POLLWINNER 2009Thursday 7 March
L.A. band that fuses bursts of electronic noise with highly danceable rhythms to create a dissonant yet accessible brand of art-damaged pop.
HEALTH formed in Los Angeles in 2006, playing their first shows at The Smell, L.A.’s legendary DIY venue, which also hosts some of the earliest performances of No Age, Mika Mika and Abe Vigoda. “We just sat in a dark room with no windows and tried to figure out how to write a song,” HEALTH’s singer and guitarist Jake Duzsik says of the band’s early days. “Through a process of tug-of-war and cooperation, we started building these weird songs together.”
HEALTH released their self-titled debut album in 2007, recorded by the band themselves during a sweltering summer locked in the smell; Pitchfork raved that the self mixed, self produced record “mixes the bombastic pound of Boredoms, the skewed structures of Deerhoof, the tribal thump of Liars, and even the synth squirts of Black Dice and Excepter.” This is followed by HEALTH//DISCO (2008) & ::DISCO2 (2010), both projects where HEALTH curated artists & producers to remix their songs to construct two complete albums – featuring Crystal Castles, Pictureplane, Nosaj Thing, Azari & III, Javelin, Tobacco, etc.
HEALTH released their second full-length, Get Color, in 2009. The NY Times said of the album, “HEALTH are high-impact minimalists, building patterns from barbed and brutal sounds…re-examining the art-punk legacy of the 1980s with fresh ambitions and youthful impatience.”
DEATH MAGIC, was released in 2015 on Loma Vista Recordings. Co-producer and multi-instrumentalist John Famigietti described it as “bigger than anything we’ve done before but still uniquely our sound.” The album received critical praise from The New Yorker, Pitchfork (BEST NEW TRACK) and The FADER, while The Los Angeles Times heralded the band as “”One of the city’s best live acts and inventive arrangers of raw noise and eerie vocal melodies… the first hints of DEATH MAGIC suggest a new fidelity, heaviness and precision, along with a marked clarity in singer Jake Duzsik’s vocals.” Their newest effort, ‘Vol. 4: Slaves of Fear’, in which the band experiments with elements of trip-hop and metal, is out now.
HEALTH has played sold out shows and festivals around the world ranging from Coachella to Primavera to Austin Psychfest, and toured with Nine Inch Nails and Gary Numan.