"As far as the music goes, the intro melody of "Black Box" is actually Morse code for COD which was an international distress call before SOS. The idea for the lyrics came from Caleb and I joking around about how we should colonize the sun because there's no proof that the sun is hot. We started talking about sending humanity to the sun in droves to start a new life. Pack some SPF 30!" - Eddie LaFlash (Decent News)
MONOLITH Track List
1. Monolith 03:52
2. Black Box 04:03
3. Substance 03:42
4. Torture Me 05:22
5. Eyewitness 04:25
6. I'll Be Awakened 02:35
7. Krokodil 03:41
8. The Mud 02:25
9. Pyrophile 05:08
10. Opiate 03:12
"Monolith is a big step up in craft and aesthetics for Decent News. While earlier album Filth found the band in promising industrial territory, this new album finds the band firing on all creative cylinders. Decent News amps up relentlessly heavy riffage, digitized percussion, gritty warehouse club rhythms, and rugged vocals." - New CT Metal
Caleb Moore: Vocals, Programming
Eddie LaFlash: Guitar, Vocals, Synth and Programming
Laken Stokes: Bass Guitar, Programming
Founded in 2016 by Eddie LaFlash (Guitar, Synth, Vocals), Collin Maynard (Drums, Synths), and Laken Stokes (Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synth), the project's first self-titled demo was released on October 13th, 2017.
Though raw and gritty, these songs would serve as the foundation for the project and would eventually come back to life on future releases. However, it only took Decent News two months to start seeing their true potential as they fired off their next single “Skin Puddle / Deafland” on December 8th, 2017. This release saw the emergence of Caleb Moore taking over vocal duties and also served as a teaser for their upcoming debut album “Filth.” From an amateur understanding of recording and producing, the clean cut sound found on “Skin Puddle / Deafland” was eons away from anything on their demo. Taking cues from such band as KMFDM and Front Line Assembly, the project produced two pummeling tracks of pure mayhem.
January of 2018 found Decent News hyping up their upcoming album “Filth” with a brand new single titled 'Halogen'. With the help of their newfound record label Machine Man Records, the band was able to reach a wider audience and infect them with their destructive synthesized metal and industrial hybrid. With a demo, two singles, and a new record label signing under their belt, it was finally time for Decent News to unleash their ultimate beast.
In March of 2018, Decent News released their twelve track album “Filth” via Machine Man Records. Once again tapping into their roots as a savage blend of industrial mayhem, metal noise, and pounding percussion, “Filth” serves as the perfect introductory point for anyone trying to understand what Decent News is all about. The simplistic cover art of the album (Designed by Conner Michael) showcasing what is basically a crack house addicted and devoted to the television, “Filth” came to be a stark socio-political commentary in the modern age. “Filth” was released in both limited edition CD and digital formats, with a Decent News logo decal also available for ordering.
Decent News was not content with just releasing “Filth” and leaving it alone. Instead, the project decided to bring along a massive amount of talent from the likes of industrial rockers Chmcl Str8jckt to the post-apocalyptic pop of Ferus Melek for a brand new remix album. “Filth: Remixed” released via Machine Man Records on August 3rd and contains another helping of industrial chaos produced from bands in the international scene.
Just before "Filth" released, Laken took a break from the band as he became a new dad. This had Collin moving over to bass for a few shows before to left the band to focus on school. In August of 2018 Eddie and Caleb started churning out demos for their next release on top of playing live shows all over Southern New England, sharing the stage with many acts such as Tovarish, Acidhenge and Wavepeak. In early January of 2019, the two boys sat down for breakfast with Laken and his newborn daughter at one of their favorite diners to catch up on things. By the end of their breakfast Laken was a member of the band again and ready to dive head first into recording.
In June of 2019 the boys released their latest single "Black Box / Krokodil". These two tracks were light-years away from their debut in production and quality all thanks to Michael Haggerty from Krebs who would be mixing and mastering their sophomore album "Monolith."
"Monolith" was released on Machine Man Records on August 30th 2019.