The enormous racket of Idolize — the new LP from noise rock bandits SOFY MAJOR — is out finally out today worldwide via Solar Flare Records. Like a demented mesh of the Melvins slamming into High On Fire with undeniable noise/metal influences instigated by the likes of Unsane, Quicksand and Deadguy, the latest in an extensive line of EPs, LPs, splits and other independent releases, Idolize not only shows the band at their caustic finest, it completes a painstaking journey bringing the album to life.
Just after SOFY MAJOR migrated from the post-industrial badlands of Clermont-Ferrand to Brooklyn, New York in October 2012 to record with Andrew Schneider at Translator Audio (Unsane, Keelhaul, Cave In), Hurricane Sandy waged war on the region, the immense storm surge demolishing the entire studio and all of the band’s gear. Cohort and labelmate Dave Curran (Unsane, Pigs) helped Schneider and the band relocate to Brooklyn’s Seaside Lounge and Spaceman Sound studios and complete the recording sessions Sandy attempted to thwart. Idolize encapsulates SOFY MAJOR‘s intoxicating concoction of sludge riffage, stale beer, shattered dreams and perseverance.
As this superstorm-proof band’s newest work hits the streets, so shall it hit your ears on thee interwebs; today The Obelisk is hosting a full-on stream of Idolize AT THIS LOCATION.
Idolize is out now worldwide via Solar Flare Records in Europe (Pigs, American Heritage) and No List Records in North America (Ken Mode, The Great Sabatini) as a limited LP box set, digipak CD, cassette and digital.
“…an example of excellent and intelligent musical execution, as well as a defiant refusal to accept defeat… The energy and clarity of Idolize, combined with its excellent execution under difficult circumstances, make it both a triumph of aesthetic and will. 8/10” – Exclaim!
“…finds the Clermont-Ferrand three-piece beating out a stirring blend of crunchy noise rock and heavier fuzz riffing, somewhere between Kyuss Big Muff fuzz (see “Comment”) and modern Unsane’s sense of churning chaos, with – and why not? – a touch of Melvins tossed in for good measure…” – The Obelisk
“The roads travelled by post-hardcore, the caustic noise-core of Unsane and guitar acrobatics of Cleveland favorites Keelhaul converge at French band Sofy Major.” – Invisible Oranges
“Sofy Major has riffs that have that type of instant hook that suck you in, and there’s a nice balance between the slower, off-kilter noise rock and faster numbers where the instrumentalists throw everything they have at the listener.” – Cosmos Gaming