Recorded and produced by Karl Schubach (Misery Signals, Solace), mixed by Dave Ogilvie (Jakalope, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson) and mastered by Noah Mintz (Broken Social Scene, Death From Above 1979), “Refuge” was written amidst a flurry of changes in The Rabid Whole’s line-up and sound, showcasing growth and an evident pushing of boundaries when compared to the band’s 2009 debut release, “Autraumaton”.
“The new album is an obvious shift in direction/sound/subject matter… we have settled more into our own sound and the themes of the album are easy to relate to, the energy is up, the drumming is more intense, the guitars are louder, soft parts are softer and the electronics are much more noticeable,” says vocalist / guitarist Andreas Weiss. “The Rabid Whole is providing an exit, an honest and refreshing alternative to the bullshit we’ve been fed and it’s noticeable. Anyone that hears what we’ve come up with is hopefully going to have a hard time ignoring it.”
A direct reflection of the emotional and external changes of singer/songwriter Andreas Weiss’ journey, ‘Refuge’ deals with relatable themes.
“I sold my house, quit my engineering consultant job and moved…We were starting from square one again, but with more uncertainties than ever and weren’t sure when we would even have a full band again. Part of the writing had begun randomly scattered over the past couple of years, but the majority came right after the move. I set up the studio in the basement of my house and got to work. I didn’t leave the house for two months and wrote from the moment I’d wake up until I’d fall asleep,” says Weiss.
The finished product delivers rock and electronic elements pushed to the max, a male and female vocal showdown and, as Weiss puts it, showcases “a 21st century, high-energy, electro alternative, orgasmic-punch-in-the-face-rock band.”
released 01 May 2012
• All Songs Performed by: The Rabid Whole
• All Female Vocals Performed by: Sheenah Ko
• All Songs Written by: Andreas Weiss
• Produced by: Karl Schubach, Andreas Weiss
• Mixed by: Dave Ogilvie
• Mastered by: Noah Mintz