Chat Pile announce debut record, God’s Country, out on July 29th via The Flenser
There’s a sick irony to how a country that extols rhetoric of individual freedom, in the same gasp, has no problem commodifying human life as if it were meat to feed the insatiable hunger of capitalism. If this is American nihilism taken to its absolute zenith, then God’s Country, the first full length record from Oklahoma City noise rock quartet Chat Pile, is the aural embodiment of such a concept. In just a couple of years, Chat Pile have made nothing short of a profound impression on the underground music discourse. Formed in the spring of 2019 by vocalist Raygun Busch, guitarist Luther Manhole, bassist Stin and drummer Captain Ron, and spurred on by both a hearty run of live performances and a swiftly growing online fanbase, Chat Pile have become a staple name among its genre contemporaries thanks to its hellish synthesis of noise rock, sludge, industrial, and mid 90’s nu-metal, present in their two EPs to date, This Dungeon Earth and Remove Your Skin Please, as well as their split with Portrayal of Guilt.
Having lived alongside the heaps of toxic refuse that the band derives its name from, the fatalism of daily life in the American Midwest permeates throughout the works of Chat Pile, and especially so on their debut. Exasperated by the pandemic, the hopelessness of climate change, the cattle shoot of global capitalism, and fueled by “…lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of THC”, God’s Country is as much of an acknowledgement of the Earth’s most assured demise, as it is a snarling violent act of defiance against it. Within its over 40 minute runtime, God’s Country displays both Chat Pile’s most aggressively unhinged and contemplatively nuanced moments to date, drawing from its preceding two EPs and its score for the 2021 film, Tenkiller – as evidenced in the first single off of the record, “Slaughterhouse”, which you can listen to and watch the video for below this article. In the band’s own words, the record is, at its heart, “Oklahoma’s specific brand of misery”; a misery intent on taking all down with it and its cacophonous chaos on its own terms as opposed to idly accepting its otherwise assured fall.
God’s Country will be released on July 29th via The Flenser. Physical and digital pre-orders are now available here.
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