HEALTH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM RAT WARS OUT DECEMBER 7 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS
RELEASE TWO NEW SINGLES
CHILDREN OF SORROW AND SICKO
ANNOUNCE HEADLINING 2024 U.S. TOUR
INCLUDES NYC’S BROOKLYN STEEL
AND LA’S BELASCO THEATER
SHOWS IN TORONTO AND VANCOUVER
HOSTING FULL ALBUM LISTENING PARTY
AT LA’S DAS BUNKER FIRDAY OCTOBER 6
TORONTO, ON – October 5, 2023 – HEALTH – the LA-based industrial-rock band of Jake Duzsik (vocals/guitar), John Famiglietti (bass/producer), and BJ Miller (drums) – today announced their new album, RAT WARS will be released December 7 via Loma Vista Recordings. The album’s first two singles are also out now at all DSPs and via a seamless YouTube trailer: the menacing CHILDREN OF SORROW, featuring Lamb of God’s Willie Adler on guitar, arrives with a video directed by James Markidis, while the half-time hellscape, SICKO, samples Godflesh’s, Like Rats, and arrives with video directed by Mynxii White. RAT WARS is now available for pre-order on limited edition vinyl, cassette, and more here.
HEALTH today also announced a 2024 headlining U.S. tour beginning March 2 in Ventura, CA and including shows at NYC’s Brooklyn Steel on March 15 and LA’s Belasco Theater on April 4, with stops in Toronto and Vancouver in March 2024. Pixel Grip and King Yosef support on all dates; a full itinerary is listed below, and tickets go on-sale Friday, October 6, at 10 a.m. local time. The trio will host a full album listening party of RAT WARS at LA’s Das Bunker tomorrow (Friday, October 6), where they’ll party with fans afterwards (21+, free with RSVP).
The follow-up to 2019’s VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR, HEALTH’s fifth album is the most violent yet vulnerable of their career. It is somehow fitting that such a brutal collection of songs is at the same time their most comprehensive artistic statement.
Meticulously aggressive production detail collides with painfully personal confessions and a strange savage grace is paired with icy gallows humour… surprisingly it’s still fun as hell.
Produced by Stint (Oliver Tree, Demi Lovato) and mixed by Lars Stalfors (SALEM, The Neighbourhood), the 12-track LP joins the lineage of groundbreaking heavy acts like Nine Inch Nails and Ministry, which re-drew the borders between metal, electronic and pop music. It also speaks directly to the band’s young, fervent online subculture.
It’s The Downward Spiral for people with at least two monitors and a vitamin D deficiency.
Written during the most emotionally trying period of the band’s life, the album builds on their chaotic yet re-invigorating pandemic years. RAT WARS captures all the fury and ambition their LP’s have until now aspired to. It’s their boldest statement on the insanity and the insipidness of contemporary life.
VOL.4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR won over heavy music fans with its thrash riffs dissolving into ambient melancholy and hip hop beats, while the lockdown era, two-part DISCO4 fully explored collaborative songwriting with peers from across metal, rap, electronic, and indie rock.
This long and willfully unconventional career arc has coalesced in RAT WARS. They are, at last, a band that is comfortable with their own uncomfortableness.
RAT WARS LP TRACKLIST:
2. FUTURE OF HELL
4. (OF ALL ELSE)
5. CRACK METAL
7. CHILDREN OF SORROW
10. (OF BEING BORN)
12. DON’T TRY
HEALTH TOUR DATES:
October 6 - Los Angeles, CA - Das Bunker (Full Album Listening Party)
March 2 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Music Hall *
March 4 - Mesa, AZ - Nile Theatre *
March 5 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine *
March 7- Austin, TX - Empire Garage *
March 8 - Dallas, TX - Studio at the Factory *
March 9 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Midtown *
March 11 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade - Heaven Stage *
March 12 - Charlotte, NC - The Underground *
March 13 - Richmond, VA - The National *
March 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel *
March 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
March 17 - Boston, MA - Royale *
March 19 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House *
March 20 - Detroit, MI - The Majestic *
March 22 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall *
March 23 - Saint Louis, MO - Red Flag *
March 25 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre *
March 26 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall *
March 28 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox *
March 29 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore *
March 30 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall *
April 1 - Roseville, CA - Goldfield Trading Post *
April 2 - San Francisco, CA - August Hall *
April 4 - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Theater *
* with support from Pixel Grip and King Yosef