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Here Lies Man launch That Much Closer To Nothing: swirling, Afrobeat rock weirdness

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Here Lies Man - You Will Know Nothing

Here Lies Man - You Will Know Nothing

1. Animal Noises
2. Summon Fire
3. Blindness
4. That Much Closer
5. Hell (Wooly Tail)
6. Voices At The Window
7. Taking the Blame
8. Fighting
9. Floating On Water
10. Memory Games
11. You Ought To Know

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Here Lies Man, the psychedelic afrobeat doom rockers whose self-titled debut album rode high on many an end-of-year list in 2017, have released That Much Closer To Nothing, the new single from the forthcoming follow-up, You Will Know Nothing

That Much Closer To Nothing is the second track to emerge from the new album, following the release of Fighting last month. Like that song, it's a small step away from the murky, other-worldly atmosphere that dominated their debut, towards something no less trippy but altogether more focussed.

“We wanted to go deeper with the sonic experience,” says founder and frontman Marcos Garcia. “Even though it sounds more hi-fi than the first record, it was important that it didn’t sound too polished.”    

“We’re very conscious of how the rhythms service the riffs. Tony Iommi’s innovation was to make the riff the organizing principle of a song. We are taking that same approach but employing a different organizing principle: For Iommi it was the blues, for us it comes directly from Africa."

“We dove deep into the texture of the music, beyond the groove and the riff,” adds drummer Geoff Mann (son of jazz musician Herbie Mann.) “Although something might sound like one instrument, there are subtle layers shifting through. It’s definitely a headphone album.”

You Will Know Nothing will be released on June 15th, 2018 via Riding Easy Records. (opens in new tab) The band are on tour in the US throughout the summer (dates below).

Here Lies Man on tour

May 22: San Diego Soda Bar, CA
Jun 05: West Asheville The Mothlight, NC
Jun 06: Atlanta The Masquerade, GA
Jun 08: Orlando Will's Pub, FL
Jun 09: Tallahassee The Wilbury, FL
Jun 10: Baton Rouge Spanish Moon, LA, Jun
Jun 12: Houston White Oak Music Hall, TX
Jun 13: Austin The Barracuda, TX
Jun 14: Fort Worth The Ridglea Room, TX
Jun 15: Memphis Growlers, TN
Jun 26: Seattle Nectar Lounge, WA
Jun 27: Bellingham The Shakedown, WA
Jun 28: Vancouver The Fox Cabaret, BC
Jul 01: Chico Naked Lounge Chico, LA
Jul 02: San Francisco The Chapel, CA
Jul 05: Los Angeles Resident, CE
Aug 27: Ferndale The Parliament Room at Otus Supply, MI
Aug 31: Los Angeles Levitt Pavilion, CA
Oct 12: Lake Perris Moreno Beach, CA 

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Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 36 years in music industry, online for 23. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.