NORMA JEAN--now in the studio with producer Ross Robinson (Slipknot, The Cure, Deftones, At The Drive In, Glassjaw) and engineer Ryan Boesch--will deliver their fourth album THE ANTI MOTHER late this summer on indie Solid State Records (exact release date TBA). For a few of the album's songs, the band wrote in collaboration separately with Page Hamilton of Helmet and Chino Moreno of Deftones.
THE ANTI MOTHER marks the follow-up to the Atlanta-based post hardcore group's critically lauded 2006 Redeemer album, hailed by Revolver magazine as "a menacingly brutal slab of noisecore with just the right hint of melody, while Kerrang! declared it to be "a cauterizing kaleidoscope of earth-clawing turmoil and brutalized sonic adventure..." Fans will get to experience THE ANTI MOTHER live this summer when NORMA JEAN-- CORY BRANDAN (vocals), SCOTTIE HENRY (guitars), JAKE SCHULTZ (bass), CHRIS DAY (guitars) and CHRIS RAINES (drums)--hit the road as one of the headlining main-stage acts on the Vans Warped Tour '08.
"The Anti Mother is a character we created which represents anything that is deceptive, and yet possesses an outwardly beautiful nature," lead singer CORY BRANDAN says of the album title and theme. Musically, he points out "this record is the most melodic album we've ever created, but it's definitely the heaviest record Norma Jean has done as well--and furious at that."
The spirit of collaboration highlights THE ANTI MOTHER. "We were able to work with Page and Chino on two separate occasions, and as two of our biggest influences musically, it was definitely a moment having them here in the studio." CORY notes, "Page came to our practice space and for the first hour he was just showing us cool guitar chords, teaching us new things technically. The song we wrote with him is heavy as crap and full of energy--you'll notice his influence. For Chino, the writing was more impulsive. We were already in pre-production with Ross, but the song we wrote with Chino came out so diverse and anti-traditional. Chino ended up hanging out for a few days and we wrote two songs with him." Adds CORY: "Many bands have guest vocalists on their records, but we were inspired by the idea of collaborative songwriting with some of our favorite musicians. In a collaboration, no one is beyond reproach, and there is always something we can learn and someone to learn it from."
NORMA JEAN deliver live, and have performed on both the Vans Warped Tour and Ozzfest festivals--a distinction only a few bands can claim. Writing in the LA Weekly, Greg Burk remarked, "The first thing I noticed about Norma Jean...was...the quality of the noise--two guitars crashing out dissonant hi-lo chords in compellingly hurtful ways. The second thing was the rhythm--instruments vying back and forth in bazooka volleys rather than locking into standard metal's united riff-and-hammer; it was post-doomsday white funk."
On the Vans Warped Tour '08 all summer long, NORMA JEAN will join Against Me!, Angels and Airwaves, Bouncing Souls, Gym Class Heroes, Jack's Mannequin, Motion City Soundtrack, Paramore, Pennywise, Rise Against, Say Anything, Street Dogs, The Academy Is..., The All-American Rejects and The Vandals, among many others.
Here are critical soundbites for NORMA JEAN's Redeemer (2006, Solid State):
"Norma Jean keep [Redeemer] free of any self-absorbed instrumental tracks, allowing the record to flow and rage continuously for almost 45 minutes...Redeemer's angst and fury are undeniable."
--Kevin Wade, ALTERNATIVE PRESS (December 2006)
"A fine blend of metal, hardcore, prog and noise."
--Greg Prato, METAL EDGE (June 2007)
"The unstoppable juggernaut of southern death rock that is Norma Jean has matured into a major force-to-be-reckoned with in the music world."
--Tom Pharo, KOTORI (July 2006)
"Redeemer is a smeared amalgam of evangelism, scorching rhythm, tangled lead guitar work and violent vocal strokes across a hard-rock canvas. Released on the prestigious indie label Solid State Records, Redeemer is at once focused and articulated, heavy and personal, concerning itself with the primacy of sound and expression."
--OMAHA READER (Omaha, NE; November 2006)
"[Redeemer] isn't a typical metalcore release, eschewing breakdowns and obvious mosh parts for progressive song structures and subtle atmospherics."
--Jonah Bayer, CLEVELAND FREE TIMES (November 2006)
"'A Grand Scene for a Color Film' sets the tone for the disc with molten waves of stun-gun guitar, shock-and-awe percussion, and blown-throat bellowing courtesy of singer Cory Brandan. From that double-distorted point on, Norma Jean gives you a good idea what metal experimentalists Neurosis might sound like mainlining Black Flag."
--Mike Usinger, GEORGIA STRAIGHT (Vancouver, BC; November 2006)
"Cory Brandan experiments with vocal lucidity while preserving his intense tone, and the dual guitars--declaring temporary truces from their constant clashing -- occasionally march lockstep, generating thunderous grooves."
--Andrew Miller, THE STRANGER (Seattle, November 2006)
Look out for NORMA JEAN on tour in U.S. in the following cities:
Vans Warped Tour 2008
DATE CITY VENUE
Fri 6/20 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairgrounds
Sat 6/21 San Francisco, CA Pier 30/32
Sun 6/22 Ventura, CA Seaside Park
Wed 6/25 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Thu 6/26 Las Cruces, NM N.M.S.U. Practice Field
Sat 6/28 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairgrounds
Sun 6/29 Denver, CO Invesco Field
Tue 7/1 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Wed 7/2 Kansas City, KS Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Thu 7/3 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
Sat 7/5 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sun 7/6 Houston, TX Sam Houston Race Park
Wed 7/9 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheater
Thu 7/10 Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
Fri 7/11 Tampa, FL Vinoy Park
Sat 7/12 Miami, FL Bicentennial Park
Sun 7/13 Jacksonville, FL St. Johns County Fairgrounds
Mon 7/14 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Tue 7/15 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Wed 7/16 Washington, DC Merriweather Post Pavilion
Thu 7/17 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
Fri 7/18 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
Sat 7/19 Toronto, Ontario Downsview Park Allen Road
Sun 7/20 Montreal, Quebec Parc Jean Drapeau
Wed 7/23 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
Thu 7/24 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Fri 7/25 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 7/26 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
Sun 7/27 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
Mon 7/28 Englishtown, NJ Raceway Park
Tue 7/29 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
Wed 7/30 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Thu 7/31 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 8/1 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
Sat 8/2 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun 8/3 Minneapolis, MN Canterbury Park
Tue 8/5 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Wed 8/6 Calgary, AB Race City Speedway
Fri 8/8 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Sat 8/9 Seattle, WA George Amphitheatre
Sun 8/10 Portland, OR Columbia Meadows
Wed 8/13 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Thu 8/14 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 8/15 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat 8/16 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sun 8/17 Los Angeles, CA Home Depot Center