I grew up with David Suzuki as a household name, as did many other Canadian children. A fellow Vancouverite, Suzuki taught us all to recycle, to care about our surroundings, to reduce our waste, and to be generally aware of our impact on the environment. He is a hero to my generation, and you can see his impact on the streets of Vancouver today – the city-wide recycling program, the energy-efficient hydrogen buses, the SkyTrain, the hybrid taxis, the new Amsterdam-style bike lanes and the ridiculous cost of parking and gas, all which make it much easier to do the right thing by the environment. He has made the younger generations of Canadians understand that they are responsible for the future of our planet, so its no surprise that his daughter, Severn Cullis-Suzuki, made one of the most famous environmental speeches at the 1992 Rio Summit on behalf of her group Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), when she was only 12 years old. Right now, we are in the midst of Ri0 +20, and all of the behaviors that 12-year-old Cullis-Suzuki called the world delegates on in 1992 – the greed, the selfishness, the war-mongering – are all arguably worse than before. Living in LA, with a population of 9,830,420 people and 6,675,888 cars, the concept of making the environment a better place for the future is all but nonexistent. So watching Democracy Now’s coverage of the Rio +20 Summit, and hearing Cullis-Suzuki reflect on the lack of change, and in fact worsening conditions, of the world state is all too real and depressing for me. One thing is loud and clear – the world is ready for and in the midst of revolution, and just because we live in a bubble made by Target and Walmart, it doesn’t mean that revolution won’t be soon knocking at our own doors. We have to say fuck this system, and mean it. Soon we won’t have a choice, the Earth will say fuck us and wipe us off her surface. Check out the Democracy Now interview and Cullis-Suzuki’s inspirational speech below.
At Rio+20, Severn Cullis-Suzuki Revisits Historic ’92 Speech; Fights for Next Generation
The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes
Text and Photos by Sofi via You’re Not Human
Once again, another absolute blinder from the All Tomorrows Parties family with this years ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’, curated by ATP & Mogwai. Still my favourite festival, mainly because this lot really know what they’re doing. Each and every ATP event is fucking awesome, and I’m still yet to have a shitty time at one (pretty sure this will never happen).
Friday saw Slayer headline, performing ‘Reign in Blood’ in it’s entirety, with support from Melvins, Sleep, Wolves in the Throne Room, YOB and A Storm of Light. As predicted the crowd were in good spirits…I got stamped on, Emma got smacked in the mouth and bit her tongue….it’s safe to say Slayer “slayed”. Sleep were probably a personal highlight for me, with the epic ‘Dragonaut’ sounding so perfect in the almighty palace that is Alexander.
Saturday we arrived too late (we were in pain from the night before), but we caught Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat (who reduced me to tears), Dirty Three (with an astounding 10/10 show), and Mogwai who blew me away with their massive sound…’Hunted by a Freak’ christ, that track’s so beautiful. I don’t think I’d seen Mogwai for many, many years before this weekend & the last time I did I probably didn’t fully appreciate. Their set was an unexpected treat for me.
Now this could break your neck: our comrade in heavy, Southern Lord, has curated an edition of our label mixtape series. What you have is 20 songs that will make you realize why this label is on some next level shit and it’s packed full of some extra heavy gems! The Southern Lord tour kicks off today in Seattle featuring Black Breath, Martyrdöd, Burning Love, and Enabler. The SoCal horde has it good, because our stop on the tour is a free Southern Lord/Scion Showcase (click to RSVP) happening this Saturday in Pomona…peep all of the tour posters after the jump! Read what the Lord himself has to say about this comp, and stream and download below!
2012 has been been an incredible year for us so far. We have had the amazing opportunity to work some great bands. Although its only half way through the year, I’m going to say that this is probably the best year in the entire existence of the label! From legends like Sleep, Poison Idea, High on Fire, From Ashes Rise, Pelican and Earth, to up-and-coming bloodthirsty butchers: Black Breath, Martyrdod, Burning Love and Enabler. Speaking of which…I personally booked an entire US tour myself of those 4 bands, that kicks off on June 19th in Seattle.
