by Oliver Sheppard
Ottawa, Canada’s goth-punk duo Blue Cross have just delivered their third full-length LP, “Conspiracy,” in under two years – a remarkable feat, considering that many bands nowadays take years to release new material. Originally a side-project of street punk band Germ Attak, Blue Cross’ music explores more mid-tempo postpunk and deathrock territory. Their sound, guided by Jess’ spectral vocals, recalls bands like the Superheroines, Madhouse, and more obscure early goth-y postpunk with female vocals like Your Funeral or Pink Military.
Chaos Rurale Records and Blue Cross’ own Bandcamp page have made “Conspiracy” available for streaming, coinciding with the physical release of the album. (Bruised Tongue is actually offering the LP on cassette!) CVLT Nation has been following Blue Cross since the beginning; the band’s debut LP, “Mass Hysteria,” was reviewed here; their second LP, “I am Death,” was reviewed here; and the band was interviewed by CVLT Nation last year here. Recently, Maximum Rock ‘n Roll also interviewed the band.
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It’s bizarre to think that this label is now 13 years old; what started out as an art project and supplement to a print zine quickly kind of spiraled into much more than we ever anticipated. This mix represents the second half of ABSOC’s discography, and is intended to showcase the direction we have taken over the last 5 years or so. While all of these bands are quite different in nature, the one thing they all hold in common (outside of all of them being very nice people) is that they are all breaking out of typical genre molds and are doing something unique, while staying firmly rooted in DIY punk. We really try to identify bands we think are pushing the envelope, and keeping the underground challenging and provoking.
We are basically an analog label; our releases are all largely on vinyl and cassettes (very few CDs), and our only foray into digital distribution is via MP3 download cards. We really believe a record should be experienced with artwork, layout, and lyrics when available, and really put effort into making packaging unique. We are based in Seattle, and have largely focused on Northwest bands until recently with collaborations with partner labels in Sweden, Germany, and Canada.
We’d really like to thank Sean and Meghan and everyone involved at CVLT NATION for all of their amazing support over the past few years! And cheers to all of you whom have ordered from us, supported the label and came to the shows and tours we promote. It’s been an amazing ride and we are really excited for this upcoming year’s releases which will include the s/t debut full length from INSIDIOUS PROCESS, early 8” lathe and demo releases put to 12” by NÜ-KLĒ-ƏR BLAST SUNTAN, a re-issue of early material from KALASHNIKOV (Italy), and an upcoming split between ADELIT@S and KOHOSH (Seattle). Keep it DIY!
Rob + Matt
What a fucking awesome night – on May 24th, Usnea, Lighting Swords of Death and Atriarch rocked the 5 Star Bar in downtown L.A.! Portland funeral doom wizards Usnea played such an outstanding set that they gave us chills. Then L.A’s own Lighting Swords of Death wreaked havoc with their aggressive, unrelenting black metal! Atriarch had the whole house under their spell with their death rock doom ceremony! Our comrade in photography Johann Currie was on hand and took some enthralling photos on the night! CVLT Nation would like to salute everyone who came out, all of the bands and a big shout out goes to EAR/SPLITTERS for keeping the underground alive in the city of dead angels!
The reality is that Oakland’s dark punk warriors The New Flesh have created a stellar fucking new album called “REALITY” – pre-order HERE. All of these tunes are anthems that will have your shadow dancing in protest for the world to wake up! I’m totally impressed with The New Flesh writing skills because they are able convey an aggressive spirit while at no time losing their sense of cryptic melody! CVLT Nation is stoked that we get to share with you The New Flesh REALITY streaming in full below!…Check out their west coast & east coast tour dates…
Some days I see happiness in the blackest skies and some days I hear bliss in dirgy basslines and somber vocals! Maybe this is why I have Liar In Wait’s new EP “Translations of the Lost” on repeat, and it has our little girl dancing non-stop – which means a lot, because she has great taste! Today we have been given the honor of premiering their outstanding new visual for their song “Fall With Me,” which was directed by John Bradburn. Liar In Wait’s record hits the streets on May 28th and will be released via Profound Lore Records… Stay tuned, we have some exclusive things happening with them in the very near future!
No matter how old I get, certain memories will never leave my brain. One such memorable night cost me two dollars, with a fog machine blinding me as my head nodded to a drum machine: when I saw The Sisters of Mercy on their first ever show in Los Angeles. Andrew & Wayne were on point at this gig and I knew I was watching something special. This band was a part of my brooding teenage years and I still enjoy them to this very day. This is why Fuck Yeah The Sisters of Mercy is our favorite tumblr right now! Once you check out this page you will not be leaving for a while, because it’s full of epic pictures and stellar videos…First and Last and Always, The Sisters of Mercy RULE! Peep the image gallery and more!
What would happen if one of your favorite bands got trapped inside of an Alice In Wonderland fantasy world? You would end up with the 1984 play-at-home special featuring Siouxsie & The Banshees alongside Robert Smith telling some bugged out children stories. Hearing each band member speaking through their inner child is pretty awesome! Within the chapters, you will see some outstanding Siouxsie & The Banshees videos. If you have young children who like good music, this is a perfect video for both you and them…Now watch The Banshees do their thing in fantasy land…
Straight up and down, I totally dig when a wife & husband team unify to create art. This is just the case with Lux Interior and Poison Ivy, who together were the foundation of The CRAMPS. They created so of the sickest tunes of their plus gave some of the most exciting performances of their peers. The CRAMPS were than just a group, they were art in every sense of the word. I could spend hours watching videos of them perform. This why today our favorite tumblr this moment is Poison Ivy The CRAMPS. This page is full of rare photos and a whole lot more goo goo muck. For all those feeling out of your mind right now, check them out live at the Napa State Mental Hospital!
Now this great news: BELGRADO is working on a new album which I can not wait for and I know I’m not alone. Check this out – they have just put out a video for one of their new songs called “Untitled.” From seeing this visual, I know the BELGRADO record is going to kill…stay tuned for more news!