Two years after The Armed launched Ultrapop – their critically-acclaimed album that elevated the inventive collective to a brand new degree of artistic expression and widespread fame – the group returns with Perfect Saviors. Heralding the brand new album, arriving on Aug. 25, the group has launched the video for “Sport of Type,” a track that includes vocals from Julien Baker, celebrated rockstar and one-third of supergroup boygenius.
The video hits like a technicolor expression ripped from the fever desires of Paul Cézanne and Grant Wooden. Tony Wolski engages in a sequence of fantastical scenes (seemingly together with member Cara Drolshagen in a Sia-esque wig at one level, although it may very well be anybody.) The video ends with Tony waking up from his slumber to seek out Iggy Pop, wearing white, sitting on the porch, his face hidden behind his fingers. Because the track concludes, Iggy pulls away his fingers to disclose a vibrant smile, revealing himself because the Heavenly Father of all creation.
“An excessive amount of info has made us dumb and confused,” says Wolski in an announcement. “Too some ways to attach have inadvertently led to isolation. And an excessive amount of expectation has pressured everybody to turn into a star. Predictable primal risks have given method to newer social ones. And the result’s a world that’s confounding and terrifying—however in the end nonetheless stunning. We hope this report is strictly all of that, too. Good Saviors is our fully unironic, honest effort to create the largest, best rock album of the twenty first century.”
The brand new album and conclusion of a trilogy “analyzing and dissecting what constitutes ‘popular culture’ in a world of limitless info and entry,” per the assertion. The center of the trilogy, Ulltrapop, earned an 8.2 on Pitchfork and a 4/5 at Kerrang, who referred to as it “much less a report than it’s an inventive assertion, a defiant ‘f–ok you’ to any and all perceptions of what a heavy band ought to and may very well be. Positive, it’s not one thing you’re going to dip out and in of on a whim, however while you’re in, you gained’t need to depart.”
As for the brand new track — which calls for repeat listenings to decipher the depths contained inside — Wolski defined the that means behind the “Sport of Type” title. “There are two varieties of sport—these of measure and people of kind. A sport of measure, like basketball, soccer, or soccer, has a degree system and a type of binary path to victory. A sport of kind is one thing like diving, determine skating, or bodybuilding—one thing with evolving requirements and a layer of subjectivity and a few type of important element.”
“The world that surrounds us is complicated, and our lives are really extra akin to a sport of kind than one in every of measure. But, so many individuals see it as precisely the alternative,” he explains. “Lyrically, this track is concerning the human have to win a sport that we’re not even really taking part in. Sonically, it’s a reflection of that cognitive dissonance by a continuing whiplash between magnificence and ugliness, severity and tenderness, obscenity and style.”
The Armed has a core membership with a rotating forged of contributors. Good Saviors will characteristic Julien Baker (courtesy of Matador Data), Sarah Tudzin, Mark Guiliana, Patrick Shiroishi, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Matt Sweeney, Bryan Aiken, and extra.
The group will help Queens of the Stone Age on their The Finish Is Nero Tour in August, with a handful of headlining dates rounding out the remainder of 2023 (with extra to come back.) Pre-order Perfect Saviors here.