“Apocalypse Me,” the first single from Buck Gooter's upcoming, clanging LP, 100 Bells, oozes abjection, a personal favorite topic in existential dread. In the seminal Powers of Horror, author Julia Kristeva defines abjection as a breakdown in identity — physically, mentally or emotionally — and is frequently present when facing refuse: human-made or otherwise. Think of abjection as “the uncanny”’s less optimistic — and less welcome — friend.

Unfortunately, abjection seems to encroach ever closer on American soil — basically with each political headline. All of a sudden, Billy Brett’s howl, which for a lot of Buck Gooter’s existence has sounded raw and anguished, seems to wax prophetic. On “Apocalypse Me,” his ragged maw bleeds all over a throbbing industrial blues track, detailing visions of fire and humanity. “Apocalypse Me” is both insanely catchy and heavy as a death in the family — a great introduction to the wildly decadent world of Buck Gooter, and a compelling first track to an excellent album.

100 Bells is out July 26 on Ramp Local.

BUCK GOOTER on TOUR
Jun. 9 — Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits
Jun. 10 — Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
Jul. 1 — Kutztown, PA @ Spaghetti House
Jul. 12 — Baltimore, MD @ The Crown
Jul. 13 — Cleveland, OH @ TBA
Jul. 14 — Paris, ON @ Strangewaves Fest
Jul. 15 — Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
Jul. 18 — Halifax, NS @ Radstorm
Jul. 19 — Halifax, NS @ The Khyber
Jul. 20 — Portland, ME @ The Apohadion Theatre
Jul. 21 — Providence, RI @ Aurora,
Jul. 22 — Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn
Jul. 23 — Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
Jul. 26 — Harrisonburg, VA @ Golden Pony
Aug. 5 — Norfolk, VA @ Charlie’s
Aug. 6 — Richmond, VA @ Bandito’s