When I woke up at an ungodly hour this morning and then woke up my computer, my bleary eyes were immediately greeted by a bombardment of links from friends to the song stream you’re about to hear (or re-hear): The first new song from Akercocke since the band’s dissolution in 2012, with their last album being 2007’s Antichrist.
The song was broadcast on the Radio 1 Rock Show on April 24, and some enterprising soul recorded the radio stream and uploaded it to YouTube. The uploader made this comment: “The intro sounds like it’s slightly cut off but unfortunately the radio station played right into it, so although it sounds like the intro is cut off, it isn’t, the song just starts that way.”
I have not seen any announcements or other news about Akercocke’s plans (if any) for recording a new album or further activity. But based on this new song, I can hardly wait for more.
It’s an electrifying, inventive, rapidly changing piece of music — rocking, jolting, jabbing, swirling, swarming, with vocals that are as varied as the exuberant instrumental performances. MOAR PLEASE!
UPDATE: In the hours before this day ended, Akercocke posted the following on their Facebook page:
“Akercocke followers…should that be Akerytes?
Thank you for all of the warmth and enthusiasm you have shared since our return has become apparent. At GoM HQ, we are delighted to read your messages and posts supporting our endeavours.
We have launched some official band pages which can be found here – www.akercocke.co.uk
Our web presence will grow over the coming days with announcements, reports, merch and media to share.
For now, there’s nothing more to say beyond thank you all once again.
Simon Magus & Akercocke“