Download White Suns’ Bloody-Knuckled Aggro Anthem “Skin Deep”


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After years of destroying loft spaces and leaking rabies-frothed cassette tapes, Brooklyn noize-fuck headache-pounders (and recent Village Voice feature stars) White Suns have finally harnessed their blackened, bloody-knuckle sewer-dredge into a full-length LP. Somewhere between the self-annihilating dirges of early Swans, the grey-hued aggro pound of Pissed Jeans, and the gurgling power-glop of Wolf Eyes lies this mutant muck: Waking in the Reservoir (out this week via Weasel Walter’s especially busy ugEXPLODE label) was captured in Ben Greenberg’s Python Patrol studio, and it’s as quick and dirty as you’d expect — “recorded live, just hammering this shit out, all headphoned up in the same room,” according to drummer Dana Matthiesen. First taste “Skin Deep” is a bloody mess, with disorienting washes of feedback and backsquawk and ickburn all coasting mightily over propulsive Jesus Lizard-style drumming, Neubaten industrial breakdowns, and pure haunted screams.

White Suns on “Skin Deep”

What is “Skin Deep” about?
Kevin Barry (vocals/guitars): There is an expectation of employees to work towards the goals of their employer, regardless of one’s personal moral ideology or political positions. This song is about avoiding the insanity of this — essentially, living a lie — by refusing to participate in activities that are antithetical to your beliefs.

What inspired it?
Barry: Working for loathsome people at various jobs over the years.
Dana Matthiesen (drums/electronics): Most music is extremely repetitive. The basis for pop/rock music writing is having some configuration of “hooks,” “riffs,” melody, and chorus that’s seductive enough to legitimate playing the same fucking thing four times over. Yeah, some “trance”-inducing or cyclic quality is a huge component of music, at least outside of the academic tradition, but the rock version is something we tend to avoid at the level of song sections/parts. So I view the song more in relation to other stuff we’ve written, where it’s unique for attempting a more total, linear repetition of itself section by section — the interesting part being that the second sequence necessarily references the first while differentiating itself from it. I think our other initial idea was having a big hit on the one beat because, you know, it’s cool and heavy-sounding.

When’s the last time one of you have been injured while playing?
Barry: Only gear has been broken, no bones.
Rick Visser (guitar, electronics): All of our injuries generally occur in stupid ways after the show.

What’s the most memorable show you’ve played in New York?
Barry: Probably the show we did for Mike Yaniro of Twin Stumps last year, which was a benefit for his medical bills after he suffered very serious injuries from a mugging.
Matthiesen: Weasel broke out his bubble machine for one of our sets last year. Delightful.
Visser: I would have to agree with the Mike Yaniro benefit as well. Can you imagine if we had the bubble machine there?

What’s your favorite place to eat in Brooklyn?
Barry: Red Hook Ball Field food trucks in the summer.
Matthiesen: My apartment.
Visser: Heh, I was thinking the same thing.


White Suns play the Cake Shop on February 27 with Cellular Chaos, Satanized, and Drums Like Machine Guns.

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