5 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes


About Sumac & Keiji Haino

Sumac is a trio from the Pacific Northwest whose intense, complex sound falls somewhere between sludge metal and experimental noise rock. The group was founded in 2014 by guitarist/vocalist Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer) along with Canadian drummer Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists, Hard Feelings) and bassist Brian Cook (Botch, These Arms Are Snakes, Russian Circles). Turner channels his struggles with anxiety into Sumac's mammoth, punishing compositions, which often exceed the ten-minute mark and include numerous time changes as well as occasional ambient interludes. Sumac's debut full-length, The Deal, was released in 2015 as a double LP by Sige and on CD by Profound Lore. The group then signed to Thrill Jockey, which issued their second album, What One Becomes, in 2016. Before You I Appear, a remix EP featuring contributions by Kevin Drumm and Samuel Kerridge, appeared at the end of the year. WFMU, a cassette containing the group's 2016 session recorded for Brian Turner's program on the New Jersey-based free-form radio station, was issued by Sige in February of 2018. During the same month, Thrill Jockey released the group's collaboration with Japanese noise legend Keiji Haino, titled American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You're Too Hideous to Look at Face On. ~ Paul Simpson