Assertion Flex Their Musical Chemistry on “The Lamb to the Slaughter Pulls a Knife”

The new project from Sunny Day Real Estate and Foo Fighters’ William Goldsmith will release their debut album April 9.

It’s likely a promising sign that this deep into his career—after drumming for the original iterations of Foo Fighters and Sunny Day Real Estate—William Goldsmith is able to create music with new bandmates that instantaneously clicks. His new project Assertion, featuring guitarist/vocalist Justin Tamminga and bassist Bryan Gorder, sounds like a bit of a blend of these two bands, while dipping into the heavy shoegaze movement that paralleled grunge and emo in the ’90s. Their latest single from their forthcoming debut, Intermission, sounds akin to the dense rock of bands like Hum and Far.

“There is a musical chemistry with our band that is rare and at a level that none of us have experienced before,” Goldsmith confesses. “We have found ourselves slightly perplexed as to the origins of some of the songs. ‘Lamb to the Slaughter Pulls a Knife’ is an example of us sitting down and playing the song from start to finish—the vocal melody and the arrangement just appeared out of nowhere. The song seemed to write itself or somehow already existed.”

Intermission will arrive April 9 via Spartan Records. You can pre-order it here.


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