This Thursday, April 19th, you’ll have the chance to catch another Ear/Splitters & CVLT Nation event! This one is happening at the M Bar in Hollywood, and features Axxonn, Author & Punisher, Mawdryn and Bear Baiting for what will be a truly apocalyptic evening. To celebrate, we are bringing you Part 1 of an artist to artist interview with AUTHOR & PUNISHER Vs. BEAR BAITING. Check the flyer below and the rest of the interview after the jump!
A&P: You guys play with a drum machine right? Having worked with a laptop and drum machines most of musical career as well, how do you feel about having a mechanical bull playing your beats onstage? Is it a matter of convenience, or do you prefer the sound of the machine drums?
Dennis – Well, yes and no. Our E.P. was conceived and recorded using Toontrack’s Superior Drummer 2.0, but we are playing with a drummer live. I labored over this decision for a while, weighing the pros and cons of each, and finally settled that having a live drummer was the way to go. Matt has a good friend and former bandmate who was available to help us out. I felt that we could put on a better show with live drums, and it leaves the option open to improvise here and there, whereas if we played using SD live, everything would have to be meticulously planned. I felt that to be a tad boring, personally. Plus, we would have to had to rely on whatever venue we played to have a decent PA so the drums would sound good. Given the nontraditional nature of the project, I don’t see us playing at a club with a nice big sound system to get that effect, and live drums can sound good with no PA at all, if necessary.
Now this is fucking awesome…CVLT Nation got a chance to interview one of the bands that inspired us to start this webzine: The Almighty Weedeater. It was fun coming up with these questions, which took me back to my days growing up in Georgia. Not only is Weedeater a rocking band, but a cool bunch of country humans. For all those on the East Coast reading this: make sure you head out to the tour, peep the poster after the jump! Who let the weedmonkey out?
If each member of Weedeater could shapeshift into other beings, human or animal, who would it be, and how would this change the Weedeater sound?
Keko would be a Polar Bear, Shep would be an Anteater and Dixie would be a monkey. Turns out these are already our spirit animals, so our sound would remain unaffected.
What comes first when you guys are writing tunes – the riff or the bong hit?
The bong hit, of course. Then the riff, then another bong hit, etc etc.
Have you ever come face to face with black magic? When I stare at photos taken by Alan Hunter, something takes over my mind. This Seattle photographic wizard seems like he actually captures the spirit of the beings that he photographs. A week ago, he was on hand at the amazing show featuring Chasma, Alda, Addaura and Alcest, where he took unreal photos. CVLT Nation is way beyond stoked that our homie Alan Hunter gave us the heads up about these flicks and said it was cool to share them with our readers! So come travel with us into a world where blackness is the only light that shines…check the full Alan Hunter photo essay after the jump.
Belgium’s Rise and Fall has blessed us with a truly powerful record. Recorded at Godcity Studio with Converge’s ever legendary Kurt Ballou, Faith is in every way possible Rise and Fall’s best offering. Bearing a sound that is equal in its helping of rage and sadness, one cannot help but feel the underlying struggle for hope. As being only one of the amazing bands from Deathwish’s exhausting pantheon, Rise and Fall’s fourth LP offers no room for disappointment. The riffs and drumming speak just as much as the vocals, if not more. Each track makes its mood concise, its intentions clear.
Faith is emotional and delivers us its tears in an unforgiving flood, ready to drown us all in lost love and regretful pasts. The album roars a great many things about life and in this honesty it would be unwise to not heed Faith. Standout is the guitar work, a mesmerizing, furious arrangement that offers few moments of respite. Ballou’s mark is prominent as Rise and Fall channels the sweeping, jarring riffs Converge is notorious for but makes them unique and never alien. These chords intend to similarly, violently embrace the listener, whispering and screaming its words of hope for the hopeless. Faith has its feet firmly placed as a hardcore record that experiments with the vast melodies of thrash and the barren, bleak passages of black metal. The punk vibe here is sophisticated but makes sure to never keep itself clean, getting down and dirty with the open wounds that sing its songs.
Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLVIII Curated by SPLIT CRANIUM is all the way live! Let me tell you what is extra fun about being a part of this series is hearing how every mixture is full of surprises. SPLIT CRANIUM went to another planet of audio art with their song selection. Check out their description below, stream the mix and download after the jump!
Sean/Cvlt Nation kindly invited Split Cranium to compile a mix tape, and mentioned something about selecting some of our favorite D-beat oriented tracks. We’ve defiantly ignored Sean’s gentle prodding, and managed to avoid including any D-beat oriented tracks whatsoever. Instead what we’ve collected is an odd mix of of recent obsessions, long time favorites, and work by close friends who also happen to make great music. If there’s any unifying theme at all it is this: music that often includes “non-musical” elements and production – harsh electronics, murky effects and samples, horrible recordings, and sounds that exist outside the context of the song while occupying the same space. These are all things that have inspired us as musicians and have seeped into the music we make as Split Cranium. We hope you enjoy what we’ve collected and discover some new music along the way. Thanks for listening….. Go!
-xo Split Craniu
Stream Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLVIII Curated by Split Cranium
Thursday, April 12th, 2012 marked the start of the assuredly epic Weedeater, Cough & ASG tour of the eastern states. To give you a taste of what you’re in for, here is an interview between Cough and ASG…very entertaining road stories, and you can imagine the musical chemistry that will be blowing up bars from Florida to Connecticut. Hopefully no stink bombs and/or fireworks will be dropped, but there will be a lot of puke…check out the interview below and after the jump…
Alright. Let’s talk about this tour. Are any of these cities new to y’all? Playing any familiar venues?
