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Littler | photo by Emily Burtner | via artist’s Facebook page

A solid three years into their career as a band, Philly / Cali quartet Littler will release their latest studio outing on Friday. The Bad Hand EP follows last year’s Of Wandering full-length with an evolution of ideas and perspectives presented as meditative assertions of self-worth and acceptance.

About the EP’s themes, songwriter/guitarist Madeline Meyer tells The Fader:

“If Of Wandering was about wondering what comes next and who I am, Bad Hand is a record of resignation, of acceptance…. I am this person. I have to come terms with these things. I am moving. I am sick. I am sensitive. I am angry. Part of growing up is about acknowledging these things and figuring out how to move forward instead of getting so bogged by these truths that you’re pushed into an existential no man’s land without any tools of getting out.”

We were introduced to the new material via closer “Oversteeped,” first in Littler’s Key Studio Session and then through the beach-themed video below. Its darker, minor tones mirror the brighter acknowledgement of one’s flaws in the EP’s opening track “Running Hot.” Sandwiched between the two are the simmering standout “Lousy” with its infectious bass line courtesy of Ivy Gray-Klein and the surging, on edge punk number “Out of Your Rib” that vibrates with Meyer’s gutteral screams of “you are not alone / I am here.”

Stream Bad Hand over on The Fader; Littler hit the road for a West Coast tour next month.

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