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Now Hear This: Day Job | The Auger

The Alabama slammers claim this LP is about digging a hole. It feels more like being flattened by a steamroller – while being hammered to the Earth's core by a piledriver.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Alabama’s Day Job started with Brenton and Kevin wanting to work on something more aggressive than their two other active bands, Null and Bulging.

After jamming with several different drummers around Birmingham, they watched scene newcomer Jake pummel through a live set and found their fit, ultimately landing on what is now Day Job. The trio spent about six months writing and playing shows, then recorded a debut EP with Shibby Poole (Thirdface, Yautja) in early 2022.

After recording a few more tracks which were released on a limited split tape with Wipes, Day Job began writing this debut full length in February 2023. The whole procedure of writing and recording took just six months — and in that time the band played live only once, so that they could pour everything into the new material. Day Job then returned to Nashville, where they recorded every single sound on the record in four days, from July 8-11, once again with Poole behind the board.

The result is this 10-song crusher of big riffs, sludgy bass and morose heaviness. The band have developed beyond their earlier KARP / Unsane worship and added unsettling melodies, moments of trance-like repetition akin to the members’ work in Null, as well as the tasteful use of effects pedals to add texture and emphasis to these otherwise-hammering songs.

So what is The Auger about? As Kevin states: “It sort of started as a song idea that Brenton had to write a song about digging a hole. As we got closer to recording I said ‘We should just write the whole record about digging a hole’ and that’s what we did. The record is about digging a hole.”