Listening to Istanbul’s Chopstick Suicide is akin to suffering random sonic psychosis. Yes, it feels that liberatingly good. The quartet was founded in Turkey in 2008. After an EP and an album were released, the mathcore metallers took a step back and looking things over decided on a new singer and bassist. The new line-up of 20-somethings consists of vocalist Mert, guitarist Yagiz, bassist Cem and drummer Alican. Last year they self-released the EP, Small People, Broken Glasses. This year they return with their first full length effort for Peyote Music, Lost Fathers and Sons. Let the chaos begin.
The new album is eight tracks of organic auditory madness: Abundantly intense and insanely addictive, Chopstick Suicide have given us something incomprehensibly enjoyable in its discordant euphoria. This week guitarist Yagiz was king enough to give us the lowdown on each track.
1. Everyone Sleeps But Me: The title of this song came to me while I was travelling in between cities by bus. Our vocalist wrote something about it.Whenever I try to sleep on long distances I fail because I can’t shut down my brain. The song is kinda like that .It starts with anger then slows down a bit in the middle like your brain’s getting tired from thinking and starts to shut down, but suddenly near ending it finds a thought to keep you awake.
2. The Chalk and the Matter: This song uses a bar fight as a metaphor to a man’s mental downfall. Plain and wide start then it squeezes, squeezes, squeezes and finally it blows in the middle of the song. Near the ending the song starts to have pace like shrapnel and then kills you.
3. Shores Are Not For Vacancies: Now this song is about the heartbreak of a man, not only by love but his life, work or his disappointments. Starts like a rock song then punches you with a decent breakdown. Twists you some more with odd timing riffs and the final comes with an post-rockesque ending.
4. Television Television: It’s a hit and run song.It’s about a nerve breakdown. It starts like a sprinter and then turns fast, dizzying,and tiring but stays entertaining like Sonic the Hedgehog Game. In the middle it starts to yell with sadness and at the end you see it punching the walls.
5. As I Lay Fail: This song is like accidentally finding out about your girlfriend cheating you.It starts like a normal day. Somehow one of your friends warns you about your relationship, but you won’t believe him.then while you are going back home from work you see your girlfriend with another dude. In haste you storm the place and smack the shit out of your girlfriend and that dude with bare knuckles. Finally you leave the place broken but relieved.
6. Small People, Broken Glasses: It is a common men’s song.It’s about you, me, him, that guy over there or the guy in his late twenties that works as a waiter or that guy who always ends up repressing his ideas or dreams because of his job, his shitty girlfriend/wife/society/bills/rents or that fat kid who will never achieve anything easily and will always have to put double effort for his needs…
7. Your Average Hero: This song sums up the whole album. A generation of failed men.
8. Kolpa: We actually wrote that song about a person (and his kin) who once used our gratitude and friendship for himself. It’s a relentless power-violence style song which we wrote in about half an hour.
Lost Fathers and Suns is set for release on March 29, 2012!