Finnish post-punk band Grave Pleasures has released new single and music video »High On Annihilation« taken from their upcoming full-length album, entitled »Plagueboys«, due out on April 21st, 2023 via Century Media Records.
01. Disintegration Girl
02. Heart Like A Slaughterhouse
03. When The Shooting’s Done
04. High On Annihilation
05. Lead Balloons
06. Imminent Collapse
07. Society Of Spectres
08. Conspiracy Of Love
10. Tears On The Camera Lens
Courtesy of C Squared Music:
On April 21st, Finnish post-punk outfit Grave Pleasures will release their third full-length, »Plagueboys«, via Century Media Records. For a preview of »Plagueboys«, the video for the new single, »High On Annihilation« (directed by David Fitt and produced by Abyssal), can be viewed HERE.
Mat McNerney (vocals) comments: “I wrote the guitars and vocals for this one with Elvis Costello & The Attractions, »This Year’s Model« album in mind, that early Sisters Of Mercy / »Burning Up« by Madonna drum machine vibe. With some Roxy Music, Sparks & the R White’s Lemonade Advert from the 80s thrown in for good measure, and Buffalo Bill being our spirit animal for this record. The verse is very much inspired by QOTSA – »Era Vulgaris« style Josh Homme riff like »Misfit Love« or the badassery of »Battery Acid« and that string tone of Jamie Hince from The Kills, giving way to the lush jeweled chorus with the conflicting clashing minor and major notes that put the Pleasure in the Grave. My first two albums in life were »License to Ill« and Michael Jackson’s »Bad« so there’s probably a red thread there of depravity. »High On Annihilation« is recognizing that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket, but giving in to it, accepting it and going out with a smile on your face.”
Photo by Tekla Vály
Pre-order »Plagueboys« now at THIS LOCATION where the record is available in the following versions:
• CD Digipak
• Black LP (incl. LP-sized booklet & poster)
• Transparent blue LP available from CM Distro Wholesale EU and CMdistro.de (limited to 300 copies; incl. LP-sized booklet & poster)
• Yellow LP available from UK outlets, Levykauppa Äx, Nuclear Blast (limited to 300 copies; incl. LP-sized booklet & poster)
• Lilac LP available from Grave Pleasures via Evil Greed (limited to 300 copies; incl. LP-sized booklet & poster)
• Digital album
Album artwork by Tekla Vály.
More about Grave Pleasures:
Formed in 2015, after the dissolution of singer Mat McNerney and bassist Valtteri Arino’s short-lived sensation Beastmilk, Grave Pleasures have defiantly expanded on what has been described as their “war-cry for the eternally doomed,” with each album seeing their song-craft reach new heights. Their raw atomic punk of their major label debut album »Dreamcrash« (2015) was revamped and contorted into the uplifting nihilism of distinctly more frenetic sophomore smash-hit album »Motherblood« (2017), ultimately amped up and finessed into the heady »Plagueboys« (2023), their most mature yet dangerous album to-date. With the electrifying contradiction of light and darkness, the duality of the funereal Grave and euphoric Pleasure in their moniker, »Plagueboys« is an exhilarating, tear-filled, grinning dance of death, undoubtedly their most pleasurable yet.
With music written by McNerney (Hexvessel, Carpenter Brut, Me & That Man) and guitarists Juho Vanhanen (Oranssi Pazuzu) and Aleksi Kiiskilä, and then arranged together with Arino and drummer Rainer Tuomikanto, »Plagueboys« sees the lineup, who frantically hacked out »Motherblood« together, come of age and find their superpowers. Recorded in Finland and produced by Vanhanen and his Oranssi Pazuzu comrade Niko Lehdontie at the controls, the sound on »Plagueboys« is a blistering wash of reverb and neon warehouse dancefloor; unabashed lone drum and bass carrion call give way to synth and guitar interplay that brings to mind British grandmasters Wire, The Sound And Echo & The Bunnymen through a contemporary lens.
On April 28th, Grave Pleasures will host a special album release show for »Plagueboys« in Helsinki, FI. See below for details!
Grave Pleasures live:
28/04/23 – Helsinki, FI – Kulmasali, Kulttuuritehdas Korjaamo
20-22/07/23 – GER – Chaos Descends Festival
Grave Pleasures line-up:
Valtteri Arino – Bass
Juho Vanhanen – Guitar
Mat McNerney – Vocals
Aleksi Kiiskilä – Guitar
Rainer Tuomikanto – Drums