A few weeks ago, Weak Teeth of Providence, RI came to town to play the My Fiction’s LP release show at the Democracy Center in Cambridge. I had the opportunity to sit down with Chris, Mike and Jon over burritos and ask them a few questions about their upcoming record, So You Ruined Your Life, as well as talk touring, Fest 13, and MTV Real World. These guys rule, so if you haven’t listened to them yet, you’re fucking up. Be sure to check out tour details below the interview.
rad interview with our boys in Weak Teeth. slight update to this though, sadly Broken World bowed out of releasing LP2 (too much on their plate). but out friend Josh who runs Riotous Outburst will be stepping in!! looks like the record will be out for Fest (fingers crossed) and we’re throwing a big rager in November here in PVD.
for anyone that still follows this blog, sorry for being whack. we’ve been busy writing and recording a new record, which will be released on vinyl this October. here’s a tour poster/info for some dates we’re doing next month with bloodpheasant. spread the word if you feel so inclined! see you on the road <3
august 6 - Leominster, MA- CAPTAINS LOUNGE
august 7 - Rochester, NY- SHARK TANK
august 8 - Columbus, OH- TBA
august 9 - Kalamazoo, MI- FAT GUY FEST DAY 2 @ SHAKESPEARES LOWER LEVEL
august 10 - Bloomington, IN- HOUSE SHOW
august 11 - Covington, KY- THREE KINGS BAR
august 12 - Pittsburgh, PA- TBA
august 13 - Lancaster, PA- THE SEED
august 14 - Philadelphia, PA- GOLDEN TEA HOUSE
august 15 - Chester, NY- ELEPHANT GRAVEYARD
august 16 - Willimantic, CT- WILLIMANTIC RECORDS
well, look who revived their Tumblr….go check them out on this tour! https://www.facebook.com/events/1440143069584878/
now available for your newsprint-lovin hands: issue #81 is in the store!
Radioactivity: Seals are washing up on the coast of California. The wake of the catastrophic events at Fukushima are still rippling through the Pacific. We’re watching protons decay, positrons emitting, the quark epoch finalizing. What’s to be done? Radioactivity may be the most articulate response to a question nobody was asking. What happens when you taken phenomenal talent, genuine love of a genre, precision, thoughtful restraint, eerily catchy, yet organic sounding harmonies, and infuse it into wax? You have one of the greatest records ever made. Period. Todd Taylor and Daryl Gussin talks with the alchemists responsible for this gold record (gold no matter how many they sell).
enjoy our multimedia-laced preview here!
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Really honored to be playing the last Worn in Red show in Richmond. They are all really great dudes and will be sorely missed. #rip #meetmeatthecrossroads #worninred #latebloomernc #seaofstorms #rva #holdtight #punx
in are in RVA, go to this show!!
something2prove said: I've been filming set's in the UK and i was wondering what made you want to start shooting?
That’s awesome! Keep it up! Here are some long winded thoughts I wrote a couple years ago:
Most people who know me are aware that filming bands has been something I’ve loved doing for the better part of the last decade. The project itself has been one of my proudest accomplishments; the idea of sharing high quality footage of bands that people love started out as a pipe-dream in 2001/2002. I knew nothing about video cameras or editing when I first started. I had this drive to be an active member of a community to which I belonged (I HATE consuming and not producing), and I saw filming as both a way to contribute and also a cool technical challenge for me. Seeing how far I’ve come since then has proven to me that you don’t need formal training in something for it to be second nature to you. It takes time, persistence, and the desire to experiment independently. I had also been involved in the VHS bootleg trading community in the late 90s-early 00s, mostly collecting and trading bootlegs of Rage Against the Machine and Inside Out. Those years of collecting really taught me the value and importance of the live set. It also taught me that live recordings should be freely available and not used as trading collateral. Each one was different and had a unique story relative to a time, place, and audience.
I’ve done a few interviews over the years for different hardcore/punk rock zines–mostly as the token interview-with-a-dude-involved-in-hardcore-who-isn’t-in-a-band. They’re fun and I’m always humbled when someone approaches me about doing one. I recently did an interview and some of the questions were really provocative and were ones I hadn’t been asked before. Being asked the same questions quickly becomes monotonous, but when someone asks you something pertaining to a minute detail that you always keep in the back of your mind…well, that’s fucking awesome! My approach to filming has always been to document both the bands and the people enjoying the bands. Without a band, people are just moving around. Without a crowd, the band is just making sounds. The energy exists at the interface. I was asked by the interviewer why it is I think this is critical and why I think documenting the between-song speeches are important. Below are some of the thoughts I shared with him, in addition to a few after-thoughts that have come from writing this entry.
Filming allows me to engage with bands and people in a way that I hadn’t been able to before. How I film a band and subsequently disseminate the footage induces a narrative just like any other piece of art. Focusing on a drummer destroying his kit, shaking the camera as a guitar player thrashes on the ground, or zooming in on someone in the crowd pulverizing themselves into oblivion to their favorite song–all of this tells a story. I see this project as a way to share that story with people who couldn’t be there to experience it–both physically and temporally, or with those who have no conception of what hardcore is. The stage is the interface where the line between band and audience is completely blurred. That’s where the action is. That’s where I feel like the best stories are told from.
For me, this project stands for the redistribution of “wealth” (high-quality videos) in as much of an anti-capitalist framework as realistically allowable. I never wanted this to be a job I relied on for a living. It’s just a hobby and being able to share things with people and help them engage with music is fulfilling in and of itself. At its crux, music is the communication of ideas through rhythm and sound. Throwing money into the mix obscures that connection.
