The buzz is already building and finally Roadrunner Records can announce the details of the hugely anticipated debut album from Flint, Michigan’s KING 810. Flint, MI, the forgotten city, is where KING 810 call home and it’s the dystopian dwelling that sets the back drop for the band’s debut LP, Memoirs of a Murderer
. With no mayor to preside over the bereft community and a miniscule police force, Flint, MI teaches its young to fend for themselves. Memoirs of a Murderer
is an embodiment of KING 810’s life within this pressure cooker, a glimpse into the personal account of this disappearing metropolis where tree branches live longer than the children do. Cut to a crackling old tape recorder, singer David Gunn's narrative eclipses three distinct movements, traveling from a very real place down a rabbit hole into the abstract. The three movements align with Freud's psychoanalytic theory of personality, in which the three elements of personality - known as the id, the ego and the superego - work together to create complex human behaviors. It’s a striking and important body of work from the newest members of the Roadrunner Records roster – the album is the embodiment of (David Gunn’s) life within the pressure cooker of Flint, MI, fired by Gunn’s brutally honest narratives and starkly poetic lyricism. Memoirs of a Murderer
sees Gunn confronting the violence that plagues the streets of Flint, perfectly capturing the despair that infects the lives of those who reside in the belly of the beast. Memoirs of a Murderer
is a remarkable journey through the post-millennial American wasteland, terrifying, tragic, and ultimately transcendent.