New York City-based multi-instrumentalist and Netherlands frontman TIMO ELLIS will unveil his latest solo EP, Death Is Everywhere this Friday, and MetalSucks is now hosting an advance listen to the entire wild record.
Death Is Everywhere sees TIMO ELLIS handling all songwriting and instrumentation including drums, bass, guitars, vocals, and keyboards. Over four dense and intense tracks, elements of a wide array of genres, styles, and instrumentation are seamlessly mutated into a white-knuckled ride that stampedes straight through the confines of any sort of genre boundaries. Buoyant, rampant, and incessantly imaginative, the tracks bob and weave across a range of tempos and textures and keep the listener curiously hooked.
Recorded by TIMO ELLIS at Shame Party Studios, mixed by Tom Tierney at Spaceman Sound, mastered by Ron A. Shaffer at Atlantic West Studios, Death Is Everywhere is completed with album design by Todd Kancar.
ELLIS states with the EP’s advance stream, “For me, Death Is Everywhere is a bit more musically freewheeling and less beholden to genre than Netherlands; it contains elements of sludge, R&B, Brazilian music, choral music, and straight up balls out hard rock… as well as is imbued with about as much optimism as I can muster these days, in spite of our civilization’s headlong flight back to feudalism, and unchecked, rapid descent into environmental catastrophe.”
MetalSucks writes, “Rarely has an album cover so simply and wonderfully conveyed the vibe of the music contained therein. Death Is Everywhere is a collection of paradoxes: apocalyptic and celebratory, introspective and extroverted, hopelessly defeated and uncompromisingly defiant. It doesn’t flatten emotion into simple black-and-whites; it allows for a full range of range of feelings. All of this adds up to an epiphanic catharsis given aural form; as the United States crosses a tragic new landmark in coronavirus deaths, it is a perfect encapsulation of the collective trauma and anxieties we’re all processing.”
Strap in and take the ride with TIMO ELLIS’ Death Is Everywhere first via MetalSucks now at THIS LOCATION.
Highly recommended for fans of the Melvins, Curtis Mayfield, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nomeansno, and The Beach Boys, Death Is Everywhere will see independent digital release next Friday, February 26th. Find preorders HERE and see the video for the title track HERE.
TIMO ELLIS is a musician, composer, and producer who lives and works in New York City, where he was born and raised. A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, ELLIS has appeared on almost one hundred albums in total over the past twenty years. He has recorded and toured with such artists as Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Cibo Matto, Joan As Police Woman, and Spacehog, and has variously performed and collaborated with Mark Ronson, John Zorn, The Melvins, Ween, The Lemonheads, Money Mark, and Gibby Haynes.
ELLIS‘ extreme versatility has placed him in the company of musical greats of several genres – within his solo work exists an equally vast range of styles. Since the early ’90s, he has composed and recorded more than twenty-five solo albums under his own name and with his main band, Netherlands. Traversing the realms of rock, punk, metal, soul, lo-fi, folk/country, electronics, and beyond, ELLIS‘ diverse music is unified by a few constants: impeccable songcraft, blazing technique, quirky experimentalism, and sheer intensity. His solo works have been described with phrases like “an absolute, burning blur of a song” (CMJ), “overridden-in-the-red propulsion” (Noisey), and “gritty, high energy… rambunctious” (BrooklynVegan).