Tuesday, August 4, 2015

STATS + PopMatters

"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."

–Noisey

"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."

–BrooklynVegan

"A wildly creative mishmash of Melvins-derived sludge and Beefheart-esque experimentation. Massively heavy but showing a progressive nimbleness..."
–PopMatters

With its release date fast approaching – August 7th on New Atlantis RecordsMercy, the debut album by STATS, is now streaming in full at PopMatters.

As PopMatters' Adrien Begrand tells it, the Brooklyn trio, comprised of members/collaborators of Aa, Extra Life, Psalm Zero, Ocrilim, Dazzling Killmen and Craw, has conjured "a wildly creative mishmash of Melvins-derived sludge and Beefheart-esque experimentation. Massively heavy but showing a progressive nimbleness..." With hardcore punk heart and progressive rock chops, the band twists and turns through songs that are equal parts angst, noodles, and rock.

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

Pre-order, here.

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.


Photo by Jacqueline Silberbush