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The Bell Jar - I Infest, Therefore I Am (August 17, 2018) Album

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by awakeohsleeper, May 16, 2018.

  1. awakeohsleeper May 16, 2018
    (Last edited: Aug 2, 2018)

    I do not exist.

    The Bell Jar have announced their debut album, I Infest, Therefore I Am. The Bell Jar is made up of the remnants of former Tooth & Nail Records band Showbread.

    The album will be released on 10th August.

    A song titled 'Toxic Shock Syndrome' gives an indication of what the album may sound like. Josh Dies describes the project as a "dance-punk electro industrial noise rock band".

    It was initially available for pre-order with the band choosing an unconventional strategy - if enough people didn't pre-order the album by 1st July 2018 they would destroy the masters and the album will literally cease to exist. At this point they would have refunded those who pre-ordered.

    The album was fully funded and will be released on August 10th. Those who pre-ordered it will receive it early.
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  2. SmashRipsaw

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    I wasn't a huge fan of Showbread's later stuff, but I like the energy on this song. Getting some Shiny Toy Guns vibes with the female vocals.

    I find it a little hilarious that they're basically holding the album hostage unless they make enough pre-order money.
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  3. awakeohsleeper

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    Yes they never seem to do things in a normal way.

    I liked the final Showbread album to an extent but some of the preceding albums did very little for me. Nothing touched their earlier albums for T&N.

    In contrast, this sounds a lot more interesting and I agree about the energy. Having female vocals does make a difference here.
  4. coleslawed

    Eat Pizza

    Cancer is hands-down my favorite Showbread album, I also really enjoyed Who Can Know It when it came out. Showdead is a solid album, just not the style I leann towards these days.
  5. awakeohsleeper

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    That’s really interesting - I just can’t get into Cancer and I didn’t really like Who Can Know It. I contributed to the Kickstarter for both of them though!!
  6. awakeohsleeper

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  7. awakeohsleeper

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    Looks like they'll make it if they can get halfway there in two days!

  8. awakeohsleeper

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    They've brought forward the deadline to June 1st but they're also 81% there with the funding.

  9. awakeohsleeper

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    Last day to pre-order this before it's destroyed tomorrow...

    They needed 37 more pre-orders on the 28th May so three days later and it must be close. I hope this gets funded.
  10. awakeohsleeper

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    They did it! August release date. I'm ready.
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  11. awakeohsleeper

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    Release date confirmed for August 10th. Those who preordered should be getting an email soon.
  12. wisdomfordebris

    Moderator Moderator

    They seem pretty insufferable
  13. awakeohsleeper

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  14. Micah511

    We have each other and that's all we'll ever need Supporter

    Showbread always just go for it, so this isn't surprising at all. I could totally see them (Josh) not releasing an album if the fans didn't seem that into it.

    Also, I vaguely kept up with Showbread releases after Anorexia/Nervosa, is anything after that really worth checking out?
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  15. bedwettingcosmo

    i like bands who can't sing good Supporter

    lol thats hilarious if they wrote a whole album just to destroy it
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  16. awakeohsleeper

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    Yeah, the whole thing was very Josh. I'm glad it got enough pre-orders as the single sounds interesting.

    I liked The Fear of God and Showbread is Showdead for what they were. I felt like Showdead was a strong end highlighting their most popular styles and bringing it together nicely. I know @coleslawed likes the other two (Cancer and Who Can Know It) - I personally struggled to get into them. It might have been the lyrics. I'm not sure.

    I'm much more excited for this new band, based solely on the single. I hope it lives up to that but you can never tell!

    It got enough pre-orders but I'm pretty certain they would have destroyed it - if you're familiar with Showbread, they always tried to think outside the box with their ideas.
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  17. aspeedomodel

    Cautiously pessimistic Prestigious

    Excited for this. Really enjoyed Showbread, last album was a treat. Was a bit turned off by the whole "preorder it, or else" nonsense...
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  18. coleslawed

    Eat Pizza

    yeah, Cancer is hands-down my favorite release from Showbread, but I do agree that Showdead was the logical thing for them to end on.

    @awakeohsleeper I probably credit the lyrics on those two albums starting me down the path of belief I am currently on, just starting to do more of my own reading into different/non-traditional streams of thought within Christianity. Josh was also pretty regularly answering questions about his views on their social media at the time, so you could get a great insight into the content of their music.

    edit: I still have never really given Anorexia/Nervosa the attention they deserve, was always waiting until I could get my hands on physical copies of both, but for some reason would only ever come across one or the other. I always loved Reese guest spots, and there’s some great ones on there.
    side note-I should probably listen to more Five Iron, too. some of my favorite vocals on Showbread songs are his guest spots, and I love the ska parts of Cancer a whole lot.
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  19. awakeohsleeper

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    Got the album last night - I think if you enjoyed the last album you'll love this. It's weird. It's aggressive. It's punk. It is a bit of an onslaught - no chance to catch your breath. The addition of female vocals are a treat. The synth sounds good.

    In terms of the listening experience, the only thing I can compare it to is the first time I listened to The Chariot's debut album. It is just keeps coming at you - not much time to process anything. And then it's over. I'm getting to know it more with repeated listens but early days so far.

    That's really cool - yes, I definitely appreciate their standpoint on a lot of things. I'd read a bit of Greg Boyd before and had never really had a Calvinist perspective so it wasn't necessarily revolutionary for me. So maybe it was the vocal delivery or even the music? I don't know. Something didn't click.

    Anorexia Nervosa is a brilliant album when read with the stories. I remember listening/reading them back to back when they first came out. It was a phenomenal idea. I've tried listening to the albums on their own but it doesn't necessarily stand out. The songs with Reese on are definitely worth listening to - he's a great vocalist. But yes, definitely try and get a physical copy if you can. The stories make it a great experience.
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  20. aspeedomodel

    Cautiously pessimistic Prestigious

    Um....yes please
  21. awakeohsleeper

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  22. awakeohsleeper

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  24. awakeohsleeper Aug 17, 2018
    (Last edited: Aug 17, 2018)

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    Please be the real Josh Dies.

    I'm enjoying it and can confirm that the music is anything but insufferable.
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  25. awakeohsleeper

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    Hooray, it's out!