On their new release, the Danish trio showcase their sludge-soaked style of math rock that resembles a mix of Kowloon Walled City, Russian Circles and The Physics House Band.
Hailing from Copenhagen, Town Portal are a three-piece consisting of Guitarist Christian Henrik Ankerstjerne, drummer Malik Breuer Bistrup and bassist Morten Ogstrup Nielsen. Their taut, gritty and emotionally stirring breed of instrumental rock pulls influence from the worlds of metal, math-rock, noise-rock and minimalist experimental music.
Across their previous LPs (2012’s ‘Chronopoly’ and 2015’s ‘The Occident’) they have attracted a fervent fanbase and major tastemaker support from the likes of Noisey, Brooklyn Vegan, Decibel and Invisible Oranges, to name a few. This adds to extensive tours across Europe, and other notable live outings including two appearances at ArcTanGent festival (2016, 2017), support for The Dillinger Escape Plan, and a set at cult festival Duna Jam in Italy.
'Of Violence' finds Town Portal with a new and explosive energy. The result is a record where inspirations from deconstructed electronic music, avant-garde metal and cinematic brass arrangements coexist seamlessly; with the addition of producer Evans’s characteristic sonic fingerprint, ‘Of Violence’ promises to be the heaviest and most ambitious Town Portal record to date, while continuing to sidestep stylistic pigeonholes.
released April 5, 2019
Co-released with Small Pond
All songs written and performed by Town Portal.
All songs recorded by Scott Evans at Black Tornado Studio in Copenhagen, Denmark (May 2018).
Brass instruments recorded by Vlad Matveikov at Small Pond Studio in Brighton, England (July 2018).
Additional recording by Christian Henrik Ankerstjerne.
All songs mixed by Scott Evans at Antisleep Audio in Oakland, California.
All songs mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago, Illinois.
Town Portal are:
Christian Henrik Ankerstjerne: Guitars
Malik Breuer Bistrup: Drums
Morten Ogstrup Nielsen: Bass
Trumpet on songs 2,5,6 & 8 performed by Tommy Peach
Saxophone on songs 2,5,6 & 8 performed by Will Gardner
Photograph of the 2015 Holuhraun eruption by Axel Sigurdarson.
Used with permission and gratitude.
Artwork layout by Mads Ogstrup Nielsen
Thanks to everyone who played a role in the creation of this record. Thanks to Art As Catharsis and all of our friends at Small Pond, especially Vlad Matveikov, Liam McMillan, George McKenzie, Rosie James, Sam Hannah, and Matthew Parker, who do all the important work behind the scenes. Special thanks to Scott Evans for going above and beyond to help us make the record we envisioned. It doesn’t have to be hard. Thanks to everyone who listens.
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