Last week, Denver trio Primitive Man released their killer new EP Insurmountable on Closed Casket Activities, with four songs in nearly 30 minutes that trek through absurdly heavy doom/sludge, ominous ambient music, and an entirely reinvented cover of The Smashing Pumpkins' "Quiet." Now that the EP's been out for a few days, vocalist/guitarist Ethan McCarthy has given us a track-by-track breakdown of the whole thing, as well as some background the hurdles that the band had to overcome to even finish and release the record.
About the latter, he said, "Aside from having Arthur Rizk mix and master the full record that is out now and having Adam Tucker save the day on some things (keep reading), the whole process of recording this record was an absolute nightmare. Bullshit with double bookings, booster shots, deadlines to get one song over to Roadburn for their REDUX thing that year that we almost didn't meet because there were all sorts of issues with the engineer who captured the material. It almost ended up in us not having anything (terrible mixes and masters), and scrapping the material as a whole because of the bad blood between us and the original engineer of whom has credit in the liner notes but isn't worth mentioning by name anywhere else. So you know, I am insane enough to scrap a recording because of issues with an engineer but some other folks thought otherwise. This was a difficult thing and is also very uncharted territory with us as we have wonderful relationships with everyone else we've ever recorded with for all the other 14 releases we've done (Insurmountable is EP #2 but release number 15). Ultimately we pushed through by having the amazing Adam Tucker mix/master one of the tracks with a less than 12 hour turnaround that we originally went into the studio to record as a commissioned piece for Roadburn Festival ('Cage Intimacy'). The rest is just material that we were working on in order to stay busy during peak pandemic that was recorded at the same time."