Primitive Race have announced that their new album “Soul Pretender” will be released on November 3. The effort will feature core members Chris Kniker, Erie Loch, and Mark Gemini Thwaite, along with special guests Chuck Mosley (ex-Faith No More) and Dale Crover (Melvins).
“Musically, ‘Soul Pretender‘ was a natural progression from the first album. To have Chuck and Dale involved was perfect! They really brought a new vision to the project. Their style is a perfect match with Mark, Erie and myself. This record is more focused and organic. I wanted more of an alternative rock record. Stripped down. Live real drums. There’s space in the record. I didn’t want some overly polished ‘perfect’ record.”
“Soul Pretender” Track Listing:
01. “Row House”
02. “Cry Out”
03. “Cranial Matter”
04. “Take It All”
05. “Bed Six”
06. “Stepping Stone”
07. “Turn It Up”
08. “Soul Pretender”
09. “Nothing To Behold”
10. “Dancing On The Sun”
Ex-Faith No More Singer Chuck Mosley and Melvins’ drummer Dale Crover have joined Primitive Race. The band’s new album “Volume 2” is expected to be released this fall.
Mosley said the following:
“When I listened to the music for Primitive Race, ideas just came pouring out. I couldn’t say no to doing the record. When we completed the first few tracks, I found myself wishing I had written them, not just the lyrics… just good heavy riffs and grooves really sucked me in. The melodies and words came super easy with this music. Even though it’s a whole different vibe it brought out a side of me I haven’t experienced since writing with FNM.”
Band leader Chris Kniker also added:
“During the recording of the first Primitive Race album there was a natural shift from the industrial sound of our collective histories towards something more fluid and punk. It was something I really wanted to explore with Mark [Gemini Thwaite] and Erie [Loch,] knowing we wanted something raw, organic with big, loud live drums as we began working on Volume 2.
Chuck and I met when he writing his VUA record. I ran into him last summer at a show and we started talking about making a record. He really got where I was going with the whole concept. I knew he could bring some of that to the record and still put his own stamp on it. I never in a million years thought Dale would do the record. He’s one of my favorite drummers! We run in a similar circle.
The Warlock Pinchers were signed to Boner records back when the Melvins were there. Mark from the Pinchers reached out to Dale for me and I was talking to Toshi (Dale’s engineer and production partner). Toshi shared the demos with Dale and the next thing I know Toshi is asking for the multi-tracks. A few years ago the Melvins did a KMFDM remix for a record I was working on so it’s cool to have that connection again.
This record is completely different from the first one and I think it’s cool that we get a blank canvas to do whatever we want with Primitive Race.”