photo: Al Overdrive
Greg Anderson began making music in the mid-eighties with hardcore bands False Liberty and Brotherhood before refining his musicality during the nineties with the post-hardcore collective Engine Kid. From that point on, the musical direction started shifting, channelling his love of tone, riffs and repetitive sound, vital elements that feed into the meditative cosmos of SUNN O))), and the ‘low and slow’ sounds of Goatsnake, both of whom find different ways to move beyond confines and tropes of their respective sound worlds.
In August and September 2021 respectively, Greg Anderson released two singles under the name The Lord; ‘Needle Cast’ with Robin Wattie (the unmistakably emotive vocalist of BIG|BRAVE) and ‘We Who Walk In Light’ with William Duvall (of Seattle rock legends Alice In Chains and hardcore-punk group Neon Christ). Unintentionally moving in a different direction from those bands within which he found his feet, Anderson was able to take on the mantle of The Lord in a new, pictorial approach to heavy music. Through this process, he found himself moved to collaborate with vocalists he admires.
For Record Store Day April 2022, Southern Lord shall release the debut full-length album from The Lord, Forest Nocturne which draws inspiration from the atmospheric soundscapes conjured by film composers, and dramatic woodland scenery from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.