Starting in 2014 as a collaboration between visual artist Heather Gabel and percussionist Seth Sher, the Chicago-based industrial duo known simply as HIDE was formed. The following three years have seen HIDE crash through with a number of aggressively rendered singles and EP’s while quietly collecting the shattered pieces that would form their debut full length album on DAIS, Castration Anxiety.   Due out this Friday, Castration Anxiety is streaming in its entirety today – listen now via Revolver Magazine.

Those familiar with HIDE’s provocative live performances will already be accustomed to the hypnotic low-end and sinister vocal delivery that have become the band’s signature. The opening track, Fall Down, sets an eerie tone that permeates Castration Anxiety until the end. Throbbing pulses swirling around Gabel’s death laden mantras succumb to themes harvesting power from desperation and hopelessness.  The track Wildfire keeps the same repetitive, dark emphasis but delves deeper into the ideas of the physical world rejecting its inhabitants. Harkening back to the slow, brooding industrial anthems from decades before, HIDE’s treatment of this sound is notably unique as it is familiar.  Tracks such as F*cked (I Found Heaven) and Bound/Severed ratchet up the tempo with a hedonistic dance floor séance. Each song ripping apart the ideas of empowerment and autonomy, throwing them back out to the audience in the form of Sher’s addictive rhythms, shattered EBM-styled samples whipped at the end of a leash, held in check by Gabel’s cathartic delivery.  Wear Your Skin unveils HIDE in a disruptive personal state. Churning electronics stepping up to anthem–styled synth melodies, disrupted sparingly by incantations of Gabel’s experiences about identity and obsession, blurring those themes into prophetic feedback.

The past few years have seen HIDE touring nationally, playing alongside related acts such as ADULT.Ceremony and Champagne Mirrors, as well as providing main support for Marilyn Manson during The Pale Emperor tour.  This Spring, HIDE will canvas the United States; the tour will span 5 weeks and begins April 5th in St. Louis, routing the band from the east coast to the west coast and will close out May 9th in the midwest.  Check out the full routing below.

Castration Anxiety will be released to the world this Friday.  In the meantime, pre-orders are available here.

Castration Anxiety, Track List: 

1. Fall Down

2. Bound-Severed

3. Close Your Eyes

4. Wear Your Skin

5. Come Undone

6. Wildfire

7. F*cked (I Found Heaven)

8. All Fours


March 23  Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *Record Release Show*

March 24  Detroit, MI @ El Club

March 27  Rock Island, IL @ Blue Island Brewing Co.

April 5  St. Louis, MO @ RKDE

April 6  Louisville, KY @ Cure Lounge

April 7  Cincinnati, OH @ The Yacht Club

April 8  Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers

April 10  Boston, MA @ Dorchester Art Project

April 11  Providence, RI @ Psychic Readings

April 12  Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus

April 13  Philadelphia, PA @ Lacquer

April 14  Baltimore, MD @ Metrogallery

April 15  Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5

April 16  Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

April 17  Asheville, NC @ Mothlight

April 19  New Orleans, LA @ Poor Boys

April 20  Dallas, TX @ Texas Theatre

April 22  Austin, TX @ North Door

April 23  El Paso, TX @ The Monarch

April 24  Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress

April 25  Phoenix, AZ @ LBX

April 26  Los Angeles, CA @ Coaxial

April 27  Oakland, CA @ Elbo Room

April 28  Sacramento, CA @ Colony

April 30  Portland, OR @ The Know

May 1  Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge

May 3  Boise, ID @ Mad Son House

May 4  Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records

May 6  Denver, CO @ Mutiny Info Cafe

May 7  Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge

May 8  Minneapolis, MN @ Eagles Club

May 9  Milwaukee, MI @ Franks Powerplant