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Sumac’s “The Iron Chair”: Hard on the Ass, Hard on the Ears

  • Axl Rosenberg

Sumac, the band featuring members of Isis, Russian Circles, and Baptists, have debuted “The Iron Chair,” from the group’s new album, May You Be Held. And if the titular seat-type sounds uncomfortable, wait’ll you hear the song. You don’t come to Sumac looking for an easy listening experience, and the band has certainly obliged you.

Says guitarist/vocalist Aaron Turner of May You Be Held:

“As an artist in this time of significant upheaval, society seemingly having reached the end of its current iteration, it’s of critical importance to absorb and interpret this process of dissolution – and of the transformation that hopefully follows it. While I don’t believe we’re on the brink of collective destruction precisely now, this is clearly a pivotal stage in the story of humankind – and there is something that feels right about this music at this exact and very uncertain moment.”

You can check out “The Iron Chair” below. May You Be Held comes out September 18 on Thrill Jockey, and can be pre-ordered here.

[via The PRP]

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