THE ARMED have announced a new album!
Titled Ultrapop, the upcoming album from the enigmatic hardcore punk collective is the follow-up to 2018’s Only Love and is scheduled to be released in April this year, via Sargent House.
Featuring work from Mark Lanegan and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, this is the first album co-produced by the band’s own Dan Greene in collaboration with Ben Chisholm [CHELSEA WOLFE]. Kurt Ballou remains at the helm as executive producer.
Speaking about the upcoming album, guitarist/vocalist Dan Greene says, “crafting vital art means presenting the audience with new and intriguing tensions – sonically, visually, conceptually. Over time and through use, those tensions become less novel and effective – and they become expectations. The concept of “subgenre” becomes almost the antithesis of vitality in art – itself a fetishization of expectation. Ultrapop seeks, in earnest, to create a truly new listener experience. It is an open rebellion against the culture of expectation in “heavy” music. It is a joyous, genderless, post-nihilist, anti-punk, razor-focused take on creating the most intense listener experience possible. It’s the harshest, most beautiful, most hideous thing we could make.”
Alongside the announcement of the new album, the band have released a new music video for a new song lifted from the upcoming album; All Futures. The new music video showcases the band performing the song live in the studio and reveals their full line-up for the first time.