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Salad Days Magazine | June 14, 2024

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Taking Meds share new single/video ‘Outside’

Taking Meds share new single/video ‘Outside’
Salad Days

Announce new album ‘Dial M For Meds’ due out 09/01 via Smartpunk Records. Upcoming Tour Dates w/ 7Seconds, Jivebomb, Smoking Popes, Born Without Bones…

Produced/recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios (The Armed, Joyce Manor, NAILS) the album finds Taking Meds at their very best, seamlessly merging college rock catchiness with the energy and bite of their post-hardcore roots. To mark the announcement, have shared their hyper-hooky new single, ‘Outside’. The new track arrives alongside its fittingly tongue-in-cheek music video and follows previous single, ‘Memory Lane’ (which will also appear on ‘Dial M For Meds’. Clocking in at just 2:22, ‘Outside’ wastes no time in demonstrating the group’s mastery of big guitars and even bigger melodies, offering the perfect start to the summer of Taking Meds.

Since forming in 2013, Taking Meds have often been a band that doesn’t neatly fit into any one category. Now on ‘Dial M For Meds’, the group have channeled all the inventiveness of their past work into the most direct and hook-driven songs they’ve ever written. The album manages to be instantly memorable and accessible while still having the teeth and eccentricity that longtime fans have come to expect from them. Its ’90s-influenced sound makes for the perfect delivery system for vocalist/guitarist Skylar Sarkis‘ lyrics which provide cynical, hilarious, and deeply human commentary on spending your adulthood chasing the often intangible high of creative pursuits. The result is one of the most incisive and satisfying rock albums of 2023.

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‘Dial M For Meds’ tracklist:
1. Memory Lane
2. Outside
3. Aftertaste
4. Life Support
5. Long Tooth
6. Something Higher
7. Wading Out
8. The Other End
9. Kindness
10. See The Clowns

Upcoming Shows:
07/23 Brooklyn, NY @ Meadows #
08/30 Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom *
09/03 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
09/06 Montreal, QC @ Casa del Popolo
09/07 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar ^
09/08 Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s ^
09/09 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen ^
09/10 Detroit, MI @ Lager House ^
09/24 Birmingham, AL @ Furnace Fest
10/27 Gainesville, FL @ The Fest

# w/ 7Seconds, Jivebomb
* w/ Smoking Popes
^ w/ Born Without Bones

photo credit: Samuel David Katz

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