Chicago’s HIDE are a force to be reckoned with, releasing a steady output of unrelenting and dark electronics over the past four years. The industrial duo’s first full length album is slated for release this spring on Dais Records and follows their politically charged ‘Black Flame’ EP released early 2017. The band have toured the US extensively, playing everywhere from DIY house shows to large venues in support of Marilyn Manson. HIDE also extend their creativity and passion into audio/visual art installations and the production of short films.
Those familiar with HIDE’s provocative live performances will already be accustomed to the hypnotic low-end and sinister vocal delivery that has 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.
The first single off our debut album Castration Anxiety is ‘Wildfire.’ We made this video with a power trio of women photographers/film makers who we have worked with in the past and were eager to do something more involved with. ‘Wildfire’ is about the earth rejecting its inhabitants. The album overall is about autonomy, identity, and power dynamics. -Heather Gabel
Limited to 100 on Clear/Black Splatter, 400 on Clear, and standard Black vinyl.
Clear/Black Splatter available exclusively in a bundle with the “Glass & Sand” tee, designed by Heather Gabel and featuring photographs by Bailey Kobelin.
Available March 23, 2018
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