Evil stuff, this.
Put the kibosh on your Twin Shadow-listenin' numbskullery and get weird with Cross, a Lexington, KY-based collection of heads who boil a sludgy amalgam of proto-metal, West Coast psychedelia, fuzz-punk, and goth into instantly hummable anthems juxtaposed against shadowy, abyss-staring exercises. The project is spearheaded by visual artist R. Clint Colburn and Ma Turner, who you may recall from the Troubleman-signed bizarros Warmer Milks. Cross' rounded-out cast of bodacious cohorts possess a crystalline artistic vision, propelling a thundrous, well-oiled form of sonic alchemy that trascends "scenes" (ugh). Like, can death rock be jangly? Turns out, fuck yes. Cross figured that out with panache in their subterranean laboratory for their forthcoming debut effort, Die Forever.
The Coleman Guyon-directed video for the first single, "Inhuman Nature," imagines what activites Cross partakes in on a typical day-- skateboarding, liquoring it up, going for hikes in a strobe light-laden forbidden forest, and some light and fancy-free self drowning-- which provides a visual apropos to the full length's title.
If our Dark Lord is a hating one, Cross will become a sleeper hit, and Sophomore Lounge, who release Die Forever September 25th on digital and vinyl, will make billions of dollars to the sound of the gravy train whistle. Make it happen by pre-ordering this joint right now. (via Distonal)