2020 will bring Josh Graham’s most ambitious IIVII album to date. The release spans not one album, but two albums at the same time! Where Zero Sleep explores trying to live and trying to sleep, Grinding Teeth will lead you through a nightmare. The ugly, dark and disorienting sounds are in direct opposition with the themes and tropes of Zero Sleep, making it a complementary release. Rather than releasing it separately, it is presented as a double release. Both albums tell their own story, but the dialogue between Zero Sleep and Grinding Teeth also tells a bleak tale. The albums have an impressive dynamic range. From subtle and fragile ambient vibes, to fierce metallic drones: Graham tapped in to the whole of his own back catalogue in order to have this story told. It’s a bold and daring, yet captivating effort, where Graham got help from a myriad of friends to conjure up this elaborate and complex world, like for instance Sarah Pendleton (SubRosa), Mathilde Smessaert (BARST), Jo Quail, Gregory Simons (Vonnis), Dana Schechter (Insect Ark), Billy Graves (A Storm of Light), Shane Ocell (Sorxe), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Benjamin Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan).
Zero Sleep / Grinding Teeth will be released on March 20th through Belgium’s Consouling Sounds label (pre-order here). Check out the video for ‘Afterglow (Little Black and White Things)’ here: