by Oliver Sheppard
It’s here: http://current931.bandcamp.com/
Or, nearly Current 93′s complete discography. (There are so many unofficial releases, semi-official releases, quasi-official releases, etc., that a truly complete discography is pretty daunting.)
Current 93: The long-running dark-ambient-cum-post-industrial-cum-neofolk project, whose only constant member has been David Tibet, has been making musick for over 30 years now, providing a fertile matrix of material that has influenced, or that has indeed included, countless postpunk, metal, neofolk, industrial, et. al, acts into its orbit. That Tibet uploaded nearly all of Current 93′s catalog onto Bandcamp last Fall is of no small significance. In fact, it’s a radical move, exposing the project’s sprawling and esoteric catalog to millions of new listeners.
If in literature a tragedy is a work that begins high and ends low, and a comedy (think Dante’s) vice versa, then what about a narrative that starts with order and ends dissolved into nothingness? Stability to chaos in the span of a few hundred pages, an hour and a half at the movies, or two sides of an LP. What can we call it? It doesn’t have to be dramatic, is in fact rarely pronounced, and foregoes the three-act structure in favor of a long, obvious decline. Steady and inexorable is the slide into darkness, dissolution, anarchy, and must be obviously stated or otherwise seem cruel and impossible. Is there a word?
Well, there is a sound. Have a Nice Life has been active in fits and starts since 2008’s Deathconsciousness arrived on the scene, sneaking into the musical conversation until the self-distributed record became a catchall for buzz about new types of music still only truly catching on. With The Unnatural World, finally arriving six years later, the duo capitalizes on all of its promise and brings to us a mutated step-child, densely packed with grimy programmed drums and massive synthesizers and insistent bass, beginning with “Guggenheim Wax Museum” and “Defenstration Song,” its two most melodic numbers to date, and kickstarting the decline spoken above.
Hold on, I just dropped a dose of sonic acid and smoked a huge bag of weird as fuck! Actually, I’m blasting the new album from Portland’s TOWERS entitled II that comes out on Feb. 11th via Eolian Empire. These audio aliens have created mutated pieces of art that could never be desired in only words. What you must do is put on their music allow yourself to be free from the shackles of genres. We really dig the TOWERS here at CVLT Nation and are stoked to be streaming their tune “HELL” below…Excuse me as I hold the hand of this mad band and travel to another realm!
This is just way too rad: KYLESA totally killing shit in Paris. Check out this stellar footage of them performing “Said and Done” and you can feel the energy jumping out of your screen. KYLESA is still on tour all over Europe, so if you are in that part of the world peep the dates…Said and Done!…This unreal footage was shot by Mariexxme.
Helen Money‘s 3rd full length, Arriving Angels, originally released via Profound Lore in 2013, is now available as a limited edition vinyl repress through Corpse Flower Records. This LP is limited to 500 copies on a gorgeous opaque orange vinyl, with original artwork by Steve Byram (Reign in Blood, License to Ill). Today we’re stoked to be streaming a track off of Arriving Angels, “Radio Recorders,” so immerse yourself in the apocalyptic blues of Helen Money below!
Text & Photos by Adam Murray
Five bands (well, technically four) descended upon Los Angeles on this night like the various strains of flu virus that have been penetrating and violating everyone’s immune systems for the past couple weeks.
Strong Intention ground up a fine blend of grindy punk sludgecore like a batch of fresh n’ oily coffee beans! This was the only band I had been previously unaware of before the show, but by the second song they piqued my interest and brought my ass up front to take a few snaps and listen.
Obliterations boinked and crammed through their set like Black Flag on acid. The level of light on stage was very low, but these dudes made up for it with the amount of energy pumping through their tunes. They shot fireworks of angry juice into the crowd!
Earlier neofolk was sometimes called “apocalyptic folk,” a phrase seen on at least one early Current 93 flyer that seemed to sum up early bands’ stripped down, back-to-basics acoustic approach to making doomy, and quite often occult-tinged, music(k). One of the longest-running current podcasts of this style is in fact the aptly-named “Aural Apocalypse: A Soundtrack for the Final Days” (hosted by the amazing Merrick Testerman, it should be noted).
The early grand trifecta of neofolk was Death in June, Current 93, and Sol Invictus, and those 3 bands had members circulating between them quite often. One of the few American bands that carries forward in that early, dark, postpunk, and guitar-strumming vein is Chicago’s Et Nihil. It’s been mentioned elsewhere that they are one band that put the apocalyptic rightfully back into the “apocalyptic folk” genre tag. Their debut LP, ONUS, is evidence of that fact.
What makes a song ring true or false? For that matter, what makes any fiction work? Writers have to inhabit the souls of all manner of people, but if all they could express was themselves, every novel would be about the struggles of maintaining access to wi-fi. Folk music runs into this problem more than most, as its themes, pastoralism and working-class solidarity and a general aspect of blue-collar-ness, often stand distant from the musicians singing about them. Perhaps that is why so much of it scans as inauthentic; after all, what does a Brooklyn-bound hipster know about Appalachia, about rural poverty? Probably little or nothing at all.
The Sterling Sisters overcomes this barrier not with nuance but dynamite. Hale sounds like a Spaghetti Western; wide-open plains and three-way shootouts and clipped, iconic dialogue. There’s the jumpy bass of early Uncle Tupelo, surf-rock guitars, and furiously strummed banjo, mosh pit-worthy as anything else today. In other words, it’s a hell of a lot of fun.
Just like their music, the new RUINED FAMILIES video for “Pedestal” takes you to many different places at one time! The way it’s filmed captures the emotion of the song and allows your mind to put together the puzzle of this visual. CVLT Nation is honored to be premiering the RUINED FAMILIES video “Pedestal” right here and now!
My ears are being violated and I just downed a big bowl of my own vomit…at least, this is how I feel after listening to RECTAL HYGIENICS Even the Flies Won’t Touch You. You can hear the drugs that when into created this damaged, fucked up music and I can not stop getting high off it! It seems like the vocalists huffed a giant bag of glue before he wrote the words. RECTAL HYGIENICS has the filth in their songs that I like rubbing into my open wounds, so that they get filled up with more pus that sprays everywhere. This is a band that I want to hear more from, because they just don’t give a fuck! So here is the deal CVLT Nation is offering RECTAL HYGIENICS Even the Flies Won’t Touch You for free download so get your ODB on.