“On a Mad Train”

Nearly a year after AnD shared a menacing Needle Exchange mix, the Manchester duo is back with their second EP as Shadows. Due out this Friday through Leyla Records, Fear of the Imagination is the first round of new material from the project in four years. (Their only other 12” arrived via Shifted’s Avian imprint.)

As for how it compares to their main gig, AnD explains, “Shadows is our raw, psychedelic, experimental project. The Fear of the Imagination EP is us delving into new sound palettes and having fun in the studio with modular setups, guitars, and microphones.”

Fun with their fangs fully bared, as evidenced by the ravenous rhythms and tinnitus-inducing guitar tones of “On a Mad Train,” a #selftitledpremiere that makes NIN’s Downward Spiral era sound cuddly in comparison: