The Body

About

Absolutely no one makes music like The Body.

With each release, the duo of Lee Buford and Chip King continue to defy the constraints of what it means to be a “heavy” band, seamlessly combining composition or production approaches from hip hop, pop, classical, as well as rock and electronica resulting in a rich and utterly singular sound. Equally at home on festival stages, art spaces, or in DIY basements, they transcend musical boundaries. Their ambitious creativity shapes their bleak worldview into propulsive, affecting, and even danceable music often drenched in distortion. On I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer The Body challenged themselves again by turning their compositional approach on its head, choosing to build the record on their own samples rather than recording the basic tracks of drums and guitars and processing those. The results carry the listener towards the brink of emotional and musical extremes. I Have Fought Against It… conjures the sublime from an unexpected and incomparable variety of sounds.

The Body are known for their intense, abrasive live shows, whose waves of dissonance create an abiding dread or an overwhelming sense of terror. They create a volume of sound almost unfathomable from a duo and are unaffected by instrument choice: guitar and drums, or keyboard and synthesizers. Inventive producers, the duo expand their recorded sound palate with regular contributions from the likes of Chrissy Wolpert (Assembly of Light Choir), and Ben Eberle (Sandworm), arranged with help of longtime engineers Seth Manchester and Keith Souza (Machines With Magnets). Wolpert’s ethereal calls and Eberle’s vicious growl are augmented by Lingua Ignota’s Kristin Hayter, whose impassioned voice features on the viscerally emotional “nothing stirs.” On “sickly heart of sand,” vocal tradeoffs between King and Hayter’s are punctuated with the howls of Uniform’s Michael Berdan. With The Body’s keen sense of balance, the ferociousness of these extreme performances are underpinned by the elegance of string swells and pensive, even melodies from a lone piano.

For The Body, any source of inspiration is fair game to achieve their distinct atmosphere of unbearable dread, pain, and sadness. “Partly alive” places rolling drum figures, commonly found in pop, and transforms them with a backdrop of horns, skittering synthetic hi hats, and pitched feedback. The oppressive groove of “an urn” pulls beat arrangement and melodic ideas from disparate electronic influences. Their eclectic sampling choices are both musical and literary from singjay star Eek-A-Mouse to a reading of Bohumil Hrabal to the Clarice Lispector quote on the album’s artwork and beyond. The album title, an excerpt of Virginia Woolf’s suicide letter, is an apt moniker for the pervasive themes of loss, desperation and loneliness throughout. Carefully selected samples and literary references bolster the album’s emotional heft. I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer proves how truly adventurous and diverse a creative force The Body has become. The Body continue to push the boundaries and definition of what is heavy music, their ingenuity unparalleled.

Tour Dates

    Sled Island Calgary, AB w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    The Good Will Social Club Winnipeg, MB w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    The Aquarium Fargo, ND w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Turf Club St. Paul, MN w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    The Cactus Club Milwaukee, WI w/ Lingua Ignota, Cavernlight Tickets
    Empty Bottle Chicago, IL w/ Big Brave, Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Deluxx Fluxx Detriot, MI w/ Big Brave, Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Spirit Lodge Pittsburgh, PA w/ Big Brave, Lingua Ignota Tickets
    The Garrison Toronto, ON w/ Big Brave, Lingua Ignota Tickets
    La Vitrola Montral, QC w/ Big Brave, Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Great Scott Allston, MA w/ Big Brave, Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Machines With Magnets Pawtucket, RI w/ Big|Brave, Boy Harsher, Assembly of Light Choir
    Saint Vitus Brooklyn, NY w/ Big Brave, Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia, PA w/ Big Brave, Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Black Cat Backstage Washington, DC w/ Big Brave, Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Gallery 5 Richmond, VA w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    The Pinhook Durham, NC w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    The Purple Buffalo Charleston, SC w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    The Masquerade Atlanta, GA w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Crowbar Tampa, FL w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Gramps Miami, FL w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Will's Pub Orlando, FL w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    The Bark Tallahassee, FL
    Gasa Gasa New Orleans, LA w/ Thou, Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Stickyz Rock'n'Roll Chicken Little Rock, AR w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Club Dada Dallas, TX w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Satellite Bar Houston, TX w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Barracuda Austin, TX w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Sister Albuquerque, NM w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    The Rebel Lounge Phoenix, AZ w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Soda Bar San Diego, CA w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    The Echo Los Angeles, CA w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets

Tour Dates

    Sled Island Calgary, AB w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    The Good Will Social Club Winnipeg, MB w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets
    The Aquarium Fargo, ND w/ Lingua Ignota Tickets

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Tracklist

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    I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer.

  • 1 The Last Form Of Loving
  • 2 Can Carry No Weight
  • 3 Partly Alive
  • 4 The West Has Failed
  • 5 Nothing Stirs
  • 6 Off Script
  • 7 An Urn
  • 8 Blessed, Alone
  • 9 Sickly Heart Of Sand
  • 10 Ten Times A Day, Every Day, A Stranger
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Discography