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BORNWITHHAIR

ABOUT

Bornwithhair is an avant-garde metal band comprised of the duo of multi-instrumentalists Jean Farraige and Weirding. Since starting up in 2019, the pair have recorded two non-album singles, a compilation single, and three full length albums. They call the Chesapeake Bay Watershed home.

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THE SOUND

Bornwithhair's new album — Someplace to Haunt — is an expressionistic work counterbalancing the angular riffs, disassociated vocals, and harsh growls that Bornwithhair are known for with evocative passages of haunting gothic harmonies accented by grimy organ and sawed-off synth, distressed legato electric guitar phrases, percussive toms and hints of early 80s drum machine, dub-inspired bass, and occasional anthemic choruses.

“Maybe similar to how the early death-doom albums explored Sabbath through the lens of death metal and goth, we wanted to explore death-doom and gothic metal through a lens of art rock, psych, and lo-fi metal and noise,” said Weirding.


Band: Bornwithhair

Album: Someplace to Haunt

Label: Self-released


Release: 05 February 2021

Premiere: Sleeping Village on 05 January 2021


FFO: early albums by My Dying Bride, Katatonia, Paradise Lost


Contact: weirding@bornwithhair.com


Album: https://bornwithhair.bandcamp.com/album/someplace-to-haunt

Press Kit: https://sites.google.com/view/bornwithhair/press-kit

More: http://bornwithhair.com/


At the core of Bornwithhair are the duo of multi-instrumentalists Weirding and Jean Farraige. Known for a strictly DIY approach, the pair recorded and produced the new album at home during the pandemic of 2020.


THE Background

Over the course of their first twelve months as a band, Bornwithhair released three singles and two full-length albums of post-industrial avant-metal and noise rock. Sweeping in scope, the band’s second full-length — Smoleńska — was noticed by critics and discussed both for its concept album approach and its amalgamation of extreme metal and idiosyncratic psychedelia.


"Emotions and movements anarchically crash together within each track… At over an hour, the album’s narrative is epic. It contains all the progressive hallmarks of the bombastic colliding with the peaceful... The depth and layers contain uncountable treasures, and atmospherically, it is as deep and explosive a plummet into the human psyche as one can hope for." — Everything is Noise

"What keeps me coming back is how unhinged it is, like a black metal Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter in some ways, totally out there, never predictable, always engaging." — Vogon Laundromat / I Heart Noise


“We were a bit wiped out by the time the second album came out,” said Weirding, the band’s lead songwriter. “Partly it was the result of working on dark subject matter in a home recording environment throughout the pandemic and the strife of the summer of 2020. And partly it was on account of just how far out there the Smoleńska sessions took us musically.”

As a result, the duo of multi-instrumentalists — Weirding and Jean Farraige — decided to recoup by digging deep into the music of their youth.

“I was listening to My Dying Bride’s As the Flower Withers and started thinking about how modern so much of it sounds but how so much subsequent death-doom and gothic metal explored more Romantic and symphonic elements and techniques. I thought about creating music that could focus on the dissonant tones and more labyrinthine melodies and which could then elaborate on the repetitive riffing by shifting those ideas to bass and synth and letting the guitars get looser,” said Weirding. "And I was far less concerned with the thrashy bits and was more inspired by the legato movements of those odd single string melody riffs."

“We didn’t want to make a throw-back album,” said Farraige, “But that was a good starting point.”


THE Colliding

In their review of Smoleńska, Musipedia of Metal called it “a staggering piece of creative lunacy” and then suggested that “if Bornwithhair can focus this almost ridiculous level of creativity, so their work has more clarity, then they could be on to something really special. I get the feeling that this album is a stepping stone towards something really special, a learning experience that they needed to go through before they can reach their potential. This may be the band learning their craft before releasing an album that will be seen as a classic."

Someplace to Haunt can be considered a move in this direction of clarity, though the underlying foundation of avant-garde principles and lo-fi recording techniques remain present throughout.

“Sonically,” said Farraige, “Our music is often the sound of worlds colliding.”


Players: Weirding and Jean Farraige

Music by Bornwithhair. Lyrics by Weirding.