Why in the hell would I be crazy enough to do that? I felt it was absolutely crucial for these bands to be seen, so I took matters into my own hands. Along the way, those 4 bands encounter other Southern Lord alumni like: Poison Idea, Noothgrush, Pelican, 2 new bands from Texas were working with – Power Trip and Wild//Tribe – Dead In The Dirt, and on the East Coast, The Secret from Italy join in on the madness.
The first half of this comp. is bands from the tour, and the second half are choice cuts from other recent Southern Lord releases. CRANK IT UP!
Stream CVLT Nation Label Series Southern Lord Mixtape
So what do we have here? Exclusive off the chain footage and live downloads of Pallbearer. I was personally witness to the unreal performance this band gave at the Profound Lore//Scion showcase, so it’s an honor to be able to share these two songs with the CVLT Nation readers, as well as a cool interview with Pallbearer. Scion and Profound Lore are releasing the full compilation to the public for free download tomorrow, which also features tracks from Wolvhammer, Loss, Atlas Moth, and Yob. Make sure to check out the upcoming Southern Lord Scion Showcase this Saturday in Pomona! Also, stay tuned for a Pallbearer Sonic Cathedrals!
Text and photos via Adam Murray
Flew out to Texas on Friday, which was Day Two for Chaos but Day One for me. Sad to miss the Thursday parties, but that’s how it goes. Austin was boasting temperatures in the low 90s when I arrived at 7 in the evening, with humidity way up around 70-80%. The air sat on me like pudding. I had never visited Texas before, only layed over. I was slightly surprised to see how Southy it was on my cab ride from the airport. Very green and pretty, but also kinda underdeveloped and slouchy in a southern swampland kind of way. Lots of ramshackle houses with eclectic collections of furniture, car parts and kids’ toys in the yards.
I checked into my hotel, unpacked my gear, charged everything for a bit, and headed out on foot toward town. It was already dark when I got to Mohawk, and I had missed all of the daytime action and some of the night. Bummer, but again – that’s how it goes. Ran around a little trying to track down my wristband. Acquired it without wasting too much time. I instantly noticed how friendly and helpful people were being – not really something I’m used to back home in Los Angeles. Snapped on my fancy gold wristband with the big “VIP” letters proudly emblazened on the outside. This sweet baby would effortlessly get me in and out of over-capacity venues throughout the weekend when I would otherwise have been totally shafted. HUGE thanks to Sean, Timmy, and the Chaos staffers who helped me track it down!
Today is a special day, because we are bringing you an awesome mix curated by one of our favorite artists, Rainbath Visual. This mix celebrates his opening tonight at Rooz on Park Cafe in Oakland for Clouds Without Water, a group show also featuring Bryan Proteau and Tanner McCartle, and with performances by Antwon and Uncanny Valley. Come out and support, drink tasty Cali beers and $2 Tecates, pick up some merch, and have an awesome fucking time! While you’re getting ready to go, listen to this mix! Stream and download below!
Clouds Without Water Curated by Rainbath
I recently had the chance to sit with Christina during the current Contorture tour while at the ABC fest in Lille France. Christina sings for Agrimonia who Embers played with in Gothenberg and she plays bass for Contorture which Embers played with in Hamburg. Moving away to a quiet part of the expansive space being used for the festival to discuss whatever comes to mind.
Timm: Tell me your name and where you’re from.
Christina: My name is Christina and I’m from Gothenberg in Sweden.
T: And your bands are?
C: I sing in Agrimonia, and I play bass in Contorture.
T: So, we are playing tonight at the ABC fest in Lille with Contorture, and from what I can tell from playing with you in Hamburg, Contorture has political roots.
C: Yes, that’s true.
T: Can you tell me a little about that? Is there some underlying message that is always there, or is it changing?
C: No, I mean it’s basically the same message all the time, but I guess it’s that all the songs have different political messages, but it’s all the same kind of topics, day to day related stuff. It can have to do with the scene and how people treat each other, and how it’s just a reflection of the regular world, or whatever you say, and sexism and homophobia; all these regular punk topics.
