Brooklyn Industrial punk group Pop 1280 return with their new album Way Station—due out this December via Belgian cult label Weyrd Son Records.
The album’s genesis dates back to when the band were putting the finishing touches on their third LP, Paradise, which came out on Sacred Bones in 2016.
Returning to New York after extensive touring that took them to Europe and back, the band restructured, paring themselves down to the core duo of Ivan Drip and Chris Bug, and new recruit Matthew Hord, who brought new expertise in analog synth hardware unlike anything heard before in Pop.1280.
The result is an album of frenzied intensity and madness that is perfectly illustrated in their first from the new record with “Boom Operator”.
The band Explains:
“Boom Operator is a story of a film technician losing his mind on set. The lyrics explore the terrible punishment we put our bodies and minds through in the world of capitalism. It also explores the topics of human degradation and humiliation and the violence that erupts from people when they are dehumanized.
Boom Operator was recorded live in one take by Andrew Chugg at Gilded Audio. When the song was written, it started with the drum pattern and vocals and was built up around that. After that the throbbing synth was written, the last thing we figured out was the guitar. It is in the key of B minor and is 130 beats per minute.”
The video for Boom Operator was directed and produced by Mark Perro of The Men, and was shot entirely on VHS.
Way Station is out on December 6th. Pop 1280 are heading back to Europe in early 2020, see tour dates below.
- Thu 20.2 Ghent Belgium
- Fri 21.2 Paris France
- Sat 22.2 Charleroi Belgium
- Tue 25.2 Halle Germany
- Wed 26.2 Linz Austria
- Fri 28.2 Budapest Hungary
- Sat 29.2 Kosice Slovakia
- Sun 1.3 Bratislava Slovakia
- Mon 2.3 Warsaw Poland
- Tue 3.3 Gdnask Poland
- Wed 4.3 Lodz Poland
- Thu 5.3 Prague Czech Republic
- Fri 6.3 Leipzig Germany
- Sat 7.3 Hamburg Germany