Second single ‘Earth Angel’ shared
Debut Album Unmask Whoever out 27th March via Western Vinyl
New York’s avant four-piece Activity have released their minimal, hypnotic new single “Earth Angel“, the second single from their debut album Unmask Whoever, out 28th March via Western Vinyl.
The song was one of Activity’s initial concepts, written and worked out while members still practiced at Death by Audio and after the break up of previous band Grooms. “It’s a song about the freedom of a lifelong love” vocalist Travis Johnson explains. “I think we were going for a very Talk Talk ‘Laughing Stock’ vibe in general. The vocals at the end physically hurt to perform… I could taste blood.”
Activity gleefully discard the more weary connotations of indie rock through a natural and intelligent use of modern implements. Their debut album, Unmask Whoever forms a casually menacing framework for lyrical themes of paranoia, exposed character flaws, and the broader human capacity for growth when an ugly truth is laid bare.
Despite the recurrent aches of discontentment throughout Unmask Whoever, each track glows with radiant waves of catharsis manifesting itself in urgent tempos, glimmering guitar, and an atmosphere-forward mindset that enables Activity to subvert rock band orthodoxy. It comes as no surprise that when each member was asked about the highlights of their individual careers, they all pointed to this band as a joyful corner of their lives, a space within which they could flourish in the complement of their mutual abilities, and vent woes too great to tackle alone.
Formed just a year ago in NYC, vocalist/sampler operator Travis Johnson, drummer Steve Levine (both of Grooms), bassist Zoë Browne (of Field Mouse) and guitarist Jess Rees (of Russian Baths) came together to create a wholly new architecture under the guidance of engineer / producer Jeff Berner (of Psychic TV). Their debut sees its creators’ abilities gel with one another to reach new levels of interplay and fruitful cooperation.
Unmask Whoever sees its release via Western Vinyl on March 27, 2020. For more info or to pre-order, gohere.
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