Article by: Leanne Ridgeway
Genre-bending innovators GENGHIS TRON have announced their return. The band has begun recording their long-awaited, third full-length with producer Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts. The new album is a follow up to the release of ‘Board Up The House‘ (2008).
Following the amicable departure of former vocalist Mookie Singerman, founding members Hamilton Jordan and Michael Sochynsky will be joined by two new collaborators: vocalist Tony Wolski and drummer Nick Yacyshyn (Sumac, Baptists).
“We said it was just a hiatus and we meant it! It’s been incredible writing music again and hearing everything come together in the studio,” says Sochynsky. “This is the album we’ve always wanted to write. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on.”
Formed in college by Jordan and Sochynsky, GENGHIS TRON concocted a dizzying, yet compelling mix of grind, metal, and electronic music that defied both genre and rational explanation. Their drummer was a machine. Both Jordan and Sochynsky did the programming before adding dense layers of frantic guitars and lush synthesizers. They dropped the ‘Cloak Of Love‘ EP in 2005. Produced by über-guitarist Colin Marston of Krallice and Behold… The Arctopus, it was glitchy electronica, grind, and other disparate genres run through a blender in the most satisfying – and occasionally polarizing – way.
Not content to merely mash genres, GENGHIS TRON made their full-length debut with 2006’s ‘Dead Mountain Mouth‘. Produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou, the album was considerably more nuanced than its predecessor.
“We developed the idea of writing records that worked on multiple levels,” Sochynsky explains. “We wanted to make a brutal, heavy record – something you could really lose your shit to – but we also wanted to make a record that was incredibly layered and detailed at the same time. Something you could listen to on headphones and hear stuff you didn’t notice the first couple of times.”
When ‘Board Up The House‘ hit in 2008 – complete with a guest shot from Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato, followed by remixes by artists including Justin Broadrick, Ulver, and Tobacco – the underground went bananas. Rave reviews piled up; the UK’s Rock Sound named it Album Of The Year. Even the mainstream wanted a piece, with the New York Times hailing the record as a “Critic’s Choice.”
And then? In late 2010, GENGHIS TRON went on hiatus. Now, the hiatus is over.
GENGHIS TRON recently reissued their two full-length albums ‘Board Up The House‘ and ‘Dead Mountain Mouth‘ on vinyl for the first time in over 10 years. Orders are available at Relapse Records [link].