Wednesday, July 22, 2015


"The muscle of Black Flag's weirdo hardcore era and the skronk-jazz chops of King Crimson. STATS' full-length debut, Mercy, is full of He-Man-battling-Skeletor riffs and mind-boggling drum fills..."
–NPR Music

"On Mercy's seven dizzyingly complex screamoid marathons, the mangled jazz/metal of The Process of Weeding Out/Slip It In/Family Man-era Black Flag collide head on with Don Caballero's avant-prog mania."


"Pissed-off noisy hardcore, math rock technicality, and a weird operatic part that sounds like Converge backing Renaissance or something. It's out-there stuff, man."

NPR has debuted STATS' new track, "Countach," off the Brooklyn trio's upcoming album, Mercy.

Listen, here.

As NPR's Lars Gotrich puts it, the band possesses "the muscle of Black Flag's weirdo hardcore era and the skronk-jazz chops of King Crimson." Its gut-level angst and magic-fingers shredding combine into a unique musical voice that's an equally legit representative for hardcore as for progressive rock.

The vocals on "Countach" are delivered by Dave Perlis of the band Hexa and co-host of WFMU's Night People, providing the song with what Gotrich calls "the sleazeball strut it needs.

Mercy will be released August 7th on New Atlantis Records.

Pre-order, here.

The three members of STATS have played in such bands as Aa, Extra Life, Psalm Zero, and Ocrilim, and in projects with members of Dazzling Killmen and Craw.

Mercy was recorded at Strange Weather in Brooklyn by former The Men guitarist Ben Greenberg and mastered by Khanate's James Plotkin (Thou, Merzbow).

The official Mercy record release show is set for September 23rd in Brooklyn:

Sep 23rd - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
w/ STATS, Survival, Couch Slut

Tickets, here.