The Armed are back with news of their next album: Perfect Saviors lands August 25 via Sargent House. The follow-up to 2021’s ULTRAPOP is led by the single ‘Sport of Form’, which features vocals from Julien Baker and comes with a video starring Iggy Pop as God. Check it out below and scroll down for the LP’s cover art and tracklist.
Introducing Perfect Saviors, the Armed said in a statement: “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.”
The Armed’s Tony Wolski produced the new LP with Ben Chisholm and Troy Van Leeuwen, while Alan Moulder handled the mixing. In addition to Julien Baker, it features Ken Szymanski, Randall Lee, Dan Greene, Urian Hackney, Cara Drolshagen, Patrick Shiroishi, Sarah Tudzin (illuminati hotties), Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Mark Guiliana, Matt Sweeney, Bryan Aiken, Jacob Bannon (Converge), Julien Baker, Eric Avery and Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Josh Klinghoffer (ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers), Chris Slorach, Zach Weeks, Brian Wolski, and Derek Coburn.
Commenting on ‘Sport of Form’, Wolski said:
There are two types of sport — those of measure and those of form. A sport of measure like basketball, football, or soccer has a point system and a sort of binary path to victory. A sport of form is something like diving, figure skating, or bodybuilding — something with evolving standards and a layer of subjectivity and some sort of critical component.
The world that surrounds us is complex, and our lives are truly more akin to a sport of form than one of measure. Yet, so many people see it as exactly the opposite.
Lyrically, this song is about the human need to win a game that we’re not even actually playing. Sonically, it is a reflection of that cognitive dissonance through a constant whiplash between beauty and ugliness, severity and tenderness, obscenity and grace.
Perfect Saviors Cover Artwork:
Perfect Saviors Tracklist:
1. Sport of Measure
2. FKA World
4. Modern Vanity
5. Everything’s Glitter
6. Burned Mind
7. Sport of Form
8. Patient Mind
9. Vatican Under Construction
10. Liar 2
11. In Heaven
12. Public Grieving