Formed out of jam sessions in guitarist Spencer Hazard's (Full of Hell) parent's garage, allow me to introduce you to Reaper's Gong.
The Ocean City, Maryland-based group is rounded out by drummer Alex Oatman, bass player Gabe Soloman and vocalist Zoe Koch (both formally of Dirt Woman). The way I hear it, their sonic approach sounds like what would have happened if someone was locked in a room for a year with a stack of early AmRep, Creation Records, and Earache Records vinyl and told to start a band.
Quite simply, Reaper's Gong mine a sludgy yet dreamlike sound (thanks to Zoe's lush vocal lines) that washes over you
I'm beyond honored to premiere Subduction, their debut 12-inch EP right here for No Echo readers today. The record also features a remastered version of their excellent 2020 demo on the B-side.
Recorded at Developing Nations in Baltimore and mastered/remastered by Hex Audio Labs in Minneapolis, stream the new songs from the EP below:
Reaper's Gong vocalist Zoe Koch offered the following:
“The lyrics for our demo were written about gendered violence and the limited capacity for female autonomy within traditional gender roles ‘Subduction’ was written about inherent corruption within concentrated power.”
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