Biography

WALKING BOMBS is the genre jumping solo/collaborative project of Hudson Valley, NY singer and music journalist Morgan Ywain Evans (and friends). Stay calm and don’t explode.

“The band name is about discussing mental illness and culture divides. A kind of fuck you to hate and also a rebuke to people who have called me a loose cannon.” – MYE.

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Review: WALKING BOMBS & GRIDFAILURE, Suicide by Citizenship (Nefarious Industries, 2019) – No Echo

“Four out of eight songs in and the main note I want to present is that while there may not be clear cut connections between every song, this record seems to have a natural cohesion in how it is sequenced which is not easy. If you add in the experimental nature of David Brenner (GRIDFAILURE) and Morgan Y. Evans (WALKING BOMBS) musical output as well as the varied collaborators they worked with on this release, I think it’d be fair for some to think any flow or cohesion in the material would be impossible but Suicide by Citizenship is a uniquely unified experience that I think is meant to throw the listener as off balance as it is to pull them in.” – No Echo

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Stream WALKING BOMBS & GRIDFAILURE’s collab LP ft. mems of Kylesa, Tad, All Out War, more – BrooklynVegan

“New York dark/heavy music solo projects WALKING BOMBS (aka Morgan Y. Evans) and GRIDFAILURE (aka David Brenner) have teamed up to release a collaborative album, Suicide By Citizenship, and it features tons of impressive guests, including Laura Pleasants (Kylesa), Tad Doyle (Tad), Mike Score (All Out War), Brett Netson (ex-Built to Spill, Caustic Resin), Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), and more. As you’d probably expect from a diverse cast like that, the album is all over the place in a good way. It’s got everything from abrasive, noisy industrial parts to atmospheric dream pop, and it’s a real trip.” – BrooklynVegan

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WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE: BrooklynVegan Streams Suicide By Citizenship Featuring Members Of Tad, Kylesa, All Out War, Built To Spill, And More; Album Out Friday Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

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Nefarious Industries this week releases Suicide By Citizenship, the collaborative musical experiment by New York solo outfits WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE. BrooklynVegan is now streaming the entire record via an exclusive video playlist.

Suicide By Citizenship was conceived by WALKING BOMBS’ Morgan Y. Evans and GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner who created the album with producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser). In addition, guest contributions from to Mike Score (All Out War, Below The Frost), Thomas Andrew Doyle (Tad, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Laura Pleasants (Kylesa, The Discussion), Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Snakes), Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), and more are featured throughout the album, which was recorded and mastered by Andersen, who also plays on the entire album, with additional recording by Brenner who created the cover art.

A video playlist for Suicide By Citizenship has been created by Brenner, featuring unique visualizers/abstract videos for most of the tracks, as well as the previously-released official video for “Bare Shores Bleed” and unveiling a new official video for the album’s title track. The entire album playlist is now streaming exclusively at BrooklynVegan, who offers, “As you’d probably expect from a diverse cast like that, the album is all over the place in a good way. It’s got everything from abrasive, noisy industrial parts to atmospheric dream pop, and it’s a real trip.”

Stream/view the entire WALKING BOMBS & GRIDFAILURE Suicide By Citizenship video playlist at BrooklynVegan RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Suicide By Citizenship on eco-wallet CD and all digital platforms this Friday, April 26th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp HERE and HERE.

GRIDFAILURE embarks on a four-day Northeastern US tour next week, including stops in Manchester, Kingston, Harrisburg, and Washington DC. Brenner will be joined by core live members Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe) and Richard Muller (The Third Kind, Vise Massacre) for the first two shows including Kingston where Evans will join part of the performance as well. Brenner will perform the last two shows solo.

GRIDFAILURE – Springtime In The Abyss Pt. 2 w/ Zud:
5/01/2019 The Bungalow Bar & Grill – Manchester, NH w/ Anxiety, Wkeah [info]
5/02/2019 Tubby’s – Kingston, NY w/ Parkbench Messiah [info]
5/03/2019 J. B. Lovedraft’s Micropub – Harrisburg, PA w/ Voarm [info]
5/04/2019 Atlas Brew Works – Washington, DC w/ Voarm, Radamanthys [info]

Suicide By Citizenship is an album created to challenge its own creators with the intent of combining sounds from two outfits located on polar opposite ends of the underground music spectrum. The record blends a wealth of genres into a dystopian alloy of improvised jams, rife with discontent for the contemporary state of American politics, and more specifically, the current administration’s actions and policies.

