Exclusive Spin: Taking Meds — My Moon is Always Full

Exclusive Spin / featured / News / May 2, 2018

Rochester, New York’s Taking Meds has followed the gnarling tailspin of 2016’s My Life as a Bro with a new EP, which is premiering here in its entirety. My Moon is Always Full offers up two brand-new tracks, a reimagining of a previous demo, and a cover that operates more in the realm of an amorphous, dismantled sound collage. All in all, this is pretty standard Taking Meds, continually challenging their place in punk-adjacent circles by constantly tiptoeing around their boundary lines. 1

The release’s title track is shot through with post-hardcore velocity and Skylar Sarkis’ steady, but parabolic vocal tones. The other new track, “Discount Furniture,” twists this direction through a series of hairpin turns: irregular tempo shifts and pitch bends abound. Math-rock blends through nicely in both of these songs, offering a proper soundtrack through Sarkis’ sobriety journey. It’s unpredictable, at times unsettling, but altogether unique: a perfect appetizer to the band’s upcoming full-length follow-up.

And if that’s not enough, the New Yorkers strip down “Summer of Down” from their 2013 demo (complete with strings) and weird their way through a “cover” of blink-182’s “I Miss You.” Spoiler alert: it actually begins with a clip of “First Date,” and they’ve played this card before.

Listen for yourself below.

My Moon is Always Full is out this Friday. To celebrate the release, Taking Meds will be headed out on tour. You can check out the dates below.

5/3 — Rochester, NY — Small World Books w/ Kal Marks, Rut, and Full Body
5/4 — College Park, MD — Mild Manor w/ Mess and Normal State
5/6 — Brooklyn, NY — Zone One at Elsewhere w/ Tomato Dodgers, Dolly Spartans, and You Bred Raptors
5/7 — Middletown, CT — MAC 650
5/8 — Boston, MA — O’Brien’s Pub w/ bloom, Muddler, and Cardinal
5/9 — Buffalo, NY — Sugar City w/ Druse, Alleys, and Worse Things
5/10 — Toledo, OH — Frankie’s w/ Shitty Neighbors
5/11 — Indianapolis, IN — Terradise w/ Shitty Neighbors
5/12 — Chicago, IL — The Burlington Bar w/ Shitty Neighbors, Oscar Bait, and Boss Fight
5/18 — Montreal, QB — Pouzza Fest
5/21 — Brooklyn, NY — The Kingsland w/ Mineral Girls, Good Looking Friends, Dollhands and Cat Tatt

  1. This trajectory runs parallel to Such Gold, a band that abandoned their purist punk beginnings for something more angular. This makes sense, as Taking Meds has shared members with them over the years.

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James Cassar
James Cassar is Modern Vinyl's Managing News Editor and a co-host of The Modern Vinyl Podcast. He is also an artist manager, co-owner of the record label Near Mint, and can be found in bed before 9 p.m. James lives in Philadelphia and no, he won't check out your band if you add him on Facebook.

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