Tobacco – “Gods In Heat” (Stereogum Premiere)

Black Moth Super Rainbow leader Tobacco has a new album called Sweatbox Dynasty coming out this summer, and today he shares its lead single. “Gods In Heat” is what could happen if a really clever producer wanted to channel Daft Punk and the Black Keys at the same time. It’s a dark, dramatic psych-pop track, matching a strikingly accessible chanted mantra with gritty whirring pads that remind you this is distinctly experimental territory. Although a thick layer of vinyl crackling creates the familiar feeling of analog warmth, it takes a few listens to notice the almost antsy addition of shifting, scratchy percussion to the high end, or just how murky and deep the melody is, shrouded in effects and synths to become sort of an ever-shifting pool of dark miasma. Like music made to fuel a blues-driven apocalypse, “Gods In Heat” pulls you into a pile of dirt-smeared metal wreckage and funnels you into pulsating tunnel where you’ve got no choice but to enjoy the ride. Listen below.

Sweatbox Dynasty tracklist:

01 “Human Om”
02 “Hong”
03 “Wipeth Out”
04 “Gods In Heat”
05 “Home Invasionaries”
06 “Dimensional Hum”
07 “Warlock Mary”
08 “The Madonna”
09 “Suck Viper”
10 “Fantasy Trash Wave”
11 “Memory Girl”
12 “Let’s Get Worn Away”

Watch a teaser trailer:

Tour dates with High Tides:

09.28 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
09.29 Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
09.30 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10.01 Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
10.03 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
10.07 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
10.08 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10.11 San Francisco, CA @ Wonder Ballroom
10.13 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
10.14 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
10.15 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
10.16 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
10.18 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
10.20 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
10.21 Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
10/22 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe

Sweatbox Dynasty is out 8/19 on Ghostly International. Pre-order it here.