Wolf Eyes, the Wu-Tang of noise, haven’t released an album since 2009’s Always Wrong (a.k.a. The W) on Hospital Productions, itself a fairly unheralded record compared to the high-profile one-two Sub Pop knockout virus of Burned Mind (a.k.a. Enter the Wu-Tang) and Human Animal (a.k.a. Wu-Tang Forever). In the time since the seeming decay of the W0, each member has been focusing on their own constellation of side projects, some as distinct an’ uncategorizable as their main unit… in the anxious, carefully arranged horror creep of Nate Young’s Regression series, the loping, psychedelic blues wheeze of Stare Case, and the long string of recent jaw-droppers from former member Aaron Dilloway (a.k.a. first-wave solo Wu-Tang).
Around Valentine’s Day, we learned that Mike Connelly had left and was being replaced with new guitarist Jim Baljo (a.k.a. Capadonna), who thank god is widely known as “CRAZY JIM.” Now the rejuvenated terrorist cell is ready to party once more, and on April 9 we’ll be able to mix it with our own bad vibrations via CD/LP release on De Stijl Records. De Stijl has had a long low-key supportive relationship with Wolf Eyes, releasing their Smegma collab on a paste-on jacket in the mid-00s, and handling Stare Case’s first LP in 2011. Plus, if a record isn’t at least a fascinating spin on both sides, it’s not getting released on De Stijl. So you can just start tweeting about how it’s mindblowing now.
The new album is called No Answer : Lower Floors, and recalls previous efforts but “goes much further” according to the press release, which I’m not going to quote from anymore because I’m desperate to come across as something less than a hack. The shock of early Wolf Eyes rattlesnakery has given way to a more slow-burning mixture of tape delay, haltering electronics, “lost boatman on an empty dock” sax, and surprisingly clear vocals and steady rhythms, obviously influenced by the direction of their side projects. Even Dilloway and Connelly make appearances… cute! Hear the opening track “Choking Flies” below, hear the whole album via Pitchfork Advance, and preorder that filthy sucker direct from De Stijl. Finally, check out the just-announced European tourdates below, with additional dates in the US to come forthwith.
No Answer : Lower Floors tracklisting:
01. Choking Flies
02. Born Liar
03. No Answer
04. Chattering Lead
05. Confession of the Informer
06. Warning Sign
04.17.13 - Arnhem, Netherlands - Willemeen
04.18.13 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix @
04.19.13 - Bremen, Germany - Friese
04.20.13 - Neuchatel, Switzerland - Queen Kong Club
04.21.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - L’Usine
04.22.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin4
04.23.13 - London, UK - Corsica Studios
04.24.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - ZDB
04.25.13 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal
04.26-27.13 - Paris, France - Instant Chavires
04.28.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OCCII #
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