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Former Worlds is a sci-fi sludge band from Minneapolis. The group originally formed in winter 2015 when J.J. Anselmi (former drummer of In the Company of Serpents and author of Heavy: A Memoir of Wyoming, BMX, Drugs, and Heavy Fucking Music) moved to Minneapolis and joined forces with Mike Britson (guitarist in Earthrise and Minor Tides), and Boone Julius (bassist/vocalist in Maeth and Grogus).
The band’s latest release Photos of Eve IX-XVI will be made available on Friday March 18th, but before it is, you can listen to an exclusive stream of the EP courtesy of New Noise Magazine HERE.
As a three-piece, the group played a handful of shows and recorded the instrumentation, as well as Julius’ vocals, for Photos of Eve in May of 2016. But then Erin Severson joined on vocals, adding the missing piece so Former Worlds could morph into a proper band. The quartet has since played alongside Wreck & Reference, Psalm Zero, Anybody But The Cops, and several of Minneapolis’ finest bands. Severson tracked her sandpaper screams and hypnotic singing for Photos of Eve IX-XVI in January of 2017, providing listeners with a portent for Former Worlds’ upcoming full-length, for which the band is currently finishing up the writing process.
Photos of Eve IX-XVI consists of one epic track. Lyrically, the song imagines the Eve figure in a distant future. Britson uses a Fender Bass VI and two 400-watt amps in a mean-spirited attempt to loosen listeners’ bowels, and Anselmi’s drumming lurks behind the beat like an ancient shark searching for prey. Severson and Julius’ vocals intermittently coalesce and war against each other as the track traverses between oddly-timed sludge and hypnotic shoegaze. All the while, Julius’ noise slithers in the background. Recorded and co-produced at Signaturetone Recording by Adam Tucker (Sunless, Ambassador Gun, Morality Crisis).
Photos of Eve IX-XVI will be physically available on March 18 at Reverie Café in Minneapolis, where Former Worlds will play alongside the mighty HIVE, Blue Ox, and Lungs. That day, the CD will also be made available for order on Bandcamp. The group has plans to hit the road this summer for two short runs through the Midwest.
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Twitter and IG handle: @formerworlds