Video debut: The Body – “An Altar Or a Grave”
As a rule, Providence, RI's The Body make music that sounds like the ways you really don't want to die. Prolonged, sorrowful, and ugly, the band's dissonant sludge metal possesses both a panicked urgency and a painful sense of resignation.
Hence their new video for “An Altar Or A Grave” off of their forthcoming record Christs, Redeemers, out October 15th on Thrill Jockey. (Preorder it here.) The video is about either someone being drowned or having their weighted corpse dumped deep water; either way, the blurred fluttering of the occasional milky-white hand jutting from the bundle of sinking, sodden rags says too much, about awful things. The string and vocal melodies interwoven throughout the bands plodding, toxic riffs simply drive home the feeling of despair and claustrophobia that exists in the silent, heavy tomb beneath the surface.
Check out the video below, and go to the band's Facebook and check out the Body's previous videos.. The band has also announced a run of North American dates, including a Halloween show at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn (which will undoubtedly be pretty weird) and a show with Neurosis in Portland in late November (which will undoubtedly be pretty awesome; you can buy tickets here).
The Body tour dates
Oct. 15th - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
Oct. 16th - Arcata, CA - Mex n' Wow
Oct. 17th - Portland, OR - The Know
Oct. 19th - Seattle, WA - The Highline
Oct. 23rd - Minneapolis, MN - Hexagon w/ False
Oct. 24th - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle w/ Oozing Wound
Oct. 25th - Milwaukee, WI - Riverwest Free Space
Oct. 26th - Columbus, OH - The Summit
Oct. 27th - Pittsburgh, PA - The Shop
Oct 29th - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie w/ Pissgrave, Krieg, Drums Like Machine Guns
Oct. 30th - Providence, RI - Machines With Magnets
Oct. 31st - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
Nov. 3rd - New Orleans, LA - The Mushroom
Nov. 4th - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
Nov. 5th - Little Rock, AR - Whitewater Tavern
Nov. 10th - Phoenix, AZ - Wall St.
Nov. 12th - San Diego, CA - The Soda Bar w/ Author and Punisher, Diamond Lakes
Nov. 13th - Santa Monica, CA - Almost Heaven
Nov. 23rd - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater w/ Neurosis, Tragedy, Atriarch