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THOU and EMMA RUTH RUNDLE collide for 'May Our Chambers Be Full'

The highly anticipated collaboration has come to light in trailblazing fashion.

Photograph by Craig Mulcahy

Behind Craig Mulcahy's ambiguous cover photograph lies a musical statement of visceral nature, one that comes by way of two forces of nature, that being THOU and EMMA RUTH RUNDLE. Each entity has brought their best together for the long awaited May Our Chambers Be Full, a project long discussed and now set to arrive on October 30th as part of Sacred Bones Alliance Series of collaborative releases. EMMA's soaring croons meet the sludge drenched hell that THOU deliver, as evident in today's arrival of lead single Ancestral Recall, the likes of which was inspired by an A PERFECT CIRCLE gem.

THOU guitarist Andy Gibbs comments:

“It’s an easy marriage of our styles that was truly enhanced by everyone’s input during the arrangement process. When I first wrote the main two riffs (the first one being an homage to A Perfect Circle’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’), I didn’t know if it would fit with the vibe we were pursuing because it didn’t sound “Thou-y” enough nor did it sound like something Emma would normally put on a record. Ultimately, I realized how important that trait is; this record is all about exploring territory we wouldn’t usually explore with our own records.”


“Andy originally wrote the riffs and I believe I referred to it as the ‘Guitar Hero’ jam -- it was hard for me to keep up and I felt like I was doing an obstacle course (in the best way). Because of the differences in our guitar tunings, it was difficult for me to match the rest exactly and I ended up coming with a single note passage to play over the most difficult section. For me this was a good example of the collaboration and that I was able to express my style despite my limitations in a way that added to Andy’s riff. Working with him on guitars was a challenge, but most rewarding, and I feel proud of our child.”

Stream Ancestral Recall below and pre-order your copy of the record HERE.

Cover photograph by Craig Mulcahy


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