Arson Anthem, ‘Insecurity Notoriety’ — New Album
Arson Anthem, the hardcore punk band featuring an eclectic, all-star lineup that includes Phil Anselmo, (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual), Hank Williams III (Superjoint Ritual, Assjack), Mike IX Williams (Outlaw Order, Eyehategod) and Collin Yeo (Ponykiller), will release their debut full-length, ‘Insecurity Notorietty,’ on Oct. 12 through Anselmo’s own Housecore label.
Anselmo said that when the band gets into “Arson mode,” it’s like “time stops. We know the mission is to write unforgiving hardcore inspired by a slew of ’80s bands.” The band released a self-titled EP a few years back, and ‘Insecurity Notoriety’ finds the band growing its own maniacal animal with classic hardcore as its inspiration.
“We did the EP, after Katrina, when no one had music going on in their lives,” Anselmo told Noisecreep about Arson Anthem’s humble origins. Williams had moved into Anselmo’s spare apartment after his home and belongings were destroyed with the hurricane. The pair spent time listening to Anselmo’s incredible collection of hardcore, remembering the time when Discharge, Negative Approach and Sheer Terror ruled the earth. Suddenly, Arson Anthem were born, in a hard, fast, hardcore-inspired labor process that was ultimately a necessity.
“Everyone was scrambling to get their lives back together, which left little time for making music. Equipment was gone, you know. Playing music with amps and a PA was the last thing on people’s minds,” Anselmo said. “Me and Mike were holed up, and Eyehategod was on hold and his was before Down considered getting back together; we were right on the cusp of it, actually. But we did this out of pure frustration. Hank came down and everything gelled, and it was an awesome thing to do, so we decided to do a full-length and I am really happy about this. It’s f—ing as true as it can be.”
The “f—ing true as it can be” comes from the fact that Anselmo and Williams were reared on old, authentic hardcore. “Mike and I watched the underground happen before our very eyes, our lives,” Anselmo said. “We were taking those influences. It’s raw as f— and bad-ass, and it’s not typical of today’s hardcore nor is it metalcore or anything like that. It’s pretty true to the heart.”