It looks like a 50/50 as far as cities visited….Johnson City, Ithaca, Lexington will all be first time encounters for us. It appears we will be in some mountainous terrain so we are already stressing our van surviving the tour. What kind of wheels you guys rocking?
We’ve just got an E-150 conversion van and we’re pulling a trailer that our friend lets us borrow. It works most of the time. We actually broke down the last time we played Johnson City and the most bizarre series of events followed. We had to get a hotel but at least there was this shitty dive bar nearby. So we go to this bar where some nu-metal band was wearing their own t-shirts and mourning the anniversary of the death of one of their members. Pantera comes on the jukebox and it sparks a debate about Dimebag vs. Phil. I had no part in the debate because, in the meantime, there’s a midget on the bar telling jokes about banging black dudes because their dicks are huge and she’s small. She actually made me pick her up after her set to put her back on the ground. Overall, everything goes fine and we walk out of the bar without causing a rumble with the nu-metal band. Of course, as we’re walking away they start talking shit like ‘Yeah, you better leave!’ Then some other redneck says ‘just so you know what you’re messing with…’ and shows us his police badge. Have y’all ever had any bad or awkward run-ins with the cops?
The Swedish outfit Reveal’s debut LP Nocturne of Eyes And Teeth has been released as CD version by Invictus Productions which previously was released by High Roller Records back in the last year on March. So understandably exciting times ahead for the young Svenskt band as limited- edition LP was sold out within a very short time and now they are picked by one of the respected labels in the industry and why not so! Reveal conquers the range of black/thrash with heavy dose of rock influences and psychedelic vibe to some extent. Reveal, the hometown brother of heavy madness In Solitude, is surely another rising force from Uppsala to contend with.
It’s helluva fun to listen to the album which runs around 30 minutes containing a total of 7 songs. The most intriguing factor is that you can’t actually predict what’s coming next. As soon as you hit the play button, the opening song Under The Temple provides a strange bit of noise until the first chord takes impact and sooner Ghost (not to be confused with Swedish mysterious band Ghost!) unleashes his blackened thrash vocals. It might be surprising for some but Reveal is heavily inspired by The Doors and inevitably psychedelic rock tinge has crept into the music. This takes effect on the title track Nocturne of Eyes And Teeth and later on the sixth- track Murderer. By then interesting turnouts have just started. The fifth- track Blue Demon starts off with a catchy riff and the progression in the song is great accompanied by wraithlike vocals. Coming back to Murderer, the track shows many variations starting from black/thrash to Robert Fripp improvisation and The Doors alike transition. The final track Death which is also the longest is a kind of into- the- face blackened thrash with tight riffing and lead works.
With Nocturne of Eyes And Teeth, Reveal is not breaking any sort of boundaries but the band has shown what they are capable of doing in future. It has given them a platform from where they can truly force their way in. Certainly I’ll be keeping an eye on them and eagerly waiting for the next release. But for now after a long busy day, Nocturne of Eyes And Teeth is a sort of album that you would want to blast in full. So without further ado, stream the full album right here!
The release of the 5-song, split 12″ between Alaric and Atriarch on May 15, 2012 marks an interesting turn-of-the-page in what we may well be able to call the second deathrock revival. (I put the dates of the first revival at a debatable 1998 until about 2004, from the establishment of Release the Bats in Los Angeles until the over-saturation of cartoony “deathrocker as alt-model” imagery that followed the dissolution of great bands like the Subtonix and Phantom Limbs, and which came part and parcel with the lamentable rise of comic book bands like the Cruxshadows and AFI — both bands whose music was and is embarrassing.) The Atriarch-Alaric split contains 5 songs total, and label 20 Buck Spin has made two of those songs available on Youtube. (See below). The Atriarch-Alaric split 12″ split is highly recommended.
Everyone has them: those bands that mean so much to you that it’s hard to even express how their music makes you feel. For me, one of those bands is At The Drive In. When I heard they were reuniting for Coachella, I was like, what the fuck, that’s beyond awesome! Maybe I’m crazy, but I want to wait and see them in a smaller environment. This is why everyone who got to witness the AT THE DRIVE IN reunion shows in Texas were super fucking lucky. Today, CVLT Nation would like to share with you footage from only the 2nd AT THE DRIVE IN gig in the past 11 years, which took palace in Dallas, Texas! So after the jump, grab the one armed scissor and check out this historic footage!!!
At a very early age, the thing that drew me to music – besides the sound of it – was the art that graced the record covers. Parliament Funkadelic were the first to totally blow my mind with the way they created their album covers. In the early 80′s when I got into hardcore I would go to record shops and stare at the art on the records for hours. Honestly, many times me and my homies would judge bands by how rad their covers were. When you look at many of the hardcore covers from the 80′s, you can see the different stories that the bands were expressing through their imagery that still ring true today! It’s so cool that on a DIY budget, many bands were able to manifest iconic images that have been ingrained into the fabric of our lives. Then there were the illustrators from the 80′s that just fucking wrecked shop on album covers, like Mad Marc Rude, Pushead and Shawn Kerri. Today, CVLT Nation would like to celebrate the 80′s hardcore album cover art with an extra huge gallery. I know these are not all of them, so stay tuned for a part two. Now get your attitude adjustment on after the jump and see some visual history!