We now have enamel pins available through our Bandcamp page, as well as at upcoming shows. They are round 1.25" black and silver pins with rubber pin-backs to hold them tight. Our "five nails" logo and the outer rim are raised nickel metal and the background is painted black.
They are $10.00.
Overseas buyers: due to the the increased cost of international shipping, we'd recommend purchasing this as an add-on to a CD, cassette, or LP order, so as to only incur an additional $2.00 postage fee, as opposed to the standalone cost of an international first class package.
Even If It Takes A Lifetime, the third full-length from Chicago-based experimental post-punk/doom metal collective ANATOMY OF HABIT, is now available on vinyl!
Initially released in December on CD, cassette, and digitally, Even If It Takes A Lifetime is thefirst of two new albums ready to be unveiled to the public. ANATOMY OF HABIT – Alex Latus (guitar), Isidro Reyes (metal percussion), Skyler Rowe (drums), Mark Solotroff (vocals), and Sam Wagster (bass + lap steel) — recorded both offerings with Sanford Parker, shortly before the pandemic, with mixing (by Parker) and mastering (by Collin Jordan) carried out during the long shutdown. Along with the band’s core instrumentation, listeners will hear piano, organ, analog synth, and vibraphone woven into the songs.
Thematically, Even If It Takes A Lifetime continues Solotroff’s reflections on love and loss, the creative process, the abstracted and vanishing self, and a sense of absolute obliteration. The potentially nostalgic album title may allude to a sense of hope and may indicate that all is not lost, or at least it may point to an inner drive to keep pushing forward.
Claim your copy of Even If It Takes A Lifetime on vinyl today at THIS LOCATION.
Coinciding with the vinyl release of Even If It Takes A Lifetime, tonight, ANATOMY OF HABIT will support Christian Death at Reggies Music Joint in Chicago.
ANATOMY OF HABIT:
5/06/2022 Reggie Music Joint – Chicago, IL w/ Christian Death, Bellhead, Guest [info]
ANATOMY OF HABIT formed in Chicago in October 2008. Although the band has experienced significant changes since forming, this is their longest-standing and most prolific lineup. It’s no wonder that they’ve gelled the way they have. Rowe and Latus have known each other since they were teenagers, growing up in Indianapolis’ heavy music scene and playing together in the band Still. Rowe and Wagster have been creating a strong body of work together in the pastoral instrumental Mute Duo. Reyes and Solotroff are old friends who’ve played together in both BLOODYMINDED and The Fortieth Day, for many years. This deep connective tissue has contributed to consistently effortless writing sessions and solidly fused live performances.
The band incorporates elements of doom metal, post-punk, death-rock, early-industrial, psychedelic, and shoegaze. The band’s last album, Ciphers + Axioms, was released by Relapse Records. Once Even If It Takes A Lifetime completes its full cycle, the band intend to follow up with their next album, Black Openings.
“It picks up right where ANATOMY OF HABIT left off seven years ago, with Mark Solotroff’s gothy, sinister baritone leading the way over lurching, doomy instrumentals. If you’re unfamiliar with ANATOMY OF HABIT, fans of Swans, Daughters, and Nick Cave should check this out.” -- BrooklynVegan
“Still apocalyptically heavy and thoughtfully complex, ANATOMY OF HABIT’s lost time simply vanished. It’s 2013 again and I’m watching ANATOMY OF HABIT at the Cobra Lounge, completely leveling the place, my friends and I all damaging our necks and brains and minds to the swirling mass of volume.” – Invisible Oranges
“… one of the only sets of proportions between doom metal and post-punk that could make sense and end up working out successfully... a unique experience, and one that… should leave fans of both post-punk and doom satisfied.” -- Nine Circles
“…a throbbing audio experience shrouded in cloudy electronic frequencies and harsh guitars. It might be unrelenting, but it deserves your time and patience.” -- Scream Blast Repeat
As a follow-up to my recent book, Not Everybody Makes It, I'm pleased to announce the release of You May Be Holding Back. This new volume is a visual accompaniment to my 2020 electronic music album of the same name. The fifty-two black and white images are derived from photographs of architecture in Chicago, some of which I shot myself and some of which I found online, particularly in the case of structures that no longer exist. I edited and manipulated the photos in a way that parallels how I processed the analog synthesizer recordings that I created the songs on the album from. The minimal text that is included is drawn from the album title and its two song titles ("A Literal Territory Occupied Literally" and "All In The Straw Together"). Those two song titles are direct drivers for sections of the book that create a tension between sin and redemption, the sacred and the profane, and heaven and hell, as dictated by both current and former architecture found in both existing and lost zones of the city.
Print length: 120 Pages (single-sided printing) Images: 52 Color: Black and white Language: English Dimensions: 6" x 0.28" x 9" ISBN-13: 979-8434074889 Cost: $15.00 + postage
I'd like to clear some space for incoming vinyl, so for a limited time, I'm drastically reducing the prices of these LPs from $15.00 to only $5.00 each. This sale applies to orders through my webstore (not Discogs or Ebay). No codes are necessary; prices have been adjusted in the store. Sale prices are effective from Friday April 1st through Friday April 8th.
