“With the impending arrival of the band's third album, A Self-Help Tragedy, later this year, Doomsday Student are set to host their most debauched bacchanal yet. ‘LSD Mom’ is but one of the eight tales of depravity detailed on the record, but it screams volumes about the murky-sounding hysterics that give A Self-Help Tragedy its edge.’
“There’s no onomatopoetic cold steel here. Instead, Doomsday Student squelch out their broken grooves in clammy, organic spasms. It’s deeply yucky music, and it’s awesome.”
Stream the track, “LSD MOM,” via Clrvynt here.
Stream the track, “Fight and Flight,” via Brooklyn Vegan here.
See the video for “Angry Christmas” via Stereogum here.
Doomsday Student is Eric Paul, Stephen Mattos, Craig Kureck, and Paul Vieira. Made up of members from bands such as Arab on Radar, The Chinese Stars, Athletic Automaton, and Chrome Jackson, one should not be particularly surprised by the level of dissonance, mania, and peculiarity thoughtfully melded into every layer of the music, from unsettling lyrics to hysteric guitars and irregular rhythms. Obnoxious to those who seek the obvious but beloved by many others, the band has made comrades of and played with Retox, Guerilla Toss, Child Bite, White Mice, Head Wound City, and Graf Orlok, among many others.
Doomsday Student’s newest LP, A Self-Help Tragedy, will be released by Three One G Records on vinyl/digitally and through Skin Graft Records in CD format on December 2nd.
It was recorded at Radar Studios by Daryl Rabidoux and mastered by Golden Mastering in April-August of 2016.
Doomsday Student’s third album presents like an exorcism, or perhaps a nervous breakdown. As is the band’s specialty, it’s full of anxiety-inducing guitar wails, curiously plucked patterns and rhythms, and lyrics that read as personal anecdotes and/or confessions. Listening to tracks such as “Fight and Flight” is like being let in on vague, dirty secrets, decidedly taciturn even in their often blunt forthrightness: “We are as poisonous as our blood… We are as polluted as our breath.” Doomsday Student’s ability to be both aggressive and casual in its depravity lends itself to an album that comes across as playfully worrisome in sound, as affably ominous as its title.
A Self-Help Tragedy LP:
- The First Trip
- LSD Mom
- Angry Christmas
- Fight and Flight
- Yoko Ono’s Nightmare
- The Kids Are Confused
- Johnston Tar Pits
November 4 - Providence, RI @ Aurora
November 5 - Boston, MA @ Hassle Fest
A Jumper’s Handbook, Anchor Brain/ Skin Graft Records, 2011
A Walk Through Hysteria Park, Three One G/ Skin Graft Records, 2014