ALEX HEIR is an artist based out of Brooklyn, NYC. You may recognize his work from DEATH/TRAITORS, or from bands like KROMOSOM, MODERN LIFE IS WAR and HOAX. I was first introduced to Alex a few years back, and since then I’ve kept up with his artwork and his new band SURVIVAL. After briefly running into Alex this past weekend, I figured I’d get in touch to see what he’s been up to.
Q: What was it that got you into drawing and design? Did Punk and Hardcore have any bearing on the style you’ve eventually developed into?
My father is a photographer-turned-painter, so art was always a large part of my life. I was taken to art museums and galleries since I was a baby… I remember being like 8 years old, and staring at Calder’s Circus sculptures at The Whitney. My discovery of punk definitely opened my eyes up to a whole new world of visual art as well as music, and it definitely had a large impact on me. I love the rawness that punk embraces, and it showed me that it’s not necessarily the technical skills that make a piece of art or music good, but the style and emotion that the works conveys.
Q: There is a strong connection between your artwork and the NJ hardcore/punk scene. Suburban Scum, Bible Thumper, Razorheads, GDP etc etc have all used your artwork. How did this originally come about?
Growing up and attending shows in NJ, I still have a lot of ties there. I went to my first shows in Jersey and met a lot of people there that I’m still friends with and who are involved in the scene (even though most of us moved to NYC). I did some of my first band and flyer illustrations when I was in high school in NJ. I met Shawn Madden (who plays in Suburban Scum, Bible Thumper, Razorheads) and GDP years ago, when Death/Traitors was first starting out. I did artwork for Toxic State’s first 2 releases (Thriller and Fleshtemple) when they were still based in New Brunswick.
Pestilence Art is Sabrina Carneiro, a Brazilian artist whose preoccupation with the occult began when she left the womb, bloody. Her artwork focuses on dark rituals, totem animals and creatures of the night. Inspired by artists like HR Giger, Mark Riddick and Zdzislaw Beksinski, her artwork captures their surreal darkness but infuses it with her own style. Her work is highly textured but not overly detailed, leaving space for individual elements to breathe. It brings metal to life in its combination of bleak and cold emotions while honoring nature’s power. Carneiro is moved to create by black metal, grindcore and death metal, and has done artwork mainly for the music industry, but she also offers her own prints and t-shirts in her store. Check out a selection of her pieces below…
Vancouver’s ANCIIENTS are about to have a busy couple of months, starting with their tour kickoff show at The Biltmore on the 27th sponsored by CVLT Nation! Then on October 9th, they go on a North American tour with Tesseract and Scale the Summit. THEN on November 1st, they start their just-announced tour with the almighty Sepultura alongside Unearth, Kataklysm, Scar the Martyr and Dark Sermon. So North Americans, you will have plenty of opportunity to catch these guys with a bunch of other rad bands, and that means get your gear straight! CVLT Nation is happy to do a rad ANCIIENTS t-shirt giveaway featuring two of their sold-out designs – the Snakebeard tee with art by Cam Strudwick and the Pharaoh tee with artwork by Bonnie Dobbin. Just email us at email@example.com with “ANCIIENTS” in the subject and we will draw our winners on Monday at noon PST! We have sizes SM, LG and XL, so make sure to specify your size in your email.
Thanks to everyone who entered! Winners are Andrew Small, Jeevan Samra, Victoria Vtornikova and Darryl Gallant!
Via. The Appendix
Written by Chris A. Smith
The chant began less than two minutes into the first song. An undercurrent at first, just a few hecklers. But it got louder with repetition, each wave building on the last. Soon the chant threatened to drown out the band itself.
“Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you!”
It was tough to take. But it was entirely in keeping with everything else about this disastrous tour. The angry crowd in Long Beach. The broken-down van in the Sonoran desert. Sixteen tickets sold in Portland. Now, onstage in San Francisco, the members of Discharge—the fastest, meanest, most uncompromising English hardcore punk band of the 1980s—must have wished they were somewhere, anywhere else.
It was quite a comedown. On the band’s previous North American tour, in 1983, Discharge had played sold-out shows to thousands. Up-and-coming thrash metal bands Metallica and Slayer, both of whom would be headlining arenas soon, cited the group as a prime influence. Iconic punk fanzines like Flipside, which could make or break reputations, pronounced them “fucking great.”
Via. Dangerous Minds
The short-lived UFO Club was a small, pioneering psychedelic club in London that operated from December 1966 to October 1967. It was born as a result of the underground newspaper The International Times’ fabulously successful launch party at the Roundhouse on October 14, 1966, where the early Pink Floyd and Soft Machine performed. IT‘s visionary owners Joe Boyd and John “Hoppy” Hopkins opened the UFO Club in a basement at 31 Tottenham Court Road under Gala Berkeley Cinema on December 23, 1966. The club was open every week “10:30 until dawn.” A one-year membership was 15 shillings but “Overseas visitors need not be members” (according to a UFO Club ad for a Procol Harum show). Mick Farren was a doorman.
