Kudzu announces new album ‘Defeated’, previews lead single ‘No Backbone’


Push & Pull Records
2 March 2018

Kudzu announces new album ‘Defeated’, previews lead single ‘No Backbone’

FOR FANS OF: Public Image Ltd., The Damned, Gang of Four, Section 25, A Certain Ratio, Cabaret Voltaire, Schonwald, The KVB

FOCUS TRACKS: Defeated, One Purpose, No Backbone, Balking The Grave

Some Cops https://youtu.be/IChZtualTq8
No Backbone https://youtu.be/IEGWATOnlnU

«An infectious offering that triggers awesome associations with the best of 80s underground goth-rock, darkwave and synthpop but with some very cool sonic curveballs thrown in along the way. Early Ministry comes to mind and bands like Section 25, A Certain Ratio, and Cabaret Voltaire, along with newer bands like Schonwald, The KVB, and even stylistic glimpses of Be Forest» – The Big Takeover Magazine
«Surreal… heavily washed out and psychedelic to brilliant effect… fucking outrageously good – a hard to exhaust album. Repeated listenings will reveal another of the tracks as being your new favorite» – Spacerockmountain
«An edgy unplugged sound… a mix of pop rock with psychedelic riffs thrown in» – 417 Magazine

Missouri-based post-punk synth wave duo Kudzu have announced their forthcoming album ‘Defeated’, slated for release in early 2018 via Push & Pull Records. This album is a reaction to mounting disappointments and frustrations with increasingly frustrating and disappointing realities.

On this 9-track long-play, Kudzu delivers a cheerfully caustic synth pop assault with psychedelic underpinnings, like paint fumes you’d happily dance to. The offerings range from post-punk (Defeated) to synth pop (One Purpose, No Backbone) and tracks with a darker more industrial sense (Balking The Grave). If that’s not enough to intrigue you, the vocal delivery oscillating between John Lydon of Sex Pistols and PiL fame and the cold sinister lyricism of Al Jourgensen’s Ministry in the band’s earliest phase.
Based in Springfield, Kudzu is Seth Goodwin (vocals, synth, and drum programming) and Mark Gillenwaters (vocals and guitar). Influenced by bands such as Tears For Fears, The Cure, Spectrum, Guided by Voices, Sympathy Nervous, and This Heat, they’ve managed to concoct a sound original from any of them.
«A lot of these songs come from a place of disenchantment with punk and «diy» scenes i’ve dedicated too much time to and the resulting dissociation as i’ve continued to have involvement in those scenes,» says Seth Goodwin. «A documentation of a transitional period that im sure a lot of people feel as they start to feel parts of them age out from this type of lifestyle but dont know how to do anything else.»‘Defeated’ was recorded by Adam Schoeller and Jonathan James at No Coast Recording, and mixed by the latter, with Shay Rainey creating the cover artwork.

«While we were working on new material, I drew inspiration from the petty frustrations of everyday life and the stark reality of life in the ozarks.  i feel like there is a type of alienation that you can harbor in a place like this that lends it’s self to bleak music. I like to treat lyrics as more emotional than literal so some lyrics might not make sense but still convey the emotion I’m trying to present,» says Mark Gillenwaters.

‘Defeated’ will be released on cassette and digitally via Push & Pull Records. The first batch will be limited to 50 copies on high quality chrome cassette, and can already be pre-ordered via Kudzu’s Bandcamp.
1. Some Cops   03:33
2. No Backbone   03:10
3. Defeated   03:18
4. Burn Yourself   03:00
5. Balking the Grave   02:39
6. Sleep in Disguise   03:10
7. One Purpose   04:57
8. When You Were Mine   03:37
9. B.I.Y.E.   03:05
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