Indie rap stalwarts Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz made a memorable entrance as Hail Mary Mallon two years ago with the release of the apocalyptic video for their debut single, “D-Up.” But after that track appeared on Definitive Jux’s IV compilation, news of a proper Hail Mary Mallon project came at a random, somewhat slow pace. Then earlier this year, they announced that the trio’s proper debut, Are You Gonna Eat That?, would drop sooner than later through a typically goofy video.
It turned that sooner actually meant less than a month because the album dropped digitally last Tuesday. And here the guys are pushing their second single, “Garfield,” with a set of stark, suspenseful visuals. As the video unfolds, it’s easy to get lost in Sonic and Rock’s back-and-forth campfire story amidst “drums from Thor’s hammer.” In other words, yeah, it might take a few views to fully grasp everything here.
Are You Gonna Eat That? is out now digitally while physical copies drop June 7. View Aesop Rock’s tour dates with Kimya Dawson below. Sonic and Big Wiz are performing, too, and will join Aes for some Hail Mary Mallon joints.
05.10 Princeton, NJ: Terrace Club
05.11 Boston, MA: Middle East
05.13 Washington DC: Rock N Roll Hotel
05.14 New York, NY: Bowery Ballroom
05.16 Pittsburgh, PA: Altar
05.17 Columbus, OH: Outland
05.19 Chicago, IL: Lincoln Hall
05.20 Madison, WI: High Noon Saloon
05.21 Minneapolis, MN: Triple Rock Social Club
06.10 Portland, OR: Wonder Ballroom
06.11 Seattle, WA: Neumo’s
06.14 San Francisco, CA: The Independent
06.15 San Luis Obispo, CA: SLO Brewing Company
06.17 West Hollywood, CA: The Troubadour
06.18 San Diego, CA: The Casbah