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Objects Without Pain

by Great Falls

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Roland Zwaga Lol, when I heard the first minute of this album, my first thought was: Well, this certainly sounds like something Scott Evans was involved with. Then I looked at the credits, haha.
This shit is fucking crushing, downright filthy. Well done, gentlemen.
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fyeahmetal For how scathing and engulfing this record is, it has some great musicianship going on. There are cool rhythms and textures all over the place, with some songs reaching borderline prog in complexity and scope. The rhythm section does serious heavy lifting here in painting the canvas with different shades. But they're all shades of black, oh so black. You're going to enter this abyss and LIKE IT. Favorite track: Thrown Against The Waves.
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xelliott1138 The screaming undertone captures nightmares we are all stuck in while ripping through the anxietic control we all seem to instill in everyone around us, by turning it into one's self
The eeriness just seeps and I'm reminded of a trauma that pulls you into realization
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    Track Listing:
    1. Dragged Home Alive
    2. Trap Feeding
    3. Born As An Argument
    4. Old Words Worn Thin
    5. Spill Into The Aisle
    6. Ceilings Inch Closer
    7. The Starveling
    8. Thrown Against The Waves

    Read any article or comment thread about the Seattle noise-rock outfit GREAT FALLS and you're likely to see descriptors like cathartic, heavy, crushing, and unhinged. Maybe even psychotic. And sure, those are all apt: For over a decade, vocalist/guitarist Demian Johnston and bassist Shane Mehling (who also played together in the early-2000s noisecore band PLAYING ENEMY and the experimental duo HEMINGWAY) have honed their sludgy, overwhelmingly intense brand of heaviness, punctuated by delectably discordant riffs, terrifyingly low, thwacking bass lines, and mesmerizingly tight percussion. In the live setting, too, they’re notorious for a stage presence that is so aggressively confrontational and menacing that Mehling once broke his own arm mid-set.

    But the most striking aspect of GREAT FALLS, setting them apart from the murky sea of sludge metal and AmRep-inspired noise-rock bands, is their ability to paint a deeply, utterly human story through an all-out assault on the senses: an art the band has perfected on their fourth full-length album OBJECTS WITHOUT PAIN, out September 15 via NEUROT RECORDINGS. The album is not only their NEUROT debut, but also the first LP featuring drummer Nickolis Parks (GAYTHEIST, BASTARD FEAST), who joined the band prior to the release of their exhilarating, cacophonous 2023 EP, FUNNY WHAT SURVIVES.

    OBJECTS WITHOUT PAIN takes us on a bleak, purgative journey through a separation – a snapshot of the turmoil and indecision that occurs after the initial realization of someone's misery, and before the ultimate decision to end a decades-long partnership. From the foreboding intro riffs of “DRAGGED HOME ALIVE” to the end of the 13-minute closer “THROWN AGAINST THE WAVES,” its eight tracks explore the thoughts that come up when a person is staring down the barrel of blowing up their life: How did this happen? Is it too late for a new life? Will the kid be OK? What will make me happier: familiar torment or unknown freedom?

    On “TRAP FEEDING,” we see the main character indulging in “dreams of alone” by scrolling apartment listings in secret. "Alone” is exciting in theory: He can be free to be himself in a new space, finding solace in records, comic books, and video games. But when faced with the reality of filling out forms and credit checks, “alone” shapeshifts into a terrifying concept signaling imminent heartache and unendurable loneliness. He finds himself paralyzed, unable to stomach the decision. “OLD WORDS WORN THIN” considers the logistics of how a move would play out, how they would divide their belongings, what memories each object would trigger. Who gets the records? Who gets the friends, for that matter? In a rare moment of comic relief amid the emotional turmoil and discordant riffs, Johnston screams, “I know I did not make the cut / but I can drive the truck.”

