PUPIL SLICER premiere video for new track, Thermal Runaway, feat. Cara Drolshagen (The Armed)

Photographer credit: Gobinder Jhitta

PUPIL SLICER have shared a music video for new single, Thermal Runaway, via Kerrang! The track – which features Cara Drolshagen from The Armed on guest vocals – premiered via the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show this past Sunday. Thermal Runaway will be released as a digital single this Thursday, February 3  – ahead of PUPIL SLICER‘s first live show in over two years. The digital single also features remixes of Wounds Upon My Skin – a track from debut album, Mirrors – by Nadja, and Marble Girl.
PUPIL SLICER‘s debut album, Mirrors, is out now.


Of the track, vocalist/guitarist Katie comments: 
The idea behind the track was to capture the experience of being in a catastrophising cycle of anxiety and depression that keeps getting worse no matter what you do, through metaphors of thermal runaway that occurs in stars which leads to supernovas.”

Of Cara‘s contributions they continue: 
We are huge fans of The Armed and really love Cara’s vocal work with them. I wrote the track with Cara in mind and approached her with the title and some general themes already established. She took the ball from there and laid down her vocal parts which established the fantastic core lyrical drive on the chorus which I then expanded.”

Cara adds: “It’s pretty incredible what you can do creatively now even being miles apart. We had such a great time collaborating on this song. Pupil Slicer were amazing to work with and really gave me the chance to mould my style with theirs in a really unique way.

Timed to coincide with their first live shows since 2019, Thermal Runaway retains the hallmarks of Mirrors’ grinding mathcore, but gives a clear indicator of the direction that PUPIL SLICER are moving towards. With writing well underway for their sophomore album, Thermal Runaway stood out as track that warranted immediate attention. PUPIL SLICER enlisted the talents of producer Lewis Johns (Employed To Serve, Blanket, Svalbard) at The Ranch studio in Southampton, The track features guitarist Frank Muir, who will also be joining the band on their upcoming live dates.

6 February – Record Junkee – Sheffield (Independent venue week)

UK tour w/ Rolo Tomassi
16 February – The Loft – Southampton
17 February – Mama Roux – Birmingham
21 February – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham, UK
22 February – Club Academy – Manchester, UK
23 February – Fleece – Bristol, UK
24 February – Oval Space – London, UK

3 April – Classic Grand – Glasgow, UK (w/ GODFLESH)
23 – 24 April – StrangeForms Festival  – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
2 June – Underwerket – Copenhagen, DK
3 June – ILTER Festival – Odense, DK
30 June – UK Tech Fest – Newark, UK
11 – 14 August – Bloodstock – UK
19 August – ArcTanGent – Bristol, UK
3 September – Burn It Down Fest – Torquay

Praise for Mirrors:

“There’s a raft of exciting and innovative bands coming from the UK right now. PUPIL SLICER are on par with all of them.” – Metal Hammer UK

“Davies is such a consistently commanding presence that Mirrors is vastly more immersive and absorbing than any record this fast, furious and fucked up has any right to be.” – Blabbermouth

“Overall, Mirrors is nothing short of incredible. It’s up there with the likes of Vein, End and Fawn Limbs as one of the best and most visceral debuts of recent years.” – Distorted Sound

PUPIL SLICER’s debut album is a panic-stricken purging of mental anguish, carried out by a blast of cacophonous instrumentation. So in other words, this album rules.” – New Noise 

Thermal Runaway track list

1. Thermal Runaway feat. Cara Drolshagen
2. Wounds Upon My Skin (Nadja Remix)
3. Wounds Upon My Skin (Marble Girl Remix)

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