New York City‘s critically revered avant-garde, industrial-punk three-piece, POP. 1280, are set to release their 5th full-length album, “Museum on the Horizon,” on September 24th with Profound Lore Records. Today, the band has revealed the record’s first single, “Noncompliant.” Stream the new track at the links below!
Commenting on the new song, the band states:
“Without getting too specific, ‘Noncompliant’ is about how helping never helps and oftentimes the systems that we use to support people are also the systems that control them. Support in our society is contingent on people behaving a certain way, but people in need deserve to be able to live their lives as they see fit and still have a right to the things they need to survive. We limit how much we help people because we love the illusion that society is a meritocracy and if you are in need you must have done something wrong to end up there.”
POP. 1280’s rising success and critical acclaim over the last decade can be attributed to their devotion to songwriting, bold originality and an intense exploration and experimentation with sound. Their unique ability to blend and transcend genres of punk, new wave, industrial, noise-rock and post-punk and their capacity to evolve and shape shift keeps fans intrigued and mesmerized with each epic release. On their follow up to 2019’s lauded “Way Station,” the band emerges from the pandemic with renewed vitality, crafty enthralling songs that push the confines of the sound further than ever before.
The band adds about the new album:
“‘Museum on the Horizon’ partially came about the way it did because our last album was more minimal and ambient. That LP was written in the studio and was difficult to play live. We wrote Museum on the Horizon in our practice space and got to road test about half of it before the pandemic. Ironically, even after the pandemic the desire to play live and connect with other people influenced the sound of this record. We were drawn to structured, drum machine driven songs because we were imagining playing live and wanted something to hope for.
M.O.T.H. continues our interest in electronic music but moves from more soundscapes and tones to grooves and beats. Part of this was the pandemic and wanting to have something exciting and hopeful and part of it was we had more time to understand our machines and get the most out of them.”
“Museum on the Horizon” Tracklisting: 1. Museum on the Horizon 2. Noncompliant 3. Not Too Deep 4. Two-Body Problem 5. Brennschluss 6. Mission Creep 7. Threads 9. Right Hand Man 10. Force Majeure
New York’s POP. 1280 was formed in 2008 by Chris Bug and Ivan Drip, with the vision of rebelling against the music of the day and making their own soundtrack for the end times. Initially a noise rock outfit, the band has released five LPs and numerous singles integrating diverse influences of industrial, EBM, techno, and post-punk into their signature sound. In 2018, Matthew Hord joined Chris and Ivan, and this new trio embarked on a collaborative journey that saw the band shed their rock roots and turn their focus toward sequencers, drum machines, samplers, and synthesizers. This exciting outpouring of creativity produced 2019’s Way Station LP.
Now, POP. 1280 present their 2021 album, “Museum on the Horizon,” an industrial opus that epitomizes the band’s drive to push themselves into new artistic territories, and to inspire each other to be bold and hold nothing back. Recorded, mixed and co-produced with Jonathan Schenke in Brooklyn, NY, Museum on the Horizon finds POP. 1280 at the height of their powers on a thrill ride of industrial bangers.