Looking for some new music? Something maybe obscure, divergent, and unique? Look no further than to the avant four-piece, Activity.
The avant four-piece, Activity, blurs the line between avant-garde and indie-rock, and are able to eliminate the weary aspects of indie-rock that seem be almost signature within the sub-genre.
The lead single and accompanying music video for “Calls Your Name” introduces the four-piece’s ability to create the album’s spectral aura with layers of electronic bells and drum beats. Additionally, C.S, Lewis’ 1945 novel, The Great Divorce, inspired the band’s vocal style for the song, half-sung, half-spoken lyrics.
Their debut album, Unmask Whoever, due out on March 27, creates a menacing foundation and lyricism that touches upon themes like paranoia, exposed character flaws, and the human ability to grow from an ugly situation when made public.
Despite the recurrent theme of discontentment through Unmask Whoever, each track on the album stands its own with deep waves of catharsis, through “urgent tempos, glimmering guitar, and an atmosphere-forward mindset.” These elements assist the band in overcoming the typical rock band stereotypes.
Formed only a year ago in NYC, vocalist/sample operator Travis Johnson, drummer Steve Levine, bassist Zoe Browne, and guitarist Jess Rees, Activity’s goal was to come together to create a whole new architecture with album engineer/producer, Jeff Berner.
Unmask Whoever is set for release on Friday, March 27 via Western Vinyl. For more info or to pre-order, go here. Watch/listen to Activity’s lead single, “Calls Your Name,” below!