SCALPING release debut album "Void" Out now via Houndstooth
SCALPING headline show at fabric, May 5th w/ support from Mandy, Indiana + Nik Colk Void + Jay Duncan (DJ) - tickets and info -- Selected press for SCALPING: "Bristol's next national breakthrough" The Guardian “Rave-ready bangers from Bristol techno-metal heavyweights.” NME This isn’t standard-issue effervescent dance music. Falling on the harder side of the electronic spectrum and hitting in the way that only really heavy chords can.” Billboard “Pulsing, darkly danceable reverie” The Fader “They shred any fabric of formal music making into absolute bits" Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1 “Absolutely massive. Little bit industrial, very full on, very loud.” Matt Wilkinson, Apple Beats 1 Radio “Heavy hitting!” Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6Music “ The band have seemingly managed to live up to their name, with heads all around cleanly sliced open and into dirged bedazzlement.” Gigwise - 8/10 "SCALPING’s Void energetically captures music designed for a club/real-time environment and hybridizes any number of EDM, punk, and metal precursors." Pop Matters "While some club kids are content to use the dancefloor as an escape from the worries of the world, SCALPING won’t let you check those burdens at the door. They want the rage to fuel you." Bandcamp (Album of the Day) "Void is an accomplished work, a modernist genre splice that thrives in everything it attempts." Loud & Quiet - 8/10
Today SCALPING release their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Void’ on Houndstooth.
On ‘Void’, SCALPING are heavy metal in 4D; the sound is moody, distorted and rhythmic, but the use of electronic techniques gives the finer details room to breathe. Their early lust for “all loudness, no nuance” has cooled, too, making more space for experimentation. Tracks such as “Tether”, featuring Oakland rapper DÆMON, puts a modern, metal twist on Bristolian trip-hop.
The record comes on the heels of an extremely exciting 2021 for the band, which saw them play to sold-out crowds at the Roundhouse twice in two weeks - both on tour with Squarepusher and at Pitchfork Festival London - as well as selling out their own headline date at Peckham Audio, and releasing two widely acclaimed EPs titled “FLOOD” and “FLOOD Remixed”, the latter of which featured treatments from producers Hodge, Azu Tiwaline, object blue, AQXDM and Laurel Halo, and Scottish instrumental rock legends Mogwai.
As SCALPING’s sound becomes more adventurous, so has their aesthetic, the technically impressive animation uses richly coloured and textured sequences to compliment the bands darker narratives: of paranoia and surrender, with cinematic elements of science fiction, body horror and technology’s dominance over man.
The band are due to perform at fabric on May 5th. As live shows return in 2022, SCALPING will continue to prove themselves as one of the UK’s most impressive, ambitious, and original new live bands.
1. Blood Club
2. Caller Unknown
3. Tether (feat. DÆMON)
5. Cloak & Dagger
8. Over The Walls
9. Remain In Stasis (feat. Grove)