In anticipation for the upcoming release, BrooklynVegan.com has premiered the first new track, â€œKill Hicks,â€ today. Stream it now.
“â€Kill Hicksâ€ was one of the last songs we finished up for the record, and it came together fast,â€ says guitarist/vocalist Tony Gonzahl. â€œWe had this kind of bluegrass influenced riff kicking about for a little while, but hadn’t really had the chance to do much with it. Then one day we started jamming and that riff came up. A couple of hours later we had the song pretty much done. Although there is a lot of beauty to humanity, I feel that right now the negative far outweighs the positive. This is not a holier-than-thou attitude, I most definitely see myself as part of the problem. Lyrically Kill Hicks deals with apathy and the bleak future ahead of us if we continue on this path.â€
Formed late 2011 in Trondheim, Norway, the duo, featuring Gonzahl and Timo Silvola (drums), blends hardcore punk with elements of black metal, rock ‘n’ roll, and country to create a nasty swill all of their own, while recalling some of the greats before them like Refused, Turbonegro, The Bronx, Drive Like Jehu and The Hives. Sometimes it’s fast and intense, other times slow and pulsating. Seldom however is it quite like anything heard before, always keeping somewhat to the left of the beaten path.
After a handful of successful singles and EP’s, the Norwegian noise mongers are now set to unleash their first full length, entitled The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken, with their new label Spartan Records.
â€œWe went to the top of the world to find our newest band and we couldn’t be more excited about releasing the debut full-length album from the Norway’s Barren Womb,â€ says Spartan Recordsâ€™ label head John Frazier. As only a duo, they have written one of the most interesting heavy records of the year – a record that is diverse from beginning to end and ripe with some strong commentary about the current state of our world. We can’t wait for people to hear the record on March 11th!
From the first jangly chords of the opener “Kill Hicks,” The sunâ€™s not yellow, itâ€™s chicken quickly becomes apparent how much the band has grown since their previous efforts. The dynamics are broader, the songwriting more focused and the sound is heavier – all topped off with the bleakest lyrics they’ve written to date.
Recorded by Ole Spangrud of MÃ¸rkemakt at Better Than Your Fucking Studio Studios and mixed by the band themselves, The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken features 13 blisteringly honest noise punk ditties, all set in the key of apocalypse. Look for it at digital outlets and on limited edition vinyl on March 11th on Seattle’s Spartan Records.
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The sunâ€™s not yellow, itâ€™s chicken Track Listing:
1. Kill Hicks
2. Will you be God’s art or Satan’s graffiti?
3. Evil prevails
4. Only Rain Man doesn’t change
6. Obi-Wan Chernobyl
7. From robot jobs to robot homes
8. Live fast, die.
9. Bong Aqua
10. Zombies never go out of style
11. Assmasters of reality
12. Nexus Diplomis
13. Segway to heaven