Nefarious Industries proudly celebrates 100 catalog releases with NEF100: Burn After Hearing, a compilation of fourteen exclusive tracks that showcase the harrowing sonic landscape of their eclectic roster. Originally founded as a collective of like-minded individuals seeking an outlet to release off-kilter music, Nefarious Industries has grown into a label that exhibits the most adventurous and challenging artists it can manage to locate.
NEF100: Burn After Hearing features new and exclusive songs from instrumental deviants and label co-founders EL DRUGSTORE, freshly reunited sludge thrashers ARBOGAST, D-beat technicians NEQUIENT, dissonant post-punk veterans RISK RELAY, and ambient/dark-hardcore alchemist GRIDFAILURE. The label is especially excited to resurrect long-dormant avant-garde metal ensemble THE DRX and hypnotic doom-jazz trio ZEVIOUS. The stacked track list also includes crossover thrash veterans PSYCHOSOMATIC breathing new life into a well-known classic, as well as fresh material from post-hardcore noise-mongers BEDTIMEMAGIC, esoteric riff-trippers GEMATRIA, ambient drone mastermind ZVI, garage/math rock duo FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY, art-jazz punks CINEMA CINEMA, and experimental grunge collective HUMANS ETCETERA.
Mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in NYC (Gorguts, Krallice, Dysrhythmia) who has handled mastering duties for an array of Nefarious Industries artists, the collage-style artwork of NEF100: Burn After Hearing was handled by Eric Nyffeler who is responsible for many of the label’s releases (East Of The Wall, A Fucking Elephant, El Drugstore, Maid Myriad, among others), and the layout was handled by label head Greg Meisenberg, who writes, “Immerse yourself in our adventurous catalog as we enter another decade of crime, slime, and grime. Thanks for listening.”
The first tracks to be issued from NEF100: Burn After Hearing come from two of the label’s most OG New Jersey-based operators, with “Rural Ecstasy” by EL DRUGSTORE and “Intervention Undivine” by RISK RELAY.
EL DRUGSTORE collectively offers, “‘Rural Ecstasy’ is the sound of our band rebooting after significant time off due to plague, childbirth, and any other number of calamities. The basis for the song was me challenging myself to start from a simple open C chord rather than my typical discordant leanings. Everything after that opening arpeggio is what came out of me over the course of an hour or so, and Ro and Squid as always elevated the concept I brought to the table. There are a few other odds and ends from that recording session that will hopefully see the light of day at some point, and there is a wealth of material earmarked for EL DRUGSTORE that is yet to be recorded. Our output will likely continue to be sporadic as we all acclimate to the challenges of being middle-aged fathers producing infuriatingly complex music, but ‘Rural Ecstasy’ is proof that we will keep bumming your ears out in new and inventive ways.”
The RISK RELAY crew adds, “Although written during a pre-pandemic America, ‘Intervention Undivine’ is actually a song from the future. The detuned storyteller has slipped by the old gods, divine or not, and the ruinous traditions of the past have been expelled. The call goes out to the lagging timelines: expel the moribund deist. Incur new frequencies. From tomorrow a call to the present; is anyone listening?”
Stream the new EL DRUGSTORE and RISK RELAY tracks at Nefarious Industries RIGHT HERE.
Each song on Burn After Hearing will be individually released to all digital services over the next several months, each with its own single art in the theme of the comp’s overall look. It will also see a 12” vinyl release limited to 300 copies, 100 six-panel digipak CDs, and 100 cassettes on June 14th. Preorders for all formats are now live at the Nefarious Industries shop HERE.
Watch for each single to drop between now and release date with multiple videos and more from the record to post.
NEF100: Burn After Hearing Track Listing:
1. EL DRUGSTORE – Rural Ecstasy
2. THE DRX – Diamond Maker
3. ARBOGAST – Purgative
4. RISK RELAY – Intervention Undivine
5. HUMANS ETCETERA – Odd Zoom
6. PSYCHOSOMATIC – Green River (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
7. ZVI – Twocelled
8. NEQUIENT – Kimota
9. GEMATRIA – Black Gate No. 1
10. BEDTIMEMAGIC – The Slumber Party (Part I)
11. GRIDFAILURE – Blades And Arson Instead
12. FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY – House Of 1000 Corners
13. CINEMA CINEMA – Nose-Level Collision
14. ZEVIOUS – Death Wind