Release New Single ‘Not Fit For This’
From the Duo’s Debut Album ‘Slash and Burn’
Set for release 2nd April via PNKSLM Recordings
GHLOW have released a vibrant soundclash of a new track ‘Not Fit For This’, which features on the Russian-Swedish duo’s debut album ‘Slash and Burn’, set for release 2nd April via PNKSLM Recordings.
A fast-paced manifesto that embraces raw power, vocalist and bassist Emille de Blanche says that ‘Not Fit For This’ “materializes the energy that grows out of frustration and boredom.” A very current energy. This newly-revealed cut is the towering opener of the album which features punk thrashes that cut along at breakneck speed. The beats are piercingly polished, setting up dramatic juxtapositions of sound when paired with scuzzy, effects-drenched guitar that recalls the alt-rock of the nineties, a decade crucially formative for both members of GHLOW.
This band creates this wall of extreme ferocity which obliterates the soundscape. This ardent instrumentation builds up the first few notes and indicates the level of piercing and robust instrumentation the duo can powerfully manipulate. This momentous fast-paced quick firing verse gets underway, bringing in the melodic yet equally urgent vocal notes. GHLOW has this aggressive inclining, the outfit create colossal soundscapes of deep ryhthms and clashing beats. Ferocious scales crash through the direction and bring in this compelling tone.
Tone is key for this outfit, as they embark on this critical exploration digging deep into a world of dynamic experimental territory. GHLOW consume you, this vast soundscape they’ve crafted showcases biting harmonies clashing with an abundance of tweaks, tones, and piercing notes, you will be left in awe.
For de Blanche and Nikolay Evdokimov, their first album as GHLOW represents a rebirth. Both are multidisciplinary creatives; de Blanche works primarily in sculpture, whilst Evdokimov is a tattoo artist. Both have colourful musical backgrounds stretching back decades; de Blanche is a former child prodigy violinist who took up the instrument at the age of two, while Evdokimov, a Russian native, formed his first, politically-charged bands in the early nineties, against the backdrop of the fall of the Soviet Union.
“We came up with a lot of ideas we wanted to develop,” explains de Blanche of their initial union. Her previous bands had seen her turn her hand to everything from post-rock to hip hop. “We realised that, together, we could pursue them. We both wanted to experiment. There had always been weird, genre-bending stuff we’d wanted to try out in previous bands, but we couldn’t get whoever we’d been working with to go with it. Now, we could just put all of that away and follow our instincts.”
The division of labour is equal across the board; de Blanche handles vocals, bass and the band’s art direction, with Evdokimov on guitar, synths, drum machines and production duties.
de Blanche’s razor-sharp lyricism blends the personal and political to stirring effect, and ‘Slash and Burn’ could be read as a cutting treatise on Sweden in 2020. She’s keen to leave the interpretation to the listener, though, and the pair insist that her words are only one part of what is a scorched-earth mission statement – a manifesto announcing a powerful new moment both for themselves and for rock music.
“There’s a rawness and a violence to ‘Slash and Burn’, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing,” says Evdokimov. “It’s about starting again. You might be chopping things down, or setting fire to something, but that’s a reset – something positive comes out of the flames.”