Weeping Icon have announced their self-titled debut album will be out September 27th via Fire Talk / Kanine Records. It’s available for preorder here.
01. (drag me out)
03. (you should listen to me)
04. Be Anti
05. (safe space)
06. Ripe for Consumption
07. (in the news)
08. Natural Selection
10. Power Trip
11. (the way it is)
12. Like Envy
13. (perfect the art)
The band have been fixtures of the NYC DIY music and art scenes, both as a unit and in several guises as individuals, including stints in the celebrated and sorely missed post-punk band ADVAETA, and the noise project Lutkie.
Sharing stages with acts like Protomartyr, White Lung, PILL, Lydia Lunch and Flasher, Weeping Icon have developed a reputation as one of the city’s more engaging live acts, with a sound that blends punk aggression with meditative compositions, goth aesthetics and pure noise experimentation.
Their new track, Ripe For Consumption, provides a hint of the way the album captures the band’s mesmeric live performances, flashing Hawkwind-esque bass turnarounds, waves of distortion and a vocal performance that falls somewhere between Christian Death’s Rozz Williams and Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna in a three and half minute squall concerning the cynical transformations frequently undergone by newly professional artists.
Weeping Icon says the following about the track / video:
“Ripe for Consumption is about the mutation many art professionals undergo as they move up the scales of independent platforms to larger stages. Stepping into the limelight without hesitation and eager to take credit for generating projects that were often manufactured and maintained by community members who remain unrecognized (often the socially disenfranchised), these personalities are flocked to and flattered by the frenzied masses looking for a connection to boost their own rise in the social world of art. The “Ripe for Consumption” video responds to this concept by focusing on a day in the life of three 2000s punk kids – ghosts of the past who initiated so many of us into an adoration for challenging art, who live in us still. They call on us all to remember a time when we rebelliously challenged the world around us because we had no social equity to lose.”
Watch the Ripe for Consumption video via YouTube below.