Heavy Blog Is Heavy is hosting the premiere of “Steven,” the new single from UNDERER – the solo project of avant-garde multi-instrumentalist and recording artist Nick Shellenberger (Cleric, Shardik). The song release advances UNDERER‘s debut album, The Code, nearing June release through Nefarious Industries.
Camden, New Jersey-based UNDERER was conceived in 2016 as an escape from the mentality of writing and performing in a collaborative setting. While the music of UNDERER explores a markedly minimal sound palette and writing style, Shellenberger’s compositions are meticulously crafted with the rhythmical chaos, creepy electronics, and volatile dynamics he has refined throughout his experimental career.
UNDERER‘s debut LP The Code brings together the precision of programmed drums with the experimentation of free and improvised composition, telling a harrowing tale over the course of seven acutely distressing tracks. Capturing a slice of time during a period of a few months in the summer of 2017, The Code was initially programmed in Shellenberger’s home studio after which it was fully engineered, mixed, and mastered at Menegroth the Thousand Caves by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Dysrhythmia) who provides cymbals/percussion to the track “Marlin.” The cover art was created by Shellenberger.
Writes Heavy Blog Is Heavy with the “Steven” track premiere, “Dissonant, distressing, and damned enjoyable, Shellenberger’s solo project originally stemmed from a desire to step aside from the traditional confines of collaborative songwriting; truly letting his freak flag fly in the most inconspicuous of manners. ‘Steven’ is a little dangerous, but a lot desirable, especially for anyone patiently waiting for that Genghis Tron update.”
Shellenberger offers in part, “It’s a somewhat clumsy analogy for humans accepting comfort in exchange for what’s in their heart and also just a reflection of my own desire to stop performing for society and live in the woods somewhere where no one can find me.”
Listen to UNDERER’s “Steven” via Heavy Blog Is Heavy RIGHT HERE.
Fans of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Swarm Of The Lotus, Genghis Tron, Cleric, and labelmates OXX should tune in to hear UNDERER.
Watch for additional audio previews and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.