Rude Records/Equal Vision Records and All Get Out are excited to present “Windows 98”, the second single to be lifted from the Friday, November 3 release of “All Get Out”, the South Carolina-based indie/folk-rock band’s brand new studio album (pre-order/pre-save HERE). A fun and light-hearted ode to one of Canada’s most celebrated bands, The Weakerthans, “Windows 98” features on the forthcoming self-produced album that finds the band executing the sound it has been striving for since the beginning – a towering new showcase that serves as both a farewell to its past and a doorway into its future. As frontman Nathan Hussey puts it, “our previous album, ‘Kodak’, was the pivot, and this self-titled record is the execution.” Stream “Windows 98” on YouTube HERE and on all platforms HERE.
Since forming All Get Out in 2007, Nathan Hussey’s priorities have changed. Back in those days, he felt like he should be part of the indie/alternative/emo scene the band had inadvertently become a part of and which was having its heyday. However, after its last record, 2022’s stunning Kodak, the four-piece — completed by guitarist Kyle Samuel, drummer Dominic Nastasi and bassist James Gibson — found itself at a crossroads but have come out the side with the forthcoming “All Get Out”. Having found its final form and free from those self-imposed expectations, the band is able to follow its creative impulses without any restrictions, and without needing to conform to external expectations or industry-set record cycles.
“Out Of Pocket” harkens back to the very early days of All Get Out, but it was only when the band improvised its intro and Hussey spontaneously came up with its lyrics that he realized that it took him back to a time when he was within that alternative/emo scene. At the same time, that’s just a through line on this record, rather than the focus. Indeed, the solemn chug of “Around It” was inspired by watching Unstuck In Time, the documentary about Kurt Vonnegut, and hearing about how his sister’s death impacted the writer. And yet, it’s conveyed with remarkable emotion and clarity, turning abstract notions into memories you’re sure that he — and you, as the listener — had.
Elsewhere, the jittery “Windows 98″ travels back in time and manages to be nostalgic without being nostalgic. “Sounds The Same” offers a sense of uplifting, gentle defiance, while closer “Hamil” casts a graceful eye over a lifetime spent pursuing a passion and not knowing what else to do — or being able to do anything else. As such, it pits early purpose against later purpose, and works out the difference between them.
As such, “All Get Out” is a journey in real time from the beginning of the band to its present form and beyond, told through a variety of characters and lives that may or may not have any part in it. Musically, while it still contains the band’s trademark catchy hooks and choruses, it also reveals new aspects to its sound — for example, the electronic instrumentation that underpins “Trouble”, the almost slow-motion intensity of “Sleep Paralysis”, and the infectious, ever-so-slightly country-tinged “In Cursive”.
“My hope for this record,” Hussey summarizes, “is to reach a new audience. And that’s harder than making a new record. Because I want to reach the people who don’t know our band, but who would probably like this if they ever heard it. I didn’t really walk into this record with a theme, and I didn’t really walk out of it with one, either. It’s just me writing. I had nothing to prove, and nothing to overcome. I just had to write, and that’s what I did.”