I Am Giant, with One Last Run + Love Gravel + Zammit
Off the back of touring with Slash in Australia, opening for Taking Back Sunday in the UK, to Tiger Translate parties in Vietnam and Big Night Out in Singapore; to performing at Poland’s national stadium with Outkast, Limp Bizkit & Bring Me the Horizon; New Zealand by-the-way-of-London rock band I Am Giant return with Science and Survival, the highly anticipated follow-up to their Gold certified debut and New Zealand’s highest selling rock album of 2011, The Horrifying Truth.
The band, vocalist Ed Martin, drummer Shelton Woolright, bassist Paul Matthews, spent the best part of six months fine tuning their long awaited sophomore release, racking up studio time at DC Shoes’ Drop In Studios in the pristine St Jean De Luz, France with longtime collaborator and acclaimed producer/engineer Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Helmut). Once again the band brought their invaluable production expertise to the plate and meticulously applied the final touches at Matthews’ London-based studio, and mastered at Sterling Sound in New York making it a true international effort.
Matthews describes the result as a dynamic and exciting end product, “We had a lot more time to settle into our sound between releases and as a result there’s a bit more of everything. There are some huge soaring choruses, there are some really intense and heavy moments, and we particularly wanted to write a record that you sit down and listen to from beginning to end – for both ourselves and for our listeners.”
Each of the 13 songs on Science & Survival stand strongly on their own and the benchmark has truly been set through quality songwriting and boundless performances; from the opening chords of ‘Guéthary’ through to the stratospheric 13-minute closer ‘Bought With Ignorance. Sold With Arrogance’.
Drummer Shelton Woolright elaborates, “We put a lot into this album, it’s the hardest I’ve ever worked as a musician and Forrester really pushed us as artists. We wanted it to be deeper than The Horrifying Truth. We’ve taken more risks, experimented with different tunings and time signatures and there’s a lot more room to breathe in the music. We thought about everything.”
So much so, the band even tip their hat to surrounding recording environments and feature field recordings of French dialogue and church bells from the nearby historic village of Guéthary throughout the record. “It’s moody and brooding,” says Matthews.
‘Razor Wire Reality’ (premiered worldwide on Kerrang.com) was the first offering from Science & Survival, and like the band’s previous knockout singles, is overflowing with uplifting melodic undertones and earth shaking moments – all while maintaining the group’s foundations of pure, unadulterated rock. It comes accompanied by a video shot in Germany by award winning director/producer team Soren and Martin from Berlin based company Mutter and Vater (Bring Me The Horizon, Crystal Castles). The visual feast continues with the forthcoming second single ‘Death Of You’, shot in a former psychiatric hospital that is considered as one of New Zealand’s most notorious haunted locations.
Science & Survival has a UK press date Oct 27th 2014, following it’s EU release on Sony.