That shrieking hell you hear in the distance is the roar of Charnel Ground, your new favorite power trio. With the illustrious Kid Millions (Oneida, Man Forever) driving the band on drums, Yo La Tengo’s James McNew holds down the low end on bass for Chris Brokaw of Codeine and Come to scream overhead on guitar. Their music is a heavy squall, with gusts of feedback meant to rend rip flesh from frame. Indeed, a charnel ground is traditionally an above-ground graveyard used in parts of the world too cold to bury bodies. The Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön talks about using the awakened energy of these spaces to help us grab on to the chaos in the universe, that we might move forward into that chaos in hopes of bettering ourselves. Charnel Ground the band might not help you achieve enlightenment, but if you lean into the chaotic swirls of the music, you just might find yourself getting lost in this bedlam.
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