If your current playlists are lacking lustre – and if you happen to have a taste for the intensity of nail-biting noise-rock – then you may want to lend your ears to HEALTH’s latest collaboration with Lamb of God titled “Cold Blood”. Hacked from their latest LP, Disco4:: Part 2, the track instantly breaks into a chest-pounding instrumental thanks to the inescapable strumming of electric guitars and the pounding of drums. Injecting a sizeable dash of chaos, the track is haunted by eery backing vocals throughout, which eventually descend into an all-consuming verse of screaming and growling lyrics that bite at your subconscious.
“Cold Blood” is accompanied by an animated music video, brought to life by Lucasz Rusinek. Reminiscent of the scenes of a dark anime feature, the visual shows unidentified creatures and skeletal figures travelling through an otherworldly dimension — evoking the same uncertainty that its soundtrack leans into.
Collaborating with Lamb of God on the feature, HEALTH prove once again that there is no genre off-bounds to their no-holding-back artistry. To celebrate the release of their latest track as well as their 12-track LP, we spoke with the band about their impressive collaborations, their sound, and what they hope to achieve in the coming year.
To stream the video and for the full interview, head below…
What was it that initially brought your band HEALTH together?
I studied literature in college. Outside of starting a band I had little to no job prospects.
Congratulations on your new single “COLD BLOOD” in collaboration with Lamb of God. What did you want to communicate in this track?
Well, chiefly we wanted it to be heavy as fuck.
You collaborate with a lot of different artists, and I feel like some of them are quite unexpected! How do you choose who you want to work with?
The process for each one is different. Sometimes we already know the band or have a mutual acquaintance, sometimes we cold call them. The criteria that is that is consistent across the board is that we are fans of each artist and think that a marriage of our respective musical pallets could yield something interesting.
The pandemic has affected musicians in different ways, how would you say it has changed things for your music?
We haven’t toured since 2019, and for a year we weren’t ever in the same room together. As a result the majority of last songs were often written totally remotely. It was a huge and unwanted shift for us.
How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?
Your new album DISCO4 :: PART 2 is due to be released in April, how would you say it compares to your previous DISCO4 :: Part 1?
I think it serves as a fluid continuation of the first record with a bit more focus on heavier material.
Finally, what do you hope to achieve most in 2022 and beyond?
Given current global trends, even a modest reduction in the continuing stream of total dogshit might be more than one should dare to hope for.