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Mo Fo Ro Ro 03:23
Cicada 05:47
Nymph Rhythm 00:25
My Chimera 04:50
Daffodil 06:16
Turtle Race 07:27
TURTLE RACE Written by Working Breed Lyrics by Erika June Christina Laing Painting a black canvas red Black and blue pictures of you in my head. Haunting my thoughts, the words I've been fed The earth is still warm where you left She can have your hollow bones Your gift horse throat Your swindled hope She can have your brick of gold Your country club I've had enough Biting my lip on the telephone Every day of my life is a dial tone Swallowing blithe sustains my life until I see the light I hope I don't miss it, I hope its bright She can have your cheap parade Your palisade Your turtle race She can have your turpentine Your sterling shine But your sorrow, your sorrow is mine Its all you left behind If you love somebody, your're fucked If you love somebody, your're fucked If you love somebody, your're fucked If you love somebody, your're fucked You're fucked, you're fucked, You're fucked, you're fucked, you’re fucked, you’re fucked You’re fucked, you’re fucked, Fucked She can have your charm and grace Your smiling eyes Your soft embrace She can have your entire being As you can see clearly you meant nothing to me
Orange Fluff 04:25


Working Breed has captured and pinned their trademark audio-eccentricity in their long-awaited first full-length concept album, Hieroglyphica. The record is composed of 10 tracks spanning from the roguish overture “Mo Fo Ro Ro”, to the outlandish surf-rock and spoken word closing number, “Orange Fluff”. In between, the album’s story arc is formed through jaunty songs of independence, histrionic ballads of heartache, and reverent tributes to healing. True to their art rock roots, the album features a solid driving base interwoven with their unusual instrumentation including trombone, trumpet, musical saw, and even an ancient Chinese sheng, one of the first polyphonic instruments invented by man-kind.

“I’ve always been drawn to unusual sources of sound,” says frontwoman Erika June Christina Laing, “particularly those that are historical or come from nature.” She has a penchant for the avant-garde, tucking in samples of the cicada species “N. hieroglyphica” for which the album is named, and even using her science and tech background to create a special interstitial introduction to the song “Sensitive Plant” by recording the minute magnetic fields of a Mimosa Pudica plant and transmuting them into the audible spectrum. “It sounds a bit like white noise, but organically soothing. You can think of it like you are eavesdropping on the plant as well as the fluctuating world in which we all live.” She then layered synthetic whispered speech on top, a poem from the plant’s perspective. “It’s a little like an auditory Magic Eye painting,” says Laing, “At first, the speech sounds are hard to understand, but once you grasp the plant’s ‘accent’, you won’t be able to unhear it.”

That’s not the only surprise on the album, which has been meticulously produced by the band members along with their audio engineer, Matt Vaughan, at Hollywood Studios of Pittsburgh. “We made a great team and came out with the best possible product,” Vaughan says, “I would not have wanted to do this with anyone other than my best friends.” Vaughan worked exhaustively with the band to perfect every aspect of the album, such as on the track “Cicada” where he ensured that the musical saw rings clean and pure and that the searing guitar solo swarms like insects around the listener. On having the mastering done by Frank Arkwright, Vaughan says, “Going to Abbey Road Studios with the final product and hearing it back in perfection is truly the pinnacle and everything we hoped for.”

The hard-earned result is an aural amalgamation of minds. “Hieroglyphica is a carnival of the many facets that make up who we are as individuals and as a band,” says Laing, who emphasized that everyone added their own dimension, emotive rock from guitarist Michael Dugan, clever arrangements from bassist Jonah Petrelli, jazz feels from keyboardist Chloe Wiecz, and big-top precision from drummer Jeremy Papay. And though Laing brings the quirk with her gymnastic vocals and multi-instrumentalism, the album never loses its core rock roots. Dugan says, “I always thought that for all the genres we cross through, it’s still a very guitar centric album. Almost all of the tracks have a solo on them, which is something to be proud of in today’s day and age.”

From start to finish, Hieroglyphica is a cathartic journey of creativity, buoyant in its balance of levity and cogitation and with a spectacular payoff that can only be described as extraordinarily different yet stunningly intimate.


released August 24, 2019


Erika June Christina Laing : Vocals, Trombone, Trumpet, Musical Saw, Sheng, Mimosa Pudica Plant Sonification & Speech Synthesis
Michael Dugan: Guitar, Vocals
Jonah Petrelli : Bass
Chloe Wieczorek : Keyboards, Vocals
Jeremy Papay : Drums (Sensitive Plant, Cicada, My Chimera, Turtle Race)
Kieran Bittles : Drums (Mo Fo Ro Ro, Daffodil, Orange Fluff)

All songs written and arranged by Working Breed
Lyrics for Mo Fo Ro Ro by Jonah Petrelli
Lyrics for all other songs by Erika J C Laing

Produced by Working Breed and Matt Vaughan
Engineered by Matt Vaughan
Recorded at Hollywood Studios of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Mastered by Frank Arkwright, Abbey Road Studios, London, UK

Artwork Design by Erika June Christina Laing
Photography by Abby Gleason

Liveburgh Studios, Chris and Zack Leya, for helping us to record their chimes for Daffodil
Jacob Nathanson (Cell0), Patrick Forsyth (Violin), and Beck Gard (Harp) on Turtle Race
David Marshall (insectsingers.com) for the generous use of his cicada sound samples
Sam Stein for his valuable songwriting contribution to many of these tunes
Colin Morgan for the essential use of his cowbell
And, last but not least, you, the fans!

All songs published by Working Breed (BMI).
Artwork Design © 2019 Erika June Christina Laing
℗ & © 2019 Working Breed All Rights Reserved


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Working Breed Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh’s art-rock four-piece Working Breed returns with Gaslighter, a more rock-forward face for the veteran group known for its expansive musical vocabulary and energetic, theatrical live show. Cathartic, singalong anthems, shapeshifting math-rock rhythms, haunting saw sounds and self-professed “angry trombone,” Gaslighter is as much a treat for the ears as it is a statement of intent. ... more

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