Winnipeg's Conduct Tap Steve Albini for 'Fear and Desire'
Published Aug 25, 2014Following work in Departures, several of the band's members went on to form Conduct earlier this year, and now the Winnipeg quartet are set to thrust elements of industrial, post-punk and more through speakers this fall with the release of their first full-length. The art-damaged outing is called Fear and Desire and will be released November 4 through hometown imprint Public Tone.
A press release for the 10-song debut promises a "nakedly angry" effort weighing in on "the inhumane nature of existence, anxiety, and the impulses behind inaction." The group's "slanted approach" to music was inspired by weirdoes of yore like Art Bears and This Heat, and was recorded and mixed with prolific and outspoken engineer Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio facility in Chicago.
Extending the Shellac connection another step, mastering duties were given to Bob Weston. On the musical side of things, the foursome are joined on the title track by Silkworm/Bottomless Pit member Tim Midyett, who added guitar.
While physical copies of Fear and Desire are still a few months off from hitting turntables, you can stream the set's "Contract Killer," a powder keg rife with twitchy licks, sandpaper-coarse yelps, menacing bass fuzz and the avalanche rumble of drums, down below. Note this song is in unmastered form.
Fear and Desire:
1. A Figure
2. Fear and Desire
5. Trans-American Expressway
6. Another Measure
7. Public Issue
10. Contract Killer
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