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WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE: New Noise Magazine Premieres “Bare Shores Bleed” Video; Song Features Brett Netson And Other Guests + Suicide By Citizenship Out Next Week Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

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From their impending fully collaborative musical experiment, Suicide By Citizenship, New York solo outfits WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE present a new video for the emotive eco-collapse movement, “Bare Shores Bleed.” The video makes is public debut through a premiere at New Noise Magazine as the album nears release through Nefarious Industries next week.

“Bare Shores Bleed” sees WALKING BOMBS’ Morgan Y. Evans on vocals and bass, GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner on vocals, guitar, electronics, harmonica, effects, and field recordings, album performer and producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser) on drums, and features a cast of guest contributions, including guitar from Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Snakes), vocals from Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), and accordion from Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe). The video was directed and filmed by Brenner.

With the “Bare Shores Bleed” premiere, Evans offers, “Dave mainly wrote this one, but I was really stoked Elizabeth and I sang on it together as the environment is important to both of us. She got me taking care of my health again and has been vegetarian for fifteen years. I also love the nature of where we live in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate, New York and hate that the world is threatened by the careless march of humanity. Also shout out to Jay for spending extra time on mixing this one as there was so much going on. It is thrilling to hear Brett’s chaotic guitar swells, which remind me of nature’s wrath.

Brenner offers, “Our planet is in peril. We see some of the most devastating ecological disasters happening right in front of our eyes, we watch species go extinct daily, we clear millions of acres of woodlands yearly, and each of us throws thousands of pounds of plastic into the planet each year. We have an administration who hires rapists of the EPA to run it, and legions of ‘Flat Earthers’ and ‘coal rollers’ simply defying science and common sense. Political affiliations aside, we all need air and water. Our planet is the highest priority to all of us, and it saddens me when I see so much abuse of it every day.

See WALKING BOMBS & GRIDFAILURE’s emotional “Bare Shores Bleed” video at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Suicide By Citizenship on eco-wallet CD and all digital platforms next Friday, April 26th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp where several other songs are streaming HERE and HERE.

Suicide By Citizenship is an album created to challenge its own creators with the intent of combining sounds from two outfits located on polar opposite ends of the underground music spectrum. The record blends a wealth of genres into a dystopian alloy of improvised jams, rife with discontent for the contemporary state of American politics, and more specifically, the current administration’s actions and policies.

Suicide By Citizenship was conceived by WALKING BOMBS’ Morgan Y. Evans and GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner who created the album with producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser). In addition to Mike Score, guest contributions from Thomas Andrew Doyle (Tad, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Laura Pleasants (Kylesa, The Discussion), Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Snakes), Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), and more are featured throughout the album, which was recorded and mastered by Andersen, who also plays on the entire album, with additional recording by Brenner who created the cover art.

GRIDFAILURE – Springtime In The Abyss Pt. 2 w/ Zud:
5/01/2019 The Bungalow Bar & Grill – Manchester, NH w/ Anxiety, Wkeah [info]
5/02/2019 Tubby’s – Kingston, NY w/ Parkbench Messiah [info]
5/03/2019 J. B. Lovedraft’s Micropub – Harrisburg, PA w/ Voarm [info]
5/04/2019 Atlas Brew Works – Washington, DC w/ Voarm, Radamanthys [info]

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WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE: No Echo Premieres “Bleeding Out” Featuring Mike Score From All Out War; Suicide By Citizenship Collaboration Nears Release Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

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Hudson Valley, New York solo outfits WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE are preparing to release their fully collaborative musical experiment, Suicide By Citizenship, through Nefarious Industries later this month. No Echo is now streaming the album’s closing song, “Bleeding Out,” which features guest vocals from Mike Score of New York metallic hardcore kingpins All Out War, posted with an interview of the artists.

Suicide By Citizenship was conceived by WALKING BOMBS’ Morgan Y. Evans and GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner who created the album with producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser). In addition to Mike Score, guest contributions from Thomas Andrew Doyle (Tad, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Laura Pleasants (Kylesa, The Discussion), Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Snakes), Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), and more are featured throughout the album, which was recorded and mastered by Andersen, who also plays on the entire album, with additional recording by Brenner who created the cover art.

Stream “Bleeding Out” by WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE featuring Mike Score at No Echo RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Suicide By Citizenship on eco-wallet CD and all digital platforms on April 26th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp where “Armchair Expert” and “Supply And Demand Of The American Soul” are also streaming HERE and HERE.

Watch for official videos from the album and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.

Suicide By Citizenship is an album created to challenge its own creators with the intent of combining sounds from two outfits located on polar opposite ends of the underground music spectrum. The record blends a wealth of genres into a dystopian alloy of improvised jams, rife with discontent for the contemporary state of American politics, and more specifically, the current administration’s actions and policies.

