Los Angeles four-piece Agender concocts the kind of ravishing and agitated post-punk that’s not for the faint of heart. Self-described as creators of “schizo, synthy, paranoid” music, their songs juggle feelings of existential dread with a potent “fetish for femininity.” Originally the solo project of Australian singer/songwriter Romy Hoffman, Agender eventually grew to include the talents of bassist Cristy Michel, drummer Christy Greenwood, and Sara Rivas on synths.
Their first album as a collective came in 2014 in the form of Fixations, around the same time the band started earning a reputation for riotously energetic punk shows. And with songs like the manic “Mani Pedi” and the synth-powered sprinter “Modern Lovers,” Agender emerged at the riveting intersection of a post-punk-minded but electronica-tinted sound.
Seven years after the release of Fixations and the band is reinvigorated getting ready to unveil No Nostalgia, the next chapter in Agender’s raucous story. Promising to be more satirical in nature, inspired by everything from The French Situationist Movement to Wire and Buzzcocks, the album attempts to ambitiously rid the world of the nostalgia that plagues the world around us.
On one of the forthcoming album’s first singles “Preach” a cavernous soundscape is filled with a cacophony of guitars and drums – a mirror Hoffman and company hold up to reflect the rage and frustration so inherent in the world today. On the album’s title track “No Nostalgia” — Agender unleashes the record’s dire, but tantalizing ethos, combining dreamy synths and haunting lullaby-like lyricism. The video for the song is just as much a trip with both serving as an unbridled introduction to what No Nostalgia and Agender have lying in wait for fans in 2022.
Keep an eye out for Agender’s new album No Nostalgia coming in spring 2022. Visit Agender’s website, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated on new releases and tour announcements. Follow Agender on Spotify.
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