Thursday, June 27, 2019

MULTICULT - Simultaneity Now

Simultaneity Now, the new album by Multicult, will be released August 2nd on Learning Curve Records. 

Simultaneity Now is the band's fifth full-length album, and ninth release in all, in less than a decade.

Stream first single "Grieflex" and pre-order the album, here:

Pre-order the album from the label, here:

From Baltimore, Maryland, Multicult is the trio of guitarist/vocalist Nick Skrobisz, bassist Rebecca Burchette, and drummer Jake Cregger. All three are prolific musicians who have made their mark elsewhere: Skrobisz leads The Wayward, where he melds King Crimson musicality with world-weary post-hardcore; Burchette laid down riffs for noise-rockers Fight Amp in their early days; Cregger is best known for his breakneck blastbeats in Triac and Backslider.

In Multicult, the three boil things down to skeletal bruise-rock of the Big Black school of punishment. The sound is minimal and relentless. Burchette's distorted bass and Cregger's machine-style drumming lock together into an absolutely unshakable force – with Skrobisz' guitar chugging and clanging on top, the spirit of Gang of Four, Albini's various bands, or the industrial-grade noise-rock of New Yorkers like Cop Shoot Cop is in full effect.

But Multicult cannot be pigeonholed so easily. Even in a band with as focused a sound as this, Skrobisz is a free-thinker whose expansive approach to music shines through – he lists experimental guitarists like Bill Orcutt (Harry Pussy) and Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) as recent inspirations and he explores retro-electronic music through his current solo project Overcalc (debut album, coming soon via Sleeping Giant Glossolalia). On Simultaneity Now, rays of Skrobisz' guitar-light burst through the cold, mechanical base, and his voice ramps up, from low utterances to soaring, soul-baring screams. Songs like "Grieflex," premiered today, are as full of melodic rapture as they are austere and mechanical. It is this mix of cold and warm, of inhuman and human, that makes Multicult one of the great bands of today.

Simultaneity Now was tracked and mixed mainly by Skrobisz at his home studio in Baltimore; drums were recorded by Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations (Skeletonwitch, Outer Heaven).

Multicult will tour the US this summer, including dates with Learning Curve labelmates Super Thief and Tongue Party.

1 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery w/ City of Caterpillar
2 - Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge w/ Super Thief
3 - Durham, NC @ The Pinhook w/ Super Thief
4 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl w/ Super Thief
5 - Chattanooga, TN @ The Spot w/ Super Thief
6 - New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar w/ Super Thief
7 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda w/ Super Thief
9 - Chicago, IL @ Co-Prosperity Sphere w/ Tongue Party
10 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mortimer's w/ Tongue Party
11 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews w/ Tongue Party
13 - Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern w/ Tongue Party
15 - Seattle, WA @ Clock Out Lounge w/ Tongue Party
16 - Portland, OR @ High Water Mark w/ Tongue Party
17 - Oakland, CA @ Elbo Room w/ Tongue Party
18 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Lexington w/ Tongue Party


13 - Portland, ME @ Geno's w/ Vincas
14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Vincas
15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb's w/ Vincas


Nick Skrobisz - guitar, vocals
Rebecca Burchette - bass
Jake Cregger - drums


Simultaneity Now (2019, Learning Curve Records)
Centroid - split 7" w/ Bardus (2018, Corpse Flower Records)
Position Remote (2016, Reptilian Records)
Repeating Decimal - split 7" w/ Power-Take-Off (2015, Learning Curve Records)
Variable Impulse (2014, Sleeping Giant Glossolalia)
Jaws 7" (2013, Reptilian Records)
Spaces Tangled (2012, Sleeping Giant Glossolalia)
The Costume 7" (2011, Amplified Noise Recordings)
Multicult (2010, self-released)

Band photos by Ben Price

Cover art by Nick Skrobisz

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