    The tale ends with the 13-minute existential pulverizer “THROWN AGAINST THE WAVES." While the other songs mostly explore the impending turmoil of a future separation, the closer looks back on the destruction after the split of two people who became “sad shelters” to one another rather than loving partners. In a particularly dramatic moment, there’s a returns to the former home one last time: "I slide the key under the door / I don’t want the weight," Johnston shrieks in anguish, anxiously underscored by Mehling's frenzied rumbling and Parks' intuitively precise pummeling. Suddenly, everything goes silent for a few seconds, allowing time to process before launching into an agonizing rollercoaster of palpable grief and release. The song brings the album to a close with an emotionally crushing barrage of riffs -- giving a glimpse of what the trio is capable of in the live setting.

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  • Great Falls: Objects Without Pain CD
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    Track Listing:
    1. Dragged Home Alive
    2. Trap Feeding
    3. Born As An Argument
    4. Old Words Worn Thin
    5. Spill Into The Aisle
    6. Ceilings Inch Closer
    7. The Starveling
    8. Thrown Against The Waves

    Read any article or comment thread about the Seattle noise-rock outfit GREAT FALLS and you're likely to see descriptors like cathartic, heavy, crushing, and unhinged. Maybe even psychotic. And sure, those are all apt: For over a decade, vocalist/guitarist Demian Johnston and bassist Shane Mehling (who also played together in the early-2000s noisecore band PLAYING ENEMY and the experimental duo HEMINGWAY) have honed their sludgy, overwhelmingly intense brand of heaviness, punctuated by delectably discordant riffs, terrifyingly low, thwacking bass lines, and mesmerizingly tight percussion. In the live setting, too, they’re notorious for a stage presence that is so aggressively confrontational and menacing that Mehling once broke his own arm mid-set.

    But the most striking aspect of GREAT FALLS, setting them apart from the murky sea of sludge metal and AmRep-inspired noise-rock bands, is their ability to paint a deeply, utterly human story through an all-out assault on the senses: an art the band has perfected on their fourth full-length album OBJECTS WITHOUT PAIN, out September 15 via NEUROT RECORDINGS. The album is not only their NEUROT debut, but also the first LP featuring drummer Nickolis Parks (GAYTHEIST, BASTARD FEAST), who joined the band prior to the release of their exhilarating, cacophonous 2023 EP, FUNNY WHAT SURVIVES.

    OBJECTS WITHOUT PAIN takes us on a bleak, purgative journey through a separation – a snapshot of the turmoil and indecision that occurs after the initial realization of someone's misery, and before the ultimate decision to end a decades-long partnership. From the foreboding intro riffs of “DRAGGED HOME ALIVE” to the end of the 13-minute closer “THROWN AGAINST THE WAVES,” its eight tracks explore the thoughts that come up when a person is staring down the barrel of blowing up their life: How did this happen? Is it too late for a new life? Will the kid be OK? What will make me happier: familiar torment or unknown freedom?

    On “TRAP FEEDING,” we see the main character indulging in “dreams of alone” by scrolling apartment listings in secret. "Alone” is exciting in theory: He can be free to be himself in a new space, finding solace in records, comic books, and video games. But when faced with the reality of filling out forms and credit checks, “alone” shapeshifts into a terrifying concept signaling imminent heartache and unendurable loneliness. He finds himself paralyzed, unable to stomach the decision. “OLD WORDS WORN THIN” considers the logistics of how a move would play out, how they would divide their belongings, what memories each object would trigger. Who gets the records? Who gets the friends, for that matter? In a rare moment of comic relief amid the emotional turmoil and discordant riffs, Johnston screams, “I know I did not make the cut / but I can drive the truck.”

    The tale ends with the 13-minute existential pulverizer “THROWN AGAINST THE WAVES." While the other songs mostly explore the impending turmoil of a future separation, the closer looks back on the destruction after the split of two people who became “sad shelters” to one another rather than loving partners. In a particularly dramatic moment, there’s a returns to the former home one last time: "I slide the key under the door / I don’t want the weight," Johnston shrieks in anguish, anxiously underscored by Mehling's frenzied rumbling and Parks' intuitively precise pummeling. Suddenly, everything goes silent for a few seconds, allowing time to process before launching into an agonizing rollercoaster of palpable grief and release. The song brings the album to a close with an emotionally crushing barrage of riffs -- giving a glimpse of what the trio is capable of in the live setting.

