Posted on April 10 2020
Dutch industrialists share second single from forthcoming full-length
On the unholiest of Good Fridays, our favourite Dutch experimentalists Radar Men From The Moon are unleashing ‘Piss Christ’, the latest single to be taken from their incoming ‘The Bestial Light’ LP, due for release May 8th. A no-holds-barred slab of incendiary industrial punk, you can stream the song below.
Talking about the single, guitarist Glenn Peeters says: “I saw a darkly beautiful photographic work of art by Andres Serrano with the same name that made me think about Piss Christ and that image. Mysterious and beautiful, we wanted to combine different ideas in the lyrics such as: The poetic colour of piss, the corrosion of a holy cross, blasphemy and controversy, iconoclasm.”
Bolstered by the addition of a vocalist and second drummer, the crushing ‘Bestial Light’ LP sees the band move on from the electronic experimentations of the Subversive album trilogy (culminating in their most-recent LP, 2018’s ‘De Spelende Mens’) and last year’s ‘Bliss’ EP. Their new direction, instead, finds them journeying into an intense and discordant industrial sound that’s Einstürzende Neubauten and early Swans by way of Neurosis and Godflesh.
Not long after recruiting the new members, the now-expanded RMFTM headed back into the studio with their long-term producer Bob de Wit (Gnod, A Place to Bury Strangers, Mudhoney), laying down the new album in 14-hour shifts over 12 days: “We were constantly 100% on it so the process was quite intense but also very rewarding. You can definitely hear that on the record.”
On the album’s theme, borne out just as much in their creative approach as it is as the lyrics and instrumentation, they say: “We wanted to write about everything instinctual in mankind, individual desires and true will. Transgression and the seductiveness of unreason.” Unsurprising, then, that ‘The Bestial Light’ is such a primitive, borderline-depraved affair; one that constantly feels like it’s hurtling towards an edge that you’re never quite sure you want to look over. You can pre-order the album on vinyl here.