Hudson Valley, New York solo outfits WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE are preparing to release their diverse, fully collaborative musical experiment, Suicide By Citizenship, through Nefarious Industries in late April. With the record nearing release, the new single “Supply And Demand Of The American Soul” has been premiered through PopMatters, as preorders for the CD are posted.
Conceived by WALKING BOMBS‘ Morgan Y. Evans and GRIDFAILURE‘s David Brenner who created the album with producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser), Suicide By Citizenship is an album created to challenge its own creators with the intent of combining sounds from two outfits located on polar opposite ends of the underground music spectrum. The record blends a wealth of genres into a dystopian alloy of improvised jams, rife with discontent for the contemporary state of American politics, and more specifically, the current administration’s actions and policies.
Suicide By Citizenship features guest contributions from Thomas Andrew Doyle (Tad, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Laura Pleasants (Kylesa, The Discussion), Mike Score (All Out War, Below The Frost), Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Earth, Snakes), Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), and more. The audio was mastered by Anderson and the record completed with artwork by Brenner.
“Supply And Demand Of The American Soul” sees Evans performing lead vocals and trombone, Brenner providing background vocals, guitar, theremin, and effects, and Andersen playing drums and synth. The track captures the core essence of Suicide By Citizenship, a melting pot of Americana, jazz, and noise, through the lens of William S. Burroughs, Upton Sinclair, and George Orwell.
PopMatters notes the single is, “five minutes of lamenting a vanishing way of life… This is the arrival of a new weird, something that moves beyond the traditional boundaries of noise/avant-garde/experimental and toward something that is utterly hypnotic and hallucinatory in its sense of despair and the death grips of hopelessness.”
Hear WALKING BOMBS & GRIDFAILURE’s “Supply And Demand Of The American Soul” only through PopMatters at THIS LOCATION.
Nefarious Industries will release Suicide By Citizenship on eco-wallet CD and all digital platforms on April 26th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp where “Armchair Expert” is streaming HERE and HERE.
Watch for additional audio and video premieres and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.
In 2016, Evans invited Brenner to collaborate on WALKING BOMBS‘ “Demagogue,” an outspoken punk anthem aimed at our 45th president, to which GRIDFAILURE provided a backdrop of chaos and vocals. The unlikely pairing of acts on the track quickly became something both wanted to explore further, penning ideas for a fully collaborative release. They met in late 2017 at Bohemosphere Studios in Saugerties, New York, with studio owner and Evans’ musical counterpart, Jay Andersen. The three tore through several improv jams and that afternoon had a solid structure of what would become Suicide By Citizenship. Through several similar jams over the next few months with the three vagabonds each performing multiple instruments, additional material was recorded by Brenner at The Compound.