Chicago's Nonagon have been around since the early/mid 2000s and they've released three EPs and a split in that time, but they haven't released a full-length album... until now. Their debut LP They Birds officially arrives next week (3/3) via Controlled Burn Records (pre-order), and you can hear it early, as we're premiering a full stream of it in this post. Guitarist/vocalist John Hastie tells us:
I know that 18 years is a ridiculous amount of time for a band to go without a full-length LP, but in a way it doesn’t feel that crazy to us. We’ve spent a lot of time prioritizing the other things: writing, practicing, playing shows, building a network, etc. Releasing songs that we weren’t completely sure of would have been an expensive distraction. We were fine being the band that only does EPs.
We thought that this might be another one of those until we sat down and looked at the material. This collection of songs felt more cohesive, confident, and worthy of redirecting the substantial energy and resources it takes to put a record out these days, especially if you want to do it right and on a DIY budget.
I guess the bottom line is that we don’t want to waste anybody’s time. Not ours. Not yours. Not the listener's. I feel like we’ve succeeded.