It’s easy to get pretty jaded in the metal community. How many more deathcore bands waiting for the drop or thrash bands trying to recapture 1984 can there be before you tag out? What we’re trying to say is that it’s pretty rare that you hear a song or band that’s uncategorizable. However, the debut album from collective SEE?, Lighteninging On Your Thames, will be released on Nefarious Industries on December 23rd, and it certainly qualifies as hard to explain in just one sentence.
Just hearing the bands attached to it will give you an idea of how experimental and strange the music contained within it. Bangladeafy bassist Jon Ehlers, guitarist Brandon Seabrook (Seabrook Power Plant, Power Plant, Needle Driver, Die Trommel Fatale and drummer/vocalist/producer Timo Ellis (Netherlands, Cibo Matto, Spacehod, Joan As Police Woman), along with Bassoon and Sugarlife keyboardist Stuart Popejoy recorded the basic tracks for the album (and yes, it’s spelled Lighteninging, that’s not a typo) in one day.
Here’s what Timo Ellis says about “SEE1,” which we’re proud to premiere today:
“Track 1, or SEE1 as it’s known, is something of an informal thesis statement about the band; as part of their natural first movement of improvisation during the session it reflects the frenetic intensity and imagination of these four guys playing together for the first time. The song has several distinctly different movements and sets the tone for the on-a-dime/ mood-swinging adventurousness of the rest of the record. Put simply another way…nerd alert! these guys are fuckin’ nuts.”