04/20/2024

Quiet Man release visualizer for title track from “The Starving Lesson”

QUIET MAN (formerly GOD ROOT) have revealed a visualizer for the title track from their upcoming release The Starving Lesson which is due out via Riff Merchant Records and Astralands on July 14, 2023.

The band comments: 
“The title track, “The Starving Lesson” is the culminating track on the record. It is probably most powerful within the context of the full record, but we also thought it would be good to share with y’all because we think it is the track that best captures what we mean when we call this music ‘car wreck psychedelia’. We try to bring an element of physicality to our live shows and I think this track is where that really comes through on record as well. To me, it feels like the sound of a body bubbling over with anxiety and potential and being pushed into doing something powerful, l but I expect other people might get other sensations out of it. If you have the time and inclination to check it out sitting down or with a good pair of headphones I think it might get under your skin. Like those good Sunn O))) boys always say: ‘Maximum volume yields maximum results'”.

Watch the visualizer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPQKjtMqy-M

Pre-order: https://quietmanband.bandcamp.com/album/the-starving-lesson


About The Starving Lesson:

The soundtrack to the self-extinction of man, The Starving Lesson is a stark proclamation of the inevitable end. 

The record kicks off with “Pressure to Burrow” The destruction of the self on both the micro and macro levels, the track about watching the people you love falling prey to chaotic drug use, drawing a thematic parallel to the self-destructive ecocide we perpetrate as a species. 

“At Operating Temp” is a noise interlude that introduces sounds from numbers stations, encoded and usually automated messages sent to espionage agents over shortwave radio frequencies. These transmissions will outlast all life on Earth. “From Tomorrow’s Dead Hiss” raises the stakes from simple self-destruction to ecological genocide. “It parallels the dulling and cheapening of human life through the machinations of capitalism to the dulling and cheapening of the Earth and her resources,” the band elaborates. 

“The Post Abandoned” uses sounds from shortwave stations including the “dead hand system” meant to trigger nuclear retaliation in the case that there is nobody left alive to “push the button”.

While “The Starving Lesson” is a plea to leave the machine to not participate in its violence. 

“All Along We Were Beautiful Radiant Things” is a recontextualization of a very hopeful and inspiring quote from Emma Goldman’s Living My Life: “I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody’s right to beautiful, radiant things.’ Anarchism meant that to me, and I would live it in spite of the whole world — prisons, persecution, everything. Yes, even in spite of the condemnation of my own closest comrades I would live my beautiful ideal.”

The Starving Lesson was recorded by Scot Moriarty at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, NJ and mastered by Magnus Lindberg (CULT OF LUNA).

The beginning of the end, what will take root once we are gone?

QUIET MAN is:

Joe Hughes – Guitar/Vocals
Keith Riecke – Guitar
Jack Sterling – Guitar/Samples
Ross Bradley – Bass/Vocals
Jason Jenigen – Drums

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