The Armed Release “Ultrapop: Live At The Masonic Soundtrack”
The Armed have released the soundtrack for their narrative-driven, ground-breaking concert film, ULTRAPOP: Live At The Masonic Temple, available digitally and physically via Sargent House. A running combination of score elements from the film and live performances captured in Detroit’s sprawling Masonic Temple, the soundtrack features live renditions of songs from their highly lauded LP, ULTRAPOP and cult-favourite, ONLY LOVE, and also includes their CYBERPUNK 2077 contribution “NIGHT CITY ALIENS”.
The movie, which was only available to live stream for a short period of time around its 15th October 2021 debut, will come to Blu-ray and video streaming services on September 29th.
Part Lemonade, part Live at Pompeii and fully infused with a sense of Lynchian dread – the movie is a stunningly-filmed cinematic document of live performances taking place within the opulent chapels, imposing asylum rooms, full-size indoor handball courts, halls (and more) of the mysterious Masonic Temple of Detroit; a 550,000 square foot fortress in the heart of the city. Live performance and story-driven narrative melt seamlessly into one another, as the film confronts themes of identity, information warfare, the commoditisation of artistic products and the commodification of the artist.
ULTRAPOP, released in April 2021, received acclaim across the board, gaining the highly coveted Pitchfork Best New Music and praise from The New Yorker Magazine, Vulture, Stereogum, Revolver, AV Club, Fader, Bandcamp, Entertainment Weekly, Interview Magazine and so much more. Reaching the same extremities of sonic expression as the furthest depths of metal, noise and otherwise “heavy” counterculture music subgenres, it finds its foundation firmly in pop music and pop culture. A joyous, genderless, post-nihilist, anti-punk, razor-focused take on creating the most intense listening experience possible.
The Armed are every bit chaotic, cathartic, and consuming. Delivering this immense sound that continues to grow, heavy turns and fierce lashes, the intensity pulls you in and keeps you fixated on the devouring atmosphere. The magic of The Armed can be relished in their live performances, the energy each musician conveys and gives to this outfit and their music, is simply outstanding.
ULTRAPOP: LIVE AT THE MASONIC TRACKLISTING:
OFF JUPITER (Dan Greene’s Theme)
MOTHER (Gold Jade’s Dream)
NIGHT CITY ALIENS
WHERE MAN KNOWS WANT
AT THE MOMENT OF BEING HEARD
UK/EU FESTIVAL DATES:
06 Aug, 2022 – Katowice – OFF Festival 2022
18 Aug, 2022 – Charleville-mézières – Cabaret Vert 2022
20 Aug, 2022 – Bristol – ArcTanGent 2022