Who did I fear in 1982? I feared the media and all of the lies they put out about my generation. I was scared that my mom would ship me off to a boot camp that would march the punk rock out me. I remember watching this documentary with my mom called We Destroy the Family: Punks vs. Parents, and it was not fun times. Serena Dank was a money hungry asshole. Check out what the hardcore kids of 1982 had to deal with…When I watch this, I totally realize why the kids were disconnected from the parents!
We have been doing CVLT Nation’s Favorite Tumblrs for a while now, and it only makes sense that since I spend too much time trolling Instagram that I start a CVLT Nation’s Favorite Instagrammers feature! We don’t follow too many people because I like my feed to be quality over quantity, so today I am giving you my top 3 so far – NYC iPhone photographer Daniel Arnold, Montreal’s Ovate clothing and Philadelphia’s Bloodmilk Jewelry. These three consistently post photos that I have an emotional response to, whether it be to their latest creation, a stunning, haunting scene or a moment of hilarity. I am simply in love with whatever Bloodmilk and Ovate make, so it makes sense that I follow them to see what new items they have that I can dream about owning one day that I am not living on a tight-to-nonexistent budget. Bloodmilk often features work by other talented artists as well as curiosities and oddities which inspire my posts and makes me feel good about the endless well of creativity in the world. Ovate posts her own stunning clothes as well as beautiful shots of Montreal, her studio/loft space and recently old photos of her Quebecois family. Daniel Arnold captures the complexities and eccentricities of New York City in his candid street and subway shots. His photos make me laugh with humanity rather than at it, and there is often a deeper message underlying his images that was completely unintentional by his subjects. Check out some shots from my favorite Instagrammers below…
Brilliant cinematographer and photographer William Lacalmontie has given us the honor of premiering his latest film venture for French band Treha Sektori, and it is a stunning piece of visual art set to a stunning new track from the band, “AH ESTEREH KOMH DERAH.” This film is actually a clip from the visuals Lacalmontie has put together for Treha Sektori’s 2013 live shows, and was premiered in full at their recent Paris show at Le Petit Bain on May 11th. From this 6-minute clip, I can only imagine the power of the full film when paired with the haunting sounds this band conjures. Sit back, and let your soul travel while watching this…
It’s no secret that we at CVLT Nation are huge fans of CHILDREN OF GOD. Their debut album We Set Fire To The Sky was one of the best releases so far this year. Seeing CHILDREN OF GOD live will make you realize how special this band is. Today it is our honor to be premiering their new video for “Unrelenting Storm” – this visual is intense as fuck!
Have you ever felt old for one reason or another? Maybe you’re out running adult-type errands and everywhere you turn, there’s someone living life to the fullest while you wait in line at the post office. Perhaps you go to a show and a band that still has yet to reach high school blows your ass out of the water. If this terrifies you, maybe it’s best that you avoid Baltimore death metal band Noisem. With the age of its members ranging from 15 to 20 years old, Noisem (initially signed to A389 Records under the name Necropsy) comes right out of the gate with the debut LP, Agony Defined.
This record moves with such a sense of urgency that it seems to be on the downside of modern metal. There’s no occasional slow song that chugs along or despair-ridden ballad about being born just to die. Noisem rips through these nine tracks and aims to fuck you up. The first track, “Voices In The Morgue,” sets the siege off right, with circle pit-inducing fast parts that endure the majority of the track, paired with gnarly vocals and wailing solos driven more by the whammy bar than actual notes (a good thing for a metal band, indeed). The song actually slows down after about two minutes of pummeling into submission, but kicks right back in with a blistering solo that would make Kerry King weep. Noisem keeps the album going at full speed with “Birthing The Bestial,” which keeps up the intense tornado of noise-drenched metal. “Desire And Disgust” changes it up a bit, leaning on a heavy Cannibal Corpse influence, especially in the drums. The song goes for quality instead of quantity, ending the track at 77 seconds, the shortest of the album. The fourth song on Agony Defined, “Mortuary,” calls to memory the lyrical content of metal legends Death, spinning a tale of the title’s creepy atmosphere. “Mortuary” also features the first slower passage on the album so far which fits nicely with the lyrical content. Thrash heads take note: it took Noisem four tracks to play one slow part!
CVLT Nation is stoked to bring you the soundtrack for today’s moments of desperation…if you need a furious, raging pick me up, we have it for you: two tracks off the upcoming Old Wounds // Trenchfoot split 7″ which will be breaking down your door on June 18th via Melotov Records. These songs will tear your eardrums a new one! Old Wounds and Trenchfoot will be doing a 6 day tour of the Northeast from June 18th-24th supporting the 7″, alongside Snakes from Michigan. So press play below and get your ass out to one of their shows – stay tuned for the full tour info!
If you ask people my age what music first really opened their mind, many of them would say funk – it was our gateway to punk. P-Funk Parliament-Funkadelic created a universe that molded our minds into young weirdos. After seeing George Clinton and his band of freaks perform in outlandish costumes, how the Sex Pistols looked was almost normal. Musically, funk was all about self-expression, just like the early punk scene in both England and the States. The P-Funk all stars did not give a fuck, and created a dance beat that would had you under their spell. You could hear the influence of the bouncy, rolling baselines of Funk in early Post Punk and certain 80′s hardcore bands. There would not have been the Gang of Four, Talking Heads, Bush Tetras, PYLON, ESG, Maximum Joy, Glaxo Babies, Minutemen, Big Boys, PIL and many more without this influence. Not all of these bands had a political message, but many of them did, which sounded cool against their driving back beats. So part of Post Punk’s foundation can be found in in the words of Mr Clinton – free your ass and your mind will follow! Today we celebrate the Funk // Post Punk connection with a huge video essay that will tell the story better than my words ever could…Part 2 of this story coming soon: Post Punk and the Dub connection!
Lo! Tour Diary Part 1 by Adrian Shapiro
Howdy, Lo! here checking in from Europe. We’re 12 shows into the tour and currently driving to Rome, Italy for our show tonight. Here’s a bit of a breakdown of the last few days and our journey through to this point.
We arrive in Zurich after that fun flight from Sydney, got through customs and were met by a chap from the van company to give us our van for the next month and all our backline. We then jumped in the van and headed off to La Chaux De Fond where we’re setting up for the next couple of days to rehearse and catch up before we start playing. Driving on the wrong side of the road in a manual definitely took a bit of time to get used to. Four hours later and a nice drive through some snowy areas and we’re there. We’re staying with a couple of the guys from The Ocean so we headed back to theirs and crashed for the night. We toured with The Ocean in Australia in 2012 and it was great to see the guys.
I’m not going to even say too much, other than here is a cult classic movie for ballers. CVLT Nation now showing Rollerball after the jump!
Well folks, Nudes are an attention grabber.
I say that in the best possible way, as their Skin EP is one of the more pissed EPs I’ve heard this year. That’s not to say other, angrier music hasn’t come out… but still. Do yourself a favor and cop this six song hellfuck and blast it in your car. In terms of sound, you can expect a pretty jarring exemplification of punk tendencies. Nudes are not so different than the crops of burn-out punk bands that have been popping up all across the globe and blogosphere. The distinctly thin production quality and guitar riffs orient the listener to more of a traditional, rapid era of punk. Really though, this is the perfect platform for Nudes to be broadcasting from, as it is a demographic they’ll surely appease and be well-liked by.