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The Armed announce new record, ULTRAPOP, out on April 16th via Sargent House

The Armed have announced a new album, ULTRAPOP, available on April 16th via Sargent House. This record is their first one on the label, featuring work from Mark Lanegan and Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen this and co-produced by the band’s own Dan Greene in collaboration with Ben Chisholm, while Kurt Ballou remains at the helm as executive producer. With the announcement comes a live video for the first track, “All Futures,” explicitly revealing this album’s band member lineup for the first time. The video is a live take of the studio track, which can be heard below this article.

Ultrapop is the genre of music that said album features, reaching the same extremities of sonic expression as the furthest depths of metal, noise and other “heavy” counterculture music subgenres, while still finding its foundation firmly in pop music and pop culture. As is always The Armed’s mission, it seeks only to create the most intense experience possible, a magnification of all culture, beauty, and things. Dan Greene goes on to explain, “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. 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.”

Ultrapop will be released on April 16th via Sargent House. Physical pre-orders are available here. You can also catch the band live in any of the following European tour dates:

Oct. 09 – Bristol, UK – The Exchange
Oct. 10 – Brimingham, UK – Dead Wax
Oct. 11 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
Oct. 12 – Manchester, UK – YES
Oct. 13 – Glasgown, UK – Nice N Sleazy
Oct. 14 – Leeds, UK – Boom
Oct. 15 – London, UK – MOTH Club
Oct. 16 – Brighton, UK – The Green Door Store
Oct. 18 – Antwerp, BE – Trix
Oct. 19 – Reims, FR – La Cartonnerie
Oct. 20 – Lorient, FR – L’Hydrophone
Oct. 21 – Nantes, FR – Stereolux
Oct. 22 – Rouen, FR – Le 106
Oct. 23 – Paris, FR – La Boule Noire


Photo credit: Trevor Naud

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