Styrofoam Winos: S/T LP
Styrofoam Winos: S/T LP (Sophomore Lounge)
Release date: February 12th, 2021
“The Styrofoam Winos are the warmest, smartest, and most endearing indie rock democracy since Yo La Tengo.” —Simon Joyner
“A songwriting Voltron who also back each other’s songs, passing the guitar in the manner of a conch shell... And like Voltron, this band is greater than the sum of its parts.” - Chris Davis (FMRL, Cherry Blossoms, et al.)
Styrofoam Winos are comprised of songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, and longtime friends Joe Kenkel, Trevor Nikrant, and Lou Turner. Since forming in 2016, the trio has performed incessantly in the DIY and experimental music scenes in their native Nashville, TN and regionally—sharing bills with a diverse range of artists like Josephine Foster, Bill Direen, and Simon Joyner. Their live show exemplifies the band’s radically communal approach, rotating vocal and instrumental duties throughout the set (which never repeats).
Styrofoam Winos was engineered and mixed by Loney Hutchins (Lylas, Kurt Wagner) and mastered by Andrija Tokic (Josephine Foster, Alabama Shakes). Kenkel, Nikrant, and Turner tracked the album live, each leading a handful of songs and sharing backing band duties between guitars, bass and drums. They returned to the songs with background vocals, flutes, synthesizers, and friends: frequent collaborator Ross Collier (therevox, omnichord) and Austin Hoke (cello, singing saw). Styrofoam Winos is an intimate yet transportive record-freely exploring sounds and themes within a tightly tethered bond of musicianship and friendship.