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J.R.C.G. signs to Sub Pop and announces new album, Grim Iconic…(Sadistic Mantra)

14 May 2024, 15:38 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

J.R.C.G. – AKA Tacoma, WA-based artist Justin R. Cruz Gallego – has signed to Sub Pop to announce the release of his forthcoming album, Grim Iconic…(Sadistic Mantra).

Conceived and executed primarily in Gallego’s home studio, Grim Iconic…(Sadistic Mantra) was co-produced by Gallego and Seth Manchester (The Body, Battles, and Mdou Moctar.) Together, they retained the intimacy of Gallego’s home recordings while taking advantage of the hi-fi stylings of Manchester’s Machines With Magnets Studio in Rhode Island.

“I wanted a song that felt playful in the way it attempted to be dissonant without taking itself too seriously,” Gallego says of the new single "Dogear". The accompanying video was directed by Dustin Houston and Sam Klickner.

Born in Tucson, Arizona, Gallego experienced culture shock as a child after relocating to the frigid climes of the Pacific Northwest. He found solace in the Seattle punk scene centered around Iron Lung Records and has since remained a fixture in the underground community.

“I see this record as first and foremost a musical statement,” Gallego says. “I grew up in punk and DIY subcultures, but before that I had Latin music playing in the background through my childhood and every phase of adolescence. It was surprisingly natural to incorporate. I realized I wanted to go deeper into these rhythms. I wanted to make a record that felt as experimental as much as it felt from the perspective of a Latino. When I got a glimmer of that possibility, it felt exciting.”


  1. Grim Iconic
  2. 34
  3. Dogear
  4. Drummy
  5. Liv
  6. Party People (Heaven)
  7. Junk Corrido
  8. Cholla Beat
  9. World i

Grim Iconic…(Sadistic Mantra) will be released on 2 August via Sub Pop, and is available to pre-save now.

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