London, UK’s PUPIL SLICER have shared a new single and music video, titled No Temple. No Temple is the second track to be taken from the mathcore group’s upcoming sophomore album, Blossom, due for release via Prosthetic Records on June 2. The music video, directed by David Gregory, furthers PUPIL SLICER‘s conceptual world of sci-fi and cosmic horror.
Stream No Temple via Apple Music | TIDAL | Deezer | Bandcamp and Spotify
Pre-order Blossom here.
Speaking on the new single and video, Kate Davies (vocals / guitar) comments: “Blossom is a story that encapsulates a wide gamut of intense emotions and a rollercoaster of events over the 47 minute runtime. Likewise, the musical elements are also equally diverse whilst maintaining a cohesion to what’s going on at that point in the album.
“The feedback we received for our first single has been overwhelmingly positive but let’s face it – not what a lot of people were expecting from a band named “PUPIL SLICER”.
“Here is a sample from the opposite end of the musical range that Blossom encapsulates – No Temple is the heaviest song we’ve ever written.”
Drawing influence from a myriad of genre classics across books, movies and videogames, PUPIL SLICER‘s primary lyricist, Kate Davies has crafted a story that conveys personal experiences via an other-worldly narrative. In the wake of a profane signal of alien origin, the album opens with the protagonist losing touch with reality beneath a starry night sky. What follows is a kaleidoscopic voyage through another plane of existence where all is not as it first seems; trapped in a loop of destruction that must be imparted upon others. The tale ultimately comes to a point with serenity achieved in the closing minutes, planting the seeds of hope for an opportunity to start anew.
Whilst 2020’s Mirrors was lyrically a very raw, biographical album, on Blossom Davies has deftly blended between their lived experiences and the tales that unfold throughout the ten tracks on the follow up. These stories are supported by the intensely intricate and skillful rhythmic backbone provided by Josh Andrews on drums, Luke Fabian on bass and bursts of shredding leads from former live guitarist Frank Muir. Told through the prism of a fantastical fiction, the visceral delivery and cathartic energy is palpable as ever; intergalactic embellishments can’t destroy the umbilical link between what churns within and what is later spewed out.
An intense month in the studio with producer Lewis Johns has led to a cohesive and confident sounding album that embraces ethereal singing, electronic breakdowns, and bold experimentation – without ever losing sight of their core tenets. Through darkness and despair, there is always – at the very least – a glimmer of light in all that they do. Drawing from influences as diverse as Nine Inch Nails, Deafheaven, Radiohead, and Botch, PUPIL SLICER have moulded an album that is effervescent with passion but doesn’t shy away from a good hook and a catchy chorus.
Blossom track list
1. Glaring Dark of Night
2. Momentary Actuality
3. Departure in Solitude
4. Creating the Devil in Our Image
5. The Song at Creation’s End
6. No Temple
7. Terminal Lucidity
8. Language of the Stars
9. Dim Morning Light
PUPIL SLICER is:
Kate Davies – vocals and guitar
Frank Muir – guitar
Luke Fabian – bass
Joshua Andrews – drums
PUPIL SLICER have also recently announced a number of 2023 tour and festival dates, including their first ever shows in mainland Europe with Boris.
PUPIL SLICER tour dates:
22 April – Roadburn Festival – Tilburg, NL
29 April – Dudefest – Karlsruhe, DE*
30 April – Les Cuizines Chelles – Paris, FR*
2 May – Cyprus Avenue – Cork, IR*
3 May – Button Factory – Dublin, IE*
4 May – Limelight 2 – Belfast, UK*
5 May – Room 2 – Glasgow, UK*
6 May – Victoria Hall – Settle, UK*
7 May – Record Junkee – Sheffield, UK**
9 May – Colos Saal – Aschaffenburg, DE*
10 May – Trix – Antwerp, BE*
11 May – Patronaat – Haarlem, NL*
12 May – Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE*
13 May – A Colossal Weekend – Copenhagen, DK*
15 May – Bla – Oslo, NO*
16 May – Bla – Oslo, NO*
17 May – Debaser – Stockholm, SE*
18 May – The Abyss – Gothenburg, SE**
19 May – Brolandingerne – Aalborg, DK**
28 May – Portals Festival – London, UK
9 June – Download Festival – Donington Park, UK
10 June – Mystic Festival – Gdansk, PL
16-20 August – Arctangent Festival – Bristol, UK
*Heavy Rock Breakfast tour w/ Boris