“What they’ve done across the album’s ten tracks is dazzling in unexpected ways, including the ways in which THETAN mangle, mutilate, and blow apart their listeners’ minds.” – No Clean Singing
No Clean Singing is hosting an exclusive stream of Grand Ole Agony, the shredding new LP from Nashville, Tennessee-based powerviolence/punk duo THETAN, ahead of its release tomorrow through their own label, Anti-Corporate Music.
Since forming THETAN in 2011, Chad L’Eplattenier (drums, theremin) and Dan Emery (bass, theremin, vocals, mountain dulcimer) have been proactive force in the punk and metal scenes, while also crossing over to work with iconic hip-hop emcees such as Kool Keith, Ultramagnetic MC’s, and LIL B. Mixing early hardcore with West Coast powerviolence and sprinkling in the dark musical sensibilities of 1990s European black metal, THETAN has created a crushing brand of hardcore that grinds and devastates listeners before plunging them into nerve shattering psychedelia on their Grand Ole Agony LP.
Grand Ole Agony unloads thirty-five minutes of THETAN’s uncompromising sonic abuse, delving into the depths of the human psyche, loss of companionship, and the death of a solar system, while a cast of guest contributors helps craft the expansive sonic spectrum on Grand Ole Agony. The album features a monologue by legendary Tennessee rap icon Crunchy Black of Three 6 Mafia, trumpet from highly decorated jazz/pop trumpeter Mac Gollehon (noted for his work with David Bowie, Blondie, Onyx, among thousands of others), soundscapes and vocals from David Brenner of avant-garde experimental entity Gridfailure, harmonica from Benjamin Tod of Lost Dog Street Band, and haunting string accompaniments from Leslie Fox-Humphreys a.k.a. Americana/folk soloist The Bandit Queen Of Sorrows and Ashley Mae of Lost Dog Street Band.
Grand Ole Agony was recorded by THETAN, with all post-production including mixing, mastering, and an animated etching on the vinyl version of the album handled by Emery at his Black Matter Mastering bunker. The album is completed with cover art by Kristen Ferrell and photography by Ericka Poore and Joseph Wyman.
The advance stream of Grand Ole Agony is paired with an in-depth track-by-track breakdown of the album from the band, and an in-depth review of the album. No Clean Singing writes in part, “What they’ve done across the album’s ten tracks is dazzling in unexpected ways, including the ways in which THETAN mangle, mutilate, and blow apart their listeners’ minds. ‘Powerviolence’ isn’t a wrong label to use, it just leaves a whole lot unsaid. The sensory and emotional assaults also leave a lot un-said, even when the lyrics are understood. There’s a story behind what inspired and produced every one of these songs, and the stories here happen to be just as interesting, and often just as devastating, as what you hear.”
Stream the multidimensional powerviolence attack of THETAN’s Grand Ole Agony in full at No Clean Singing RIGHT HERE.
THETAN will release Grand Ole Agony on Etched LP, CD, and digital platforms through Emery’s Anti-Corporate Music on October 13th. Find preorder options at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp where both prior singles are streaming HERE, and watch the harrowing “Note To Self” video HERE.
THETAN continues to play frequently throughout their home region, having just supported King Parrot, Ringworm, and others, with a hometown record release show going down next Wednesday, October 18th. Watch for additional tour dates to post shortly.
10/18/2023 No Quarter – Nashville, TN *record release show w/ Act Of Impalement, Dystopian