Providence punk rockers Downtown Boys announce new album, share politically charged “The Wall” — listen

Cost of Living will hurl itself at the establishment on August 11th


    Photo by Miguel Rosario

    Since releasing their 2015 breakthrough Full Communism, the socially conscious Providence punk rockers of Downtown Boys have spread their message not just through raucous live shows, but also through protest and Spark Mag, a politically focused web publication. Back in March, the band dropped a new song, “Somos Chulas (No Somo Pendejas)”, while hinting that a new album was on the way via Sub Pop. Now, the details have arrived.

    It’s called Cost of Living and will drop on August 11th. A press release describes it as “at once incendiary, cathartic, and fun, melding the band’s revolutionary ideals with boundless energy.” Appropriately, it was produced by Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto.

    Pre-release single “The Wall” is about that wall. “A wall a wall! A wall is just a wall!” the band screams over a bouncing, bass-heavy riffs and pummeling percussion, emphasizing the fact that a wall serves essentially one purpose: To create division. Listen to it below.


    Downtown Boys will also be heading out on a tour of North America and Europe this summer and fall. Check out the dates, along with the album’s artwork and tracklist below.

    Cost of Living Artwork:


    Cost of Living Tracklist:
    01. A Wall
    02. I’m Enough (I Want More)
    03. Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)
    04. Promissory Note
    05. Because You
    06. Violent Complicity
    07. It Can’t Wait
    08. Tonta
    09. Heroes (Interlude)
    10. Lips That Bite
    11. Clara Rancia
    12. Bulletproof (Outro)

    Downtown Boys 2017 Tour Dates:
    06/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Northside Festival
    06/16 – Ashfield, MA @ The Ashfield Lake House
    06/17– Providence, RI @ Aurora
    07/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ House of Vans
    08/19 – Omaha, NE @ Maha Festival
    09/02-03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made In America Festival
    09/15-17 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
    09/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Summer Happenings at The Broad
    10/09 – Leffinge, Belgium @ Cafe De Zwerver
    10/10 – Paris, France @ Le Point Ephemere
    10/11 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
    10/12 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
    10/13 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
    10/14 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
    10/16 – Dublin, Ireland @ The Workman’s Club
    10/17 – Liverpool, UK @ The Shipping Forecast
    10/18 – London, UK @ Dome Tufnell Park
    10/19 – Sheffield, UK @ Picture House Social Club
    10/20 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
    10/21 – Bristol, UK @ Simple Things Festival
    10/22 – Birmingham, UK @ All Years Leaving Festival
    10/24 – Munster, Germany @ Gleis 22
    10/25 – Berlin, Germany @ Urban Spree
    10/26 – Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang