Although initially formed in 2006 as an instrumental project by James Woodard, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy are yet another new band to grace the pages of The Shaman during 2021. Since its early incarnation, the project over the years became full band, and with a plethora of EP’s, splits and full albums now behind them, they’ve recently released their latest long player, A Cult That Worships A God Of Death, through Learning Curve Records.
In support of this post-hardcore and post-rock eight tracker, today it’s our privilege to bring you the new video, and seventh cut from the album, for the instrumental Bullet Curtain, which also happens to hark back to the early days as guitarist/vocalist James Woodard explains the idea behind the song and video…
‘Bullet Curtain is a song that we had been kicking around for a while, but we never recorded it, and it has gone through several iterations before we landed on this version of the song. It’s an instrumental, more post-rock tinged track, but still really emotive and gets heavy as hell when appropriate. Since there are no lyrics, I decided to write a poem / diatribe to go along with it, included in the video, baked into old-school closed captioning for the duration of the song. The video itself was all filmed around my house during lockdown and tries to express the isolation we’ve all felt through the Year of Shit.’
Now click play below and pray to the Bullet Curtain…
More on The Grasshopper Lies Heavy & ‘A Cult That Worships A God Of Death’
A Cult That Worships A God Of Death weaves post-hardcore, noise rock, and metal, mixed with a heroic dose of dark post-rock into a distinctly singular sonic tapestry. Boasting eight tracks, the record comes across like a two-headed beast, its first half, a scorching, riff-filled goliath that stomps and chugs with the fury of a cornered bull, while side-B bares the more prone side of the animal, with longer, more intricate, and introverted songwriting that allows its ideas to ruminate and evolve. Recorded during the 2020 lockdown, it’s a record that captures the chaos and tribulations of a year gone bad.
‘2020 sucked for everyone,’ comments guitarist/vocalist James Woodard. ‘I had just bought a house before the lockdown, so I decided to build out a room in the garage so I could track my own music and take my time recording.’
The band tracked everything at Woodard’s house and collaborated with long-time friend and owner of Ecsttatic Studio Ali Jaafar (Another Heaven) for the mixing and production while mastering was handled by James Plotkin (SunnO))), Thou, Electric Wizard). The result is the heaviest, most focused release The Grasshopper Lies Heavy has ever released. ‘I am so, so excited to have everyone hear this record! We can’t wait to get back in front of crowds again and feel that sweaty electric magic again.’
A Cult That Worships A God Of Death Tracklisting:
01. Untitled (Intro)
02. The Act Of Buying Groceries
03. Charging Bull
05. The Pastor’s Pockets
06. A Cult That Worships A God of Death, Parts I-IV
07. Bullet Curtain
The Grasshopper Lies Heavy is:
James Woodard – Guitars, Vocals, Synth
Mario Trejo – Bass
Steven Barrera – Drums
The Grasshopper Lies Heavy and their new album A Cult That Worships A God Of Death is out now via Learning Curve Records and available to buy over on Bandcamp.