Umbilicus, the hard rock supergroup featuring drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz (Cannibal Corpse), guitarist Taylor Nordberg (Deicide, Inhuman Condition), bassist Vernon Blake (Anarchus) and vocalist Brian Stephenson (Fore, Old James), is now streaming their hard rockin' track named after themselves! According to Nordberg, the song and band is named after a plant that was growing out of the ceiling in Cannibal Corpse's practice spot. Which I'm pretty sure you can actually see a representation of in the cover art to Umbilicus' new album Path To 1000 Suns.
"The story behind 'Umbilicus' is pretty hilarious," said Nordberg of the song title and origin of the band's name. "When Paul, Vern, and I were jamming and writing at the Cannibal spot, we noticed this tiny little plant growing from the ceiling. Weeks went by and it got longer and longer and eventually it reached the floor.
"So we wrote a new tune at the time and it was dubbed 'Umbilicus,' named after the plant, also because I had read the word when I was reading It by Stephen King and it may have been in one of the Alien movies as well… It eventually became the band name, too! You can hear a lyric in there about '..from a ceiling in Florida.' It's a pretty fun song, musically and lyrically."
Path Of 1000 Suns is due out on September 30 and is available here on Bandcamp.