[photo by Danin Drahos]
Last Friday,SUPERJOINT unleashed the debauched fruit of their Caught Up In The Gears Of Application full-length. Their first proper studio offering in over a decade, the thirty-eight-minute punisher spews forth an acrimonious crossover of hardcore punk, metal, and uncompromising, antagonistic, New Orleans-style angst. In celebration of its release, today the band, in cooperation with Revolver Magazine, is pleased to undrape the official new video for its title track.
Initially revealed for the first time at SUPERJOINT‘s special record release show this past Saturday at Gas Monkey Live! in Dallas, Texas, “Caught Up In The Gears Of Application” was captured at various locations in Louisiana including the historic district of Old Kenner, the Blue Nile in New Orleans, and the Housecore compound. The clip was directed by Kate Richardson courtesy of Housecore Records, and shot and edited by Mike Holderbeast with production by Carolyn Babauta.
Elaborates SUPERJOINT‘s Philip H. Anselmo cryptically, “The video is supposed to be as ridiculously abstract as the song itself. But regardless, it makes its ridiculous point(s) dreadfully well.”
Caught Up In The Gears Of Application was recorded at the famed Nodferatu’s Lair, produced by SUPERJOINT co-founder Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Scour, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Arson Anthem etc.) and Stephen Berrigan (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Eyehategod, Haarp, Classhole, etc.), and mastered by Scott Hull (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Pig Destroyer) at Visceral Sounds.
Various order bundles, including limited edition vinyl options, are available via Housecore at THIS LOCATION. For digital orders, point your browser HERE. Stream the record in its entirety at the Housecore Records Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.
In addition to Anselmo claiming the cover of Decibel Magazine’s December 2016 issue, Caught Up In The Gears Of Application continues to reap critical acclaim from fans and critics both nationally and abroad, with Team Rock hailing an “unrelenting siege of pugnacious, old-school hardcore, lacking only subtlety and restraint.” In a perfect 5/5 score, New Noise Magazine likens the band’s rhythm section to a, “rapid series of punches like a Cajun boxer,” furthering, “SUPERJOINT‘s variety of hardcore can have a strenuous relationship with jazz, as in the midst of Caught Up In The Gears Of Application‘s storm of nihilism is the sexy gospel of New Orleans jazz. SUPERJOINT‘s music is like a poison that you want to keep drinking, a spirit that doesn’t age, and never heals – but it’ll kill time. There is creative genius in these guys.” Loudwire notes, “SUPERJOINT are looking to add a vicious and philosophical third chapter to the band’s legacy.” Of the title track, Metal Injection champions, “…a great mix of southern rock and hardcore punk… if Down ever got really angry and decided to knock out a punk record, this is what I imagine it would sound like.” While Maximum Volume Music writes, “They may have dropped the ritual but they have kept the habitual as the ferocious New Orleans supergroup pick up where they left off after a 13-year gap.” Elsewhere the sentiment echoes. “The volatile, acidic savagery that the band is known for is just as present now as it was before they went on hiatus over a decade ago…,” issues Metal Nexus. “Songs heaving with hardcore foundations and muscular musical swagger detonate and decimate everything within earshot as they creep down your auditory canals and crush your skull from within…” Two Guys Metal Reviews concurs, “Caught Up In The Gears Of Application is exactly what it needs to be: raw, vicious, and unrelenting. Everything that has made the Phil Anselmo projects great over the past few years is represented here… this man is one of the truly great forces in metal.” Adds Hellbound,”‘Circling The Drain’ is perhaps the best Bower riff he’s written in a while, literally interpreting the song title with a circling, buzzsaw neckwrecker. Gawddamn! Tracks like ‘Asshole,’ ‘Mutts Bite Too,’ and ‘Rigging The Fight’ only thicken the toxic mixture. Revenge is a dish best served sludgy!”
SUPERJOINT was resurrected in 2015 after the original band broke up a decade earlier. At the behest of the late Corey Mitchell, co-founder of The Housecore Horror Film Festival, SUPERJOINT founders Anselmo, Jimmy Bower (Down, Eyehategod), and Kevin Bond (Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver et al) joined forces with longtime comrades, drummer José “Blue” Gonzalez (Warbeast, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals), and bassist Stephen Taylor (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Woven Hand, 16 Horse Power). A new era of the band was born.
Consequently, the band members found true joy in playing together again. After just two tours, new material followed culminating in the scathing sounds of Caught Up In The Gears Of Application.