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The Armed Announce New Album Ultrapop, Unveil First Single “All Futures”: Stream

The hardcore collective's fourth LP features contributions from Troy Van Leeuwen and Mark Lanegan

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The Armed (photos by Trevor Naud)

    The hardcore collective known as The Armed have announced their fourth album, Ultrapop, which is set for release on April 16th via Sargent House. Along with revealing the album details, the group has unveiled a music video for the dynamic first single, “All Futures”.

    The Armed have featured a rotating cast of musicians since releasing their debut album, These Are Lights, in 2009, and have remained coy about who exactly are the members of the band. With this new LP, the collective is revealing its current band lineup for the first time.

    The members include Jonni Randall (vocals, bass); Chris Slorach (vocals, guitar); Dan Greene (guitar, vocals); Adam Vallely (guitar, vocals); Dan Stolarski (guitar, vocals); Clark Huge (synthesizers); Urian Hackney (drums); Ben Koller (drums); and Cara Drolshagen (vocals).

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    Koller is also a member of veteran hardcore band Converge, whose bandmate Kurt Ballou executive-produced the new Armed album. The LP also features contributions from Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen and guest vocals from Mark Lanegan on the song “The Music Becomes a Skull”.

    Regarding the new album, guitarist-singer Greene explained, “Crafting vital art means presenting the audience with new and intriguing tensions-sonically, visually, conceptually. Over time and through use, those tensions become less novel and effective-and they become expectations. The concept of ‘subgenre’ becomes almost the antithesis of vitality in art-itself a fetishization of expectation.”

    He added, “Ultrapop seeks, in earnest, to create a truly new listener experience. It is an open rebellion against the culture of expectation in ‘heavy’ music. It is a joyous, genderless, post-nihilist, anti-punk, razor-focused take on creating the most intense listener experience possible. It’s the harshest, most beautiful, most hideous thing we could make.”

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    Green co-produced Ultrapop with Ben Chisholm, known for his work with Chelsea Wolfe. The LP is available for pre-order in several physical formats and bundles from Hello Merch or digitally via Amazon.

    The video for “All Futures” was recorded live in a studio, and can be seen below, followed by the artwork and tracklist for Ultrapop. The Armed have also announced a fall European tour, with those dates listed below, as well.

    Ultrapop Artwork:

    The Armed - Ultrapop

    Ultrapop Tracklist:
    01. Ultrapop
    02. All Futures
    03. Masunaga Vapors
    04. A Life So Wonderful
    05. An Iteration
    06. Big Shell
    07. Average Death
    08. Faith in Medication
    09. Where Man Knows Want
    10. Real Folk Blues
    11. Bad Selection
    12. The Music Becomes a Skull (feat. Mark Lanegan)

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    The Armed 2021 European Tour Dates:
    10/09 – Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
    10/10 – Birmingham, UK @ Dead Wax
    10/11 – Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s
    10/12 – Manchester, UK @ YES
    10/13 – Glasgow, UK @ Temple of Boom
    10/14 – Leeds, UK @ Temple Of Boom
    10/15 – London, UK @ MOTH Club
    10/16 – Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store
    10/18 – Antwerp, BE @ TRIX
    10/19 – Reims, FR @ La Cartonnerie
    10/20 – Lorient, FR @ I’Hydrophone
    10/21 – Nantes, FR @ Stereolux
    10/22 – Rouen, FR @ Le 106
    10/23 – Paris. FR @ La Boule Noire

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