Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
Primitive Race is a hard rock/ industrial/ alternative music band whose core membership consists of Chris Kniker, Mark Gemini Thwaite (The Mission UK, Peter Murphy), and Erie Loch (Wiccid, Luxt). The band will release its sophomore album, ‘Soul Pretender‘, on November 3rd via Metropolis Records.
As was the case with the band’s debut, Kniker brought an impressive group of guest musicians into the Primitive Race fold, with the full album featuring vocals by former Faith No More singer Chuck Mosley and drums by (the) Melvins’ Dale Crover.
The album was produced by the band’s core trio, with Kniker recruiting Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More, Sepultura) for mastering, Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Helmet) for engineering, and Joe Haze (tweaker, PIG) for mixing.
We have the Soundcloud embedded stream of the song “Take It All” (below) here for you today. Chris Kniker shared this about the song:
“On ‘Take It All’, Chuck Mosley came up with great honest and dark lyrics that I think are relatable for the listener. There is a certain beauty and grittiness that coexist in the song, which makes it one of my favorites on the record.“
Kniker went on to comment on the album, saying:
“Musically, Soul Pretender was a natural progression from the first album,” explains Kniker. “To have Chuck and Dale involved was perfect! They really brought a new vision to the project. Their style is a perfect match with Mark, Erie and myself. This record is more focused and organic. I wanted more of an alternative rock record. Stripped down. Live real drums. There’s space in the record. I didn’t want some overly polished ‘perfect’ record.”
Soul Pretender tracklist:
Take It All
Turn It Up
Nothing To Behold
Dancing On The Sun