Copyright 2021 Bornwithhair, BMI.

Contact: weirding@bornwithhair.com


For more info, see: https://bornwithhair.com/


Jean Farraige and Weirding, aka Bornwithhair (Allegheny Mtns, 2020).

NEW MUSIC

Someplace to Haunt (2021)

Band: Bornwithhair

Album: Someplace to Haunt

Label: Self-released


Release: 05 February 2021

Premiere: Sleeping Village on 05 January 2021


FFO: early albums by My Dying Bride, Katatonia, Paradise Lost


Contact: weirding@bornwithhair.com


Album: https://bornwithhair.bandcamp.com/album/someplace-to-haunt

Press Kit: https://sites.google.com/view/bornwithhair/press-kit

More: http://bornwithhair.com/


REVIEWS

"Following on from their atmospheric debut Radical Moon and its more abrasive successor Smoleńska, 2021’s Someplace To Haunt is arguably their most cohesive, and impressive, release yet... They’ve channelled their influences into creating a whole new beast and with Someplace To Haunt, Bornwithhair have managed to conjure a unique, fresh sound that is truly their own. Without doubt, this will be one of the most intriguing albums you’ll hear this year." — Astral Noize

"This is a weird one; coming from me, I suppose that says something! Imagine one of the more inscrutable Anacortes/Olympia indie-rock bands (D+, Old Time Relijun) got into Furze, the supremely deranged one-man black metal project, and that sorta paints a burned portrait of Bornwithhair. This music makes me want to eat grubs in the forest while covered in mud." — Viking's Choice

"Definitely an album that revels in the avant-garde, Bornwithhair have a sound that’s all to their own... Eerie, trippy, complex – all intriguing aspects of a sound that’s better off being heard than simply described. For those seeking something off-kiler and interesting." — Dead Rhetoric

"Someplace to Haunt is, dare I say, this duo's most enjoyable and most cohesive work yet... this is a album meant for listening to in full album form. It is an experience entirely worth your while. I promise... In short? I mean, goddamn. Someplace to Haunt is simply a killer album, a potent encapsulation of Bornwithhair's greatest strengths. I feel like their brief-yet-prolific career has been pointing in the direction of an album like this, and they delivered in spades." — Sleeping Village


"Emotions and movements anarchically crash together within each track. The band utilise just about every resource in distortion and synth, and compact their sounds into dense and ever-changing layers. At over an hour, the album’s narrative is epic. It contains all the progressive hallmarks of the bombastic colliding with the peaceful... The musicianship and composition is, without doubt, extremely well orchestrated. The depth and layers contain uncountable treasures, and atmospherically, it is as deep and explosive a plummet into the human psyche as one can hope for." — Everything is Noise

"Smoleńska is a staggering piece of creative lunacy... If Bornwithhair can focus this almost ridiculous level of creativity, so their work has more clarity, then they could be on to something really special. I get the feeling that this album is a stepping stone towards something really special, a learning experience that they needed to go through before they can reach their potential. This may be the band learning their craft before releasing an album that will be seen as a classic. Personally I can’t wait to hear what they do next." — Musipedia of Metal

"This wonderful creation is Bornwithhair’s second release this year. A metal album born out of a DIY aesthetic it’s been much played here over the past month or so… What keeps me coming back is how unhinged it is, like a black metal Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter in some ways, totally out there, never predictable, always engaging." — Vogon Laundromat / I Heart Noise

"It is a fucking treat." — Fistful of Doom

"Smoleńska is avant-garde music that is very different from the norm... an apocalyptic feel." — Heavy Music Headquarters


"Radical Moon is one of the most unsettling (and compelling) avant garde releases heard in some time... This is a record that requires (and deserves) repeat listens. It’s Big Black, but if Steve Albini had been locked in the Unabomber’s cabin." — Astral Noize

"This is the very definition of avant garde... Elements of noise, extreme metal, industrial with free form guitars, spoken word, growls and other fractured sounds... Well worth exploring." — Uncle Les Talks Music