The roster of artists who played there is mind-blowing: Barrett-era Pink Floyd (the house band), The Move, The Pretty Things, Graham Bond, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Soft Machine, Denny Laine, Fairport Convention, and Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burdon and The New Animals, Dantalion’s Chariot (with Zoot Money and future Police guitarist Andy Summers), The Bonzo Dog Band, The Smoke, Third Ear Band, Jeff Beck, Ten Years After, and (Giant) Sun Trolley.
Movies were shown (Buñuel, Dali, W.C. Fields, Marilyn Monroe, Kenneth Anger), first-generation light shows and film projections (by Mark Boyle and Joan Hills), and vegetarian macrobiotic food was served. LSD was easy to find.
CVLT Nation is proud to present our Fall/Winter 2013 season, CVLT Nation SIX. SIX is a celebration of all things dark, delving into the underworld to resurrect creatures of disturbing beauty. This season we balance elegance and evil, blend geometry and chaos in a collection of illustrated graphics that show the true nature of CVLT Nation. SIX features one of a kind artwork from talented and well-known artists from the metal community. We worked with Alexander Brown, Viral Graphics, Andrew Sloan, Jacob Parmentier and Maxime Taccardi to create hand-drawn graphics for clothing that is as much a piece of art as it is a garment. We printed on t-shirts, unisex oversized tees, crews, hoodies and leggings, plus we have four new snap back and beanie styles to offer. CVLT Nation SIX just launched in our CVLT Store and will be in our stockists worldwide in the next couple of weeks! Check out some images below of our best season yet!
CVLT Nation is excited to announce an upcoming art show, Midnite Communion, taking place on Saturday, November 23rd in Los Angeles. This awesome show, put together by Ear/Splitters and sponsored by CVLT Nation, features the artwork of Bryan Proteau, Davide Mancini, Jas Helena and Stevie Floyd, and showcases collaborative pieces as well as support pieces from each artist. Midnite Communion not only brings together some of our favorite artists from the music community, but it will also bring some special (yet to be announced) music guests into the mix! Stay tuned for all the info soon and more rad features…today we’re bringing you interviews with the show’s creator, Jas Helena, as well as Natvres Mortes Illvstration’s Bryan Proteau, with whom she collaborated on the beautiful baroque skull portraits below…
Questions: Ryan Avery of Ear/Splitters
Jas Helena, Illustrator
Long Beach, CA
Bryan Proteau, Illustrator & Tattoo Apprentice
San Francisco, CA
What was your main inspiration while working on this piece? Also, what do you typically look for to inspire you on a day-to-day basis?
Jas: I was mainly inspired by baroque-style portraits. On a day-to-day basis, I don’t really seek any sort of inspiration out.. it just strikes me and I run with it.
My main inspiration for developing this duo came from my love of over the top baroque artwork that hurts your eyes. More specifically, the type of portraits you would see from someone like Goya. Then throw some kind of personal twist to it and voila! I figured It would be a lot more fun to take this project on as a collaboration just to see what we could both come up with and I am so happy that I did because I feel our pieces really complement one another.
Bryan: My inspiration came largely from my collaborator. She approached me, this is her baby. She had a pretty clear vision of a diptych showcasing our individual styles on similar subject matter. I don’t really look for inspiration, it just comes through naturally, and it comes from everywhere.
One of the first people to ever support CVLT Nation was Aaron Edge when he worked Southern Lord. He is one of those people who has given to the underground scene for decades. Now he needs our help, because he was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. To help out with his medical expenses, check the tee he is putting out via Holy Mountain Printing: “Metal Heads Against MS“…go here to buy the TEE!
Metal is about hatred. It’s about disgust and distrust. It’s about the release of energy and rage. Metal has (and will always be) about aggression via heavy riffs and lyrics. Metal contains a strong disdain for the sheep that follow blindly, for those that lack of their own opinion, for all who give up without a fight. That said, some hands dealt to us require true strength to persevere. Some are forced to fight harder. This shirt is dedicated to them, specifically those that struggle to control the terrible disease that is Multiple Sclerosis. Channel your hate, the hatred for MS.
Check out this selection of Krampus cards from the 1800s to the 1970s…imagine getting one of these in the mail for the holidays!
Having lived in Texas as a youngster, I can honestly say that it’s a strange place, both good & bad! This state is known for producing individuals that dance to their own beat. In the 80′s, some of the most weird and original bands to come out of the hardcore scene came from the Lone Star State. Right now, the land of the longhorn has some of the most interesting street artists influencing the world with their creativity. The three artists I’m speaking of today have deep roots in the punk and metal community – GIVE UP, Jason Barnett aka Cursed Death and Eye sore all have different styles, but they all share the thirst for creativity and see their urban environment as a living gallery. All three of these artists should be saluted for having the courage to step outside of the law and share their works with the world.