Thursday, March 9, 2023

FACS - "Slogan"

Photo by Evan Jenkins

Chicago's FACS have this uncanny ability to make these plodding songs far more compelling than you would expect, and just feel heavier than their volume should allow them to. Their latest, "Slogan," just chugs along at a menacing speed. It's like a sonic version of the creature (demon?) from the film It Follows. A song moving at this speed shouldn't have this much darkness behind it, but "Slogan" does. There are a million metal bands that play as loudly and as fast as possible without achieving anywhere near this level of mood. It's a dark post-punk song that is going to leave you feeling quite uneasy during its four and a half minutes, but in the best possible way.

Brian Case of FACS explains the new song and album:

" that's seen from different people's perspectives. 'Still Life In Decay' is about that kind of change, realizing that relationships exist in different ways for individuals in shared situations, and how you navigate that as a unit. We knew when we were making this record that Alianna was going to be stepping away from the band, which of course heavily informed the sessions. Filled with deep understanding and love, but still those insecurities and feelings of loss, or an end of something. Despite that, 'Still Life In Decay' feels more like a beginning, it's tense and vulnerable in a way we haven't presented ourselves before. I'm so proud of what the three of us did with this album."

You can watch the video for "Slogan" below. Still Life in Decay is due out April 7 on Trouble in Mind Records. The album can be pre-ordered through Bandcamp. For more on FACS, check out the band on Instagram and Facebook.

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