A little back story…
Thanks everyone for the feedback on our new album that dropped yesterday, “Songs of Unspeakable Terror”. There have been a few people who maybe didn’t see the early information we put out about the record, and why it’s a little different from past records.
In 2019 we released “The Summoning” and only 6 months after, the pandemic affected us all. Since we knew we’d be in the house for a while, I thought for my own metal health, I was going to need to do something to keep me busy. In late March when the virus was ripping through New York City, it was disturbing to say the least. However, it got me thinking about how much inspiration NYC has brought me over the years. I lived there sporadically in the early 00’s, not enough by far to call myself a New Yorker but long enough to feel the magic of the city’s rock history. I was thinking about my favorite bands from there… Ramones, Misfits (close enough), Dead Boys, Plasmatics… I could go on forever. So with this, I got the inspiration to do something sort of old New York… punk, horror punk or whatever you call it influenced. With all the real life doom & gloom 2020 brought us, music like that is what my soul needed. Fast and aggressive, but melodic fun rock ‘n fucking roll. 2020 Escapism.
When I was writing, I didn’t care what the project would be called, I was just having a good time writing… all these songs were coming to me pretty fast. I let Devallia hear some of the stuff I was working on and asked her to do some Bass guitar. We thought maybe this should be a new side project thing? Not only because it was a little different and more classic punk but because we’re under contract with Napalm Records for another record and didn’t think they’d want to release another Hammers record so soon. So, we got the record done in our basement studio. I sent the mixes over to Napalm records to get their approval (per contract) to release this side project. BUT… they loved it and really wanted to release it as a Hammers album. They convinced me that it really wasn’t THAT different.. Or TOO much of a curve. After all, we’ve never really stayed rigid in one genre in the past anyway.
So… here it is. We really wanted this to come out Halloween 2020 but it takes so long to get records made and all that so… better late than never! - Big Love! - Anders (with Devallia)
Photo by https://www.instagram.com/sgtbrex/ (Thanks, best shot of the vinyl we've seen)