Dan Greene goes on to explain how “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.”
The Armed are poised to unleash their genre smashing new record into the world and we’re proud to feature them on the cover of issue 57. Get the issue here, and subscribe here.
The exclusive flexi song is the live version of the track “All Futures.”
Their new album, ULTRAPOP, which turns hardcore and pop on its head, is due out April 16 via Sargent House. It is the first album co-produced by the band’s own Dan Greene in collaboration with Ben Chisholm of Chelsea Wolfe fame. Kurt Ballou remains at the helm as executive producer.
We talked with multiple members of the mysterious collective for a full immersion into their world of heavy sounds described by Dan Greene as ““the harshest, most beautiful, most hideous thing we could make.”