Anchorage, Alaska-based hardcore/crust quartet SHE will release their pummeling new LP, Goodpaster, in June, today unveiling the album’s cover art, track listing, preorders, and lead single, “Arguments In Space.”
SHE formed on Halloween of 2008, uniting vocalist/lyricist Andrew Sims, guitarist Mercy Cofield Jr., bassist Justin Costiniano, and drummer Justin Rodda. With a DIY ethos and a deep love for all things art, the band has been self-releasing material since its inception.
Drawing influence from contemporary aggressive acts alongside jazz, hip-hop, punk, and pop, SHE has melded a uniquely angular and emotive sound that pulls their listener in many directions. Borrowing from bands such as, but not limited to, Converge, Pig Destroyer, Meshuggah, Cursed, Blacklisted, Cruel Hand, and Trapped Under Ice, the band’s output could easily be enjoyed by fans of any of these acts, as proven on their first studio full-length, Goodpaster. The crushing LP delivers thirteen new tracks in under twenty-seven minutes, unloading a salvo of explosive metallic hardcore while seamlessly executing continuous infectious hooks, making for an instantly memorable listen.
Recorded, engineered, and mixed by Taylor Young at The Pit Recording Studio (Nails, Kruelty, God’s Hate), mastered By Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Year Of The Knife, R.A.M.B.O.), and completed with artwork and layout by Justin Costiniano. While wrapping up the recording process, Taylor Young was asked what genre he thought SHE embodied, to which he replied, “It’s not, not hardcore. It’s not, not metal. It’s not, not grind.”
Vocalist Andrew Sims writes about the first warning shot from the LP, “‘Arguments In Space’ is the first single off Goodpaster for two reasons. It jumps right out the gate, and it provides the listener with a well-rounded idea of the soundscapes navigated over the course of the record: a little grindage, some gallop, a mean blast, and a mosh part. Lyrically, it’s about wearing many hats in varying circles while attempting to maintain authenticity of self. It explores themes of inter and intrapersonal insecurities and the internal monologues that coincide with such. Ultimately, most of us just want to be ourselves, but societally are forced into different molds and constructs to make ends meet which wreaks havoc on our physical and mental health.”
SHE will self-release Goodpaster on Ox Blood and Bone colored vinyl LP and all digital platforms this June 16th. Find preorders at Bandcamp HERE and watch for additional previews of the record to post over the weeks ahead.