“Room 641A (Ecology Of Fear)” is the tripped-out new track from COLLAPSE CULTURE, the California/North Carolina-based electronic/psychedelic hybrid duo of Ian Miller (Kowloon Walled City, Interesting Times Gang, Stangelight) and Graham Scala (Bleach Everything, US Christmas, Interstitia). The new song is now playing at New Noise Magazine as the group prepares to release their second album, Drag Your Coffin My Lord, through Pax Aeternum next week.
Drag Your Coffin My Lord acts in much the same way as the group’s debut – as a means of processing the dire qualities of the current zeitgeist that become more intense and overwhelming by the day. But while the new album possesses similar genre agnostic qualities to their previous work, the approach is taken to greater extremes through a synthesis of diverse components into a varied and ever-shifting panorama, with their heretofore established mix of grainy cinematic dub textures and maximalist post-punk techno propulsion augmented with cosmic disco jeremiads, Atom Age educational filmstrip synthwave, and hauntological Morlock psychedelia.
Both the group’s members have decades’ worth of background in heavier music with bands like Kowloon Walled City, US Christmas, Bleach Everything, Less Art, Strangelight, Souvenir’s Young America, and Forensics, and the sense of rawness and immediacy present in those bands shines through in COLLAPSE CULTURE despite it diverging starkly from their better-known projects. Though the duo’s intention was to make a dance record, the result is something weightier and more confrontational, a bracing and engaging sequence of battle hymns for spiritual warfare.
All music on Drag Your Coffin My Lord was created by Ian Miller and Graham Scala in their respective homes in Oakland and Asheville, with mixing, mastering, and art handled by Scala, who writes about the “Room 641A (Ecology Of Fear)” single, “This song represents the direction we’d been trying to head the whole time before our more fractious aesthetic inclinations kicked in – something up-tempo (though not necessarily upbeat) and dancey, less a grim atmosphere and more a mix of cosmic disco jeremiads and Molotov funk that would be the perfect fit for a Jeremy Bentham-themed dance party heard through a sewer grate.”
Stream COLLAPSE CULTURE’s “Room 641A (Ecology Of Fear)” at New Noise Magazine first RIGHT HERE.
Dark Operative’s digital imprint Pax Aeternum will release Drag Your Coffin My Lord next Friday, September 16th. Preorders are live at Bandcamp where Nuclear Semiotics (Superstructure Collapse)” and “Bail Money Stashed In The Crawl Space (Non Frustra Vixi)” are playing HERE.