If asked to describe New York’s Primitive Weapons, a lot of words would come to mind: heavy works, so does furious and dissonant. Here’s a new one, though: melodic. The band’s sophomore full-length, The Future of Death, will be out on April 15th via The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Benjamin Weinman’s Party Smasher Inc. label, and today the band released “Panopticon Blues” via Stereogum.
The first half of the song is downright melodic, with guitarist Arty Shepherd’s vocals holding down the vocals in a song that’s more midtempo than balls-out heavy. Written about the Big Brother of social media, it’s sing/scream-along chorus of “no one” is likely the hookiest thing they’ve written. The song changes gears midway through, with it’s “we’re watched, we’re tracked, we’re never alone” refrain.
Given that half of Primitive Weapons (Shepherd and singer David Castillo) are two of the principals of Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar, they’ve kind of set themselves up as the house band there. So it stands to reason that they’ll be having their record release party there, opening for Pallbearer for the venue’s five-year anniversary.
The Future of Death will be available on Party Smasher Inc. on April 15th. Vinyl pre-orders are coming soon.