Exclusive Song + Video Premiere: Bangladeafy’s “Bloom”
Bangladeafy have long been favorites of MetalSucks, and with good reason. The NYC-based duo — drummer Atif Haq and bassist/pianist/vocalist Jon Ehlers — are one of extreme music’s most innovative and original acts today. Press materials for their new album, Housefly, cite Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, and Devo as influences, and we’d argue that only scratches the surface. “Bloom,” the Housefly track MetalSucks is stoked to be debuting today, is a detonation of popcorn percussions, anxious bass, and retro, menacing synths. It’s like an aggressive acid trip given aural form — and the accompanying visualizer is appropriately trippy, too.
Says Ehlers of the song and video:
“There’s an instrumental lead in ‘Bloom’ that became an important motif on Housefly and can be heard in multiple points throughout the album if listened to attentively. Lyrically, the song is an expression of apathy, which is referred to in the form of a ‘tar pit wormhole.’ While going through the portfolio of the animator, Joey Carlino, I became inspired by what I felt could be a fun, visual interpretation of such tar pit wormholes. In the process of reviewing drafts for this visualizer, Joey had no problem meeting my demands of ‘more grossness.’”
Interestingly, Ehlers also notes that “Contrary to previous Bangladeafy albums, there is no electric bass on this release. Everything that is heard on this album was performed live on hardware synths, sample pads, and acoustic drumming. We felt that we said what we needed to say on bass and were not interested in creating another acrobatic bass and drum album.”