Even since getting their goth on with “Black Lipstick” and welcoming the industrial mayhem of this “Brave New World,” music fans have been patiently waiting to hear the entirety of POWERMAN 5000’s stellar new studio album, The Noble Rot. Now that wait is over as the album has been officially released on all formats including streaming, CD and glorious colored vinyl. Frontman Spider One has called TNR one of the most adventurous and stylistically diverse albums the band has ever released, and judging from the reception of the pre-release singles, fans have embraced the new direction.
Spider had this to share about the album’s release, “The Noble Rot is about facing mortality, self-destruction, not learning from history and the promise of something great rising from the darkest of situations. Seems fitting that we are releasing this one in 2020.”
The singer also announced that he will be taking part in Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” series on the album’s release day, getting grilled by fans on everything from the band’s long history in the music industry to Spider’s experience in the visual arts, directing and editing all of the band’s videos as well as the mockumentary series Death Valley which aired on MTV in 2011.
Visit the AMA here: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/
Last but not least, the band has been selected by Spotify as the cover artist for that platform’s wildly popular New Metal Tracks playlist with nearly half a million subscribers.
New Metal Tracks Playlist at this location.
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Watch the video for “Black Lipstick”: https://youtu.be/zlyvS3GSFCU
Watch the video for “Brave New World”: https://youtu.be/TlOCZan0I04
Two months ago, industrial metal icons POWERMAN 5000 announced they were readying a new album for 2020, The Noble Rot, and now the band is ready to share the very first single from that album, the goth club-inspired “Black Lipstick”. The song is a loving homage to dark ‘80s music like Depeche Mode, The Cure & Siouxsie Sioux, heavy on atmosphere and bass with frontman Spider One sneering melodically of a fly-by-night romantic encounter. A stylistic departure to be sure, but PM5K have always been an adventurous band. Spider shares, “I believe this was the first song we wrote for the album. It kind of laid the groundwork for the sound of the whole record. Kind of more experimental and electronic than the previous one. I think I may have been trying to channel Peter Murphy with the vocals.”
In addition, the band has shot a comical, hugely entertaining full concept video (pre-social distancing) for the song that captures the vibe of late-night music TV programming, complete with wacky host (played by John Ennis of Mr. Show and With Bob & David fame) and overworked smoke machines. As Spider explains it, “I had been watching a lot of clips from the British music show Top of the Pops and decided that creating a fake music show called Pop Toppers would be a pretty fun idea for a music video. Though just having Powerman 5000 performing the song seemed a bit whatever. That’s when I dreamed up the fictitious female goth band ‘Holly Holly and The Night Cloaks.’ Having this Siouxsie & the Banshees-type band lip sync our song was hilarious and matched the dark wave tone of the song perfectly.”
Watch the video here:
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1. Cannibal Killers That Kill Everyone
2. Brave New World
3. Play God Or Play Dead
4. Black Lipstick
5. Special Effects
6. Let The Insects Rule
7. Movie Blood
8. Strange People Doing Strange Things
9. We Got The Beat
POWERMAN 5000 have announced that a reimagining of the classic ‘80s new wave smash “We Got The Beat” will be included on their upcoming album The Noble Rot. “We Got The Beat” was originally released in 1981 as part of The Go-Go’s multi-platinum debut album Beauty and the Beat.
Powerman 5000 frontman Spider One commented, “Oddly enough, The Go-Go’s are a main reason why I started playing music. I distinctly remember listening to Beauty and the Beat at my friend’s house when it first came out. The clarity and simplicity of the songs inspired me. I remember saying to my friend, ‘We could do this. We should start a band.’ Not long after, I put together my first punk band in high school.”
Regarding their spin on the song, Spider continued, “Our version is quite different than the original. People don’t realize how clever the lyrics are to that song. They think it’s just a song about dancing. I always connected with the idea of being young and lost and surrendering to conformity. We tried to give it a more ominous tone to match that message.”
Check out the teaser video for PM5K’s version of “We Got The Beat” here:
“We Got the Beat” will be a part of Powerman 5000’s upcoming album The Noble Rot, which will be release this year through Cleopatra Records.
In other news, Powerman 5000 is proud to be a part of the recently announced remastered versions of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 coming to gaming platforms this September. The Tony Hawk franchise has been much loved by music fans for their use of authentic, energetic punk rock, alternative and indie rock songs, and PM5K’s smash hit “When Worlds Collide” is a highlight among the many other skate anthems featured in the game including tracks by Dead Kennedys, Goldfinger, Primus, Rage Against The Machine and more!