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Two Inch Astronaut Is Back Already, Shares Some Real-Talk With 'Snitch Jacket'


Two Inch Astronaut's new album, <em>Can You Please Not Help</em>, comes out June 2.
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Two Inch Astronaut's new album, Can You Please Not Help, comes out June 2.

Two Inch Astronaut works quickly! Just about one year since the release of Personal Life, the suburban D.C. post-punk band already has album number four in the bag. Can You Please Not Help continues the pop-focused mind-meld of previous efforts with monster hooks and a musicianship that only comes with a boatload of experience.

J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines) also returns to record and mix the new record, and you can hear weirdly catchy ear-candy of Jawbox's final record in "Snitch Jacket," the first single from Can You Please Not Help. There's a round and rumbling sound to bassist Andy Chervenak and drummer Matt Gatwood's rhythm section, as guitarist Sam Rosenberg alternates space effects and panning start-stop riffs.

"Let's hear it for your third attempt at trying to hack it in the real world," Rosenberg shouts with some real-talk — whether you're a 20-something or just endlessly haunted by past failures.

Can You Please Not Help comes out June 2 on Exploding In Sound.

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