New England via Bay Area doom band BODY VOID has today shared a new single, titled Human Greenhouse, from their upcoming fourth album Atrocity Machine. The trio's new track is the third song to be from Atrocity Machine, which is set for release via Prosthetic Records on October 13. BODY VOID has also recently announced two tours to take place in October and November in the US and Canada - full details below.
Speaking on the single, Willow Ryan (guitar, bass, synths, vocals) comments: "Human Greenhouse is about the inescapable overgrowth of digital capitalism via social media and the internet and its ability to infiltrate our beliefs and influence our actions towards the people around us even when we are fully aware of its toxic hold. I think it’s a perfect opener and might be the catchiest song on the album."
BODY VOID's morose view of the world hasn’t lightened any since the release of 2021’s critically acclaimed Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth, although Atrocity Machine embraces absurdity on a new level. The subject matter in hand takes stock of the oppressive systems and societal functions that continually degrade the lives of millions as they passively become a cog in the very machine that subjugates them. Police violence is the thematic centre of the unravelling horror on Atrocity Machine, highlighted specifically on the track Cop Show which details the commercialisation of fear and violence being turned into a spectacle.
The grotesque reality of living in a capitalist landscape, with the value of human life decreasing daily provides infinite fuel for anxiety and trauma. The lurid tones of modern day news media are the backdrop to an Akira-inspired encounter with divine violence, Atrocity Machine offers a cosmic view of living under such systems of oppression. Specifically that the status quo can’t last forever; a self-destructive society will indeed eventually destroy itself.
The suffocating nature of oppression seeps into the sound of Atrocity Machine too. Although still a doom band at its core, BODY VOID in 2023 has expanded to incorporate dexterous layers of synths, samples and noise that makes their industrial-sludge sonic emissions an asphyxiating listening experience. The band credit producer Ben Greenberg (Portrayal of Guilt, VR Sex, Soft Kill) with bringing their electronic elements into a cohesive sound that embraces heaviness and claustrophobic chaos in equal measure.
Artwork is thematically on point - inspired by Tetsuo: The Iron Man (a person becoming a machine) - and created by Ethan Lee McCarthy. Marking a shift from their previously black-and-white-only artwork, Atrocity Machine is both visually and sonically drawing a line in the sand, delineating the beginning of a new chapter for BODY VOID.
Upcoming BODY VOID tour dates:
US tour with Uniform
*with Uniform **with Uniform, Pelican and Glassing
25 October - Sinkhole - St. Louis, MO*
26 October - Whittier Bar - Tulsa, OK*
27 October - Rubber Gloves - Dallas, TX**w/ Pelican and Glassing
29 October - Black Magic - Houston, TX*
31 October - Gasa Gasa - New Orleans, LA*
01 November - 529 - Atlanta, GA*
02 November - DRKMTTR - Nashville, TN*
03 November - Static Age - Asheville, NC*
04 November - The Pinhook - Durham, NC*
Headline North American tour
28 November - No Class - Cleveland, OH
29 November - Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD
30 November - The Runaway - Washington, D.C.
2 December - The Meatlocker - Montclair, NJ
3 December - O’Briens - Boston, MA
4 December - Milk Boy - Philadelphia, PA
5 December - Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
6 December - L’Escogriffe Bar Spectacle - Montreal, QC
7 December - Monarch - Toronto, ON
8 December - Racoon Motel - Davenport, IA
9 December - Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
10 December - Black Circle - Indianapolis, IN (matinee show)
11 December - Sanctuary - Detroit, MI
13 December - Geno’s Rock Club - Portland, ME