Horseback started as a solo project, an intensely personal one at that. Your debut record was, as you’ve described, as a way to deal with you being diagnosed with OCD. It sounds like the sort of thing that one would be hesitant to even release into the world. The music has grown and evolved so much since then, and Horseback has shed the solo drone project tag quickly. Did you ever think that Horseback might become anything more than a bedroom project?
I didn’t intend for it to be more than that while I was recording the first record or two, but things change. I’d say it gained greater potential after The Invisible Mountain was reissued by Relapse in 2010. That brought in some offers from festivals, which allowed us to get out on the road for a bit. Last year, we played the Utech Festival with Locrian, House of Low Culture, Plotkin and Mueller, and William Fowler Collins, among others; the Boomslang Festival with Swans, Pelican, Sir Richard Bishop, and others; and Raleigh’s Hopscotch Festival with dozens of other bands. Still, those opportunities are rare, and since the guys in Horseback’s live lineup are all involved in a bunch of other bands (Caltrop, Airstrip, Hog, and Monsonia, to name a few, and I’m often busy with Mount Moriah), live Horseback shows have become more of a special occasion thing than a regular thing.
So the project remains largely a bedroom project, a creative pursuit that allows me to focus my energy in a daily practice, but sometimes we’re able to mobilize the live band for short tours.
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I was 14 when I was first enchanted by music from Iceland, and it came in the form of K.U.K.L., a peace punk band signed to Crass records with a young Björk on vocals. Then in the late 90′s, while record shopping at Other Music in NYC, I was turned on to SIGUR ROS‘s first EP, and ever since then I have been a fan. Something about their music speaks to the human condition, where suffering and happiness share the same space. I respect how SIGUR ROS has done everything on their own terms, which to me is punk as fuck! One thing that has always stuck out to me is their use of visuals to convey their message. That’s why today CVLT Nation is going to spotlight SIGUR ROS with a huge video essay featuring live performances & actual videos. Space is the place…peep some magic after the jump!
In my absolute devotion to music as the focal point of my life, I find myself wandering through the infinite cellars and ballrooms of sound’s mansion with little regard to decorum and dogma. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that I give equal time and interest to electronic music as I do the grim hordes of punk, metal and the like. So it’s interesting to me when I see an artist I appreciate in one realm began wandering over to the camps of the others. Such is the very case with EDM anti-hero, Deathface’s new, “From Beneath,” EP. (out on Trouble & Bass, July 17th)
Full review after the jump!
“Miséricordes” is a long, exhausting walk through barren darkness. With disturbing rawness and stunning mastery, frenchman Thomas Bel, acting under the pseudonym MISERY, floods the shadowy regions of the ambient sound space. Between dark ambient soundscapes, field recordings and relics of black metal the sound artist unfolds his diffuse-abstract dystopias, creating a 40-minute trip slightly reminiscent of LOCRIAN. In its sophisticated rawness and gloom, this album could well be a dubbing of E. Elias Merhiges classic “Begotten”.
The new Anatomy of Habit self-titled EP is a sonic diagram of audio magic, and it’s available here. For me, this band defies labels, which makes them masters of their own universe. They define what it is for all elements of a band to come together as one. The first thing that grabs my attention about this release is the insightful lyrics that I can relate to like I know them on a personal level. Anatomy of Habit’s vocals puts so much emotion into his delivery that there is no way not to feel where he is coming from. Then you have the musicianship of this band, which speaks its own language of rhythm and bugged-out repetative melody, that creates a surreal and enchanting atmosphere. Song number two, “The Decade Plan,” is something that I will listen to from now until my last breath. The words on this record will have a conversation with your inner doubts, and afterwards your insecurities will become the things that make you strong. As songwriters, Anatomy of Habit know how to wrap your eardrums in dirge before burying the nonsense of the outside world in its own unmarked grave. What I enjoy about this band is not just how they sound, but also how they make me feel with each listen. Anatomy of Habit use space an instrument of awesomeness that will expand your imagination with each listen. If I had it my way, every living being would inject themselves with this music, and maybe then we might start to know what’s real. Anatomy of Habit should be shared, so make sure to tell your friends that you know a band that breaks down the human condition like no other!
LA PIRAMIDE DI SANGUE from Turin, Italy, have just released an awesome weirdo krautrock album TEBE on Sound of Cobra, out now. This band’s music can be put into one box only: triple epic, zany stellar and very honest. What really got my attention was their video for their tune “Sandalo” which you can peep after the jump! Check out LA PIRAMIDE DI SANGUE’s composition “Sangue” streaming below. If you have an open fucking mind and dig warped groovy shit, this album will more than work for you, it will make your bad thoughts dance!
