“Anything that can be too easily described doesn’t need to be recreated. If the vocabulary already exists, it’s redundant.”
Anyone who has spent any time on the internet in the last decade knows how quickly one’s perception of an object, person, or event can shift from familiar to strange – and, arguably, it is this moment of jarring unfamiliarity that we all seek whenever we flip through TV channels or browse the internet – that which can, in some respect, shake us from our routines. Like the terrifying man behind the diner in David Lynch’s film Mulholland Drive, L.A.’s Bestial Mouths embody a surreal and vaguely menacing state of strange.
Their music crosses boundaries with the same visionary spirit as seminal underground acts Swans, Skinny Puppy, or PiL, incorporating dramatic swells of dark synth for a deceptively polished finish that belies the raw terror lurking beneath. Of their sound, Christopher Myrick (synths and co-lyricist) says, “I’m influenced by post-punk, goth, industrial, synth pop, death rock, power electronics, shoe-gaze and no-wave, all to some extent. Lynette (Cerezo, vocals and lyrics) is probably more into ethereal goth stuff than I am. Gus (Aldana, the other half of the Mouths’ synth section) is more into breakcore and techno. Gus and Jessica (Reuter, drums and samples) are definitely more into metal than Lynette or I. I think we try to combine this stuff in new ways though, I think we try to make something we haven’t heard before. Anything that can be too easily described doesn’t need to be recreated. If the vocabulary already exists, it’s redundant.”
Two days ago, Old Wounds started their East Coast tour alongside Raindance, and we’ve brought you an updated list of their dates so that you can be sure to make it out to one to their shows! Also, we have a rad giveaway to offer you – one each of the Old Wounds LP From Where We Came Is Where We’ll Rest and the Raindance LP New Blood, courtesy of Glory Kid and Animal Style! To enter to win these rad LPs, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “OW Rain” in the subject…we’ll choose one lucky winner on Monday at noon PST!
Raindance has announced a 2 week East Coast trek along side Old Wounds starting up on December 3rd and will continue until December 18th. Raindance released “New Blood” on Animal Style Records this past November, and Old Wounds is currently supporting their new LP “From Where We Came Is Where We’ll Rest”, which was released on Glory Kid Ltd earlier this year. The dates are as follows, along with a couple of songs from each band streaming below:
Old Wounds – Unspoken (Taken from “From Where We Came Is Where We’ll Rest” on Glory Kid Ltd.)
Old Wounds – The Sharpest Knife For The Blackest Heart (Taken from the “Trenchfoot Split 7″ on Melotov Records)
Raindance – Black Lungs (Taken from “New Blood” on Animal Style Records)
Raindance – To Hell With Them (Taken from “New Blood” on Animal Style Records)
Dead to a Dying World started an East Coast tour this past Friday, and you’ll be able to catch them at dates up and down the coast all this week! Tonight they are in Raleigh, NC before they head to NYC, so if you’re over that way and see this make sure to head out and support! They will be playing alongside Unconscious Collective on all the dates, with vocal guest Zoe Lollis from Burnt Books. Check out all the info below!
Dates & info after the jump!
(Photo captured by Oakland Photographer Alberto Gutierrez)
Summers in The Bay Area are wonderful. The weather is nice, the air is damp yet refreshing with the precipitation of the close shorelines and the perspiration of others, and as long as you stay out of SF there’s hardly any preposterous hills that you will have to climb. During this time it’s easiest to get around on a bicycle, which makes things a lot more enjoyable when you don’t have to worry about being a buffoon that actually operates a vehicle while presumably being intoxicated. Falling down and getting bruised up is no big deal, losing your life and the lives of others you potentially care about is fucking terrible- so don’t drink and drive, it’s not worth it. As school lets out every summer there is a stream of great bands/artists performing nightly in DIY houses and venues throughout our cities. Forward Thinking and Intellectually inclined individuals who’ve formed bands are getting the opportunity to travel after their semester is over and set off to share their ideas and artistic expression with the diverse culture and show community found only here in The Bay. This is a very unique place to reside if you are a fan of music and art.
CVLT Nation favorites FULL OF HELL are offering their Rudiments Of Mutilation LP for free download this week only!! From now until July 22nd, you can download the entire album free HERE! This acclaimed album is a must-have for hardcore fans, so it’s pretty fucking rad that FOH is giving us the chance to have it for free – although we highly recommend picking it up on vinyl HERE (only a few are left). You can read our review here and also check out their video for “The Lord Is My Light” here. Stream Rudiments Of Mutilation below and check out their tour dates for their upcoming East Coast and European tours!
WAKE have just released their new album False via Handshake Inc and it fucking grinds hard. David Hall created this 54 second disturbing video for their song “Smolder” – check it out now! WAKE is also on a European tour right now, peep the dates and make sure to support this band because they are the shit!
What up Europe, are you ready for DESPISE YOU all up in your membrane? I hope so, because these warlords of angst are on on a European tour right now peep the dates! Also check out this rad full set of DESPISE YOU performing at Unit B. Oh yeah, all SoCal heads reading this make sure to come out to the CVLT Nation & Crash the Clubs DESPISE YOU show on Sept. 7th with In DISGUST, Sex Prisoner, Magnum Force and Constant Fear!
If you read CVLT Nation, then you know one of our favorite bands is NAILS. Not only are they great musicians, they are very humble cool humans. That why when I heard they were going on a West Coast tour with GODFLESH and PRURIENT I was really stoked for them. So today we salute the NAILS by showing their most recent gig in Allston, Mass filmed by Hate5six. Check out not only their West Coast dates, but also peep their European shows with Blind Faith!