In 2016, Evans invited Brenner to collaborate on WALKING BOMBS’ “Demagogue,” an outspoken punk anthem aimed at our 45th president, to which GRIDFAILURE provided a backdrop of chaos and vocals. The unlikely pairing of acts on the track quickly became something both wanted to explore further, penning ideas for a fully collaborative release. They met in late 2017 at Bohemosphere Studios in Saugerties, New York, with studio owner and Evans’ musical counterpart, Jay Andersen. The three tore through several improv jams and that afternoon had a solid structure of what would become Suicide By Citizenship. Through several similar jams over the next few months with the three vagabonds each performing multiple instruments, additional material was recorded by Brenner at The Compound.

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WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE Create Unlikely Alliance, Issue “Supply and Demand of the American Soul” (premiere) – PopMatters

WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE, two of the most abrasive, unholy entities to emerge from New York’s Hudson Valley, have teamed up for a new musical experiment, Suicide By Citizenship […] This is the arrival of a new weird, something that moves beyond the traditional boundaries of noise/avant-garde/experimental and toward something that is utterly hypnotic and hallucinatory in its sense of despair and the death grips of hopelessness.” – PopMatters

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WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE: PopMatters Debuts “Supply And Demand Of The American Soul” + CD Preorders Posted; Suicide By Citizenship Features Members Of Kylesa, Tad, All Out War, Built To Spill, And More – Earsplit Compound

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Hudson Valley, New York solo outfits WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE are preparing to release their diverse, fully collaborative musical experiment, Suicide By Citizenship, through Nefarious Industries in late April. With the record nearing release, the new single “Supply And Demand Of The American Soul” has been premiered through PopMatters, as preorders for the CD are posted.

Conceived by WALKING BOMBS’ Morgan Y. Evans and GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner who created the album with producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser), Suicide By Citizenship is an album created to challenge its own creators with the intent of combining sounds from two outfits located on polar opposite ends of the underground music spectrum. The record blends a wealth of genres into a dystopian alloy of improvised jams, rife with discontent for the contemporary state of American politics, and more specifically, the current administration’s actions and policies.

Suicide By Citizenship features guest contributions from Thomas Andrew Doyle (Tad, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Laura Pleasants (Kylesa, The Discussion), Mike Score (All Out War, Below The Frost), Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Earth, Snakes), Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), and more. The audio was mastered by Anderson and the record completed with artwork by Brenner.

“Supply And Demand Of The American Soul” sees Evans performing lead vocals and trombone, Brenner providing background vocals, guitar, theremin, and effects, and Andersen playing drums and synth. The track captures the core essence of Suicide By Citizenship, a melting pot of Americana, jazz, and noise, through the lens of William S. Burroughs, Upton Sinclair, and George Orwell.

PopMatters notes the single is, “five minutes of lamenting a vanishing way of life… This is the arrival of a new weird, something that moves beyond the traditional boundaries of noise/avant-garde/experimental and toward something that is utterly hypnotic and hallucinatory in its sense of despair and the death grips of hopelessness.”

Hear WALKING BOMBS & GRIDFAILURE’s “Supply And Demand Of The American Soul” only through PopMatters at THIS LOCATION.

Nefarious Industries will release Suicide By Citizenship on eco-wallet CD and all digital platforms on April 26th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp where “Armchair Expert” is streaming HERE and HERE.

Watch for additional audio and video premieres and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.

In 2016, Evans invited Brenner to collaborate on WALKING BOMBS’ “Demagogue,” an outspoken punk anthem aimed at our 45th president, to which GRIDFAILURE provided a backdrop of chaos and vocals. The unlikely pairing of acts on the track quickly became something both wanted to explore further, penning ideas for a fully collaborative release. They met in late 2017 at Bohemosphere Studios in Saugerties, New York, with studio owner and Evans’ musical counterpart, Jay Andersen. The three tore through several improv jams and that afternoon had a solid structure of what would become Suicide By Citizenship. Through several similar jams over the next few months with the three vagabonds each performing multiple instruments, additional material was recorded by Brenner at The Compound.

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WALKING BOMBS & GRIDFAILURE To Release Suicide By Citizenship Featuring Members Of TAD, Kylesa, All Out War, Built To Spill, And More Via Nefarious Industries; Trailer Posted – Earsplit Compound

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Nefarious Industries confirms the April release of Suicide By Citizenship, a fully collaborative musical experiment from Hudson Valley, New York solo outfits/collaborator magnets WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE. The album features guest contributions from a spectrum of artists from the likes of TAD, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Kylesa, All Out War, Built To Spill, Globelamp, Full Scale Riot, Megalophobe, and more.

