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.
Marking a development in the band’s philosophy and approach to songwriting, particularly in the vocal department, Housefly embraces more personal lyricism and an uncharacteristically up-front vocal presence. In 2020 BANGLADEAFY have freed themselves of all expectation and restraint — now, anything goes.
With the drums recorded and mixed by Mike Gatto of Gatto Records, Housefly was otherwise engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jonathan Vergara of Pancake Studios, and completed with artwork by Bryan Elkins.
Ehlers offers, “Contrary to previous BANGLADEAFY albums, there is no electric bass on this release. Everything that is heard on this album was performed live on hardware synths, sample pads, and acoustic drumming. We felt that we said what we needed to say on bass and were not interested in creating another acrobatic bass and drum album. I hesitate to say that this album is a ‘quarantine’ album because most of it was written before the virus hit, but it’s safe to say that the arrangement, segues, and motifs were certainly a response to the anxiety created by COVID-19. There was supposed to be more songs tracked in a studio for this album, but safety precautions prevented that from happening. Rather than sit and wait for this whole thing to blow over, we made the best of a bad situation and adapted by adding some new clay to our sculpture.”DIGITAL PRE-ORDER
01 Theme from Housefly
04 First Instar
06 Second Instar
08 Third Instar
12 Musca domestica
Jon Ehlers – vocals, synths, samplers
Atif Haq – drums
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jonathan Vergara of Pancake Studios.
Drums recorded and mixed by Mike Gatto of Gatto Records.
Artwork by Bryan Elkins.
“Harvest” contains manipulated samples of Detach The Islands.