You are not the ocean. You do not orchestrate a beautiful cacophony of life and death,struggle and destruction, creation and dependence. You are not the sole reason for the existence of a nation of creatures to live and abide your stark and simple rules. You are not married to the moon. You do not allow the constellations to be your map. You do not destroy cities and drown their citizens. You do not embrace land’s golden hem as your child, with calm and tenderness. You do not crash and spray craggy shores with fury and passion. You are not unstoppable. You are not powerful. You are not necessary.
You are the patient. You are controlled. You are cared for, out of duty. You are maintained with medicines and examinations. You are met with cold hands and protocol. Your most intimate self is put on a form. You are questioned about pains and thoughts. You are dependent on those with knowledge. You are helpless. You are tired and bed ridden. You do no harm and you do not help. You are monitored and caged. You are kept away from others. You are contaminated. You are sick. You are keeping yourself sick. You do not know how to recover. You do not want to recover. You do not know what recovery is.
Potent words from four-piece Bison (known also as Bison B.C.), whose new album – and follow up to 2012′s Lovelessness – channels the likes of Kylesa, Black Tusk and Mastodon into burly riffs and sweaty aggression the likes of which you might not stereotypically expect from a group of Canadians.
Yet here we are with You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient, seven sludgy songs carefully constructed and pieced together with narrative focus. Guitarist and vocalist James Farwell explains:
“It was important that the songs fit together to tell a bit of a story: a story of a new life and escaping the city, while still being tethered to it. Life is a constant fight, and though I have taken the fight to a more natural and beautiful place, that struggle still persists. This is an album of daily living. It is for everyone.”
01. Until The Earth Is Empty
02. Anti War
07. The Water Becomes Fire
We are super stoked to be able to premiere the entirety of this thunderous monstrosity of an album for you today!
If you like what you hear, you can pre-order You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient directly from Pelagic Records here (CD Digipak) or here (vinyl LP + digital download). It releases this Friday, 23rd June.