Your neighbor might argue that time travel is an impossible feat, but I’m here to call bullshit. One of the best things about music is the innate ability it has to act as a time machine — artists are often either trying to create a futuristic version of the genre they’ve created or are romanticizing the artists that came before them by creating music that feels current while doing the most to pay homage to their quote-unquote ancestors. Philly-based slack-rock quartet Cold Fronts seems to fall somewhere in the middle of that; their fuzzed-out guitars are driven by a ferocious and inescapable drumbeat, and all of that centers around the purposely sloppy by way of The Replacements kind of vocals that make every word that’s sung feel romantic and like its shrouded in a smoke cloud.

“Aftermath” is the fourth single to come from the band’s new album, Fantasy Du Jour, out April 20th on Sire Records. The track is driven by an unforgiving drumbeat that makes you want to keep moving until your legs fall off, something which is only elevated by the frantic guitar riffage that’s sprinkled throughout the whole of the song. Light thunder and lightning, once I hear those guitars start to shred, I know to expect a throaty delivery of the lyric “It’s just the aftermath that’s killing me now” from both the band and myself, as just one listen was enough to make me a firm believer in the power of Cold Fronts.

When asked about the track, Cold Fronts said: “‘Aftermath’ is a fantastic number one chart-topping smash hit. It’s got everything you need, its up-tempo, its very rocking yet its also melodic. On top of that, it’s in the key of B, which as well all know is the key to having a smash number one hit song. The song takes place in present day, though it was written in 2014, and it’s about liking someone more than they like you and trying to play it cool but ultimately psyching yourself out and overthinking it.”

Listen below.

Fantasy Du Jour will be out April 20th on Sire Records. They’ve also announced a tour with Hockey Dad that will kick off later this month. Those dates can be found below.

Tour Dates

04/20 – New York, NY Mercury Lounge – Album Release Show
04/28 – Syracuse, NY Spark Art Space
04/29 – Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place

May-24 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room
May-25 San Diego, CA Soma Side Stage
May-26 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room
May-27 San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord
May-30 Portland, ORAnalog Cafe
May-31 Seattle, WA Funhouse
Jun-2 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
Jun-3 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
Jun-5 Minneapolis, MN Turf Club 21+
Jun-6 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
Jun-7 Detroit, MI The Underground at DIME
Jun-8 Pittsburgh, PA The Funhouse
Jun-9 Toronto, ON Hard Luck
Jun-10 Boston, MA Middle East Upstairs
Jun-12 New York, NY Baby’s All right 18+
Jun-13 Washington DC DC9
Jun-14 Philadelphia, PA Everybody Hits
Jun-15 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
Jun-16 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
Jun-17 Orlando, FL Soundbar
Jun-19 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall Upstairs
Jun-20Austin, TX Barracuda
Jun-21 Dallas, TX Three Links
Jun-22 El Paso, TX Lowbrow Palace
Jun-23 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge