New York City’s Sons Of An Illustrious Father – comprised of Josh Aubin, Lilah Larson, and Ezra Miller – are proud to announce their brand new album, Deus Sex Machina: Or, Moving Slowly Beyond Nikola Tesla, which will be released on June 1st, 2018. Following a brilliant video for the song “Extraordinary Rendition,” which came out earlier this spring, the band today share another taste of the album with the song “When Things Fall Apart,” which premiered today via Clash. Click HERE to listen to it.
Sons Of An Illustrious Father were born from an inherent need to represent Otherness within personal identity, continuing the astounding lineage of punk rock icons before them who pushed the boundaries of popular culture via explorations of gender definition and sexual fluidity. Theirs is a sound that leans back towards the outsiderdom and recklessness in music that paved the way for the likes of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, X-Ray Spex, Bikini Kill, and so many more.
It is from this path that Deus Sex Machina: Or, Moving Slowly Beyond Nikola Tesla has sprung — a daring record stuffed to the brim with socio-political ideas and sprawling gender theory which also just happens to be their most epic, most infectious to date. The album is a distinctively literate statement of intent, an act of resistance from the outsiders and the fighters, aimed at the cerebral cortex even as it inexorably moves your hips. It’s a specific direction they have charted ever since they first emerged a few years ago, before finally coalescing into a glorious, head spinning whole on this triumphal record.
Casting a critical eye over a society rotting from the inside out – in their own words, “it’s a funeral march for our world we have lost” – the music is anything but bleak and morose. Instead, it sounds enormous, weaving in sepulchral folk, punk, electronica, rock, and much more to dizzying effect. They define their undefinable sound as “genre queer,” which sounds idiosyncratic to say the least, but self-analysis is not a preoccupation of this band. And why should it be? Their obsession with the wholly immersive and visceral experience of music makes them wilfully flippant where particulars and details are concerned, and this record makes good use of their heart-and-gut-wrenching reactions to the dismal current state of affairs. Indeed, Sons of An Illustrious Father have a miraculous way of turning the atmospheric anger, confusion, and turmoil into chest-bursting anthems meant to bring people together during disparate times.
Over the 9-song span of Deus Sex Machina: Or, Moving Slowly Beyond Nikola Tesla, Sons Of An Illustrious Father’s particular vision is celebrated fully and without cliché. Like all the seminal oddballs and aliens that came before them, they are looking at the chaos and disorder in the world right now with resourceful, refined eyes, and they see the glorious opportunity and enormous responsibility that affords. These songs are the end result; listen on and marvel.
Sons Of An Illustrious Father will be touring America this spring; tour dates are below.