Cover art for Ants' latest release Ant III.
Let me be blunt: if more people made balls-out rock music the way local four-piece Ants does, the world would be a better place. Full of abandon, wit and raw force churned into a kind of neurotic finesse, Ants’ music is shoegaze, punk, doom metal, and lo-fi psych-rock all at once.
Since May 2014, the outfit, led by aspiring absurdist guru Sam Tossing, has put out two albums and two EPs. While some of the material is free form and improvisational (see: Lazer Rifle Goat Hammer Fuck Megaton
and Two Nouns And An Onomatopoeia Is That All It Takes to Make a Breakfast Cereal?
), some is comparatively more fitted to the norms of the song and the album (see: Ant
and Bee Sides
). Taken as a whole, the young group’s work is colorful and challenging, joyfully flippant and angrily defiant. And it’s good. SO GOOD. You don’t have to take my word for it though: antsantsantsantsants.bandcamp.com
Now, the insect-inspired tribe is gearing up to release its third proper album, and we here at the Current
are pleased to offer up the first details. The album (dig that glorious cover art up there) is called Ant III
and will be released in early 2016. Below, you can get a first listen at the brand new single “Day in Life of Ant,” a brief, hedonistic and raw rock romp. We caught up with Tossing, principal songwriter, vocalist and guitarist, to find out more about the single and the new album.
Tell me about the process for writing and recording this new album? Can fans expect any significant departures?
is the first time I've actually written more than a fraction of a song with my bandmates. I'm picky with what shows up in the final product, but when we get together and write it always sounds like a shockingly natural progression of previous works. It's a humbling experience and validates our message of partnership and defiance against nihilism.
The album will be a culmination of what we've learned from the past few albums: where I've fucked up and why we're thankful to still be kicking. It will sound manically uplifting, jubilant and nostalgic.
Ants’ music always retains a raw, organic and cagey feeling. Is that a conscious effect?
I'm hyper-conscious of how the listener will feel as soon as they press the play button. Every aspect of the recording process is meticulously edited to perfection. The "raw" feeling of Ants comes from opposite influences: laziness, self-obsession and self-deprecation. Overcoming those problems and working our asses off when we don't feel like it makes our music sound honest. But, I don't decide whether or not the music IS honest, that's out of my control.
What the hell are the lyrics on the new single about?
"Day in Life of Ant" is simply blue-balls blues. If you overthink it, then you're on the same page we are. That's the goal. Every day the human species multiplies and becomes more aware of its own existence in lieu of its hedonistic instincts.
Tell me about the band’s live mantra.
Every single one of our performances has been, and will always be, practice for the next one. This music wouldn't exist if not for every opportunity we've ever had to play live. Some shows suck, the others are a blast. All of them are spiritual. For those on board with this foolish, very unmarketable venture, it's simply Life, Death and Ants.
Our next show is at the Ten Eleven on Saturday November 14 with Wolf Tone and Islands and Tigers. We're actually practicing for this show, so it will be worth the cover and gas money.
The lyrics to “Day in Life of Ant,” somewhere between insanely immature and brilliant:
day drinking because we can
another day in life of ant
tamer than an elephant
i just wanna fuck
i just wanna
feel better now we can’t follow footprints smaller than ants
i just wanna fuck.
Ants is: Sam Tossing (guitar, vocals), Jacob Gonzalez (guitar, vocals), Matt Perez (bass), and Ryan Caridi (drums).