The Pop Ritual has been described as a band that “sound nothing like their name would imply” because their sound is “so dark it would put the night sky to shame” [Paste Magazine 2018]
Forming in Memphis, Tennessee in the late summer of 2014, The Pop Ritual employed an influence of Nine Inch Nails and Ministry’s industrial determination with the psyche-pop sensibilities of Massive Attack to release their first demo—Weak Species—in 2015. The next year was spent establishing live modes locally and on the road in tandem with writing 2017’s Perinde ac Cadaver—a 50-minute self-released endeavor to harness industrial aggression and ambient dynamics.
At the end of 2019, the trio worked with Portuguese/Memphis label Thisco Records (home of such legendary artists as Jarboe and Merzbow) to release It Sheds Again—a 6 track dive into industrial psyche-punk that details evolution amid solipsistic self-destruction both socially and personally. The album has been reviewed as being an “industrial punk cataclysm” with a “rich and grandiose production” [Destroy//Exist 2020]
In light of a canceled US tour with fellow Memphis Thisco artist Sci-Fi Industries, The Pop Ritual has made progress in new material as well as re-interpretations of their previous works.
The Pop Ritual in their current form is Colin Wilson, Scott Nivens, and Michelle Karl.