Meatbodies Announce New LP Flora Ocean Tiger Bloom

Meatbodies Announce New LP Flora Ocean Tiger Bloom. The bands full-length drops on March 8th via In The Red Records
Meatbodies photo by Press Photo By Amanda Adam

Meatbodies have announced their new album Flora Ocean Tiger Bloom, will drop on March 8, 2024 via In The Red Records (Fuzz,Thee Oh Sees). The album examines themes surrounding love and loss, escapism, defeatism, hedonism, psychedelics and much more. “The last record was more of a cartoon version of who we were– simple and fun without delving into heavy concepts,” recalls Ubovich. “The whole thing before with Meatbodies was never sit down, next part, next part, but I wanted to make something with more depth. After everything that had happened, and my personal life, I was left with this feeling of emptiness and loss. So I wanted to make music that was absent from things– songs that were more about conveying feeling.”

The news arrives with a brand-new video by Matt Yoka, “Hole” is immediate, dosed with enough pop and psilocybin to appease fans of both heavy rock and a quality melody. “That was one of the first songs I wrote, and I think it’s really indicative of that time,” says Ubovich. “How I was thinking and feeling and what I wanted to accomplish with this LP before I even knew it.”

By 2017, Meatbodies’ Ubovich had reached a crossroads. After years of increasingly insane shows playing to heaving crowds with an ever-evolving and rotating door of personnel, fatigue had taken its toll and he realized another change was on the horizon. “It was like the car had run out of gas in the middle of the road, and I knew I had a long walk ahead of me.” Retreating to the seedy Los Angeles underbelly– in search of meaning and a reset. Ubovich escaped into that world, ignoring his own well being, trying to forget his successes. “I was living like a 90’s vampire out of a comic book. Stumbling around LA with the socialites, partying away my sorrows, trying to forget.”

It was at this point that Flora Ocean Tiger Bloom began to take shape—a project built by a man searching for new beginnings and his own sense of self. After sobering up, writing sessions began at Ubovich’s home and various studios with longtime collaborator Dylan Fujioka. Eventually, the official production for Flora began in 2019, but it was a story left on the editing table. Due to discrepancies with the studio, tensions were high and the plug was pulled. Left with an album only half baked, it seemed like Flora had been put to rest. After the fires cooled and many discussions about the future of the album. Ubovich finally got the green light to finish production for Flora in 2020 when he hit another snag– the pandemic. And as the world took a back seat, so did the idea of Flora Ocean Tiger Bloom.

Flora Ocean
Tiger Bloom
Track Listing
In The Red Records

01. The Assignment
02. HOLE
03. Silly Cybin
04. Billow
05. They Came Down
06. Trapped?
07. Move
08. I believe in pink (interlude)
09. Criminal Minds
11. Psychic Garden
12. (Return of) Ecstasy
13. Gate

Meatbodies 2024 Tour Dates

Mar 23: Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
Apr 13: Vancouver, BC – The Pearl
Apr 16: Salt Lake City, UT – International Artists Lounge
Apr 23: Toronto, ON – The Garrison
Apr 24: Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Apr 25: Troy, NY – No Fun
Apr 26: Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMoca
Apr 27: Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel
May 03: Nashville, TN – Third Man Records at The Blue Room

Pre-order Flora Ocean Tiger Bloom by Meat Bodies HERE


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