Dutch band Iguana Death Cult will release their sophomore album Nude Casino on October 25th through Innovative Leisure. Nude Casino was recorded in Rotterdam and mastered by no-one other than Dave Cooley (Tame Impala, Blood Orange, Ariel Pink). The first single Bright Lights is out now.
LA label Innovative Leisure saw the band play at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas this year and not long after Iguana Death Cult signed with them. “About a year ago we finished recording our album Nude Casino which we were very keen on to release internationally. Get out of the Dutch bubble, as many get stuck in. We sent the recordings around to some of our favourite labels, and met up with the label Innovative Leisure while on a trip to LA. Next thing we know we’re on a flight to Austin to perform at the great SXSW festival where Innovative Leisure came to see us play. We shook hands there and then, and we were both very excited, so when we got back home we signed a deal with them” – Iguana Death Cult.
In 2017 Iguana Death Cult self-released their debut LP The First Stirrings Of Hideous Insect Life. The Rotterdam based band initially made their mark with giddy, hard-hitting garage punk and a miasma of acid-drenched psychedelics, only to blossom into an all-embracing unit that implements frameworks of post-punk, krautrock, new wave, soul and disco. The band’s sophomore album Nude Casino holds aloft a more cerebral and absurdist side of their songwriting. Nude Casino evokes something more claustrophobic and absurdist, tackling themes like sleep paralysis and lost innocence. These songs are anchored in earthbound fears, neuroses, and quandaries that have oozed in over the past half-decade.
Nude Casino’s crisper, more unvarnished sonic makeup illustrates a seething skepticism as a counterbalance to the more hedonistic tendencies of yonder. Singer Jeroen Reek gives into his own demented neurosis, ambling between vivid dream states and the constraints of reality. As a result, Nude Casino has become an intrusive, spastic affair; there’s primal energy lurking within even the more propellant and hook-heavy yomps.
Check out Bright Lights here!