Berlin, Germany based noise rockers Maggot Heart share a music video for the second single »This Shadow« taken from their upcoming studio album, »Hunger«, set to release on September 29th, 2023 via Rapid Eye Records and Svart Records.
01. Scandinavian Hunger
02. Nil By Mouth
05. This Shadow
06. Looking Back At You
07. Concrete Soup
Courtesy of Svart Records:
Maggot Heart whet primal appetites on new album »Hunger«. Berlin’s Rapid Eye Records, together with Finland’s Svart Records, deliver Maggot Heart’s third knock-out blow of innovative post-punk.
Maggot Heart, crossover rock band based in Berlin, channels emotional alchemy through music. Consisting of guitarist and singer Linnéa Olsson, bassist Olivia Airey and drummer Uno Bruniusson, Maggot Heart refuse to be categorized. Originally from Sweden, Olsson formed Maggot Heart as a solo project in 2016, after carving a name for herself in bands like The Oath, Beastmilk/Grave Pleasures.
From detonating their initial underground break-out »City Girls« EP, Maggot Heart had the underground by the throat, palpitating the grape-vine. With two critically acclaimed albums under their belt, the 2017 debut »Dusk To Dusk« to 2020’s »Mercy Machine«, Maggot Heart are not here to coast, they’re here to make waves. Musically compared to such diverse acts as Patti Smith, Sonic Youth, The Stooges, Killing Joke and Voivod, playing live with Earthless in the US, High On Fire and Amyl & The Sniffers in the EU along with several invitations to tread the hallowed stages of Roadburn Festival, Maggot Heart have been foaming-at-the-mouth road dogs. Now on their third album »Hunger«, recorded in Berlin and mixed by the acclaimed American producer and engineer Ben Greenberg (Metz, Portrayal Of Guilt), Maggot Heart’s game is about to change.
Photo by Joe Dilworth
If »Dusk To Dusk« was the mind, and »Mercy Machine« the body, then »Hunger« is the spirit. Whip-tight choruses, guided by a grunge-aged sensibility, where punk and noise rock grime are layered beneath Swedish 70’s proto-metallic ooze, lurch you back for more. »Hunger« goes for the gut but with panache, boldly exploring the dichotomy of desire and desperation through powerful refrains and a brave sense of rhythm. Songs like »This Shadow« and »Archer« with abrasive pop hooks and Bowie-esque jazz brass, showcase Maggot Heart’s ability to blend simplicity with deft musical awareness. Bassist Olivia Airey and drummer Uno Bruniusson (whose former work includes the enigmatic In Solitude) are musicians at the very peak of their powers, and the backbone of Maggot Heart.
As Olsson says it best when she states: “A band is a family, a pact in blood, a strange and unique and incredible relationship. I think playing music together with someone is probably the most intimate you can get outside of romance. All that sweat, the trust you have to have in one another, the exchange of energy.”
»Hunger« is the album where Maggot Heart’s finesse of their own fervor finds them standing on their own feral hind legs. Existing on a diet of her own determination, Olsson knows well what hunger means for the survivor. Olsson isn’t hungry, she embodies »Hunger«. The album cover, a vulnerable portrait of strength.
No other band out there sounds like Maggot Heart. On »Hunger« their bones are exposed, a hole where the rib used to be, the void staring back. Sink your teeth into »Hunger«. Starvation has never sounded this vital.
Recorded in Studio X Berlin by Torben Utecht.
Produced by Maggot Heart.
Mixed by Ben Greenberg at Circular Ruin Studio NYC.
Mastered by Carl Saff.
Front cover photo by Victor Puigcerver.
Front cover photo edit by Sophia Kuhn.
Back cover photo by Sara Gewalt.
Layout by Afshin Piran.
Maggot Heart is:
Linnéa Olsson – Vocals & Guitars
Olivia Airey – Bass
Uno Bruniusson – Drums
Jan Groppel – Trumpet
Lars Zander – Tenor Saxophone
Fabien de Menou – Piano