Shipping costs are automatically calculated in the cart: USA: $5.00 for 1st LP, $1.00 per each additional LP Canada/Mexico: $21.00 for 1st LP, $6.00 per each additional LP Everywhere else: $26.00 for 1st LP, $8.00 per each additional LP
Thanks to everyone who came out to see us play with Many Blessings, Holy Family, and Reek of Divinity. We had a great night at Archer Ballroom, as part of such a sonically deep bill. Here are a few photos of us, taken by Matt Rahn, with our thanks. There are many more photos, as well as video clips, on our IG and FB profiles.
We have a new show coming up in early May, back at Reggies, supporting Christian Death. Additional bands will be announced soon. Here's the Facebook invite: https://fb.me/e/1Fayhny8b
As previously mentioned, things are still progressing slowly with the LP version of "Even If It Takes A Lifetime," due to the ongoing delays that have been much discussed in the music industry. LP jackets and inner sleeves will be arriving ahead of the actual records.
I've been working on the cover art for our proposed 2022 album, "Black Openings," and we'll continue moving that process along while we wait for the current LP to appear.
After a bit of a quiet period, work on our next album resumed, and aside from a few final elements, the instrumentation is basically done. It was great to get in a room with James and Will and to make some solid progress. That means it's about time to book some studio time to record vocals. More news ASAP...
I recently began work on the follow up to my 2021 album, "Not Everybody Makes It." I'm working against a reasonable deadline, similar to how I did it last year, so that I stay on track. This time around, I'm considering including more songs... shorter songs... Let's see...
My three post-"Not Everybody Makes It" singles, which I released over the winter, remain free to download via Bandcamp, and they're streaming on all major platforms. Thanks to everyone who has downloaded and/or listened to them!
I really appreciate the support that's been shown for my book, as well as the great feedback that I've been receiving from people who already have it. Limited quantities will continue to be available via my Bandcamp page: https://marksolotroff.bandcamp.com/merch/not-everybody-makes-it-book The book is available globally via Amazon, so Prime members and international buyers are highly encouraged to order directly from Amazon, in order to save on shipping costs (it's available in all regions): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09MYSMW2W
We want to send a big thank you to everyone who has already supported our new album over the first two months of its release! Your response has been great and, so far, the coverage has been very positive. You can check out some reviews here.
We added a new show, which is coming up in a couple of weeks, and we're really happy to join this dark, heavy, and noisy trio of artists. FYI, Many Blessings is Ethan McCarthy from Primitive Man, who I shared a stage with in December, when we both played with Indian at the Peace Simulation fest. This show will be all ages and it's rare for us to play a non-traditional venue like this. The show starts at 8:00 PM and more details, including links to music, can be found here: https://fb.me/e/1ENo2gglX
VINYL UPDATE: Things are still progressing slowly with the LP version of "Even If It Takes A Lifetime," due to the ongoing delays that have been much discussed in the music industry. The pressing plant did let us know that center labels have been printed, so at least there's some movement.
BLACK OPENINGS: I've started working on the artwork for our next album and we'll be moving that process along while we wait for the current LP to appear.
In the meantime, you can find "Even If It Takes A Lifetime" on CD, cassette, and digital on Bandcamp and it's streaming on all major digital platforms.
In related news, Isidro contributed metal percussion to the excellent new album from Vaura (members of Blacklist, Azur Swan, Kayo Dot, maudlin of the well, Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, etc.). "Vista Of Deviant Anatomies" was just released two weeks ago and we're extremely happy for our friends! You can find the album on Bandcamp and all major digital platforms.
Skyler and Sam mixed the new Mute Duo album this week with Cooper Crain (Bitchin' Bajas, Cave) at Electrical Audio. More news on that, as it emerges...
Not Everybody Makes It is a visual accompaniment to my 2021 album of the same name. The forty-four black and white images are derived from photographs that I collected from in and around my neighborhood in downtown Chicago. I edited and manipulated the photos in a way that parallels how I processed the analog synthesizer recordings that I created the songs on the album from. The sparse yet evocative text that is included is drawn directly from the album and its song titles, as well as from the titles of three additional songs that I released during the winter of 2021-22. Sensations of isolation, emptiness, and a barely lingering humanity run throughout the music, and the fragmented urban views perfectly illustrate feelings of abandonment and loss.
Print length: 120 Pages (single-sided printing) Images: 44 Color: Black and white Language: English Dimensions: 6" x 0.28" x 9" ISBN-13: 979-8777391476 Cost: $15.00 + postage
The book is available globally via Amazon. Prime members and international buyers are highly encouraged to order directly from Amazon to save on shipping costs (available in all regions, select links below)