We recently spoke to Earth’s frontman Dylan Carlson about his gear – and his particular love for Tele pickups – and the band’s latest album Full Upon Her Burning Lips. The record just dropped, but to give you some additional insight into this minimalist masterpiece, here’s the man himself.
The Colour of Poison
“This is my favourite song on the album at the moment. It’s definitely a nod to the roots of hard rock/heavy metal (both terms have become so distorted/micro-genred I fear to use them at times).
“It’s a deceptively simple riff, full of dramatic pauses and a real soul/R&B groove. A lot of the early hard rock/heavy metal bands were really funky like the Jeff Beck group, Deep Purple, Scorpions, Zeppelin, etc. It’s an element I have always dug, and I find missing in a lot of current ‘heavy’ music. I did a lot of pinched harmonics on this one and Adrienne does a thunderous R&B beat behind it. This track feels even raunchier live.”
Datura’s Crimson Veils
“This is the longest track on the record, a real epic of a song. It’s full of little nods to [Jimi] Hendrix and other rock and soul songs. I really like the – spoiler alert – faux ending and then it continues to the real end. I used the Uni-Vibe a lot on this one during overdubs.”
The Mandrake’s Hymn
“This song is Adrienne’s favourite on the record. It’s very cyclical, with repeating melodic cells and a dramatic bridge. I used delay on this one to really set up a hypnotic pulse behind it all.”
An Unnatural Carousel
“This is the most intricate one, with a very arpeggiated main riff. It’s also heavily melodic, and I really enjoyed the bassline I came up with it.”
Cats On The Briar
“This is the ‘oldest’ song on the record, as I initially came up with it at Hellfest in 2014. I really like the way the melody goes over the chords in the ‘♭’ part, where they’re all A♭ chords (A♭6 dom 7) so there is a sense of movement but it’s actually static on A♭ (oblique motion).”
Full Upon Her Burning Lips is out now via Sargent House.