Since 2004, This Will Destroy You has been forging some of the world's most brutal, dynamic, and precariously visceral instrumental rock. Another Language, TWDY's fourth full length LP, marks their euphonious return from a prolonged vacuous dark period that threatened to break both the band and the members themselves. As a result, Another Language captures the band at its most potent, honed, and utterly powerful form yet, displaying an edified unity and graduated sense of song-writing, tonal complexity, and studio prowess.
From the opening moments of Another Language it is clear that the band has achieved its aim. The reflective opening dialogue of guitar, choral-like organ, and shimmering Rhodes on 'New Topia' float over nuanced warbling swells of tape before being completely disintegrated by a shock wave of blistering guitars, bass, and locomotive poly-rhythms. These peaks and valleys of emotive dynamism are expertly guided by the dexterous drum work of Alex Bhore, who offers up droves of ghost-notes and compounded cadences that energize the album with a fully realized freedom of movement. The band's frequency spectrum now extends to new heights via adornments of tubular bells, microcassette manipulations, and washes of tuned feedback by guitarists Christopher King and Jeremy Galindo while bassist Donovan Jones ensures that the band's roots dig deep into the netherworld of sub-frequencies.
An earthy realism can be heard throughout Another Language's nine tracks, as if all of its sound sources have been so heavily disguised under layers signal manipulation that their original form is weathered beyond recognition. Composition duties were shared equally more than ever, offering TWDY an opportunity to delve deeper into the writing process with an unprecedented level of cohesion.
TWDY's new found clarity of vision comes after a state of near dissolution that ensued after the massive success of their 2006 debut Young Mountain and 2008's eponymous follow up. Personal struggles, growing pains, the loss of band members, and a series of close, untimely tragedies set the tone for what would be the band's darkest and most introspective album yet, 2011's Tunnel Blanket. The following two years stress tested the band to the point of ruin; consecutive continent-hopping tours as well as the pressures of matching their previous two albums' accomplishments took a nearly unbearable toll. TWDY's spirits were lifted when both independent filmmakers and Hollywood began to eye their discography for prominent placement in several critically acclaimed films, including the Oscar-winning Moneyball.
Forced to redefine themselves as individuals, artists, and as a unit, TWDY's Another Language exudes a corporeal sense of the formidable journey, which was overcome in order to arrive at their newly galvanized state of confidence and artistry
This Will Destroy You is Jeremy Galindo, Christopher King, Donovan Jones, and Alex Bhore. "Another Language" recorded by John Congleton, Alex Bhore, and Christopher King. Mixed by John Congleton except "The Puritain" mixed by Christopher King and Jeremy Galindo. Mastered by Alan Douches. Strings by Jonathan Slade. Art by Land.
The Texan band co-headline ArcTanGent Festival (with Russian Circles) on August 29th, followed by European tour.
FRI AUG 29 - Bristol UK, ArcTanGent Festival
MON SEP 1 - Glasgow UK, Mono
TUE SEP 2 - Manchester UK, Deaf Institute
WED SEP 3 - London UK, Scala
THU SEP 4 - Brighton UK, The Haunt
FRI SEP 5 - Paris FR, Petit Bain
SAT SEP 6 - Ghent BL, Dok
SUN SEP 7 - Maastricht NL, Bruis Festival
MON SEP 8 - Hamburg DE, Hafenklang
TUE SEP 9 - Berlin DE, Bi Nuu
WED SEP 10 - Leipzig DE, Conne Island
FRI SEP 12 - Aarhus DK, Postfest
WED SEP 17 - Warsaw PL, Klub Hydrozagadka
THU SEP 18 - Bratislava SK, Batelier Club
FRI SEP 19 - Tilburg NL, Incubate Festival
SAT SEP 20 - St. Gallen CH, Grabenhalle
SUN SEP 21 - Fribourg CH, Fri-Son
MON SEP 22 - Innsbruck AT, PMK
TUE SEP 23 - Padova IT, Mame
WED SEP 24 - Rome IT, Circolo degli Artisti
THU SEP 25 - Milan IT, Leoncavallo
FRI SEP 26 - Zurich CH, Bogen F
'House' star Laurie received star number 2,593 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week.