Listen to Chelsea Wolfe’s Track “Vex”


Listen to Chelsea Wolfe’s Track “Vex” (Photo Credit: Zohn Mandel)

Chelsea Wolfe will release her Hiss Spun LP on September 22nd via Sargent House. “Vex” is the second single from the upcoming record, and it features Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age) on guitar, as well as vocals from Aaron Turner (SUMAC, Old Man Gloom). The track premiered today via the FADER where Wolfe explained:

“”Vex” began almost as a black metal song, with a pummeling blast beat, then Ben (Chisholm) and I stripped it back to a more industrial electronic sound. Once we were in the studio, Jess Gowrie’s drums and Troy Van Leeuwen’s guitar parts began to shepherd it back toward its heavy origins. I knew from the beginning that I wanted Aaron Turner’s voice somewhere on this album, and could hear him in my head on “Vex.” I had already recorded my vocals for the song but decided to send it to Aaron without them on. Happily, the first time we played it back with both vocal parts they fit together in a very compelling way.”

For his part, Turner adds:

“The invitation to contribute vocals to “Vex” was a welcome if slightly daunting prospect. Aesthetically it’s a leap for me to meld a harsh vocal approach with music as melodically inclined as Chelsea’s. Added to that was the fact that I was working remotely rather than us all being in a room together discussing the work as it was unfolding. This removed approach to collaboration imposes a distance that can be hard to overcome. That said, feeling apprehensive about trying something and reckoning with the vulnerability of potential failure is more of an impetus to do something for me rather than a deterrent – perhaps increasingly so as time goes on.”

Indeed, on “Vex,” Wolfe’s narcotic voice is like a Siren song calling you out into deep waters where Turner’s aphotic growl drags you under the black waves and coupled with Troy Van Leeuwen’s wickedly down-turned guitar leads makes this track an unforgettable and daunting listen. Look for Chelsea Wolfe to tour the US in support of her upcoming LP Hiss Spun this coming Fall. You can find the tour dates after the YouTube embed below.

Listen to Chelsea Wolfe’s Track “Vex”

Chelsea Wolfe Tour Dates

9/28 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
9/30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
10/2 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up Tavern
10/3 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
10/4 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
10/6 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
10/7 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
10/8 – Dallas, TX – Kessler Theatre
10/10 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
10/11 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
10/13 – Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
10/14 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
10/15 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
10/17 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/19 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
10/20 – Montreal QC – Le National
10/21 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
10/22 – Detroit, MI – El Club
10/24 – Chicago, IL – Metro
10/25 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
10/27 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
10/28 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
10/30 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
10/31 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
11/1 – Portland, OR – The Wonderland Ballroom
11/3 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
11/4 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom

* Youth Code will open all shows

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