Wednesday, July 24, 2019

MULTICULT - "Torsion"

"Over the past decade, Baltimore’s Multicult have earned their reputation as one of this era’s best and most consistent noise rock bands. Set to release their fifth album, Simultaneity Now, on August 2nd via Learning Curve Records, the band remain of the best and brightest. Pushing the noise rock framework in new directions with a relaxed sonic freedom and a deeper understanding of their own goals, the album sounds as vital as ever."

"Noise rock, as a genre, provides a home for a cadre of secretly virtuoso musicians. The focus isn’t on shredding and pyrotechnic playing as much as maneuvering through strange time signatures and a thorough command of instrumental sounds and textures... This is certainly the case with Baltimore-based trio Multicult. Consisting of Nick Skrobisz of The Wayward on guitar and vocals, Rebecca Burchette (ex-Fight Amp) on bass, and Jake Cregger of Triac and Backslider on drums, the trio bring a wealth of talent and experience to bear on their fifth full-length, Simultaneity Now, due out August 2 via Learning Curve Records."
–Burning Ambulance

Stream new Multicult song "Torsion" and read an interview with frontman Nick Skrobisz, here:

"Torsion" appears on new album Simultaneity Now – Multicult's fifth full-length album, and ninth release in all –out August 2nd on Learning Curve Records. 

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.

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, Tongue Party, and Vincas.

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

Band photo by Ben Price

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