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Austin Punks Institute Aim For ‘Catharsis’ on Austere Debut Album

As members of Wiccans, Back to Back, and local legends Glue, the four Austinites in Institute have all made their own headway pushing at the desolate outskirts of traditional hardcore structures. In their work together under the Institute banner, they’ve delved further and further into punk’s austere borderlands.

Today, they’ve shared a stream of their debut full-length, Catharsis, which further underscores their bleakness and severity. If the garbled guitar moans and singer Moses Brown’s lyrics about insecurity and kicked dogs weren’t enough, the record’s tone-setting song is called “Cheerlessness.” It’s absolutely on the nose and a glorious downer. Listen in full  before it comes out June 9 on Sacred Bones. They’ll also head out on a tour this month in support of the record and you can catch those dates alongside the stream.


Institute tour dates:

June 7 – Houston, TX @ Black Barbie
June 8 – New Orleans, LA @ Sisters in Christ
June 9 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
June 10 – Nashville, TN @ The End (w/ Iceage)
June 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Eyedrum Gallery
June 12 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
June 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Second Empire
June 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades (w/ Cheena)
June 16 – Providence, RI @ Tate 2 (w/ Cheena)
June 17 – Amherst, MA @ Dollhouse (w/ Cheena)
June 18 – Toronto, ON @ S.H.I.B.G.B.s (w/ Destruction Unit, Sheer Mag)
June 19 – Chicago, IL @ Mousetrap
June 20 – Kansas City, MO @ Gacy’s Place
June 21 – Austin, TX @ Tamale House East
August 6 – Oakland, CA @ The Night Light
August 8 – Olympia, WA @ Olympia Hardcore Fest
August 9 – Vancouver, BC @ The Black Lab
August 10 – Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge (w/ Vexx)
August 11 – Portland, OR @ Blackwater (w/ Vexx)
August 12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Eagle (w/ Vexx)
August 15 – Santa Ana, CA @ Berserktown Festival