For whatever my opinion is worth (which probably isn’t much), I think this year has been quite an incredible one for heavy music. Some long-awaited returns, some exceptional grind, some progressive masterpieces, and some pretty substantial EPs, to say the least. Here are my top 20 picks for the best releases of 2016.
A few years ago, NYC musician/publicist extraordinaire Curran Reynolds debuted his solo project, called Body Stuff, which was a total unexpected surprise. The endeavor is a departure from his previous work as the drummer for Today Is the Day and Wetnurse, as it combines industrial metal, post-rock and experimental drone with ’80s pop influences and haunting tones. As the mastermind and frontman of Body Stuff, Reynolds showcases a much more personal side of himself and the result is captivatingly brilliant. His new EP, Body Stuff 2, was recently released on Novermber 4 and features more of the harsh rhythms, dreamy melodies and dark, Michael Gira-esque vocals heard on the first Body Stuff EP. However, Body Stuff 2 also captures an eerie, isolated vibe, which reflects the remote surroundings in which the EP was written. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, Reynolds discusses the new EP, the circumstances surrounding the writing process and how it affected the themes present on the release. He also talks about his various influences, lyrical inspirations and much more. Continue Reading
Body Stuff (solo project of former Wetnurse and Today Is The Day drummer Curran Reynolds) has premiered a new track from upcoming EP, Body Stuff 2, via MetalSucks. “Cabin Song” is an ’80s-influenced post-rock/pop track, featuring heavy industrial riffs and haunting vocals. Check it out after the break. Continue Reading
Body Stuff have premiered a new track from their forthcoming EP, Body Stuff 2, at Punknews. Titled “Ice”, the new track weaves together on odd but fitting combination of industrial groove and post-punk splendor. Frontman and Body Stuff mastermind Curran Reynolds said of the track:
Body Stuff – the experimental project lead by Curran Reynolds (ex-Today Is the Day, Wetnurse)- has announced the release of its new EP. Simply titled Body Stuff 2, the new six-track release will be unleashed on November 4 through The Path Less Traveled Records. Body Stuff 2 was recorded and mixed by Ryan Jones of Mutilation Rites and was mastered by Brad Boatright. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break along with a stream of the project’s 2013 debut EP.