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if there was a competition for the vocal of the year in 2016 Elaine Edenfield would already be dancing off down the aisle, arms raised to the sky,  The lead voice in Warehouse’s suitably dynamic indie-rock beast of a record, “Super Low”, Edenfield’s turn here is a miraculous effort, simmering above the rock-solid back-drop of twin guitars and percussion, and armed with the ability to breathe fire in the blink of a scorched eye. A beautiful collection of sprawling, jazzy, and jangley post-punk that paints a reflective and colorful sonic background behind the vocalist’s oscillating poetics. Couple that with the band’s ability to pen righteous hooks that add even greater weight to such aesthetics , the result is one of the boldest records in the American indie-rock frame.

Primal, precious, and consistently invigorating, Warehouse are the kind of band that to hear them once is to pin all your hopes and dreams upon them; a rabid and rousing unraveling.  ‘Super Low’ was “largely written in a notorious punk house that was torn down to build a parking garage” and the record comes wrapped in such new-world vexations, melding punk aesthetics with something endearingly humane.

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Warehouse is Alex, Ben, Doug, Elaine, Josh

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Atlanta band Warehouse have been kicking around since 2012, but they didn’t officially release music until 2014, when they released their debut record Tessaract. Two years later, they’re back with Super Low, a guttural surf-punk record with influences from all corners of punk music. Warehouse is made up of Ben Jackson and Alex Bailey on guitar, Elaine Edenfield on vocals, Josh Hughes on bass, and Doug Bleichner on drums. Their sound is a mix of Sonic Youth and Nirvana and Bikini Kill with a dash of Dilly Dally. but I hear REM influences too.

Jackson and Edenfield had quite a lot to say about this release so without further adieu, here you go!

“As a band we have always drawn heavily from environment as the backdrop to songwriting and our surrounding lives,” says Jackson. “When I try to categorize the songs that ultimately made up this record I think back to the places they were written and Super Low was never far behind.”

“Super Low” was an exercise in brevity in a way that Tesseract was an exercise in athleticism” says Elaine Edenfield on the process. “The songwriting process didn’t change–guitars first, everything else on top–but definitely we all had the attitude of wanting to make something more refined. Tesseract seemed like it came out the most naturally as a collision of everyone just giving every riff or scream in these myriad of ways, trying everything out to see what worked and what didn’t, and mostly just seeing what it was possible to do. While I’m proud of Tesseract, there are definitely songs I’d be just as fine with not ever performing again. All in all I feel like it’s a really good stepping stone. It transitions from Tesseract to a much different place and sets us up stacked for the third album.”

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While Warehouse was recording Super Low, Elaine Edenfield was coping with a personal loss, which affected her creative process tremendously. She describes feeling “Super Low” as follows:

Listen to their new release “Super Low” is about near loss, loss, and fear of loss. The slowest song, leaning towards the album’s most heavy subconscious undertones, Super Low is the coming to a point of resolution, understanding, and maturation.”

Warehouse is Alex, Ben, Doug, Elaine, Josh