"This is a record where free-form guitar leads dance over colossal riffs and primitive, almost minimalist percussion. Vocals range from growls to dramatic spoken word to theatric shrieks, all adding up to create a dizzying, bewildering whole." — The Sound Not The Word

"It’s perplexing and something that really will divide opinion but you have to admire Bornwithhair’s risk-taking." — Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life

"Throughout the record vocals are growled, spoken, sung, and shrieked over a variety of clashing noises reminiscent of Throbbing Gristle with more of a focus on metal... The production on the album is 100% DIY and to their credit sounds fantastic." — Alternative Control


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BIOS for PRESS

Long Bio

Bornwithhair is an Avant-garde Metal band hailing from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. While grounded in a cacophonous form of heavy music incorporating elements of the Black, Death, and Sludge varieties with a hint of Industrial, the band’s third album, Someplace to Haunt, draws on Death-Doom while connecting with and combining facets of Art Rock, Psychedelia, and Noise.

Someplace to Haunt finds Bornwithhair focusing on the craft of heavy songwriting while maintaining the uncompromising lo-fi and homemade aesthetic that characterized the band’s early work. That aesthetic, which exploits rough-spliced edits, disembodied and incongruous voices, and cheap microphones, helps ground Bornwithhair’s music in an historical space populated by mutant studio manipulators and outsider sound engineers. But the music is just as strongly characterized by buzzsaw riffs that call to mind classic 1980’s Extreme Metal, circular electric guitar leads that bring to mind Progressive Rock, and beats that can resemble early Industrial music. Buoyed by this admittedly odd pairing of esoteric studio-art and time-honored underground guitar hero lineages, Bornwithhair’s music is concurrently self-effacing, weird, and affectingly ominous.

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Bornwithhair is an Avant-garde Metal band hailing from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. While grounded in a cacophonous form of heavy music incorporating elements of the Black, Death, and Sludge varieties with a hint of Industrial, the band’s third album, Someplace to Haunt, draws on Death-Doom while connecting with and combining facets of Art Rock, Psychedelia, and Noise.

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Bornwithhair is an Avant-garde Metal band hailing from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

"Who do you sound like?"

We'd probably be the unwashed interlopers in Opeth t-shirts barging into a conversation between Justin Broadrick, Steve Albini, and Patti Smith about the historical and aesthetic significance of the works of William S. Burroughs while 20 Jazz Funk Greats played on the jukebox in the background. We argue over whether to play Judas Priest or Bad Brains next. Meanwhile, in walk Jo Bench, Vernon Reid, and Marc Ribot. They throw a few quarters in the machine and put on Gluey Porch Treatments. The bartender — who turns out to be Fenriz — then transforms into a demon, points at the jukebox, The Marble Index starts up and everyone disappears into a mist.

During the recording of Someplace to Haunt, we immersed ourselves in early Death-Doom and Gothic Metal — regularly staring at the ceiling awake after a long mixing session lost in the last strains of Turn Loose the Swans or For Funerals to Come before fading off to sleep.

"What have you been listening to lately?"

According to our playlist history, while we were working on the new album we were listening to:

Albert Ayler, Allfather, Bathory, Black Sabbath, Blondie, Bolt Thrower, David Bowie, Bull of Apis Bull of Bronze, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Coma Roulette, The Cure, Miles Davis, Darkthrone, Deafest, Death, Deftones, Drainbow, Dr. Dre, The Earth Devoured by the Sun, Brian Eno, Everson Poe, The Fall, Feminazgul, Fugazi, Godflesh, Inter Arma, Katatonia, Lunar Cult, Lungfish, Minority Threat, My Dying Bride, Necropanther, Necrot, Nico, Non Serviam, Opeth, Order of the Wolf, Paradise Lost, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Populace, Power Trip, QOHELETH, Les Rallizes Dénudés, Lou Reed, Revered and Reviled Above All Others, Run the Jewels, Rush, Settle for Shadows, John Scofield, Serpent's Isle, Skee Mask, Snoop Dogg, Spectral Child, The Stooges, The Sun Came Up Upon The Left, Svalbard, SVNEATR, Jenn Taiga, Terminal Nation, Van Halen, Wilderun, WitchUrn, Wretched Empires.

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