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Song You Need: A two-minute blast of hardcore nihilism

CANDY’s “World of Shit” isn’t exactly optimistic, but it is essential.

June 14, 2022
Song You Need: A two-minute blast of hardcore nihilism CANDY. Photo by Ian Hurdle and Mason Mercer  

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CANDY makes hardcore that sounds like a nuclear meltdown: a heat death where the main source of energy is no longer deemed sufficient, so everything around it must be consumed. The group's 2018 debut Good To Feel, released on the mighty Triple B Records, drew from power metal, noise music, and even ended with a fuzzy noise-pop track – it sounds something like the Jesus & Mary Chain, blown-out and exhausted after a tailgate party. The evolution continues on CANDY's new song "World of Shit," out today via Relapse Records.

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The latest single from CANDY's upcoming album Heaven Is Here is, strangely enough, a kind of digestive. The group's two previous songs, "Human Condition Above Human Opinion" and "Transcend To Wet," respectively pulled from the industrial punk of Machine Girl and death metal; "World of Shit," in that context, is a more immediately recognizable hardcore track. Still, it's about as predictable as the eye of a hurricane, or perhaps a circle pit at the end of the world, every element rumbling with rage and indignity till, halfway through the song, guitar noise pierces through the song like a blowtorch through butter. Listen below, followed by CANDY's upcoming North American tour dates.

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CANDY 2022 tour dates

July 20 – Atlanta, GA – 529 Club*
July 21 – Nashville, TN – DRKMTTR*
July 22 – Cleveland, OH – Mahall's*
July 23 – Indianapolis, IN – Black Circle Brewing*
July 24 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck*
July 25 – Montreal, QC – Foufs Cabaret*
July 26 – Boston, MA – Middle East (Upstairs)*
July 27 – New York, NY – The Meadows*
July 28 – Baltimore, MD – Frijoles*
July 29 – Los Angeles, CA – 1720 (Sound & Fury pre-show)+
August 21 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar^
August 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Preserving Underground^
August 23 – Detroit, MI – The Sanctuary^
August 24 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean^
August 25 – Des Moines, IA – xBK^
August 27 – Denver, CO – HQ^
August 28 – Salt Lake City, UT – Beehive^
August 30 – Seattle, WA – Madame Lou's^
August 31 – Portland, OR – Mano Oculta^
September 2 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone^
September 3 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex^
September 4 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar^
September 6 – Las Vegas, NV – American Legion Post 8^
September 7 – Mesa, AZ – Underground^
September 9 - Denton, TX – Rubber Gloves^
September 10 – Austin, TX – Parish^
September 11 – Houston, TX – Secret Group^
September 13 – Orlando, FL – Henao Center^
September 14 – Atlanta, GA –The Earl^
September 15 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506^
September 16 – Richmond, VA – The Camel^
September 17 – Brooklyn, NY – The Brooklyn Monarch^

*= w/ support from LustSickPuppy, Restraining Order
+= w/ Ingrown, Ekulu, Spice, Field of Flames, Spike Hellis
^= w/ support from Vein.fm, Regulate, Living Weapon

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Song You Need: A two-minute blast of hardcore nihilism