What separates hardcore from all the calculated and manufactured bullshit on the radio is the message. Without the message and exchanging of ideas, we’re just going through the motions and performing little sideshow distractions to keep our minds off everything in the real world. In hardcore/punk rock, there is a distinct and inseparable relationship between the band and the crowd. For the most part, everyone is on the same level. You see that explicitly when people in bands will be up front singing along to other bands. But there is a reason why we willingly beat ourselves up at shows, jump on top of each other, and make a bee-line for the mic when it’s offered to the crowd. These underlying ideas and reasons are things that I feel are just as important as the music itself and should therefore be preserved as well. Without it, hardcore becomes just a deflated, uninspired mess of sounds.
I embrace the meaning and message of the music. I might not be able to tell you which songs were played at a given set, but I can easily tell you what the singer talked about, if anything, in between songs. I love being able to relate to a song lyrically and have the instrumentals provide the right auditory context; but what resonates with me and that I find provocative are the ideas and inspirations behind all of it. Those are the things that I take away from a show.
This idea of inspiration is another thing that delineates hardcore from everything else. Most of it is driven by some concept, some idea. I want to understand those ideas, even if I don’t necessarily agree with them. Hardcore provides people with an environment to think critically. Whether or not you choose to do so is for you to decide.
Very rarely will I do multi-cam edits. I like keeping this project a one-man operation as it is one of the few creative outlets I have that allows me to oversee things from start to finish. Plus, doing multi-cam edits just takes way too much time. I save those edits for very special shows. But it goes way beyond resource constraints for me. Telling these stories from the perspective of a single camera is far more organic and true to the atmosphere of the show than an edit with 5 fucking angles all cutting in and out to each other. When the viewer is constantly subjected to fast-changing angles, they lose perspective. They lose the connection between the audience and the band. It becomes artificial. Stale. The video no longer becomes a piece of documentation of the atmosphere and energy of the show; it panders to the sensibilities of those with no attention span. Some multi-cam edits are done beautifully and avoid compromising the narrative, but that line is finer than a human hair and I think most people who churn out live-show DVDs completely overlook that.
Receiving an e-mail from a kid in Siberia thanking me for filming her favorite band she never gets to see in person is both humbling and rewarding. But what I find most validating for all the time I invest in this project is when said kid tells me the video made her feel like she was at the show.
Being the conduit that allows people to interact and engage with music in this way…well, that is why I love filming shows. I film to remember. I share to enable others to discover and connect to music.
Yesterday You Blew It! were robbed in San Antonio. Any support that can be offered to them would be very appreciated.
TX friends!! help out our friends in You Blew It!! also, spread the word!
Weak Teeth at the Democracy Center, Cambridge, MA
"There is a stubbornness that causes Things Change to wane in its second half, and that’s Late Bloomer remembering their current situation: they’re a newish indie band in a relatively marooned indie rock locale (Charlotte) with a regrettable name knocking around in small shows."-
Pitchfork review of Late Bloomer's new album Things Change.
Ouch. This is contained in a mostly positive review (7.0), but the above excerpt seemed harsh, both on the band and Charlotte.
It was kinda harsh, wasn’t it? We have a great scene in Charlotte and in the state as a whole. Kick in the nuts at the end of an otherwise great review.
New ad in the newest issue of #razorcake #bloodpheasant #latebloomernc #torjohnsonrecords
Sweat And Sacrifice- Russell Orcutt of All About Records | Ghost Cult Magazine
Sweat And Sacrifice- Russell Orcutt of All About Records
good interview with my friend Russ over at All About Records.
awesome photos of Alpha Owl at Charlie’s Kitchen in Boston back in May. Taken by the amazing Freddie Ross. see the rest of the photos on the Alpha Owl FB page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.664515806965109.1073741827.147001512049877&type=1
Death to Tyrants
currently listening to the mixes for the new Death To Tyrants 7” coming out on Tor Johnson Records in October. trust me, this is killer stuff!! first recorded music of their’s to come out since 2006!! if you are unfamiliar with their discography, correct that horrible mistake and find your new favorite band.
- My Fictions - new LP on Topshelf!
- Mean Man’s Dream - W. Mass, mem. Wasteland, Vaccine, Relics, Soul Control, Fucking Invincible, etc etc
- Longings - W. Mass rock, mem. Ampere, California X
- Black Celebration - new PVD thrash, x-Bones Brigade, Concrete Facelift
Machines W. Magnets
400 Main St.
so word on the street is that Weak Teeth will have a CD-r sampler thing with a couple tracks off their upcoming So You’ve Ruined Your Life LP coming out in Oct through us, FITA Records, and Riotous Outburst Records.
Weak Teeth and Bloodpheasant are hitting the road next month. Make sure you go see them if you are in those areas.
8/6 Leominster MA - Captain’s Lounge
8/7 Rochester NY - SHARK TANK (house)
8/8 Columbus OH - The Summit
8/9 Kalamazoo MI - SHAKESPEARES LOWER LEVEL “Fat Guy Fest”
8/10 Bloomington IN - HOUSE SHOW
8/11 Covington, KY - THREE KINGS BAR
8/12 Pittsburgh PA - Scumbag’s Skate Park
8/13 Lancaster PA - THE SEED
8/14 Philly PA - GOLDEN TEA HOUSE
8/15 Chester NY - ELEPHANT GRAVEYARD
8/16 Willimantic CT - Willimantic Records
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1440143069584878/
another insane show we have coming up at the end of the month!!
The Brother Kite - first show at AS220 in tooo long
Save Ends - from Boston, on Tiny Engines
Cassavetes - from Philly
Twin Foxes - PVDs newest indie heroes
ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!!! spread the word!
HEY!!! this is tonight! let’s hang out!!!
just got word that Brother Kite will be GIVING AWAY FREE LPs TO ANYONE THAT COMES TO THE SHOW!!! THAT IS CRAZY!!!