Norse noise rock duo Barren Womb first came to our attention back in 2014 with the release of their then-debut full-length, The Sun’s Not Yellow, it’s Chicken (check out an old interview with them here). Since then, the pair of Timo Silvola (vocals/drums) and Tony Gonzahl (vocals/guitars) has offered up an additional five ever-morphing additions to their discography – albums, EPs and splits that hardly sit still in their delivery of a fist-meets-jaw din spanning from minimalist and inscrutable quirkiness on one end and massively abrasive warmth on the other.
Set to see the light of day tomorrow, their latest album, Lizard Lounge is being touted by the folks at Loyal Blood Records as “Quicksand meets Clutch meets Refused.” This is a decent start, but we’d implore you to not omit/forget about Melvins, Cows, Fugazi, Big Business, Rocket from the Crypt, Botch, Sabbath, Zeppelin, Torche and any number of bands from the AmRep and Gravity Records catalogues. But why let us tell you? Below, we present a stream of the band’s newest and fourth long player and an opportunity for you to use your own ears, minds and independent thought abilities.
As per usual, we asked the band for some truncated low-down about their new release and they responded by saying:
“Trim the fat. That was the unspoken mindset when we started writing Lizard Lounge. The resulting ten tracks are stripped of all pomp and frills, tightly focused instead around the essence of what this band is: pummelling drums, scathing guitars, deadly rhythms and strangely catchy melodies. We really left no cross unturned when digging around for these slabs of noisy weirdo rock. The title itself, part shadow government and part Hunter S. Thompson acid paranoia, reflects upon the waiting room all of us reptilian brained meat bags call home. Apathy, cancer, conspiracies, death, depression, destruction, diabetes, incels, rednecks and a sprinkling of meth – this album truly has it all.”