Text and photos via UPON PAPER
Good Rats, in the UPON PAPER space, is Niall O’Brien’s first solo-exhibition in Germany. The aesthetic of indifference in the Irish photographer’s images of young punks recalls street photography; however, the photos are not the product of a fleeting encounter, but of a direct and deliberate interaction with their protagonists. Thus, it is no coincidence that several of the photos were taken while the artist was shooting a film in 2007. “After the film I just felt compelled to keep photographing them,” says O’Brien. “They make a great picture and I think that was part of the reason why I originally pursued the project. But over time I came to realize that I’ve stumbled across something far more interesting than just energetic pictures.”
Working on Good Rats was not easy. Initially, the punks from southwest London’s Kingston Brew Crew did not accept the photographer. It took him two full years to gain the group’s trust. In the end, O’Brien spent a total of nearly five years with the teenagers — repeatedly joining them under bridges and in condemned buildings, watching them joking around, but also witnessing their violent outbursts and the dramas that occur when their carefree lifestyle occasionally mutates into despair. The apparent uniformity of the punks, their shared worldview and clothing, make it easy to oversee the fact that they possess very different personalities. These are young people still in the course of their—sometimes very rapid—development. Nonetheless, these 16-year-olds already bear within themselves the essence of that which will define them as adults. “After the film I just felt compelled
to keep photographing them”.
By the time we reach Aalborg, we are past the hallway point of the tour. Many exhausting days of early ferries pushing the hurry up and wait feeling. We arrive in Aalborg several hours early with little idea of what to do while we wait for someone from the venue to arrive. Find a spot to park the van along the river, break into a few different groups with different ideas of how to pass the time. Jerry and I find ourselves sitting along the river bank shooting the shit, talks of tours past and present, people we have met along the way, women we have had instant crushes on along the way (sometimes the same women…), and general conversation of how we are each feeling currently. Jerry drinks a beer as I watch him drink and long for the moment I can do the same. None of us miss the contrast from the last time we played Aalborg 3 years prior. We were on our way north to Oslo and it was our tour manager and good friend Jani’s last stop with us, so he and I were having quite the epic drinking fest. Upon arrival, we started drinking straight away, being told by the bartender that the beers we were drinking were the strongest beer they had (sounds like a challenge!). The night picked up very quickly from there, burning one another with cigarettes, breaking “doctored” bottles on heads, urinating onto possible skinheads from a rooftop, and passing out in the only shower available to the bands for a bit. Those were definitely the highlights of the evening. I honestly don’t even remember playing that night. I do however remember that we played with Beneath The Frozen Soil from Sweden.
Larry Wolfley, a well known Bay Area photographer of underground culture and punk music, has been an Embers fan and friend for several years now. He’s 72 years old, and jumped on the road with us on the first day of our tour. He met us at the venue in Bologna, Italy, and rode with us for 10 days. He was a pleasure to travel with, and handled the chaos and drunken mayhem of touring life like a trooper. The following is an interview with him on his final journey with us from Aalborg, Denmark to Hamburg, Germany.
Kelly: So Larry, when did you get into punk rock underground music? Do you remember what the year was, what was going on in your life, or how old you were at the time, how long you’ve been into it?
Larry: Well, I always listened to the music, and I listened to it when it started in San Francisco in the late ‘70s early ‘80s, but I wasn’t active. I just went to a few shows, a few clubs. I wasn’t involved. I didn’t know a lot of people at that time. And then in the ‘80s I started a new career, so I wasn’t really involved in it.
It really started in the ‘90s for me. I got interested in photography in the early ‘90s, and I sort of needed a subject, and I was living next to Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. I started going up to Telegraph Avenue, going up to the campus town, a few blocks, every afternoon, and hanging out with the street kids, and I spent a good part of the ‘90s photographing the street kids, gutter punks, squatters, and so on around Telegraph avenue.
Full interview after the jump…