“More than anything, Wastelayer is an attempt to understand the tectonic shifts happening below our feet in terms of culture and politics. When meaning seems to be harder and harder to come by, making a bunch of songs about it with your friends seems to offer some much needed stable ground.” – Slow Code drummer Joshua Hill
We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Slow Code’s new album Wastelayer (listen below), which is officially out now through Glory Kid Ltd. You can purchase the album here. Below is also an exclusive track by track for the record to read along as you listen!
Subculture in the modern era hasn’t accomplished much other than empty aesthetic displays replacing material politics in formerly radical forms, being coopted and sold back to itself repeatedly. As participants in subculture we feel it’s important to acknowledge complicity.
America’s individualist take on neoliberal capitalism encourages suffering as a sign of authenticity, perpetuating worlds based in exploitation. There is a romanticization of the struggle against adverse conditions instead of opposing the structures creating those conditions.
The negative aspects of technology can’t be separated from the positive. In a surveillance state our phones, computers, and televisions ultimately represent freedoms being compromised.
Finding yourself via globetrotting would be a fine idea if capitalism didn’t exist. There remains a disconnect between the average person’s material reality and the cultural capital accrued through world travel.
Media/politics/culture has looked to moments as bleak as our current reality but nothing has looked at what comes next. Try not to get too cozy with the apocalypse in the process of conceiving new paradigms.
Put a Burden On It.
A lack of purpose in our daily lives has made existence more and more uncomfortable. Functional forms of catharsis are unfortunately few and far between when they seem now more necessary than ever.
The postmodern condition is riddled with contradictions requiring a separation of self from material reality to function, paralyzing us as we grapple with our labor transforming into mere product. These contradictions are frequently exploited by larger control systems that we try to at least acknowledge as the world currently exists.
We’re frustrated by the idea that economic violence seems the only effective means of change currently. Visions of worlds less retributive in their essence are too often marginalized, exploited, or discarded.
Life can pull people in a variety of contradictory directions at the same time, destabilizing meaning in day to day life. Recentering becomes a necessity in a world as messy as ours.
It can be hard to stay hopeful at the end of an epoch. We can either succumb to the present darkness or start making moves against it.
About the band:
Slow Code acknowledge their existence in a crumbling paradigm. Desolate and frustrated with the state of the modern world, beseiged by the death throes of late capitalism, Wastelayer roils and stews in the uncomfortable position punk rock finds itself within inside the greater cultural milieu.
Consider the Seattle WA-based trio’s new LP their sonic attempt to navigate the paradoxes of 21st century life in the macro. Josh Hill’s drums throb and pulse, Amy Peterson’s bass digs low and careens through Charlie Wagner’s slash and burn guitar salvos, his vocals a lament urging movements against the encroaching darkness.
These are desperate pleas for solidarity amongst the downtrodden, from the galloping blitz of “Consumption- Based” and its earnest demands for unity, to the slow burn anxiety of tech-based communications in the haunting ode to the late Mark Fisher “Semiascetic,” to the centerpiece “No Grandchildren,” a ruminative dirge on the perils of accelerationist energy accumulation and its havoc wrecked on the globe and future generations.
The trio returned to Anacortes WA’s The Unknown, a re-purposed early 1900’s church, to track the LP with engineer Nich Wilbur in October of 2017, followed by mixing and mastering by Oakland CA-based Andrew Oswald from Secret Bathroom Studios in November of the same year. Glory Kid is proud to present to you this 10 song, 40 minute long player.