William Goldsmith Unveils New Track “The Lamb to the Slaughter Pulls A Knife”

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William Goldsmith (Founding Member of Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft, Foo Fighters) Releases “The Lamb to the Slaughter Pulls A Knife” From His New Project Assertion

Debut Full-Length ‘Intermission’ Out April 9 via Spartan Records

“It’s likely a promising sign that this deep into his career—after drumming for the original iterations of Foo Fighters and Sunny Day Real Estate—William Goldsmith is able to create music with new bandmates that instantaneously clicks…sounds like a bit of a blend of these two bands, while dipping into the heavy shoegaze movement that paralleled grunge and emo in the ’90s. Their latest single from their forthcoming debut, Intermission, sounds akin to the dense rock of bands like Hum and Far.”- Flood Magazine

“Supervised Suffering” is a sprawling track that moves effortlessly from simmering verses to explosive choruses.” – Rolling Stone

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Assertion, the new project of musician William Goldsmith, is debuting a second track off of the upcoming debut album ‘Intermission,’ set for release on April 9 via Spartan Records.

Stream “The Lamb to the Slaughter Pulls A Knife” on Flood Magazine:


Goldsmith says, “There is a musical chemistry with our band that is rare and at a level that none of us have experienced before. We have found ourselves slightly perplexed as to the origins of some of the songs. “The Lamb to the Slaughter Pulls A Knife” is an example of us sitting down and playing the song from start to finish – the vocal melody and the arrangement just appeared out of nowhere. The song seemed to write itself or somehow already existed.

• Digital Pre-save: https://orcd.co/slaughter

• US / World Vinyl Pre-order: https://spr.tn/intermission

• UK / EU Vinyl Pre-order: https://spr.tn/intermissionuk

‘Intermission’ marks the official return of the fabled drummer, who ten years ago, walked away from a successful music career that included stints as a founding member of Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft, and Foo Fighters.

Together with his Assertion bandmates, guitarist/vocalist Justin Tammingaand, bassist Bryan Gorder, Assertion’s debut LP, ‘Intermission’, is real, propulsive, and earnest — a cathartic experience that proudly does not nestle nicely alongside current bands — or really many releases at all from the last couple decades. The album conjures more connections to the heady grit and soaring grind of the 90’s. Driving guitars anchored by a frenetic rhythm section. A haunting vocal delivery concealing a heartfelt sentiment. Track-by-track, the record builds into a dark and heavy crescendo but unpredictably retreats into delicate and fragile moments in masterful ways.

Goldsmith adds, “A decade-long journey that started out walking away from music has led me right back to it and the very reason I started – but with a whole new appreciation and respect for it. I feel extremely fortunate to be part of this project. It’s not just about making music. It’s like a force of nature, but in an egoless collaboration that is nothing short of unconditional. The gratitude I have for being given the opportunity to release this music is beyond words. Thank you to everyone for your support through all these years.”

Stay tuned to spartanrecords.com for updates on Assertion.


‘Intermission’ Track Listing:

Down Into The Depths

The Lamb To The Slaughter Pulls A Knife


This Dream Does Not Work

Pushed To The Limit

Deeper In The Shallow

This Lonely Choir

Supervised Suffering

Set Fire


Photo: Andrew Kvenvolden

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