THE ARMED have announced their first new album in over three years and Sargent House debut, ULTRAPOP along with a video for the first single “ALL FUTURES”. The album reaches the same extremities of sonic expression as the furthest depths of metal, noise, and otherwise “heavy” counterculture music subgenres but finds its foundation firmly in pop music and pop culture.
As is always The Armed’s mission, it seeks only to create the most intense experience possible, a magnification of all culture, beauty, and things. The band goes on to explain, “crafting vital art means presenting the audience with new and intriguing tensions—sonically, visually, conceptually. Over time and through use, those tensions become less novel and effective—and they become expectations. The concept of “subgenre” becomes almost the antithesis of vitality in art—itself a fetishization of expectation.
ULTRAPOP seeks, in earnest, to create a truly new listener experience. It is an open rebellion against the culture of expectation in “heavy” music. It is a joyous, genderless, post-nihilist, anti-punk, razor-focused take on creating the most intense listener experience possible. It’s the harshest, most beautiful, most hideous thing we could make.
ULTRAPOP will be available on April 16, 2021 via Sargent House.