Echoes And Dust is currently hosting the exclusive premiere of “Mezzo Mort,” the new single from Baton Rouge, Louisiana noise rock/sludge metal trio, WOORMS. The track is found on the band’s ripping third album, Fatalismo, nearing release through SuperNova Records next week.
WOORMS’ Fatalismo was produced, engineered, and mastered by Today Is The Day’s Steve Austin – who also provides additional vocals on “This Is Nothing Short Of Character Assassination” – at Austin Enterprise, with additional recording by the band’s Joey Carbo at The Hospital in Baton Rouge. The album was completed with surrealistic artwork by Januz Miralles and design/layout by Joshua Wilkinson.
Carbo issues with the “Mezzo Mort” single, “The world is a shuffling mass of patients. Most of us have lost a slipper or forgotten how to wipe properly but we’re still somehow managing to breed ‘like rats.’ And the icing on the cake? There is no tragedy, self-inflicted or otherwise, we wouldn’t rush to sign up for. Mezzo Mort, ‘half dead’ (in Italian: mezzo morto) is used in Italian American slang, pronounced ‘metsa morta,’ most commonly to express a feeling of existential dread but it can also refer to a sad, useless person, someone not worth the trouble. I suppose I was just saying that the problem with the world isn’t so much that the patients are running the asylum but that they built the goddamn thing and installed an all-you-can-eat buffet. Grab a plate! Buon Appetito!”
With the song’s debut, Echoes And Dust has published an interview with Carbo on the new album, writing in part, “Baton Rouge noise rock unit WOORMS are about to release their third album Fatalismo and it sees the trio reaching new plateaus with their sound as well as their songwriting.”
Grab a helping of WOORMS’ “Mezzo Mort” exclusively at Echoes And Dust RIGHT HERE.
Fatalismo will see release through Steve Austin’s SuperNova Records on all digital platforms next Friday, May 13th, with cassette and vinyl versions to follow shortly afterward. Find digital preorders and stream “Red Meat For The Faithful” at Bandcamp HERE and watch the video for “Quiet As Isaac” HERE. Physical preorders will post next week.
WOORMS has also just been announced as the headlining act for this year’s Movies & Music On The Lawn series in their hometown. Movies & Music On The Lawn is a Summer film series that pairs silent films with not-so-silent Louisiana bands who perform original scores for the films live. WOORMS’ installment is confirmed for Saturday, September 17th where the band will close the series, performing the score to the classic 1922 silent horror film, Nosferatu, in celebration of the iconic film’s 100th anniversary. Find more info on the series HERE.
The band is currently booking regional live dates for the months ahead with more extensive touring being lined up for the Fall.
6/17/2022 Mid City Ballroom – Baton Rouge, LA w/ Fauns
6/18/2022 Faust – San Antonio, TX w/ The Grasshopper Lies Heavy
9/17/2022 Movies & Music On The Lawn @ Baton Rouge Gallery – Baton Rouge, LA *performing Nosferatu [info]
WOORMS’ anthems thunder with elements of dirge, grit, groove, and bellowing amplification foundationally attributed to masters of the realms of noise rock, sludge, and psychedelic metal scenes, citing evident influence from the works of the Melvins, -16-, Unsane, Today Is The Day, Buzzov*en, Boris, and the like. Since their 2017 formation, the band has developed a solid fanbase, both through performing live and through a constantly growing discography, releasing material through the likes of Sludgelord Records, Forbidden Place Records, and their own Hospital Records, including two LPs, an array of singles, demos, and EPs, and split releases with A Hanging, Radiant Knife, and just recently with The Grasshopper Lies Heavy.
In March of 2020, WOORMS drove 1500 miles to open for Today is The Day in Ohio where frontman Steve Austin joined them on stage for a song. This connection led WOORMS to Austin’s compound in remote northern Maine in the Fall of 2020 to record what would be their third LP, Fatalismo.