Premiere: Chain Gang Grave return with “We Fight Entropy” & “Suffer For Your Art”

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Don’t feel gross enough yet today? Get your ears in here and check out an exclusive stream of two new Chain Gang Grave tracks.

I’m guessing it’s something about living in New York City that has produced a whole modern crop of extreme music’s weirdo heavies. Toilet Ov Hell favorites Artificial Brain (riding a wave of acclaim from their newest album) and Pyrrhon (interview) are both standard bearers of that which is odd and menacing; both bands are within spitting distance of Brooklyn natives Chain Gang Grave. In case you missed it (and if you did, shame on you) Chain Gang Grave released their sterling Bury Them and Keep Quiet at the tail end of 2015. It’s equal parts riffy, infectious hardcore and leering noise rock. On their new digital single, the band carries on in that direction but goes further down the rabbit hole.


Chain Gang Grave succeed in the old bait and switch on “We Fight Entropy”. Initially “Entropy” seems pretty straightforward, opening behind punishing percussion and gang shout-esque vocals. As it progresses, things get more claustrophobic, the timing gets more off-kilter, and near the end there is a minute of spoken lyrics (or samples?) that wouldn’t be out of place on a Cursed record. “Suffer For Your Art” has queasy written all over it. It’s sludgy as shit, drenched in reverb, and the tone/sound immediately brings to mind Melvins meets Doomsday Student.

 

Taken from CGG’s guitarist, Andrew Lanza:

These two tracks were recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks with engineer Aaron Bastinelli in 2016. Additional sounds recorded by Jason Bennett in 2017. Mixed by Jason Bennett at his house, and mastered by James Plotkin. Only to be digitally released for now, physical release TBD.

If these tracks are any indication of what’s next for the band, I’m looking forward to hearing what Chain Gang Grave can do with a full length record. Keep on the lookout for their debut full length, due out later this year. Head over to their Bandcamp to pick up a digital album, tee shirt, or cassette and follow them on Facebook.

  • Wet W’s Whistle

    The return of the Ed

    • Edward

      It’s good to be back.

      • ED!

        • Edward

          What’s up GL.

          • Glad to see you around!

          • Edward

            Same to you, GL, as always.

          • You been doing school work? I assume?

          • Edward

            Yeah, full time work and part time grad school. It’s a grinder. I’m almost on summer break, though!

      • Wet W’s Whistle

        This was a solid return

        • Edward

          This is a solid band.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I don’t believe me peepers, Jedward returns.

    • Edward

      BEARGOD

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Ever your humble servant master

    • Long time, no Edward

      • Edward

        Long time no Deuce!

        Deuce ex Machina

  • Hellion Sword

    Yo can anyone tell me what happened to Tyree?
    Always enjoyed his recommendations but haven’t seen him here in a while. Actually I haven’t been here in a while either. Did I miss anything?

    • Edward

      Without getting too into it because it would detract from the article on CGG, I’m fairly certain he became a white supremacist and disconnected from everything here.

      • Lone Biker of the Apocalypse

        Pretty much he was warned several times about the “ban-hammer” before it needed to be brought down. You can always scroll back through the older stories to get a jist of what happened.

  • I’ve always wondered what “b/w” meant in relation to vinyl singles, like the (digital) single above includes in its very title on the artwork. In my head I always nonsensically read it as “between.” Just looked it up, turns out it means “backed with.” I did not know that.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e200a4b1d8c302c9e3f1506d525690fa7d33974b5886308fe2ed0a65d41c6362.gif

    • Edward

      Makes sense, considering this is a “single”.

      • Edward

        I didn’t know that, either.

  • This is dank, Jedward

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    “Suffer For Your Art” especially, is to my liking. Noice return, dank muzak.

    • Edward

      Give me a full length or give me death, CGG.

  • more beer

    Damn this good!

    • Edward

      If you have the time and motivation I highly recommend Bury Them and Keep Quiet.

      • more beer

        I will check them out. Time has been a huge commodity lately. I have been so busy.

        • Edward

          I feel you on that, man oh man.

  • Oh yeah, “We Fight Entropy” has Cursed written all over it. Anyone who is influenced by Cursed is OK in my book.

    • Edward

      I love Cursed. Underrated band in my mind.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Yay, it’s Ed!

  • themaleshoegaze

    Those two tracks are excellent. Off to bandcamp I go.