The Armed have announced their debut feature film ULTRAPOP: Live At The Masonic Temple, an incredible narrative-driven concert film directed by Tony Wolski, presented bySargent House. Digital screenings will start 15th October, with a special in-person screening event happening the same day at Detroit’s El Club. Check here for full screening schedule: https://ultrapop.live
Part “Lemonade,” part “Live at Pompeii” and fully infused with a sense of Lynchian dread - the project is a stunningly-filmed cinematic document of live performances taking place within the opulent chapels, imposing asylum rooms, full-size indoor handball courts, halls (and more) of the mysterious Masonic Temple of Detroit; a 550,000 square foot fortress in the heart of the city.
Live performance and story-driven narrative melt seamlessly into one another, as the film confronts themes of identity, information warfare, the commoditisation of artistic product, and commodification of the artist. The film also definitively shines a light on The Armed’s often-mysterious, collaborative structure—revealing an ever-changing lineup over the course of its runtime as they perform tracks off The Armed’s break-out album ULTRAPOP, selections from their second LP, Only Love and CYBERPUNK 2077 single “Night City Aliens”. The movie culminates in the ultimate catharsis with the entire collective converging for the devastating closer ”On Jupiter.”
Emma Ruth Rundle’s forthcoming Engine of Hell is stark, intimate, and unflinching. For anyone that’s endured trauma and grief, there’s a beautiful solace in hearing Rundle articulate and humanize that particular type of pain not only with her words, but with her particular mysterious language of melody and timbre. The album captures a moment where a masterful songwriter strips away all flourishes and embellishments in order to make every note and word hit with maximum impact, leaving little to hide behind. The first single “Return” is available today via Sargent House and comes accompanied with a striking and introspective video directed by Rundle herself.
'Engine of Hell' sees its release November 5, 2021 on Sargent House.
When Kristin Hayter moved to Pennsylvania, she ended up inadvertently living across from Three Mile Island – the site of the worst nuclear disaster in American history. The morning of 28 March 1979, a pressure valve in the plant’s second reactor failed to close, causing a partial meltdown that led to the evacuation of thousands of residents. The remaining reactor operated for another 40 years and eventually shut down in 2019, leaving behind an eerie image: four large grey towers abandoned within a rural sprawl.
It’s this landscape of dereliction and decay that informs Hayter’s latest album, Sinner Get Ready. A multi-disciplinary artist originally from Del Mar, California, Hayter performs under the moniker Lingua Ignota – derived from the sacred ‘unknown language’, created by medieval mystic and composer Hildegard of Bingen. The solo project is largely about giving expression to trauma; an ever-evolving vocabulary of sound and performance used to convey the unspeakable. On previous albums All Bitches Die (2017) and Caligula (2019), this has taken the form of a torrential downpour of sound. As a survivor of abuse, Hayter has drawn on a wide range of influences from baroque and black metal to noise and neoclassical to match the overwhelming and incoherent nature of trauma, her classically trained voice gliding from operatic beauty to a scream sharp enough to cut through titanium.
We caught up with Deafheaven’s Kerry McCoy and Shiv Mehra a few hours before their gig at Psycho Las Vegas festival.
They’d just released their newest, Infinite Granite – definitely one of the best releases of 2021. An aggregation of what Deafheaven have been doing over the last 11 years of their career, evolving from one album to the next, developing production and artistic focus without losing their core identity.
Louder Than War talks to the guitarists of Deafheaven – Kerry McCoy and Shiv Mehra – to discuss the writing of Infinite Granite and the importance of self-searching; relations with Sargent House and the degree of experimentation; the previously released 10 Years Gone; moments of catharsis, their love of Slowdive and their work process.