We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Weathered Statues’ new song “The Silver Cliff” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming debut full-length album Borderlands, which is scheduled to be released on May 11, 2018 through Svart Records. You can pre-order the album here.
Jason Heller, guitarist/synth player explains:
‘The Silver Cliff’ was actually the first song we wrote as Weathered Statues. Before that, our band was called Cloak of Organs, and Chuck French and Neil Keener (of Planes Mistaken for Stars and Wovenhand) were members. Cloak of Organs was much slower and heavier, and when Neil and Chuck parted ways with us because of their touring commitments, we decided to speed things up, strip them down, and reinvent the band as Weathered Statues. I wrote the basic structure of ‘The Silver Cliff’ with bands like Christian Death and 45 Grave in the back of my head – all that early California deathrock stuff that basically just sounded like spooky SoCal punk with just a hint of British post-punk to it. It wasn’t until after we’d fully written and recorded the song that I realized the main riff on the verse sounded a bit like “California Über Alles” by Dead Kennedys. Oh, and I was definitely drawing from Killing Joke here and there… Not that we’re ashamed of ripping off the greats. Jennie’s lyrics are what really make the song special, though, I think. They refer to an old folk story concerning a suicide in the 1800s here in Colorado where we live. In Jennie’s hands, that story becomes even more harrowing, in a weirdly catchy way.
May 11 – Denver, CO at The Hi-Dive (Album release show)
About the band:
Darkness and light: They strike an unsettling balance on Borderlands, the debut full-length by Weathered Statues.
Across the album’s ten songs, the Denver four-piece walks a shadowy liminal zone. On one side is darkwave, deathrock, and vintage postpunk; on the other is synthpop, shoegaze, and classic new wave. Vast hooks mesh with harsh riffs. Ghostly melodies mingle with industrial synths. The band draws on their formative years immersed in the music of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Killing Joke, Xmal Deutschland, Echo and the Bunnymen, Christian Death, and The Cure. At the same time, Borderlands resonates alongside the work of contemporary groups like Wax Idols, Soft Kill, Preoccupations, and Merchandise.
The members of Weathered Statues – singer/keyboardist Jennie Mather, guitarist/keyboardist Jason Heller, bassist Bryan Flanagan, and drummer Andrew Warner – are all veterans of the underground music scene. Jason played in The Blue Ontario with members of Christie Front Drive. Jennie and Jason played in Hyacinth with members of Minsk and Lake of Violet. Jennie, Jason, and Andrew played in Cloak of Organs with members of Planes Mistaken for Stars and Wovenhand. And Andrew also serves as the current drummer of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club.
Jennie, a hospital nurse by trade, imbues her lyrics with delicacy, ferocity, and the mysteries of the human heart, mind, and body.
Borderlands was recorded at Module Overload Studio by Jamie Hillyer (who captured Green Druid’s Ashen Blood for Earache). Keith Curts of the industrial duo Echo Beds (The Flenser) contributes a synth solo to the album’s slashing final track “Holy Masquerade.” The opening song, “Corpse Candle,” has been remixed by Lol Tolhurst, co-founder of The Cure; the remix won’t appear on Borderlands, but will be unveiled separately in the coming weeks.