MTV Hive Premieres Useless Eaters ‘Hypertension’ Video

Watch The Video For ‘Hypertension’ At MTV Hive

Useless Eaters are set to release their new LP Hypertension on Jeffery Drag Records on February 19th. To celebrate they’ll be playing the above listed shows and soon to be announced SXSW dates!

Seth Sutton learned a lot from Jay Reatard in the last two years of his life—a time that included taking Sutton’s band (Useless Eaters) on tour and pressing one of their many limited singles—but one lesson stood out above the rest.

“Jay always felt like he was running out of time,” explains Sutton, “so he thought it was important to try and be as musically productive as possible.”

That’s certainly been Sutton’s case over the past four years, as the singer/guitarist crammed a couple side projects (the nihilistic hardcore of Vile Nation, the power trio transmissions of the aptly titled Feral Beat) into an already packed schedule of rehearsing/replacing band members and releasing as many records under the Useless Eaters name as humanly possible. That includes such standout releases as the catalog-combing Cheap Talk compilation and the road trip-ready Daily Commute album. The latter’s a glaring example of Sutton’s meaty melodies, loose-limbed riffs, and undying love of punk-not-punk artists like Television, Wire and, well, just about every other glass-gargling history teacher in Legs McNeil’s legendary Please Kill Me book.

“It showed me that punk is more of an idea and an attitude than a fashion statement,” says Sutton, a self-taught musician who considers dropping out of high school “the best decision I’ve ever made,” because it “gave me the freedom to focus on my art and music.”

While that phrase has been uttered by many self-taught musicians over the years, Sutton’s songwriting actually speaks for itself. Take his forcoming LP Hypertension, for instance. As Useless Eaters’ cult following first heard on the “Addicted to the Blade” 7’’ and Black Night Ultraviolet EP, Sutton’s cleared yet another layer of dust from his scrappy sound and pushed a revolving door of haymaker hooks and restless rhythms to the fore. That goes for everything from the neon-bathed locked grooves of “Life on a Grid” to the welcome, climatic cacophony of “Vertical Africa.” Meanwhile, Sutton continues to channel a lonely childhood of living on army bases—and eventually finding his creative footing in Memphis, Toronto and his current hometown Nashville—into lyrics that reach well beyond tired punk tropes, whether that amounts to metaphorical love stories or brutally honest nervous breakdowns.

“I think everyone struggles with things like that,” he says. “The whole idea behind Hypertension is that most people aren’t aware—or just don’t care about— their situations and will buy into anything.

He pauses and adds, “I guess I just write about people and thoughts.”

If only things were that simple…

Tour Dates:

Feb 16th – Murray, KY – TBA
Feb 17th – Columbus, OH – Ace Of Cups
Feb 18th – Athens, OH – TBA
Feb 19th – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
Feb 20th – Detroit, MI – Painted Lady
Feb 21st – Washington DC – Casa Fiesta
Feb 22nd – Haverford, PA – Haverford college
Feb 23rd – Richmond, VA – The Green Room
Feb 24th – Cincinnati, OH – Motr
Mar 1st – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Mar 7th – Atlanta, GA – Star Bar
Mar 10th – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
Mar 11th – Beaumont, TX – The Texas Rose
Mar 12th – San Antonio, TX – War Room
Mar 13th to Mar 17th – Austin, TX – SXSW
Mar 18th – El Paso, TX – So Sick Fest
Mar 19th – Phoenix, AZ – Sail In*
Mar 20th – San Diego, CA – Til Two Club*
Mar 21st – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex*
Mar 22nd – Oakland, CA – Night Light
Mar 24th – Boise, ID – Treefort Festival
Mar 25th – Portland, OR – TBA
Mar 26th – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
Mar 27th – Eugene, OR – TBA
Mar 28th – San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern
Mar 30th – Los Angeles, CA – The Overpass
Apr 2nd – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
Apr 3rd – Lawrence, KS – Replay Lounge
Apr 4th – Springfield, MO – Highlife
Apr 5th – St. Louis, MO – CBGB

* w/ The Spits