DEMONS Stream New Song on Revolver; Debut EP ‘Great Dismal’ Out June 16 on Spartan Records
Gehring tells Revolver, “‘There Is No Reward’ is probably the heaviest track on the EP. The song has two movements and both really dig in on the groove. It’s a lot of fun to play. I think the drums sound great.”
Spartan Records will release the band’s 6-song debut EP Great Dismal on June 16. Pre-orders are now available digitally and on limited edition 12″ silk-screened vinyl here and here. All pre-orders come with an instant download of the song “Parallel
Decidedly heavier and more aggressive than previous projects, Demons takes
stylistic cues from the likes of many influential bands that have shaped Gehring
as a musician. Traces of Spiritualized, Pedro The Lion, The Afghan Whigs and
Mudhoney can be found throughout the EP; however, that list hardly registers as any type of “recommended if you like” touchstone. The strength of the EP is the sum of its inspired parts, not its function as a sonic homage or tribute.
1. There Is No Reward
2. Lenora Slaughter
3. Godless Girls
4. Radical Cure
5. Parallel Lines
6. Quietly Waiting
While the untangling of duality — awe and anguish, faith and fraud, hope and horror — is hardly a new artistic exercise, such rich questioning is rarely attempted in the form of an entirely-accessible six song EP. Performing the duties of both architect and builder, Zach Gehring (of beloved Virginia-based Mae acclaim) has designed an exorcism vehicle, the aptly-titled moniker Demons, and allowed often-at-odds voices the opportunity to speak. The result is Great Dismal, an oxymoronic battle of declarations, withholdings, distortion, and clarity – – a tussle of the psyche examined through opposing dynamics.