Received a 7.7 rating from Pitchfork. Psalm Zero is a new band comprised of respected avant-garde rock musician Charlie Looker (ex-Extra Life / Zs / Dirty Projectors) and Andrew Hock of Castevet. Considering the artists’ differing outputs, one might imagine a collaboration would result in an unresolvable musical clash; however, the duo crafts intriguing experimental metal with Looker’s distinct vocal style providing the perfect counterpoint to Hock’s harsh delivery. Pounding rhythms complement melodic arrangements, while programmed synth and electronic beats also find their way into the mix.
The public got its first taste of what Psalm Zero had to offer in 2013 when the band performed a handful of local shows in the New York area; in November they released their debut 7-inch Force My Hand on Looker’s Last Things imprint. Their debut album The Drain, recorded by legendary producer Martin Bisi (Swans, Sonic Youth, Helmet, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, etc.), is one of the most unique heavy music albums of 2014 and will introduce the band to a worldwide audience.