SUMAC UNVEILS SPRAWLING NEW SINGLE “ATTIS’ BLADE” The song appears on the band’s new album, Love In Shadow, out September 21st on Thrill Jockey.
See the band on tour in the U.S. this September.
“For over two decades, Aaron Turner has been on the front lines of intelligent forward-thinking heavy music” - Revolver
"From minimal to maximal, big riffs to shattered noise, [SUMAC play] with space and density in a way that will keep you on your toes." - Red Bull Music
Ahead of the September 21st release of their album Love In Shadow, SUMAC have shared the album's epic 15-minute-long single "Attis' Blade." The track traverses through thundering passages, waves of dirge-like contemplation, and barrages of spontaneous chaos.
Listen to and share SUMAC's "Attis' Blade" from Love In Shadow:
Love In Shadow is a brutalizing dive into love and all its raw emotions, and SUMAC are always searching for a new approaches and challenges. Vocalist/guitarist Aaron Turner’s nimble songwriting combusted with the road-honed intuition and technical prowess of his bandmates result in a sound that is at once complex and primal. Earlier this year, the trio released the collaborative album American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You're Too Hideous To Look At Face On with acclaimed Japanese artist Keiji Haino. SUMAC's Aaron Turner (ISIS, Old Man Gloom) explains: “While all Love In Shadow was written before our recording session with Haino, that experience further bolstered our confidence to travel further into territories free of preconceived structure and melody. Immediacy, intuition, and risk have become an increasingly important aspect of our music making.”
Turner continues: “Before SUMAC was even a fully-formed band there was a goal I had in mind for how to approach writing songs: marrying fully realized structures to freely improvised movements - and trying to find fluid passages between these worlds. ‘Attis' Blade’ is a breakthrough for us in that it comes closer to meeting that goal than anything else we’ve written previously. It's a song I’m happy with in its own right, and more importantly as a key to the next step in our evolutional process. In this song I hear the three of us learning to trust one another more fully, and collectively embracing a more expansive dimension of our existence. Lyrically the song has to do with succumbing to base desires, the subsequent self-abuse/admonishment to atone for these perceived transgressions of moral code, and also the personal histories that can lead to this kind of behavioral dysfunction.”
SUMAC are currently preparing for a tour throughout the U.S. midwest and east coast just ahead of their album release:
SUMAC tour dates:
Sep. 1 - Chicago, IL - Scorched Tundra X at Empty Bottle ^
Sep. 2 - Rock Island, IL - Rock Island Brewing Company #
Sep. 3 - Detroit, MI - El Club *
Sep. 4 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison *
Sep. 5 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B. *
Sep. 6 - Allston, MA - Great Scott *
Sep. 7 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus *
Sep. 8 - Brooklyn, NY - National Sawdust *
Sep. 9 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA *
Sep. 11 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
Sep. 12 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter *
Sep. 14 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook *
Sep. 15 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
Sep. 16 - Nashville, TN - The End *
^ w/ Yakuza, In The Company of Serpents, Couch Slut
# w/ John Mueller, Infernal Coil
* w/ Dalek, Infernal Coil
Pre-order SUMAC's Love In Shadow here.
SUMAC, Love In Shadow track listing:
1. The Task
2. Attis' Blade
3. Arcing Silver
4. Ecstasy of Unbecoming