    PRE-ORDER CUSTOMERS: Orders are expected to begin shipping the week of September 15, 2023. Any items purchased with this pre-order will not ship until the week of September 15, 2023 as well. All items are mockups and final product may vary slightly.

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1.
The last few years Waiting here Just hoping for A sign And just a bit  These past months I swore I saw Our out There is no escape from this place This is no mistake Why we are here Has more to  Do with what I’d lose Why we are here Isn’t our  Fault but still We take  That out On everyone But still You gotta love  These Books This  View The perfect walk to work Keeps me right here A free parking spot  Keeps me right here But it’s  No way to live Fresh excuses  To avoid my fear  This is a  Fine place It’s okay  Right now This is a  Fine home Sealed tight Inside
2.
Trap Feeding 03:36
I spend my day Searching homes And I can be Alone for real I spend my day Searching towns And I can be Searching alone I can’t do this Forms and credit checks It’s fine No need to touch me No need to smile No need to talk I’m fine Dreams of alone I have  Video games Comic books Patrick Walker  Dreams of Our new lives 
3.
Now that I’m gone How’s the new life? Look at that view You woke up filled With hopes and chores Now feeding the pets Now hanging our art Kid’s doing homework Top of the class Grab my ashes Walk to the trees Scatter them out  Where I’d never  Go Were these our plans Maybe I’d be here Had we agreed  We would have made it Had we been strong We’d have seen this through Rest well Later this fall   Maybe  You’ll miss me We found a place Where we Can call home Bring out a chair Be still Be quiet
4.
I hate these Moving days Taking stock Of what comes  With I know I  Did not Make the cut But I  Can drive the  Truck Keeping score Yours and mine This was in our Kitchen This was from our Bedroom Remember this? I made a mess of my house Of us  Do I have everything? Okay One last trip Where can I live? Where can my Records go? Decide  No help This time Is this what I wanted My shoes My coat Set by the door No one Alone I got what I wanted I moved Alone Sit by the door Wait for  Company I must remember I lost most friends I made the choice I set the table I sit and wait For you to notice No
5.
I sleep facing the wall         Not disturbing You or The kid Or all the dogs I’m in my head I don’t mind I’m not me I see this A man  A father Looks back And chews his tongue Again He knows  This house Won’t stay full  By spring Moving truck  On the curb Even  In the dark Facing the wall In this small home His thoughts  Carry He dragged  His words out They left ruts  In the  Lawn
6.
Let me sit down and catch my breath I’m not well That I’m sure of It's my own Fault Let me sit here and Overthink I’m not well Yeah well that’s clear Is it my  Heart? Maybe but Could it be my Family    I can’t face that It’s not fair To think I Have to face this On my own That my choices  Fed this I’m  Kept  Here I’ve kept us here I locked these doors Swallowed the key
7.
Holding onto your Childhood Holding onto our kid Are you okay? We never learned this We could just drink And smoke And hope This was how we  Were taught This and  TV Fingers crossed Right? Listen We have no plan For you to be okay So I scream my worries To strangers What passing comment will  Haunt you This is the mom  And dad You were dealt and  You’re still breathing
8.
Before it fell apart This meant something to me We had these plans Before it fell apart This meant something to us We shared our dreams Failure A life Well-wasted Failures And worst of all We didn't become friends Just sad shelters In the  Cold Was it one choice I made? To ruin that life Was it a choice we made?  As a team I slide the key  Under the door I don’t want the weight You get back In the morning I’ll be gone After lunch You get back In the morning I’ve been gone For years I come back  You are waiting  Drop my keys  At the door I come back  You are waiting  And our bed’s Still warm Of course I lost this Of course I lost It can hurt Being happy Why did we let it happen? I feared that I might Dig out my heart  My eyes My grave Take care Hear me Take Care Are you listening? Or too far away?  Take Care I sing this With love With love

