This album, titled port, a word intended to evoke the comfort and affirmation that friends and family provide, is set to be released via Sinkhole Texas Records later this summer. In the meantime, fans of the band and anyone craving some melodious, whispery rock and roll can check out the band’s brand new single, “Day After Day”, out Friday, July 22 on all streaming platforms. .
Sonically, “Day After Day” is shape-shifting beauty, like something Porcupine Tree might have concocted after sharing one-to-many beers with Frank Black and the Pixies. Much like these prog-punk buddies, Higginbotham – with the help of fellow Wheel Workers guitarist Craig Wilkins, keyboardist and vocalist Erin Rodgers, bassist Zeek Garcia and drummer Kevin Radomski – will more often than not pull the proverbial rug under the listener, but always at the service of the song. Towards the final climax of “Day After Day,” you can feel Higginbotham’s anger at his own sense of resignation as he screams, “I trained my heart to let go / day after day. . .” over a caveman-like groove that eventually hits a wall of silent synths.
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“The new album is about overcoming hardship,” says Higginbotham. “Confronting nightmares, rebuilding your life, and figuring out who and what matters after everything you took for granted is gone.” With all of this in mind, Higginbotham commissioned Houston artist T. Lavois Thiebaud, a friend and collaborator of Rodgers, to create the artwork and an animated video for the album’s lead single, ” SOS”, as well as art for singles. “Suck It Up, and now ‘Day After Day’. “T has such a unique and compelling vision,” says Higginbotham.
To visually complete the apocalyptic atmosphere of “Day After Day”, Thiebaud has created an unsettling and surreal landscape, reminiscent of the nightmarish terrains of Salvador Dali or Max Ernst at their most bizarre. At the other end of the spectrum, Theibaud’s luminous and beautiful artwork for the cover of portwhere two young women framed by a yellow sun sit face to face in a collage landscape of sand and ocean waves, their legs intertwined, their straight arms raised and their foreheads touching, is an image of intimacy and resilience.
Higginbotham, who has a day job as a lawyer, is now fully recovered from a broken larynx and an injury that threatened to end his singing career. “We’ve all been through some tough times lately,” says Higginbotham. “I’ve become much closer to my family and friends as a sort of ‘port’ during all of life’s turmoil. I think the album cover really captures the feeling of finding solace in one the other. It’s just a wonderful work of art.