The Steve Ignorant interview
I’m pretty sure that everyone knows that one of the raddest albums to come out this year was Venerable by KEN MODE, via Profound Lore. This release laid it all on the line, and they have committed themselves to tour the world. CVLT Nation is ultra excited to bring you an interview with heavy noise warlocks KEN MODE. I must say that Jesse brought his A-game to this interview, so check it out after the jump!
THE BLVD CAFE AND BAR is a venue located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, just east of Downtown L.A. It is in and of itself a bastion of hope. A beacon of light in a city hell bent on crushing the fighting spirit of DIY culture. Completely ran and operated by punk and metal aficionados of many years, this venue is unshakable in its purpose & determination to provide Southern California with the best the world of metal and punk have to offer. The very existence of such a locale is testament to the unyielding spirit that prevails in all of us. Check out this interview after the jump and get an in depth insight into the minds of the people behind your hell of a good time.
USX Appalachia, aka U.s Christmas, created a very wicked album called The Valley Path, out now via Neurot Recordings. It’s a piece of music that has become a part of my daily life. This album has so many special qualities, one being that it will totally ground you. So when Nate Hall from USX Appalachia said he would be down for an interview, I was like, it’s fucking on! Today, CVLT Nation is super stoked to bring you closer to a band that is on constant rotation in our H.Q. So after the jump, check out a mind-bending interview with Nate Hall of USX Appalachia .
It’s on today…we have entered the heavy world of Portland’s damaged sonic wizards RABBITS. This band gets all in your brain with driving tunes that will disturb you & make you jam out at the same time. CVLT Nation had the opportunity to travel into their universe & hear what makes this band do what they do! So after the jump, get freaky & dirty with the RABBITS!
I recently had a good long chat with Adam Bartlett of Gilead Media, an awesome indie label that has put out releases from Thou, Krallice, Fell Voices and others. Gilead is one of my favorite labels. The DIY ethic runs through every aspect of his label, as you’ll read below. Adam operates the label, screen prints shirts, patches, and inserts for his releases, and is wrapping up work on a movie. Tons of words, links, and photos after the jump. Banner photo by Mary Manchester.
Hey Adam how’s it going?
Fantastic, just got home from a bike ride, jamming Twin Peaks and full of caffeine. Ready to bust this interview!
Awesome, how is the Oshkosh Summer?
This part of the midwest is in a really great part of the temperate climate zone, so we get unbelievably brutal winters (up to 50 below with wind chill sometimes) and relatively warm summers (averaging high 80s-100s during the warmest weeks). But I love the variety of weather here.
Yeah people I talk to who move to California always say “I miss seasons”
Yea man, winter is critical to mental health, makes you appreciated the warmth. People get seasonal depression here big time, but then everyone’s mega-amped on life in the summer.
Sounds good, we’ll get back into talking about winter a little later. My first question is when did you start Gilead Media and what drove you to start your own label?
I think it was 2005 that I started the label. I was working for an indie music distributor and tons of my co-workers had little labels they did on their own. Thorp Records, Doghouse Records and a couple others were all run by some of my co-workers. In addition to that, we distributed some really incredible labels that I’ve built either personal or professional relationships with, Robotic Empire, Hydra Head etc. So I was 20 years old, working with all these incredibly hard-working people doing great things with music, I was just motivated to do my own thing. The first release was a DVD compiling all the live footage by my old Milwaukee band, since we never recorded our full-length album before we broke up. The first REAL Gilead Media release (catalog #1) was a split between my then active spazzy/tech drum machine band (with Sacred Tapes founder, Christopher Sommer) and Missouri tech band Withchildlikeeyes. From there things sort of just exploded beyond control. Actually now that I do the math, I must’ve been 22 at the point I started the label for real.
I was able to catch up via email with one of the creators of this years most talked about Southern California extreme music festivals…California Discord Fest. The first of many more to come, this festival has already generated massive buzz due to the impressive and exclusive lineup with bands from all over the world convening at its Los Angeles based location. Heres a brief insight into the mind of Daniel Gonzales of Bones Booking.
Read the rest of this epic interview after the jump!
MISHKA recently featured an interview with Sean on their “Bloglin,” so I wanted to re-share it with you on CVLT Nation! With all the interviewing we do of other people, it’s kind of nice when someone else asks us a question. What follows is the “5 Questions” from Mishka…
Text via: Mishka Bloglin
Here he is again, Sean Reveron, harbinger of the awesomely vile clothing line CVLT Nation, returns to the Bloglin, not in the form of a brutal Blackened Everything mixtape, this time in the flesh. Sean is an entrepreneur, underground music enthusiast, and purveyor of all that is heavy. Fortunately, he was able to answer five big ones on the intent of his new brand, the creative process that brought him to this point, and the state of metal in general. Escorting the public into a new epoch of foulness, this guy is on the cutting edge of fringe culture. Listen up.
Is Cvlt Nation something you do all on your own? You put out a lot of material outside of the design stuff such as mixtapes, album reviews, and all-around media articles, I can’t imagine you do that all by yourself?
Sean Reveron: No way…I couldn’t do it all on my own! My wife, Meghan, and I spearhead the project and do the majority of the blogging, like 60% of it. But we also have contributors from all over the world who are a part of the metal and punk scenes in their own areas, like in Ireland, Germany, Indonesia, England, New York, Texas, Cali – so we get a wide variety of coverage.
We don’t micromanage our bloggers at all, so they bring a lot of different perspectives and opinions to the blog. It’s really amazing that we have been able to connect with so many awesome and talented people from around the world, whether in music or art. The metal communities worldwide have been so supportive of what we are doing, and we see the site as a way to support creative people in the communities as well.
Read the rest of this rad interview after the jump…
It’s on today…we at CVLT Nation bring a straight to the point interview with Todd Jones of NAILS. You probably know that this band released one of the sickest records of last year, entitled Unsilent Death, via Southern Lord. Along with this epic album, they destroyed stages all across the USA while on tour. Now the band are the process of wreaking havoc once again, recording a new album & getting ready to go on the road with Ringworm. Enough of me talking, hear about the world according to NAILS. So after the jump, get down the nitty gritty with a rad band & check out the interview!
Paul McCarroll, aka Unhinged Art, certainly brings an element of the insane to his craft. His illustration and digital painting depicts a debased and terrifying world, but at the same time he creates beautiful lines and textures in his subjects. McCarroll speaks volumes in his work, but in a subtle and complex way – while on the surface his subjects may appear grotesque to some, upon further scrutiny you will find socio-political commentary among their intertwining limbs and penetrated holes. I have been really fortunate to speak with Paul and get a better perspective on his life, art and inspirations. After the jump, read CVLT Nation’s interview with McCarroll…