Detroit, MI | September 14, 2015 – Industrial, electronic-rock phenomenon Blue Stahli has teamed up with Crave for the premiere of his newest track, “Armageddon.” Featured on his forthcoming sophomore release, ‘The Devil,’ the new track showcases Blue Stahli’s unique high-energy mix of metal riffs, rock hooks and heavy electronic-infused production. ‘The Devil’ will be out on October 2, 2015 via FiXT. Hear the new track and see the lyric video below.
“Musically, I wanted this to be a cyberpunk blast of the feelings I got from early to mid 90’s cult sci-fi horror flicks like ‘Hardware’ and ‘Split Second,'” explains Blue Stahli’s Bret Autrey. “Most all of the synths in this song are old school 90’s rave stabs, hoovers, and other surprises. The choppy 303-esque synthline in the second verse and the bridge was the result of an improv modular synth session with Klayton of Celldweller in the spaceship of patchbay modular insanity in Studio A. We would switch up the sequence on the fly and both be drastically changing the sound while recording the whole mess. Wound up with well over 40 minutes of synth noodling to dig through to find the few loops I would eventually chop and glitch all to hell. The drums and loops in this track are full of rave loops and hugely compressed breakbeats as The Prodigy is a *huge* influence. In the hook, after the chorus, along with my blown out screams, are the gang shoutouts of The Surly Dude Mass Choir. Not many know their identity, but rumors abound, and are said to be a well known active rock band slumming it in one of my tracks.”
Blue Stahli’s music and original compositions have been featured in countless staple television shows, films, and video games, including American Horror Story, Iron Man 3, and X Men: Days of Future Past, and his last single, “Ultranumb,” has been streamed over 30 million times worldwide. Leading up to its release, Blue Stahli has also released a handful of tracks from ‘The Devil,’ including “Down In Flames,” “The Fall,” “Enemy,” “Ready Aim Fire,” and “Not Over Til We Say It’s Over,” featuring Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies on bass. Pre-orders are available here.
The sole member of Blue Stahli, Bret, comes from a background of fetish burlesque troupes, drag queen fronted punk bands and believes that he is visited in his dreams by the ghost of William S. Burroughs.
In addition to writing and performing Blue Stahli, he is also the other touring member of the Celldweller live show. During live performances, he is frequently given to fits of spastic energy while abusing guitars, making loud angry noises on synths, and punishing a tricked out tribal drum set like he caught it breaking into his house. Celldweller mastermind, Klayton, dons the producer role of Blue Stahli (and thus keeping Bret from accidentally lighting himself on fire).
The music of Blue Stahli is not only meant to be aggressive, artistic, and full of piss’n’vinegar, but also vividly cinematic and wildly epic. Trailers and promos for films such as “Tron Legacy”, “Colombiana”, “Sucker Punch” and “Limitless” all the way to TV shows like “America’s Next Top Model”, “Bones” and “Criminal Minds” feature Blue Stahli to create an exciting musical backdrop. Video games like “Dead Rising 2” and ads for Victoria’s Secret have also utilized the music of Blue Stahli to inject their productions with rawness and energy. Either that, or a family member was held for ransom. Bret has never been successfully prosecuted, so we may never know.
The self-titled debut album is a double-barreled blast of anthemic songs that are just as focused on providing an emotional escape as they are to making you feel as though you could singlehandedly take on an entire army. Infectious vocal hooks ranging from sensual and emotive to screaming-bloody-murder serve as the foundation for stronger-than-steel songwriting while giant chainsaw guitar riffs threaten to burn cities to the ground in a blaze of hooky, distorted glory. Slick electronics and dramatic production provide a gripping cinematic atmosphere with more intrigue than a box full of Bond flicks. Live drums and tribal toms are pulverized with a ferocity typically reserved for guerilla warfare while sexy breakbeats cut through with a precision hellbent on giving you and your hips more groove than is physically or legally allowed. These ten songs of fury and release will get stuck in your head and stay there. Do not defy them.
The pure visceral feeling of Blue Stahli is a getaway drive into oblivion, cutting a jet-black swath down midnight asphalt. Clawing, scratching and tearing through to catharsis with the hyperstylized jagged edge of revenge. Art is a weapon. Use it.