Incepted by WALKING BOMBS’ Morgan Y. Evans and GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner who created the album with producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser), Suicide By Citizenship is an album created to challenge its own creators with the intent of combining sounds from two outfits located on polar opposite ends of the underground music spectrum. The record blends a wealth of genres into a dystopian alloy of improvised jams, rife with discontent for the contemporary state of American politics, and more specifically, the current administration’s actions and policies.

In 2016, Evans invited Brenner to collaborate on WALKING BOMBS’ “Demagogue,” an outspoken punk anthem aimed at our 45th president, to which GRIDFAILURE provided a backdrop of chaos and vocals. The unlikely pairing of acts on the track quickly became something both wanted to explore further, penning ideas for a fully collaborative release. They met in late 2017 at Bohemosphere Studios in Saugerties, New York, with studio owner and Evans’ musical counterpart, Jay Andersen. The three tore through several improv jams and that afternoon had a solid structure of what would become Suicide By Citizenship. Through several similar jams over the next few months with the three vagabonds each performing multiple instruments, additional material was recorded by Brenner at The Compound.

Additionally, a wide cast of additional musicians from around the country took part in one or more songs each, the album including contributions Thomas Andrew Doyle (TAD, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Laura Pleasants (Kylesa, The Discussion), Mike Score (All Out War, Below The Frost), Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Earth, Snakes), Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), and more. The audio was mastered by Anderson and the record completed with artwork by Brenner.

See a brief trailer for Suicide By Citizenship RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Suicide By Citizenship on eco-wallet CD and all digital platforms on April 26th. Watch for track previews, preorders, videos, and more from the record to be posted in the coming weeks.

Evans states, “Dave and Jay have been stalwart pals in the music scene of mine for ages, so it was awesome to capture this moment in time with them sonically, to say nothing of the other killer guests. This album to me represents people’s faith in the American Dream being exploited, ground up and spit out by gerrymandering, self-important Christo-fascists and unchecked capitalist greed. It’s a total farce to think corruption won’t run rampant in a society with no checks and balances.”

Brenner offers, “While our styles are vastly different, when we got into a room together and hit record things just happened organically. Three friends came in with the concept only; absolutely everything else musically and lyrically bloomed from that. Our planet is in peril, the party governing our country is a disgrace, tensions and turmoil amongst us are out of control, and we’re being divided further apart every day. This album is meant as a cumulative human cry for unification and progression, and a warning shot to the perpetrators.”

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Suicide By Citizenship Track Listing:
1. Armchair Expert
2. Blood Offering Distraction
3. Bare Shores Bleed
4. Supply And Demand Of The American Soul
5. Now We Know Who You Are
6. Suicide By Citizenship
7. Aneurhythmic
8. Bleeding Out

GRIDFAILURE Tour Dates: 
3/17/2019 The Cobra Club – Brooklyn, NY w/ Naruth [info]
Springtime In The Abyss Pt. 2 w/ Zud:
5/01/2019 The Bungalow Bar & Grill – Manchester, NH
5/02/2019 Tubby’s – Kingston, NY
5/03/2019 J. B. Lovedraft’s Micropub – Harrisburg, PA w/ Voarm
5/04/2019 Atlas Brew Works – Washington, DC w/ Voarm, Radamanthys [info]

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GLOBELAMP Goes Beyond Stripped-Down for Third LP, ‘Romantic Cancer’ (album stream + interview) – PopMatters

“Drawing up a wide range of influences, GLOBELAMP appeals to fans of “lost” ’60s and ’70s folksingers such as Vashti Bunyan or Judee Sill as well as contemporary artists such as Myrkur and Waxahachie. With added flashes of emo and lo-fi music, the appeal broadens, and one is left with an album and an artist that will leave you reeling.” – PopMatters

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Song Premiere: “Sorceress of Your Soul” by GLOBELAMP – The Big Takeover

“The Big Takeover is pleased to premiere “Sorceress of Your Soul”, a spellbinding dream-folk storyteller. The first half of the tune is more subdued, imbued with acoustic guitar strum, wavering vintage piano notes, and the occasional pull of accordion notes that sounds like warm strings. The second half swells more intensely with rising accordion notes and briskly struck guitar lines, while throughout, Le Fey’s expressive, light, and fluttering vocals move from dreamy to sharp and back again.” – The Big Takeover

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