French three-piece Servo deal in the kind of dark, psychedelic noise-rock that storms with ease between gloomy, hypnotic moments and bouts of powerful, unrelenting noise. With a string of singles, EPs and their 2016 debut The Lair of Gods behind them, the Rouen-based band are today announcing their signing to London-based label Fuzz Club for their second album, Alien. Due for release on 1 May, BSM bring you the premiere of the opening track ‘I’.
Servo’s brand of noise finds a home between heavy, droning psych-rock and gothic post-punk; forlorn, jangling guitars and deep, austere vocals breaking down into piercing blasts of feedback and distortion. ‘I’, the first taste of the new record, sets a cold, mechanical techno beat to reverberating guitars and hypnotic, chanting vocals, the tension building until things break down into a visceral wall of noise. Servo say the song is “about a guy who has lost control over himself and the world he lives in. He finds himself walking across unreal and chaotic worlds searching for answers.”
Comprised of Arthur Pierre (guitar/vocals), Louis Hebert (bass/vocals) and Huge Magontier (drums/vocals), Servo have spent the last few years bringing their intense live-show – an assault of trance-inducing noise and blinding flashes of light – to growing audiences around mainland Europe and the UK. After a couple of typically riotous and deafening shows in London, at underground haunts like The Shacklewell Arms and The Windmill, the band caught the attention of Fuzz Club, ticking all the label’s boxes: fuzz, reverb and drone.