Long-running heavy electronic juggernaut Bloodyminded are more than just one of Chicago's finest exports, stacked with an impressive array of contributors including current and former members of Indian, Wolves in the Throne Room, Anatomy of Habit and Wierd Records — the crew creates confrontational noise brutality that is unlike virtually anything else in the musical landscape.
Anchored by the fierce yet relatively clean screamed vocals of Mark Solotroff, the band conjures some of the most hateful sounds imaginable, mining dark ambient, harsh noise and other outer reaches of terrifying sonic extremity.
Bloodyminded's latest is their self-titled effort, due on May 31st via Bloodlust! Records. The 13-track offering — which Solotroff considers to be the definitive work of their quarter century of existence — is nothing less than totally unforgiving for the duration, featuring antisocial, cacophonous squalls that shift and retract on a moment's notice. Listen below and pre-order the album via Bandcamp.
"Our new album feels like our most definitive statement of who we are as a band, as bandmates, as friends, as humans, and as members of our communities and of society as a whole," says Solotroff. "It accounts for how we interact and how we remain together, despite differences and distance. It's our most collaborative and evolved recording, which is no surprise, since we were all finally in the same studio at the same time, and as we worked together well in advance of recording, to conceive of the album's various themes and voices.
"That might be something that most groups take for granted, but in our band's nearly 25-year-long history, and with our continued geographic sweep, we remain acutely aware of the 'struggle of togetherness.' We draw from this concept and radiate outwards from our band, to friendships, to relationships, to families, and to our places in this increasingly impalpable and discordant world. I couldn't be happier about where we've arrived with this album, at this time in my life."