Track from the debut album ‘Void’ – out now on Houndstooth Watch and share video for ‘Tether’ (feat. DÆMON)
SCALPING Live dates: Wide Awake - 27th May Dot to Dot (Bristol) - 28th May Dot to Dot (Nottingham) - 29th May Standon Calling - 22nd July RESET Festival - 29th July Micro Festival - 5th August Manchester Psych Festival - 3rd September End of the Road - 4th September
Following the release of their debut album ‘Void’ to rapturous critical acclaim, and straight from their sold out headline show at fabric earlier this month and a fantastic show at The Great Escape. SCALPING share the video for album single ‘Tether’ and a string of new live dates.
The track features Oakland-based vocalist and experimenter DÆMON, whose kinetic, aggressive, and demonic futurist emcee vocals take centre stage and elevate the chugging industrial instrumental.
DÆMON aka Jahsiri Asabi-Shakir uses lyricism as a means to express a full spectrum of emotions, abstract ideas, and social commentary. DÆMON draws from his personal experience for inspiration in a dissociative, non-committal manner, illustrating vivid imagery through storytelling and an array of literary devices.
"For the music video, we really wanted to emulate a computer game and push the digital world. So we went with a first-person POV, and it all falls apart by the end. It provides a certain nostalgia to the eras of DOOM and other games from our generation." Jamie Harding
“Tether was the first song that came together for the album back before the first lockdown and really felt like the start of the next chapter of the band.
Almost immediately we knew we wanted to get vocals on this track and we were tearing our hair out trying to find vocalists who felt appropriate. Between hearing DÆMON's ‘DXE’ EP on Infinite Machine and his lyrics often centered around technology it seemed like an obvious fit.
After months of back and forth across continents and various versions of demos being spliced together, we eventually landed on a version of the vocals which showcased so many of DÆMON's vocal styles but still left space for the track to breathe. The final vocals were recorded remotely in a studio in Paris.
This was the first Scalping track with vocals to be finished and we’re really excited about doing more features again in the future.”SCALPING
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.
Due out 29th April via Houndstooth, 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.
2. Caller Unknown
3. Tether (feat. DÆMON)
5. Cloak & Dagger
8. Over The Walls
9. Remain In Stasis (feat. Grove)
The critics on ‘Void’:
"Bristol's next national breakthrough"The Guardian
“Rave-ready bangers from Bristol techno-metal heavyweights.” NME
“Brutalist, unsettling and pulverising, SCALPING have carved out their distorted blend of genres with a sharp intensity that’s helped them drum up a reputation as one of the most incendiary live acts in the UK.” The Line of Best Fit
“SCALPING achieve perfect synergy between intensity and precision. With rigorous control, they choreograph chaos.” Pitchfork
“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)
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
“Void is a record that writhes, contorts and throbs like a live show. Claustrophobic yet huge – it’s the sound of a rave crammed into a sticky, dark basement.” CRACK
"heavy with lurid and dazzling detail" The Wire
"as brutal and slicing as their namesake" DJ Mag
"Something wholly new… and wholly unholy." Loud & Quiet