American psychedelic doom legends Wo Fat have announced new bassist and second guitarist.
The band comments: “We’re pleased to announce a couple new additions to the band: Patrick Smith is joining us playing bass and OG Wo Fat member Matt Watkins has come back to play guitar with us. Matt played way back in the early days of Wo Fat. We also want to send a huge thank you to Zack Busby, for supremely kicking ass on bass with us for the last 6 years. He recently decided he needed to step down, but really brought a lot to the band and helped shape the sound of the new record quite a bit.”
Courtesy of Purple Sage PR:
Wo Fat returns with their seventh studio album, a record they feel is their most adventurous and exploratory yet. While not necessarily a concept album, its themes relate to existential threats and a dark destiny, a reflection of the times we’re living in.
The title, »The Singularity«, can refer to an environmental tipping point beyond which irreversible cascading feedback loops of climate destruction are inevitable; it can also refer to a point in the evolution of artificial intelligence and machine learning after which everything changes and goes beyond what we can control, potentially leading to humankind’s destruction.
These apocalyptic and sci-fi-based ideas also serve as metaphors for the struggle for truth and reality in the face of disinformation, manufactured facts and cultic thinking. In essence, the battle for the future of our planet and civilization.
Musically, »The Singularity« ventures outside Wo Fat’s well-establish blues-based paradigm, keeping all the heaviness but also tapping into some 70’s fusion influences and more open jamminess. All in all, it’s the perfect return and elaboration of everything we love about one of the most iconic bands in all of heavy rock history!
»The Singularity« will be released on May 6th, 2022 via Ripple Music on LP, CD and digital. Pre-order here: ripplemusic.bandcamp.com!
Wo Fat is:
Kent Stump – Guitar, Vocals
Michael Walter – Drums,
Patrick Smith – Bass
Matt Watkins – Guitar