CD in 8-panel digipak
The self-titled follow-up to 2013’s Within The Walls marks the first time ever all six current band members – Xavier Laradji, Will Lindsay (Indian), James Moy (Anal Hearse, Machismo, Ferro Mortem), Isidro Reyes (Anatomy Of Habit, The Fortieth Day), Pieter Schoolwerth, and founder Mark Solotroff (Anatomy Of Habit, The Fortieth Day) – recorded together in the same room at the same time. The group convened in Chicago, at Decade Music Studios, to write, record, and even squeeze in a historic six-man live show at hallowed Chicago venue, The Empty Bottle. They chose to once again to work with engineer/producer Sanford Parker (Buried At Sea, Minsk, Mirrors For Psychic Warfare, Corrections House), who handled Within The Walls. Mixing duties were handled by John McEntire (Tortoise), Solotroff’s former Anatomy Of Habit bandmate, while mastering was completed by Collin Jordan, who also worked on Within The Walls.
The disquieting thirteen track offering centers itself on the death of human interaction in an age of digital abstraction and disconnection. Notes Solotroff, “BLOODYMINDED deals with themes connected to the idea of ‘the struggle for togetherness’ and we fervently believe in the need for meaningful human interaction. BLOODYMINDED has spent years as a band with members dispersed across the globe and we’ve lived this struggle of togetherness as a creative, recording, and performing group – and especially as friends. Coming together to write, record, and perform was a vital experience for us, and both concrete and intangible barriers and borders were overcome, in the process.
“Cities and architecture feature prominently in this album,” he continues, “and we considered the various ways that people not only interact with each other, but how they engage with their surroundings, and how bodies inhabit and move through discrete urban spaces. We strove to create songs that considered the contradictory sense of loneliness and isolation that arises in densely populated modern cities. Our lyrics and our music were conceived to live and breathe at the intersection between human desire, sociological theory, digital solemnity, and concrete, glass, and steel universes. We recommend playback through substantial physical sound systems, but we also encourage our listeners to play this album through earbuds, while walking alone in a city, late at night. Play it loud or let some of sounds of the city seep into the mix.”
1. Precise Surfaces
3. Infinite Recession
4. Rapid Breath
5. The Self And The Sublime
6. Flooded Interiors
7. The Future State Of The Body
8. Essential Humanity
10. Hold Every Dear Thing Tightly
11. The Pace Of Our Development
12. Degrees Of Order
BLOODYMINDED is a heavy electronic band that was formed in New York, in 1995, after the dissolution of the pioneering American post-industrial noise group Intrinsic Action, which was founded by Mark Solotroff, in Chicago, in 1984. BLOODYMINDED’s live shows are exceptionally energetic and are characterized by physical engagement, layers of abrasive analog synthesizer, aggressive vocals, and abundant feedback. In a live context, BLOODYMINDED celebrate and deconstruct the rock and roll performance.
While BLOODYMINDED most obviously operate within the contemporary noise scene, their sound is broadly informed by their early industrial forbearers, NYC pre-punk and noise rock, and British hardcore and grindcore. BLOODYMINDED has performed with diverse artists covering noise, power-electronics, experimental, avant-garde, death-rock, industrial, hardcore, metal and punk.