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Review: William Goldsmith, Assertion, “Supervised Suffering”

Written by Cassidy Crosby

William Goldsmith, former drummer and founding member of bands including Sunny Day Real Estate, Foo Fighters, and The Fire Theft, is back after a ten year hiatus with his new project Assertion. The band recently released “Supervised Suffering,” the first single off of their debut album Intermission which is set to release tomorrow, April 9th, 2021, via Spartan Records.

Assertion is made up of Goldsmith on drums, Justin Tamminga on guitar and vocals, and Bryan Gorder on bass. The trio draws influence from the 90’s rock sound, while adding their own modern twist. “Supervised Suffering” is a fantastic preview of what’s to come on the upcoming LP Intermission. The single is raw and gritty sounding, you can clearly hear the grunge influence. The rhythm section is huge and tight, and the guitars are powerful and driving. The single is diverse enough where any fan of rock or alternative music would easily enjoy the tune.

When speaking about this project and upcoming album, Goldsmith says, "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."

If “Supervised Suffering” is just a sample of what’s to come on the new album, we are in for a treat. The nostalgic sound of Assertion is a force to be reckoned with. The nine-track LP Intermission will be available on all platforms via Spartan Records on April 9th, and is available for pre-order now!

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