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Author & Punisher Sound Like a Sexy, Pissed-Off ’90s Modem on “Blacksmith”


Back in December, industrial noise act Author & Punisher announced their new album Krüller, which will greatly disappoint this writer if it isn’t about eggy braided donuts. The band also released the first track from the record, “Drone Carrying Dread,” and followed it up last month with another single, “Maiden Star.” Now, Author & Punisher have dropped a new single, “Blacksmith,” that features producer and performer Vytear, and if you ever picked up the phone while your sister was on AOL in 1996, you have an idea of what you’re in for.

Here’s what Author & Punisher’s Travis Shone says of the track:

“’Blacksmith’ is a track that I co-wrote with the Krüller producer Jason Begin (Vytear). This one is a bit of an adventure where we go from my slow bending drones and morph into Jason’s jungle and breaks with the same halftime bassline and vocals tying it together. Lyrically, this is an ode to Black women-led movements who have been fearlessly leading the way against oppression in this country for a long time.” 

Watch a really hardcore fetish pin-up load pixel by pixel to “Blacksmith” below:

Krüller will be released February 11 via Relapse, and is available for pre-order. Check out the full tracklisting and cover art below:

  1. Drone Carrying Dread
  2. Incinerator
  3. Centurion
  4. Maiden Star
  5. Misery
  6. Glorybox (Portishead cover)
  7. Blacksmith 
  8. Krüller
Author & Punisher Sound Like a Sexy, Pissed-Off ’90s Modem on “Blacksmith”

And make sure to catch all the hostile throbbing of Author & Punisher live at one of the following dates:

March 6  Los Angeles, CA  Resident
March 8  Seattle, WA  Clock Out Lounge
March 9  Portland, OR  Hawthorne Theater( Lounge)
March 10  Oakland, CA  Elbo Room Jack London

Mvtant opens March 28 to April 11

March 28  Warsaw, Poland  Hydrozagadka
March 29  Wroclaw, Poland  Akademia
March 30  Prague, Czech Republic  Modra Vopice
March 31  Bratislava, Slovakia  Randal Club
April 1  Zagreb, Croatia  Mocvara
April 2  Linz, Austria  Kapu
April 3  Luzern, Switzerland  Sedel
April 4  Milan, Italy  Legend Club
April 5  Montpellier, France  The Black Sheep
April 6  Barcelona, Spain  Bóveda
April 7  Toulouse, France L’Ecluse Saint Pieere
April 9  Poitiers, France  Le Confront Moderne
April 11  Antwerp, Belgium  Kavka
April 13  Vilnius, Lithuania  Gallery 1986
April 14  Riga, Latvia  Melna Piektdiena
April 15  Tallin, Estonia  Sveeta Bar
April 16  St. Petersburg, Russia  Latochka
April 17  Moscow, Russie  Bumazhnaya Fabrika

May 13  Austin, TX  TBA
May 18  Denver, CO  Hi-Dive
May 19  Salt Lake City, UT  Metro Music Hall
May 22  San Diego, CA  Casbah

w/Perturbator & Health:

October 6  Lille, France  Aeronef
October 7  Paris, France  L’Olympia
October 12  Bordeaux, France  Krakatoa
October 13  Toulouse, France  Bikini
October 14  Madrid, Spain  La Riviera
October 15  Barcelona, Spain  Razzmatazz 2
October 16  Nantes, France  Stereolux
October 18  Lyon, France  Le Transbordeur
October 19  Strasbourg, France  La Laiterie
October 20  Lausanne, Switzerland  Les Docks
October 21  Munich, Germany  Freiheiz
October 22  Vienna, Austria,  Arena
October 23  Budapest, Hungary  Akvarium
October 25  Prague, Czech Republic  Lucerna Music
October 26  Wroclaw, Poland  Zaklete Rewiry
October 27  Warsaw, Poland  Progresja
October 28  Berlin, Germany  Heimathafen
October 29  Göthenburg, Sweden Trädgår’n
October 30  Stockholm, Sweden  Berns
November 1  Helsinki, Finland  Tavastia
November 3  Oslo, Norway  Vulkan Arena
November 4  Copenhagen, Denmark  Pumpehuset
November 5  Hamburg, Germany  Uebel & Gefährlich
November 6  Utrecht, Netherlands  Tivoli
November 8  Cologne, Germany  Kantine
November 9  Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg  Rockhal

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