NEEDS' self-title album is officially out May 12 (via File Under: Music), but the Vancouver-based punk band has opted to bless listeners with early access to the record here on The FADER first. Their first proper full-length, it is a raucous blend of self-deprecating humor and politic—as is made evident even with just a scan at the tracklist, which features songs with titles like "Clowns to the Left Of Me, Dzhokhars to the Right" and "We Don't Know Why We Are Protesting is Why We Are Protesting."
As the band tells it, NEEDS is a "well-crafted, rollicking blast" that is "a hard pill for a soft life." "It's both personal and political at the same time—macro and micro," the group told FADER over email. "With a modest amount of self-awareness, the record is a punk rock journey exploring fear, hopelessness, humor and the hardcore genre we grew up on."