Entries tagged with: Man is the Bastard
Eric Wood of The Bastard Noise at DBA (more by BBG)
With all of the back and forth recently between Bastard Noise and Akron/Family, regarding the MiTB Skull art being used by Akron/Family on a shirt, it might be easy to forget why it was an issue in the first place; The Bastard Noise is an important and pioneering band. Now currently in a new incarnation with Aimee Artz on vocals/noise, