Saturday, October 22, 2005
21 OCTOBER 2005
The Empty Bottle
01. "A SONG FOR LISANNE, A YOUNG MODEL"
02. "ANGEL OF DARKNESS"
03. "AS IF"
04. "TEN SUICIDES"
05. "MIND THE GAP"
10. "GENITAL PANIC"
11. "GRUDGE (ONE)"
12. (PROVISIONALLY TITLED) "VISITING AN EX-GIRLFRIEND IN THE HOSPITAL Â? AIDS WARD"
13. "CHALK EATER"
14. "YOU SUFFER" (Napalm Death)
16. "PORN LORDS"
Ed Knigge - Synth + Vocals
Chris Mack - Synth
Mark Solotroff - Vocals + Synth
A huge thanks goes to Wolf Eyes and to Prurient, for asking us to join them on this one. We have been anxiously awaiting this night for quite a while, and it definitely lived up to our expectations. Thanks to the Empty Bottle for the great hospitality, sound, assistance, etc., as always. Thanks to Marlene and Jessica, for videotaping. Thanks to our friends and family, for the great support. Thanks to the front row crew, for keeping it alive.
We seemed to pull off a decent set last night. Not as dangerous as with 16 Bitch Pile Up, but strong, clear, loud, and still pretty physical out there. The Prurient set was really tense and harsh. I thought that I would miss the floor level amplifier grudge match thing, but this new onstage performance is a very tough ordeal. Dominick's vocals push much more to the forefront, which is always good for me, as they are not lost in the gale force winds emanating from the amp stack. The more "electronic" segment oddly veered into power-electronics territory, nicely breaking up the flow of the vocal driven sections. The frequencies and the volume were ridiculous and absolutely piercing. All in all, an intense performance and a welcome evolution of the Prurient aesthetic. And speaking of devolution... The first 15 minutes of the Wolf Eyes set was some of the darkest, ugliest music that I have ever heard. Driven into a crusty metal zone by Olson's homemade string on a stick thing and Connelly's dirty sounding bass, it was a completely mutated style for them... gross and harsh. Their overall set moved between this new style, classic "Dead Hills" rubbery-electro drum machine-driven pieces, and drawn out periods of lurking-evil-calmness. These past months on the road have turned Wolf Eyes into a new kind of beast, and I cannot wait to hear the results on the next "big" album.
A great night, capped off by a welcome Mexican meal, a quick Garfield Park alley trawl, and a brief look into "Magnetism." Here are the Young Men, indeed.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
- "Private" single number three is off to the pressing plant.
- Three BLOODYMINDED shows have been booked for November, along with one solo Mark Solotroff show. Details will follow in next month's update.
- The next installment in the Intrinsic Action archive series - the singles collection - will be mastered in early November. I will be working with our favorite engineer/producer, Brian Gaynor, but at a new studio.
- Super Eight Loop cassette covers will be in production shortly. Then I can get rolling with that whole thing...
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
- A total of three masters are now in hand for upcoming "private" series 7-inch releases. Things are shaping up very nicely for the cold months ahead. Cold, harsh electronics for a cold, harsh world... are you ready to give up? The November release will be at the pressing plant later this week. It follows the first two singles in a pretty rugged style. Some surprises are definitely in store. Thanks to everyone who has already shown support for the Atrax Morgue release... please don't lose hope.