Out of the primordial soup, A Primitive Evolution brings us a post-apocalyptic dreamscape.
Dark alternative rock act A Primitive Evolution, fronted by The Birthday Massacre bassist Brett Carruthers, released a video for the song ‘Ghost’ from their current album, ‘Becoming’. A song about love and loss that is inspired by the shared grieving process of filial death, the clip is set in a desolate, post-apocalyptic dreamscape where two lone survivors seek connection.
Singer and Bass player Carruthers states that “'Ghost' was a song we took a chance on. We’d never written an epic piece like this before and it helped seal the album together for us. I wrote this song when I was having a lot of dreams about my father who we lost when I was fourteen. Funny how in certain years these ‘ghosts’ seem to come back and haunt you. Quite often you almost feel as though they’re communicating with you or something along those lines. It’s a really beautiful moment where you feel like you’re with them again, but then disappointment in waking up to reality.”
The song is indeed epic, breaking the six minutes mark (the video has more than seven minutes), it starts with frail a guitar riff that creates an atmospheric bed for Carruthers's voice. The song develops into a more energetic moody that reminds us of the best of Alarm's anthemic songs. Musical elements are gradually added while the song morphs into a wall of sound with distorted guitars, a shuffling drum beat and moody synth tones. The song keeps us hooked, dynamically swinging between quiet and loud until the sorrowful end.
A Primitive Evolution (A.P.E.) formed in 2007, developing at their own pace and creating a constantly evolving soundtrack utilizing their brand of dark electronic metal. Released in 2018, 'Becoming' is their third album and was recorded at their own Desolation Studios with contributions from writer/producer Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent) and engineer Kenny Luong (Metric). Raw and visceral, yet displaying soul and beauty, its thirteen songs blur the boundaries between rock, metal, and electronica and show off an array of influences that include Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Tool, The Prodigy, Ministry, Radiohead, and Alice in Chains.