Due out this Friday from Dais Records, the album is streaming via Revolver Magazine.
Starting in 2014 as a collaboration between visual artist Heather Gabel and percussionist Seth Sher, the Chicago-based industrial duo known simply as HIDE was formed. The following three years have seen HIDE crash through with a number of aggressively rendered singles and EP’s while quietly collecting the shattered pieces that would form their debut full length album on DAIS, Castration Anxiety. Due out this Friday, Castration Anxiety is streaming in its entirety today - listen now via Revolver Magazine.
Those familiar with HIDE’s provocative live performances will already be accustomed to the hypnotic low-end and sinister vocal delivery that have become the band’s signature. The opening track, Fall Down, sets an eerie tone that permeates Castration Anxiety until the end. Throbbing pulses swirling around Gabel’s death laden mantras succumb to themes harvesting power from desperation and hopelessness. The track Wildfire keeps the same repetitive, dark emphasis but delves deeper into the ideas of the physical world rejecting its inhabitants. Harkening back to the slow, brooding industrial anthems from decades before, HIDE’s treatment of this sound is notably unique as it is familiar. Tracks such as F*cked (I Found Heaven) and Bound/Severed ratchet up the tempo with a hedonistic dance floor séance. Each song ripping apart the ideas of empowerment and autonomy, throwing them back out to the audience in the form of Sher’s addictive rhythms, shattered EBM-styled samples whipped at the end of a leash, held in check by Gabel’s cathartic delivery. Wear Your Skin unveils HIDE in a disruptive personal state. Churning electronics stepping up to anthem–styled synth melodies, disrupted sparingly by incantations of Gabel’s experiences about identity and obsession, blurring those themes into prophetic feedback.
The past few years have seen HIDE touring nationally, playing alongside related acts such as ADULT., Ceremony and Champagne Mirrors, as well as providing main support for Marilyn Manson during The Pale Emperor tour. This Spring, HIDE will canvas the United States; the tour will span 5 weeks and begins April 5th in St. Louis, routing the band from the east coast to the west coast and will close out May 9th in the midwest. Check out the full routing below.
Castration Anxiety will be released to the world this Friday. In the meantime, pre-orders are available here.
HIDE, ON TOUR: March 23 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *Record Release Show* March 24 Detroit, MI @ El Club March 27 Rock Island, IL @ Blue Island Brewing Co. April 5 St. Louis, MO @ RKDE April 6 Louisville, KY @ Cure Lounge April 7 Cincinnati, OH @ The Yacht Club April 8 Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers April 10 Boston, MA @ Dorchester Art Project April 11 Providence, RI @ Psychic Readings April 12 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus April 13 Philadelphia, PA @ Lacquer April 14 Baltimore, MD @ Metrogallery April 15 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5 April 16 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl April 17 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight April 19 New Orleans, LA @ Poor Boys April 20 Dallas, TX @ Texas Theatre April 22 Austin, TX @ North Door April 23 El Paso, TX @ The Monarch April 24 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress April 25 Phoenix, AZ @ LBX April 26 Los Angeles, CA @ Coaxial April 27 Oakland, CA @ Elbo Room April 28 Sacramento, CA @ Colony April 30 Portland, OR @ The Know May 1 Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge May 3 Boise, ID @ Mad Son House May 4 Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records May 6 Denver, CO @ Mutiny Info Cafe May 7 Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge May 8 Minneapolis, MN @ Eagles Club May 9 Milwaukee, MI @ Franks Powerplant