Synthetic ID Impulses on LP
From the depths of the San Francisco scene comes Synthetic ID, who have readied their new full length album Impulses for an April 2016 release on Castle Face Records. Following the releases of Apertures (1-2-3-4 Go!), a self-titled EP (Cut the Cord That...), and the Escapement 7" (Crime On The Moon), the band continues on an upward trajectory it established with their head-turning live show.
Members Nic Lang, Jake Dudley, Will Litton, and Paul Lucich recorded their new album in one hot July day with Phil Manley (Trans Am, Phil Manley Life Coach) at the helm in San Francisco at El Studio. From start to finish, the album is an urgent, tense portrayal of the neurosis that is more timely than ever.
After Castle Face asked the band to play their SF Holiday benefit show years ago, the band stayed in touch with John Dwyer after he moved to Los Angeles, and they ultimately got him the tracks for the new album and the rest is history. From the pulsing intro track, "Blind Spots" to the uptempo chant of "I'm running but I go nowhere" in "A False Awakening," Impulses is a wildly disorienting soundscape between alienation and collapse.
"Hermetically sealed punk broadcast from a bunker. This guitar is untying a knot of wires; vocals like watching a fight where two men exchange tit-for-tat face blows. Surgical drums; bass grown under glass. The occasional synthesizer like you didn't know you were thirsty till water crossed your lips. Wound tight, lock-jawed; no rust on these gears. Chilly production crystallizes these post-apocalyptic poems from San Francisco." – John Dwyer