Published Dec 04, 2014A few years after Portland hardcore legends Poison Idea started a relationship with Southern Lord Records to deliver the Darby Crash Rides Again: The Early Years collection, the group have now revealed they'll be issuing their first full-length in nine years through the label in 2015.
While details are still developing, a press release confirms that the act recorded a new LP called Confuse & Conquer that should land mid-year through Southern Lord. An exact due date has yet to be determined.
The record was tracked at Portland's Audiosiege studios over the course of a few sessions with Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and was later mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise). It's the first full-length from the unit since 2006's Latest Will and Testament, and also the first since the death of guitarist Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts that same year.
Replacing the late Roberts is original lead guitarist Eric "The Vegetable" Olsen, who had played on 1987's War All the Time, among other efforts. The lineup is filled out by vocalist Jerry A., bassist Chris "Spider" Carey, drummer Nathan "Skinny" Richardson and guitarist Brandon Bentley.
While music from Confuse & Conquer has yet to be revealed, A. noted that the band are happy to be back in action.
"What can I say? We're all happy with the record," A. said in a statement. "It's a group effort; we all had a part in writing the songs. We've been screwing around for too long. We had to hang back and see whose heart was really in this thing we've been doing for thirty years and who was bullshitting."
He added: "Everybody in the band now lives to play and make music; that comes first. It always has, it just took a long time to filter out the flakes, and keep the diehards. So these guys know how to make this ship float. As far as I'm concerned, it feels like being reborn, having a second wind, a hardcore revival, and just discovering meaning, all at the same time."
Along with the upcoming LP, Poison Idea have plans to tour the U.S. and Europe in 2015. Southern Lord also has plans to deliver deluxe reissues of the group's War All the Time and Feel the Darkness albums next year. Details on the represses and tour dates are forthcoming.