Head Wound City

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Head Wound City
Origin Seattle, Washington
New York City, New York
San Diego, California
Genres Noisegrind, noise rock, grindcore, mathcore, thrash metal, experimental rock.
Years active 2004 - Present
Labels Three One G
Associated acts The Blood Brothers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Locust, Past Lives, Le Shok, Cold Cave, XO Skeletons, The Crimson Curse, All Leather, Retox
Past members Jordan Blilie
Nick Zinner
Cody Votolato
Justin Pearson
Gabe Serbian

Head Wound City is an American noisegrind supergroup consisting of Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato of The Blood Brothers, Nick Zinner from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian, both from The Locust and Holy Molar. Their debut self-titled EP was released in 2005 on Three One G (both CD and limited 10" vinyl EP), and was written, recorded, and produced all in the time span of one week.

Their music is best described as rapid-fire bursts of noise and screams, or as vocalist Jordan Billie puts it, "It's kind of like if Alien and Predator started a band instead of fighting each other." [1] The songs are typically quite short in length, with the aforementioned EP running less than 10 minutes in seven songs.[2] The lyrics stay as rough as the sound which patterned along with the mathcore and thrashcore result in unique wave of modern punk with similar sound and effect to all of Justin Pearson and Three One G Records projects.

The band reunited for a string of shows in 2014 at the request of guitarist Nick Zinner. Shortly afterwards, the band announced they would be recording a new album with producer Ross Robinson who previously worked with Blilie on The Blood Brothers seminal 2002 release ...Burn, Piano Island, Burn.


Head Wound City's sound is a blend of hardcore punk, mathcore, noise rock, grindcore, thrash metal, art rock and psychedelic rock. They have taken influences from artists like Antioch Arrow, GG Allin, Man Is the Bastard, Gang of Four, Queen, Slayer, the Stooges, and Give Up the Ghost.

Live performances[edit]

Head Wound City performs on some occurrences and they have played alongside The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower, Past Lives, Daughters, Cattle Decapitation and the Locust.


Band members[edit]