West of Eden will be the group’s first full-length album due for release on 7th February via Lucky Number Records
Following their recent return with the explosive recent single ‘LOADED’, London based five-piece HMLTD today announce news of the upcoming release of their long-awaited debut album, West of Eden, due for release on 7th February 2020 via UK independent label Lucky Number.
As HMLTD ready up for the release of their debut album, They drop a music video for the lead track ‘The West Is Dead’. These modern-day punks convey a confusing yet powerful video, carried by a fuzzy, driving bassline, pulsing electronics and post-socialist madness oozing out of the vocalist. Its accompanying haunting visuals envisions a near-future Europe, plunged back into feudalism after a total social and ecological collapse. Shot by Niall Trask, it continues the band’s run of thought-provoking yet beautiful videos. This is a brilliant and incredibly powerful tack to be the opening track of their upcoming album, this band are not messing about.
Of the track, Spychalski explains: “this is not dystopia, but a mirror up to late capitalism; where we are and where we’re headed. Sick dolphins lap at the tide, the insects have all dropped from the skies and the global economy enters free fall. Ecological catastrophe guaranteed. The West is dead. Atomised, alienated and apathetic”
The expansive debut album has been several years in the making; a daring collection of songs created to incite conversation about proposed new visions of masculinity, the decadence of western capitalism and the violence of insecurity and repression. Across its 15 tracks, the band’s artistic vision is realised in full technicolour, with all shades of their sonic palette used to create an album that is equal parts lush and abrasive.
In addition, HMLTD have also announced a UK and European headline tour, all dates of which can be found below.