‘Intermission’ the debut album from Assertion, the new band of musician William Goldsmith (ex-Foo Fighters, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft), guitarist/vocalist Justin Tamminga and, bassist Bryan Gorder, has been named one of the ‘Best Albums of 2021 So Far’ by Rolling Stone.
‘Intermission’ marks the official return of the fabled drummer, who ten years ago, walked away from a successful music career that included stints as a founding member of Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft, and Foo Fighters.
Together with his Assertion bandmates, guitarist/vocalist Justin Tamminga and, bassist Bryan Gorder, Assertion’s debut LP, ‘Intermission’, is real, propulsive, and earnest — a cathartic experience that proudly does not nestle nicely alongside current bands — or really many releases at all from the last couple decades. The album conjures more connections to the heady grit and soaring grind of the 90’s. Driving guitars anchored by a frenetic rhythm section. A haunting vocal delivery concealing a heartfelt sentiment. Track-by-track, the record builds into a dark and heavy crescendo but unpredictably retreats into delicate and fragile moments in masterful ways.
Goldsmith says, “A decade-long journey that started out walking away from music has led me right back to it and the very reason I started – but with a whole new appreciation and respect for it. I feel extremely fortunate to be part of this project. It’s not just about making music. It’s like a force of nature, but in an egoless collaboration that is nothing short of unconditional. The gratitude I have for being given the opportunity to release this music is beyond words. Thank you to everyone for your support through all these years.”
• US / World Vinyl: https://spr.tn/intermission
• UK / EU Vinyl: https://spr.tn/intermissionuk
Stay tuned to spartanrecords.com for updates on Assertion.
‘Intermission’ Track Listing:
Down Into The Depths
The Lamb To The Slaughter Pulls A Knife
This Dream Does Not Work
Pushed To The Limit
Deeper In The Shallow
This Lonely Choir