The Armed Detail New Album 'Perfect Saviors,' Share Collaboration with Julien Baker, Iggy Pop

Listen to lead single "Sport of Form"

BY Allie GregoryPublished Jun 27, 2023

Following 2021's end-of-year-topping breakout album ULTRAPOP, the Armed have delivered on their mysterious billboard hinting with plans for a new album called Perfect Saviors, out August 25. The release will conclude a trilogy of albums exploring the depths of pop culture and music. 

The album was produced by the band's Tony Wolski alongside Ben Chisholm and Troy Van Leeuwen, and it was mixed by Alan Moulder. It features contributions from Julien Baker, Josh Klinghoffer, Illuminati Hotties' Sarah Tudzin, Matt Sweeney and many more.

Here's what Wolski had to say about the forthcoming effort:

Too much information has made us dumb and confused. Too many ways to connect have inadvertently led to isolation. And too much expectation has forced everyone to become a celebrity. Predictable primal dangers have given way to newer social ones. And the result is a world that is confounding and terrifying — but ultimately still beautiful. We hope this record is exactly all of that, too.

Perfect Saviors is our completely unironic, sincere effort to create the biggest, greatest rock album of the 21st century.

Baker's collaboration — "Sport of Form" — arrives today alongside the previously teased Iggy Pop music video in which the 76-year-old rocker portrays a mesh tank top-donning embodiment of God. The track is "about the human need to win a game that we're not even actually playing," Wolski explained. "Sonically, it is a reflection of that cognitive dissonance through a constant whiplash between beauty and ugliness, severity and tenderness, obscenity and grace."

The band are due to head out on a North American tour in support of Queens of the Stone Age in August, during which they will perform at Toronto's Budweiser Stage on the 4th of the month. They've also announced a fall headlining run of their own, with support from Model/Actriz, though no Canadian dates are included. You can see their full schedule here

Check out the Iggy Pop-starring music video for "Sport of Form" below, where you can also see the album's tracklist.

Perfect Saviors:

1. Sport of Measure
2. FKA World
3. Clone
4. Modern Vanity
5. Everything's Glitter
6. Burned Mind
7. Sport of Form
8. Vatican Under Construction
9. Liar 2
10. In Heaven
11. Public Grieving

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