Electronic music collective End Christian have a lineup that would make any extreme music fan curious. With members of Brutal Truth, Total Fucking Destruction, Starkweather, Fad Nauseum and more in the group, they draw from eclectic backgrounds to create trance-inducing soundscapes and songs. Their second album, Bach Part One, takes full advantage of that. Featuring guest appearances from J.K. Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu), Yanni Papadopoulos (Stinking Lizaveta) and Mike Hill (Tombs), End Christian bounce from psychedelic trip-hop to blackened noise to mellow ambient seemingly on a whim.
Despite the extremely extreme pedigree of the band, there’s little brutality to be found. What you will find is a lush record that can take the listener on a tour across sounds and ideas in a comfortable and memorable way.
“Bach Part One is a loud, obnoxious, hot mess of a album that was created strictly off intuition,” Christian McKenna explains. “We hope it’s vulnerability allows a emotional retort from the listener. I tried to sound immediate.”
Enjoy a full stream of Bach Part One now. As you listen, keep reading for commentary from Richard Hoak (Brutal Truth, Total Fucking Destruction) about specific songs on the record. Pre-orders are live at Translation Loss’ webstore.
“Anywhere With You” is a love song, a lifetime long. The lyrics are a true story, a poem I wrote a while back, sonically transformed by End Christian into glorious electro-pop.
“Hamilton” was recorded in the middle of the night on a mountaintop in Colorado. The atmosphere was intense. Christian and I cut the vocals simultaneously on a single microphone in a total Simon and Garfunkel moment. “Hamilton” is magical; the listener is inside the song with us.
“Salvia” is End Christian using the studio as an actual instrument to filter musical ideas from our hive mind. The technically precise and physically overwhelming bass throb on this song is a work of art in itself!