They grow a lot of enjoyable things in Holland, but recently they started “growing metal”. Responsible for the harvest is Garden of Exile records, a mail order (or grow shop?) that imports metal, hardcore and grindcore vinyl from all over the world and sells it at reasonable prices. They’ve also released albums from Cobalt, Burst, Botch, Misery Index, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Cave in, Anaal Nathrakh, … on vinyl. We happen to like those bands and we happen to like small, underground labels and distros, so it’s time to get to know some of them! The Garden is up first!
Hey Tjeerd, could you tell us how Garden of Exile came to life?
That’s quite a long story actually. It started out when we were kids visiting hardcore and metal shows every weekend. First only inHolland, but later on throughoutEurope. We bought a lot of records ourselves at those shows. We started listening to music that was hard to get over here inEurope. So we started ordering directly from theUS. To make this affordable, we ordered some more copies for friends to save on postage and get wholesale rates. One thing led to the other and before we knew it, we had a couple of cases with CDs and some vinyl. We started attending shows to sell our stuff and that’s the moment it became a bit more serious. We both started writing reviews, doing interviews for several zines and got to know more and more people. We decided to spend the money we made with our distro on releasing music by bands we liked personally and music wise. At first we released 3 or 4 CDs but soon after we focused more and more on vinyl, since we both prefer vinyl and are collecting this since we were like 16 or so. It all started as a hobby, but it grew out of hand pretty fast! It’s not always easy, since we do this besides our normal daytime jobs. Besides some problems with shipping and all, things went pretty smooth and we are still trying the best we can.
So what do we have here? A mixtape that GODFLESH curated for VICE Italy. The tracklist alone shows why this band has been able to create the music that they do. Peep what GODFLESH has to say about this mixtape below, and find the download link and tracklist after the jump!
It is simply a mix of music without which Godflesh would never exist. This is the music that inspired the sound that we had when we formed, in 1988, and continues to inspire us today.
July 6th San Pedro, THE DOOM ROOM
July 7th Santa Cruz, THE WITCH HAUS
July 9th Eugene, Oregon THE HATE CASTLE
July 10th Portland, Oregon PLAN B
July 11th Seattle, WA THE COMET TAVERN
July 12th Olympia, WA HOUSE SHOW (ask the punx)
July 13th Salem, Oregon THE BURIAL GROUNDS
July 14th Oakland, CA REC CENTER STUDIOS
Having both released full lengths this year – W&R self-released the beautifully strange No Youth and doctorshopper put out the disturbing Degenerate Utopia – these two bands are poised to bring destruction and despair to the live arena. Don’t miss this.
This is beyond killer – Brian Stefans has done the world of underground music a great favor. On his L.A. Post Punk blog he has compiled a sonic portrait of the weird music that was taking place during the post punk era. CVLT Nation salutes you Brian! Check out what he has to say below and peep the track listings and download links after the jump!
“All the bands, with the exception of The Minutemen, haven’t appeared in any of the previous volumes, so these notes are going to be sketchy because I don’t have the time to ruminate in any serious way on the tracks. They are also in (roughly) alphabetical order. For what that’s worth.
I don’t know much about 3D Picnic, who produced two LPs. Their first, Dirt, contains a mix of styles from Paisley Underground folk rolk to more post-punk fare, though none of it too dangerous. This track is from a compilation called Ultraviolet and doesn’t appear on either disk.
A Produce was the person behind the band Afterimage which appears in early volumes of this series. His own music tends toward the ambient, though this track and a few others have something like a kinky energy. He was the creator of the label Trans Port which specialized in what came to be known as “trance music” though in fact most of what I’ve heard of his work doesn’t sound like later trance music (which is more beat heavy). A Clearing is available in its entirety at CDBaby, though most of his other material appears to be out of print. He passed away in 2011.
Battery Farley is still pretty much a mystery to me, though it appears an “underground” producer named Jeff Farley is behind it all. There is a YouTube video the band performing an unreleased track, “Bagman on Sunset,” which if anything has an unforgettable snarkey resonance. The LP Dress for Obscurity is pretty interesting, and they seem to be symptomatic of one aspect of “New Wave” here in LA, which is that for all the synthesizers and dance beats, much of it is completely uncommercial. There’s a cheap copy of Dress for Obscurity sitting in the stacks at Amoeba Records that I want to snag when I have some cash.
Download link & track listing after the jump!