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The limitless and ever-evolving duo BANGLADEAFY – drummer Atif Haq and bassist/pianist/vocalist Jon Ehlers – comes slamming back with a new beast. Housefly brings you thirteen anxiety-ridden compositions performed live on hardware synths, sample pads, and acoustic drums, and entirely abandons the electric bass acrobatics the tag team has become known for. Inspired by the human manipulation of electronic sounds, Housefly sees BANGLADEAFY revisiting influences of their youth such as Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, and Devo.
"BANGLADEAFY's latest synth and drum album, Housefly, is a buzzing monster composed of jazz, industrial, and noise rock sounds. […] Haq showcases the most pleasing technical chops behind the drum kit all throughout the album, while Ehlers lets his grunge vocals scratch at the listener’s ear. They navigate endless 180-degree time changes and swift rhythm shifts with such ease that you can’t help but be impressed. The result is PinioL-level avant-garde sound (especially on “Shortcuts”), without ever becoming equally bizarre." - Everything Is Noise
"These two dudes are just too good. […] Should you not be acquainted with their intense and brief outbursts of music, what better time than now? What better song than "Tar" to just turn all the way up and blow out your speakers to?" - Metal Injection
"When Decibel last checked in with BANGLADEAFY, the NYC duo were cranking out instrumental, bass-heavy tech metal in album form via Ribboncutter. That’s all changed for Housefly, Bangladeafy’s follow up. Gone are the bass-driven metal songs in favor of acoustic drums, synthesizers and sample pads. Check out “Lifeforms,” a new track from Housefly that filters the band’s ear for riffy, off-the-wall compositions through Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails and Devo. It has both a a cinematic and tribal feeling despite its electronic trappings." - Decibel Magazine
"The raw and tormented emotion that BANGLADEAFY broadcast here is thrilling and leaves me in awe of what's to come next from these tortured visionaries. This is prog metal at its finest, off beat and over the top. Ready to melt your head. There are simply so many layers that you can sink your teeth into." - Two Guys Metal Reviews
“BANGLADEAFY have long been favorites of MetalSucks, and with good reason. The NYC-based duo — drummer Atif Haq and bassist/pianist/vocalist Jon Ehlers — are one of extreme music’s most innovative and original acts today. Press materials for their new album, Housefly, cite Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, and Devo as influences, and we’d argue that only scratches the surface. ‘Bloom,’ the Housefly track MetalSucks is stoked to be debuting today, is a detonation of popcorn percussions, anxious bass, and retro, menacing synths. It’s like an aggressive acid trip given aural form — and the accompanying visualizer is appropriately trippy, too.” - MetalSucks