Hunger For A Way Out is the debut LP from Sweeping Promises, arriving "straight from the depths of an unused Boston-area concrete laboratory". It's a thrilling set of new-wave and post-punk sounds. The central duo Lira Mondal and Caufield Schnug have been making music together for years in different bands, but Sweeping Promises quickly grew from a new creative approach. As Mondal explains to Gimme Gimme Zine: "We wanted to capture the exhilaration of writing songs in the moment, of irrepressible energy and things just barely holding together. A lot of our other projects featured very in-depth production efforts; we wanted Sweeping Promises to work fast n’ loose." Songs emerged from "feelings of frustration, dissatisfaction, alienation – an acknowledgment that life in late capitalism is harmful and destructive, and a summoning of strength to be defiant in the face of it... I was pulling from everything: my experience in the restaurant industry, the need to 'hustle-ify' your creativity, self-care culture." It's an album with all the hallmarks of an instant classic, propelled by memorable hooks, riffs and Lira Mondal's powerful vocals.
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Hunger For A Way Out