Legendary punk rockers Poison Idea have announced their new LP Confuse & Conquer – their first in nine years, since 2006’s Latest Will And Testament. The album will also be the first record since death of the long-time guitarist Pig Champion back in 2006.
Confirmed for US release on April 7 via Southern Lord Recordings, the new record was recorded in their hometown – Portland, OR, by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise) at Audiosiege over the closing few months of 2014. Poison Idea also has recorded the new album with the help of new band members – Brandon Bentley (guitar) and Nathan “Skinny” Richardson on drums.
As for the possible changes in music style, the press release states that “… their forceful hardcore pummel is underwritten with dark humor, rage, disdain, and moments of real melancholy well beyond the usual remit of the genre.”
“What can I say? We’re all happy with the record,” reports Jerry A. on the completion of “Confuse & Conquer.” “It’s a group effort; we all had a part in writing the songs.”
“We’ve been screwing around for too long. We had to hang back and see whose heart was really in this thing we’ve been doing for thirty years and who was bullshitting.”
“We have a lot of touring to do next year, to make up for the last one being canceled due to people with the wrong priorities.”
“Everybody in the band now lives to play and make music; that comes first. It always has, it just took a long time to filter out the flakes, and keep the diehards. So these guys know how to make this ship float.”
“As far as I’m concerned, it feels like being reborn, having a second wind, a hardcore revival, and just discovering meaning, all at the same time.”
“To put it mildly, we’re happy, I’m happy, and this is just the start. No stopping from here out.”
Southern Lord Recordings owner Greg Anderson issued on the signing and upcoming album, “I’ve been a rabid Poison Idea fiend ever since seeing them decimate the legendary Gorilla Gardens in Seattle in 1985. Having the opportunity to work with this legendary band all these years later is an inexplicable honor.”
Poison Idea have mostly been noticed in the last few years issuing the collection of rarities and early releases named The Fatal Erection Years, and doing mini-tours within U.S. Well, with the release of the new record more concert dates are to be scheduled, especially with the band’s big plans on the European spring 2015 tour.
Formed in 1980, Poison Idea became a household name in the hardcore/punk scenes early in their career, and are known as one of the most notoriously in-your-face acts in the American musical underworld, with an enraged, high-energy live set even more rambunctious than the massive roster of singles, EPs, full-length studio and live releases and more, across a realm of labels including Pusmort, Alchemy, American Leather, Bitzcore, Tim/Kerr, Taang!, Farewell, TKO, Southern Lord, Candlelight, and their own Fatal Erection. They’ve been an incredibly influential act to major performers including Nirvana, Pantera, Napalm Death, Machine Head, Eyehategod, Emperor, Turbonegro and an endless list of others.