the point of abandonment beyond repair.

Recording once again with hardcore icon Jay Maas, co-founder of Defeater, Kali Masi crafted another masterful balance of urgency, tension and alluring instrumental harmony. The seconds between tracks will leave you guessing whether to rest or revel, and no matter which you get, you’re always taken by pleasant surprise.

The 10 new songs are for feeling lonely in a room full of familiar faces, as well as for restless nights in the throes of transition and growth. No matter where you are in life, Kali Masi is here with an explosive passion for finding who we are — and celebrating it. Take these songs with you as you cut yourself loose of the snares that once made you feel like a prisoner. With [laughs] crashing through your ears, you will be free.

[laughs] is out now on 12″/CD/Digital via Take This To Heart Records in North America, and in EU via Homebound Music.

Order [laughs] on vinyl HERE.

Vic
Editor / Writer / Producer For Drop the Spotlight