Illinois-based Frail Body embodies the spirit and soul of what many define as “screamo;” their songs are lamentations about nihilism, death, anxiety, existentialism and hopelessness of existence in modern American society, and both lyrically and sonically they unfurl with ground-shaking emotion.  Their forthcoming sophomore LP, Artificial Bouquet (March 29, 2024 via Deathwish Inc.), is a shining example that the once dormant sub-genre continues to evolve and thrive for all the world to see.

Just shy of two week’s ahead of the album’s release, Frail Body have shared an animated music video for their third single, “Horizon Line.”  Vocalist/guitarist Lowell Shaffer comments, “‘Horizon Line’ is about the worst day of my life. Frail Body was in the middle of a tour that I shouldn’t have agreed to as my mother was terminal. I got a text when we rolled into Colorado Springs that my mother was going to the emergency room and probably wouldn’t be coming back. I also had a sinus infection at the time. The low point of being physically sick and returning home in shame as a son who deserted his duties to family as my mother was dying made me question a lot of my motivations, goals, and my friendships and the power that they hold over me. My mother passed away a few days later. I was able to be home, but I made a decision, and it was the wrong one, but I also wasn’t sure that this band would stay together if I didn’t commit to it. So now this whole thing exists as a self constructed pillar of my shame and failure to my loved ones.”

Produced, engineered, and recorded by Pete Grossmann at Bricktop Recording, and mastered by Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden, Artificial Bouquet establishes Frail Body as leaders within the modern screamo movement— all of it so raw and beautifully out of control.

See Frail Body at their record release shows late this month, then on tour next month in the UK + Europe (including an appearance Roadburn Festival).  Pre-order Artificial Bouquet ahead of its March 29th release date here.

Frail Body, on tour:

March 29 Chicago, IL at Subterranean (Record Release Show)
March 30 Cudahy, WI at X-Ray Arcade (Record Release Show)

April 10  Glasgow, UK @ Garage Attic #
April 11  Leeds, UK @ Boom #
April 12  Bristol, UK @ Crofters Rights #
April 13  London, UK @ Downstairs at the Dome #
April 14  Brighton, UK @ The Hope and Ruin #
April 16  Lille, FR @ Brat Cave &
April 17  Antwerp, BE @ Antwerp Music City &
April 18  Paris, FR @ L’International &
April 20  Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival
April 21  Liege, BE @ La Zone &
April 23  Frankfurt, DE @ Juha West &
April 24  La Chaux-de-Fonds, CH @ Bikini Test &
April 25  Milan, IT @ COX18 &
April 26  Modena, IT @ La Tienda &
April 27  Rome, IT @ RCCB INIT &

# w/ Chalk Hands
& w/ Knoll