about

Read any article or comment thread about the Seattle noise-rock outfit GREAT FALLS and you're likely to see descriptors like cathartic, heavy, crushing, and unhinged. Maybe even psychotic. And sure, those are all apt: For over a decade, vocalist/guitarist Demian Johnston and bassist Shane Mehling (who also played together in the early-2000s noisecore band PLAYING ENEMY and the experimental duo HEMINGWAY) have honed their sludgy, overwhelmingly intense brand of heaviness, punctuated by delectably discordant riffs, terrifyingly low, thwacking bass lines, and mesmerizingly tight percussion. In the live setting, too, they’re notorious for a stage presence that is so aggressively confrontational and menacing that Mehling once broke his own arm mid-set.

But the most striking aspect of GREAT FALLS, setting them apart from the murky sea of sludge metal and AmRep-inspired noise-rock bands, is their ability to paint a deeply, utterly human story through an all-out assault on the senses: an art the band has perfected on their fourth full-length album OBJECTS WITHOUT PAIN, out September 15 via NEUROT RECORDINGS. The album is not only their NEUROT debut, but also the first LP featuring drummer Nickolis Parks (GAYTHEIST, BASTARD FEAST), who joined the band prior to the release of their exhilarating, cacophonous 2023 EP, FUNNY WHAT SURVIVES.

OBJECTS WITHOUT PAIN takes us on a bleak, purgative journey through a separation – a snapshot of the turmoil and indecision that occurs after the initial realization of someone's misery, and before the ultimate decision to end a decades-long partnership. From the foreboding intro riffs of “DRAGGED HOME ALIVE” to the end of the 13-minute closer “THROWN AGAINST THE WAVES,” its eight tracks explore the thoughts that come up when a person is staring down the barrel of blowing up their life: How did this happen? Is it too late for a new life? Will the kid be OK? What will make me happier: familiar torment or unknown freedom?

On “TRAP FEEDING,” we see the main character indulging in “dreams of alone” by scrolling apartment listings in secret. "Alone” is exciting in theory: He can be free to be himself in a new space, finding solace in records, comic books, and video games. But when faced with the reality of filling out forms and credit checks, “alone” shapeshifts into a terrifying concept signaling imminent heartache and unendurable loneliness. He finds himself paralyzed, unable to stomach the decision. “OLD WORDS WORN THIN” considers the logistics of how a move would play out, how they would divide their belongings, what memories each object would trigger. Who gets the records? Who gets the friends, for that matter? In a rare moment of comic relief amid the emotional turmoil and discordant riffs, Johnston screams, “I know I did not make the cut / but I can drive the truck.”

The tale ends with the 13-minute existential pulverizer “THROWN AGAINST THE WAVES." While the other songs mostly explore the impending turmoil of a future separation, the closer looks back on the destruction after the split of two people who became “sad shelters” to one another rather than loving partners. In a particularly dramatic moment, there’s a returns to the former home one last time: "I slide the key under the door / I don’t want the weight," Johnston shrieks in anguish, anxiously underscored by Mehling's frenzied rumbling and Parks' intuitively precise pummeling. Suddenly, everything goes silent for a few seconds, allowing time to process before launching into an agonizing rollercoaster of palpable grief and release. The song brings the album to a close with an emotionally crushing barrage of riffs -- giving a glimpse of what the trio is capable of in the live setting.

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released September 15, 2023

Engineered and Mixed by Scott Evans
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege
Additional Instrumentation by John Schork
Additional Vocals by Lillian Albazi
Photography by Soren Hixenbaugh

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Members of Kiss It Goodbye, Undertow, Playing Enemy, Bastard Feast and Gaytheist

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