Nashville underground trio YAUTJA has teamed up with Vans for a limited-edition custom shoe based on The Lurch cover art!
YAUTJA made their Relapse Records debut with The Lurch. Released late last month, the record features the artwork of Brandon Guerts (Pig Destroyer, Melt Banana). The Lurch-based Vans shoes are extremely rare and won’t be on sale to the public however Decibel Magazine is hosting a contest to win a pair of these sick kicks.. Entering is easy: email Decibel dB_contest@redflagmedia.com with the subject line “YAUTJA x Vans.” Winners will be contacted by Decibel.
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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. The record was recently listed among Revolver Magazine’s Top 20 Albums of 2021 So Far and continues to reap critical accolades both Stateside and abroad.
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.
“The Lurch showcases an already exceptional band at a grander, more diverse peak.” – Decibel
“YAUTJA‘s Relapse Records debut is a scrapyard sculpture of fuming sludge, mangled grind and the type of heavy hardcore that’s too knotty and lumbering to mosh to.” — Revolver
“Every song YAUTJA creates is likely to contain a dizzying mix of bombastic sludge, furious hardcore, brutal grind, and nauseating noise rock. On The Lurch… YAUTJA hone and perfect their craft; they keep their ‘more is more’ spirit alive.” – Chicago Reader
“They play with the speed and ferocity of a hardcore band, but their riffs have sludge all over them, and their vocals are pure swamp-monster shit. In their hammering onslaught, you can hear echoes of early Mastodon, and that’s high praise…” – Stereogum
“…an unrelenting bludgeoning via energetic sludge.” – Metal Injection
“Everything about The Lurch feels primal. The stalking stab of dissonant guitar riffage. The unsettling atmosphere of tectonic tempo shifts. The murky morass of glacial fuzz and doom. The frenzied bark of disembodied vocals. It’s a record at tension with limbic flight and fight responses, that eternal dance between predator and prey, evoking the band’s namesake in both intent and present danger.” – New Noise Magazine
“In a blast-beating, ripping triumvirate, The Lurch first beckons fans of loud, heavy and aggressive music. Secondly, it calls out for listeners of angular, dissonant and experimental instrumentation. Lastly, The Lurch attracts those interested in the state of heavy metal and underground music that is completely new, refreshing and completely distinct.” — MXDWN
“It’s wild without being scattered, ruthless without overstaying its welcome, impactful without wearing you out. It’s another iteration from one of the best goddamn bands out there…” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy