Nashville underground trio YAUTJA will make their Relapse Records debut with their highly anticipated new album, The Lurch, out May 21st.
Recorded by Scott Evans at Steve Albini’s legendary Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, The Lurch amalgamates metal, punk, and noise rock into a ferocious hybrid that has propelled the band from the obscurity of the American South onto the international stage.
In advance of the record’s release, today YAUTJA shares the official visualizer video for “The Spectacle,” via Decibel Magazine.
Writes Decibel, “Seven years (and a handful of singles and splits) following Songs Of Descent, The Lurch showcases an already exceptional band at a grander, more diverse peak. That sentiment is largely apparent in their newest single, ‘The Spectacle.’ The track stomps between a seizing crawl and a furious death metal blast. The track seems to hang just off its axis, never quite settling into one rhythm more than the other. It masterfully reflects YAUTJA‘s unease and unsettled views of the world at large — be they sociopolitical, technological, or personal.”
View YAUTJA’s “The Spectacle,” now playing at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.
View the band’s previously released video for “Tethered” (directed by Blair Tramel) via YouTube HERE.
The Lurch, which features artwork by Brandon Guerts (Pig Destroyer, Melt Banana), will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats. Physical preorders are available via Relapse.com HERE. Digital downloads/streaming services are available HERE.
From the opening roar of “A Killing Joke” and the ominous noise waves of “Undesirables” to the churning cannonade of “Before The Foal,” The Lurch conveys the personal frustrations and sociopolitical observations of its creators. “We’ve got our bubble of friends and artists and businesses, but you drive 30 minutes out of town, and you see confederate flags or people wearing t-shirts that say, ‘Redneck Lives Matter,'” bassist/vocalist Kayhan Vaziri explains, “so there’s a lot of frustration there, and some the lyrics pertain to that.”
Elsewhere on the album, tracks such as “Tethered” and “Wired Depths” discuss the various technologies and systems in place befalling the great populace. Rampant displacement of local communities fuel Vaziri’s opening screams in the track aptly titled “Catastrophic” – “Forced under society!”
Featuring members of several other musical projects including Thou, Coliseum, Mutilation Rites, and more, YAUTJA‘s collective experiences across the underground and experimental subgenres drive their unique sound. The band’s palpable malaise, malcontent, and sharpened edges are matched by the album’s production – the attack of noisy, whirring guitars constantly veering on dissonance are met with a destructive, mangled low end, as they march on to some of the most creative drumming in the genre. The Lurch showcases a band that is daring, experimental, and unrelenting.
Kayhan Vaziri – bass, vocals
Tyler Coburn – drums, vocals
Shibby Poole – guitars, vocals