SeeYouSpaceCowboy have dropped their second studio album, The Romance Of Affliction, via Pure Noise Records.

Ahead of the release, the sasscore band recently shared the music video for “The End To A Brief Moment Of Lasting Intimacy,” preceded by “Intersecting Storylines To The Same Tragedy” and “Misinterpreting Constellations.”

Following 2019’s The Correlation Between Entrance And Exit Wounds, SeeYouSpaceCowboy’s sophomore record tackles various mature themes and personal struggles, such as addiction. 

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For our upcoming issue 400, Alternative Press spoke with vocalist Connie Sgarbossa, where she further detailed the themes the band explored in The Romance Of Affliction as well as the significance of the album’s title.

“To me, the title is a double-edged sword,” Sgarbossa says. “On one hand, it’s my way of critiquing how we romanticize and almost mythologize things like struggle, drug addiction and death because we tend to look at them and think they’re romantic in a sense. That was one meaning that I really wanted to hammer in as a critique of that because the things that seem to resonate with people the most are death, destruction and all these terrible things, but it’s not taken as a warning or something to acknowledge; it’s taken as something romantic. The other side of it is the literal interpretation.”

Sgarbossa also touched on the personal significance of the project.

“The album is all about my personal struggles with drug addiction and the unhealthy ways I’ve masked my feelings of grief and mental illness,” Sgarbossa continues. “I’ve masked it all with sex and substances. It touches on what it means to be an addict and how it affects your relationships, what it means to be an addict in love with an addict, so it’s also that literal interpretation of what this album is to me — the romance of affliction is what it is to be in love with struggle and being intertwined as much as possible.”

Along with the release of their new record, SeeYouSpaceCowboy kick off their fall tour Nov. 5 in Anaheim, California, and will continue until the tour’s conclusion Dec. 10 in Berkeley, California.

Check out upcoming dates and read our full interview with Sgarbossa in issue 400.

The Romance Of Affliction tracklist:

1. “Life As A Soap Opera Plot, 26 Years Running” (feat. Keith Buckley)
2. “Misinterpreting Constellations”
3. “The End To A Brief Moment Of Lasting Intimacy”
4. “Sharpen What You Can” (feat. SHAOLIN G)
5. “With Arms That Bind And Lips That Lock”
6. “Losing Sight Of The Exit”
7. “...And My Faded Reflection In Your Eyes”
8. “Intersecting Storylines To The Same Tragedy” (feat. Aaron Gillespie)
9. “Ouroboros As An Overused Metaphor”
10. “Anything To Take Me Anywhere But Here”
11. “The Peace In Disillusion”
12. “Melodrama Between Two Entirely Bored Individuals”
13. “The Romance Of Affliction” (feat. If I Die First)

SeeYouSpaceCowboy tour dates:

11/05 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
11/06 – Henderson, NV @ Eagle Aerie Hall
11/07 – Mesa, AZ @ Underground
11/09 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
11/10 – Kansas City, MO @ The Rino
11/11 – Springfield, MO @ Odyssey Lounge
11/12 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers
11/13 – Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
11/14 – Louisville, KY @ Portal
11/16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome
11/17 – Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
11/18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Preserving Underground
11/19 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
11/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
11/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel
11/23 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East (Upstairs)
11/24 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
11/26 – Cincinnati, OH @ Legends
11/27 – Lakewood, OH @ Foundry
11/28 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
11/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ X-Ray Arcade

12/01 – Des Moines, IA @ Leftys
12/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
12/03 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
12/04 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
12/05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
12/07 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
12/08 – Portland, OR @ Brightside DIY
12/10 – Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman