Before TV, the radio was king and families would gather around to listen to their favorite shows. Well, last night I heard a really interesting radio documentary entitled Sangre Y Tierra: What Blood What Earth that was thought-provoking and should be heard by all…Check out the full stream below, and read the description!
“What Blood, What Earth”, is a documentary on the life of Puerto Rican black metal artist Marvin Quinones. His story leads the listener on a journey from pre-colonial Puerto Rican history to the struggles of race and class in the urban landscape of the twenty-first century. Quinones is a talented multi-instrumentalist, utilizing distorted guitars with as much mastery as the four-stringed cuatro. His music, like his life, is dense, layered, and complex. Beneath intense and raw black metal- a genre defined by abrasive production, relentless drumming, and shrieked vocals- lies a story of a man who escaped a home shattered by drugs, gangs, and mental illness to become a valued and respected member of his community The piece follows Quinones to his job in a public high school where he counsels delinquent students with positive re-enforcement and teaches an after-school classical guitar course. His honest candor in detailing a traumatic upbringing underscores the strength of his character and the importance of music as a force of transformation and discovery…Josh Landes
DESPISE are a four piece punk/crust/metal unit from the depths of the Minneapolis underground. Their 7″ release is a line of single’s being released by Profane Existence this year.
Interview by Andy (Leffer) of War//Plague
Let’s get this party started. First off…like most all interviews let’s start with who you are, what you do and what DESPISE is up to? What does the future hold after this PE single release? Also, expand on some each of your backgrounds, and what you were involved with prior to the band.
I’m Hannah, I do vocals and write the lyrics. I moved to Minneapolis from Chicago in 2010. I played bass and did vocals in Securicor from Chicago, and also vocals in Krang.
Zach: Hopefully we can put out some full length records seeing as we have a lot of material. As for before despise. I started going to shows at age 13 or 14. Played in a band called EZ Bleeders. We were rock/metal/funk/punk so everyone hated us but we just wanted to play. Grew up in uptown Mpls around a lot of older punks.
Hi. My name is Mike. I play bass real loud. Moved to Minneapolis in 2009. It’s rad here.
I’m always looking for unique and quality vintage, antique, and handmade items to add to my wardrobe. So, it should be obvious that I’m an extreme Etsy fiend. I was lurking through the site when I first noticed Fila Arcana -let me tell you, if you’re into the film “The Craft”, you’ll love what Fila Arcana from Toronto, Ontario, has got going. The style is eerie yet delicate, mysterious and pure, like a witches student, or black magic lolita. Mina Sewell Mancuso, the High Priestess of Fila Arcana, hand-embroiders beautiful works onto pinback buttons, wall hangings, and peter pan-style detachable collars. All the designs she offers are inspired by “alchemy, the occult, and all things esoteric.” Items adorned with symbols, moon phases, beasts, palmistry, and more. All conjured by hand, the details in each piece are skillfully intricate, classical, and bewitching.
“I render secret things in colored threads.”
It may not have this identity nationally, but to me, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is hallowed ground. It seems like there have always been and always will be a wealth of extremely talented musicians and artists pouring in and out of the city, especially in it’s current renaissance. The entirely DIY run venue, Mr. Roboto Project stands taller than ever, in a great location with a constant influx of shows all year round. There are tons of different communities pushing out excellent music and art. However, without a doubt, the most thrilling part of having a healthy and robust music scene is seeing new bands come out of the woodwork, especially when they are all very young. The idea of young kids naturally coming into form and “finding” this relentless sound is undeniably great. Such is the case with the Pittsburgh upstarts in Purge. Their newest EP is getting pressed onto a cassette via South Floridian start ups, Arctic Night Records. The EP is immediately reminiscent of a traditional grindcore album. This falls somewhere in between an early Earache Records band and Discordance Axis. Relentless and simple, abrasive and ugly. You could easily spew a hundred more adjectives about what this band sounds like, but just listen to the stream after the jump and hear it for yourself. Believe in the youth.
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The Observatory has been around for several years. Can you provide some background on the band?
Leslie: The band was formed by Vivian Wang and myself in 2001. In 2003, Dharma, Evan Tan and Victor Low joined us. We’ve had some line-up changes over the years, but essentially as a 4, 5 or 6 piece unit, released 5 albums to date. Currently, we are a 4-piece, Vivian, Dharma and myself, with our youngest member Bani Haykal joining us last year. The Observatory was formed out of the ashes of older bands we were involved in the early nineties. We met each other from the local gig circuit. It was a really small scene then. Perhaps it still is even though it has grown. We saw The Observatory as more of a space than a band, where like-minded musicians would come and go, exchange ideas and influences, hang and make music. Our sound changes from album to album, quite drastically. On hindsight, it could have been unconsciously mirroring the constant change in the landscape of our environment. It’s the price of living in a sped-up circus of constant construction. Our memories decimated with each new skyscraper, expressway or mall. We hated it. But it’s been a part of what makes us. With every change, every demolished school or library, our mental environment changes as well. It’s like we had to devise a new code for our music to exist. Everything felt old quickly.
Vivian: We ditched the normal songwriting process after our first two albums. We’ve always relied on change as our fuel, every one of our five full length releases a departure from the previous one. In the last 7 years or so, we’ve submerged ourselves increasingly more and more in improv. This has pushed us to tap into a more visceral side of our creative energies. No script, no score, no formula, just being on the edge.
Children of God’s album We Set Fire To The Sky Pre Order HERE!
When, where and with whom did the recording process for We Set Fire to the Sky begin?
Recording this record began in September of last year (2012). We recorded with our good friend Rollie Ulug, who’s worked on a ton of bands from the Southern CA. He recorded the Sun Gives Way…
What was the major inspiration, individually and as a group, that inspired and brought this record into being?
Inspiration for COG songs always comes from emotion. The gears start turning in my head (lyrically) long before anything is written, and at the time of writing these songs we were all doing our own thing. We were all isolated in our own worlds, and some times that’s the best kind of inspiration. When you’re alone you have your time to reflect on everything, and this record is an extension of that reflection.
It’s no secret that CVLT Nation digs Samothrace – our first ever band collaboration tee was with these Rain City Doom Wizards! Samothrace is about to embark on a US Winter Tour starting February 15th, and to celebrate we are bringing you an awesome Artist to Artist interview the band did with Jamie from Black Breath. Check their tour dates and flyer after the jump, and this epic interview below!
I guess we will start will the usual horseshit. Who are you and what does everyone play in the band?
Spinks: Samothrace: Bryan Spinks- hookey, Dylan Desmond – angry birds, Renata Castagna – solitaire and Joe Axler – doctor.
You guys all live in Seattle currently, but are originally from different parts of the country. I’m curious if you could shed some light and any good stories of the places and scenes you grew up in. I know Joe, and he has some good stories about growing up in the NYC punk and hardcore scene in the 90′s, and with the rest of you hailing from Lawrence, KS probably have your own stories as well. Tell me about the places that groomed you to be playing the music you do today…
Spinks: I actually grew up in Oklahoma City, OK and while I have a lot of love for the state I came from, it was definitely not as thriving a scene as a lot of cities have. But we had diy spaces, a killer record store called Music D’s that also did shows and punk houses from time to time over the years that kept it all together and made it our own. That place is boring and rough for a kid, though. Don’t get me wrong, there has always been a shit ton of folks that are more than willing to put on shows and attend them, but I feel like it was such a small scene in my heyday there. It actually was amazing and tight-knit. It turned us all onto partying real young, but it also led me and many of my dear friends into playing music. Oklahoma definitely morphed and warped me into the musician I am today. We’ve also got a rich history of C&W there that I could not escape as a child. I think it actually plays a (not so) dormant role in where I am as a player today.
Full interview after the jump!
Rome recently released an official video for the song “Silver Coil” from their new LP, Hell Money. Most folks know that Rome is essentially comprised of one man, Jerome Reuter, and that the band’s name is actually a shortened version or nickname derived from his own first name. Along with Of the Wand and the Moon, Rome are one of the larger contemporary neofolk acts without roots in the original 80s apocalyptic folk scene. Their incredible 2009 Flowers from Exile LP brought them to the attention of audiences outside the narrow confines of the neofolk and martial scenes, leading to a following among goth, postpunk, and other crowds. (In fact, Rome began as a postpunk band.) Jerome Reuter’s expressive and mournful baritone voice is one of the trademark appeals of the band — their secret weapon, if you will — and the band’s take on Rose Clouds of Holocaust-era Death in June type neofolk continues to find new fans to this day.
I’ve wanted to interview Jerome Reuter for quite some time, especially since LPs like Masse Mensch Material grabbed my attention and refused to let go. By the time Flowers from Exile came out, I was fairly obsessed. The new LP, Hell Money, is a slightly more personal, confessional, and stripped down affair compared to the bombastic tours de force one could find in their last few LPs.
Jerome Reuter was interviewed by Oliver in February, 2013.
Oliver: The latest LP is called “Hell Money.” Can you tell readers what gave you the idea for the name of the LP — what the name means? Is there a unifying theme throughout the LP the way there seemed to be, for example, for the “Flowers from Exile” LP?
Jerome Reuter: I don’t want to dissect that title, to be honest, partially because this time around there was no specific concept or theme to the album or its lyrics.
Hardcore is very important to me. When I found this community in my early teens, it became a full escape from the monotonous and torturous reality of public school, it gave me a sense of belonging, and it gave me an identity that was intrinsic and honest. As the years have passed, the ethics and values of what makes the community so great have become more pronounced than ever to me. I am dumbfounded when I see people take it for granted, or disregard these principles. Hardcore is a medium for everyone, judgement free. If you want to be here, you can be here. Absolutely anyone can start a band, express themselves and go on tour. There isn’t meant to be any exclusion and there is no room for elitism.
In my experience, no one has really hit that home for me more so than John Caution. John has been singing for the band Weekend Nachos since 2004 and the band has released a slew of crushing and lyrically intense (albeit sometimes hilarious and tongue in cheek) albums. The band has been consistently berated by genre snobs and internet warriors, whom insist on categorizing the band and judging the direction of the material. They have defied and ignored expectations set for the band time and time again, and have simply continued to write what they enjoy. More recently, John has also been playing drums for the Kansas City based SPINE, a crushing and classic example of good, fast hardcore and has been working on getting his fledgling label, Bad Teeth Recordings off the ground. If anyone has a genuine love for hardcore, it’s John. I was able to pull John away from his newly instated job as CEO of IBM, and he humored me by answering some questions that had been nagging at my mind.
Last year our comrades in heavy Southern Lord joined forces with Scion AV and held an unreal showcase featuring Martyrdod, Black Breath, Burning Love, Pelican and Enabler. Not only was some superdelic live footage taken, some interesting interviews were also created. What I dig about these conversations is that you get to know things about the bands that you maybe would never find out. CVLT Nation is stoked to be premiering these Southern Lord//Scion AV visuals featuring some of our favorite bands! So after the jump, let’s get down to the nitty gritty!