Southern Lord will release Age Of Paranoia, the new album by Dutch hardcore punk kingpins Vitamin X on the 18th of May, and as the release date closes in, the latest single “Flip The Switch” has premiered, featuring guest guitar work by J Mascis.

Vitamin X guitarist Marc Emmerik recounts the experience: “We had this song with a Dinosaur Jr. type of intro. I thought it’d be perfect to let J Mascis do the solo. My friends Graham Clise (Witch, Lecherous Gaze, Annihilation Time) and Dave Sweetapple (Teepee, Witch) got in touch with him and he agreed to do it, he actually had one of our albums because John Brannon (Negative Approach) sang on it… He continues…When J passed through Amsterdam he played the solo on my 1980 Gibson SG. He said he never plays Gibson but it has J Mascis all over it and it’s one of his most furious solos ever in which he seems to revisit his hardcore roots, as he was in hardcore punk band Deep Wound before Dinosaur Jr…The funny thing is, J’s solo runs from beginning to end, more than two minutes! When he started he didn’t stop and ran his solo through the entire song, even over the vocals. After that first take I told him, ‘You only have to do the intro,’ to which he replied, ‘No, I’ll do the whole song; just take out whatever you want.’ When I came home and listened, we didn’t take out anything and kept his whole original solo since it’s insane and rips so much! I think this is the only song in hardcore punk with a two-minute solo from start to end!”

Age Of Paranoia, the latest chapter in the band’s lineage, was recorded by Igor Wouters at ARC Studios in Amsterdam, and in addition to the special guest guitar solos by J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr., Witch), Bubba Dupree (Void, Soundgarden, Dave Grohl’s Probot, Brant Bjork) also guests on the album.  Age Of Paranoia offers sixteen volatile tracks, packed into a succinct, white-knuckled twenty-eight minutes. The album surges with rapid-fire punk angst, replete with ripping rock leads and raised-fist, group-chanting anthems.

Well-known for their energetic and explosive live shows which attract fans from across the metal, punk, and rock spectrum, Vitamin X has toured around the world several times, from Japan to the United States, from South America to Southeast Asia, and beyond. The band has played on MTV and many large fests including Hellfest, Maryland Deathfest, and many others, and recently toured with Baroness and Harley Flannagan’s Cro-Mags. Vitamin X will be performing the material from Age Of Paranoia at fests and shows throughout 2018 – check out the shows so far below, and stay tuned for more tour dates to be announced throughout the year.

03/05/2018 N8 Lounge – Bonn, DE
04/05/2018 TBA – Antwerp, BE
15/06/2018 TBA – SP
16/06/2018 Valles Escrema Fest – Montornes del Valles, SP
06/07/2018 Flugplatz – Zwickau, DE
07/07/2018 RIIP Fest – Tours, FR
14/07/2018 Woodstick Fest –  Lage, DE
03/08/2018 TBA – Wroclaw, PL
04/08/2018 Novy – Jicin, CZ
05/08/2018 TBA – Bratislava, SK
07/09/2018 Chimpyfest – London, UK
14/09/2018 Punk Rock Weekend Fest – Stockholm, SE
15/09/2018 TBA – Troisdorf, D

Age Of Paranoia will be released on LP, CD, and digital formats (via all providers) on the 18th of May through Southern Lord; You can find pre orders over at the Southern Lord European store and digital via Bandcamp where you can stream “Modern Man”


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