We’ve (re)rebranded our Artist of the Month sequence to CoSign, however we’re nonetheless dishing the accolade out to an up-and-coming artist or group who’s poised for the massive time. For April 2023, we’re shining the highlight on Philadelphia punks Poison Ruïn and their newest report, Härvest.
Political sentiments, quick riffs, and indignant performances are as a lot part of punk as energy chords. Angsty sloganeering has outlined the style since its earliest days. And but, half a century after the rise of the fashion, hardcore acts are nonetheless discovering methods to reinvent its uncooked aggression. Poison Ruïn show as a lot on their newest LP, Härvest, which innovates on the basic formulation by fusing high-concept abstraction with livid, blistering performances.
From the primary moments of Härvest, the Philly outfit introduce themselves as an act that cares little in regards to the baggage packaged with the time period “punk.” With “Pinnacle of Ecstasy” interrupting its ominous, mystical soundscape with a wailing, one-note guitar line, the band makes it clear they’re equally disinterested in both abiding by or breaking the established guidelines of heavy music. They’re each untethered from the previous and undaunted by the expectations of the fashionable scene.
“I very a lot attempt to not assume that manner when writing issues,” frontman Mac Kennedy says of Poison Ruïn’s tendency to isolate themselves from outdoors influences. “I don’t have any illusions; each thought comes from one thing else. However, I strive not to think about these as a result of I really feel like then you definately simply immediately replicate one thing. At this level, I’m extra cautious than ever of [being] surrounded by that stuff.”
Such an perspective is obvious all through Härvest’s ferocious 11 tracks. The band is completely prepared to introduce new timbres into their sound, however they’re additionally ready to place their heads right down to trudge by way of an indignant, 90-second punk music that sounds as if The Ramones have been dragged by way of nihilism and dirt.
However the homegrown originality of the band’s sonic palette solely tells half of the story, as Härvest, which stands because the band’s first full-length undertaking of wholly new music, doubles down on the mythology Poison Ruïn have been crafting since their earliest releases. The report frames itself as a journey by way of a hellish world of darkish fantasy, full with allusions to feudal techniques, medieval torture, and, within the case of “Bastards Dance,” samples that sound like a blacksmith forging a blade particularly designed for mass slaughter.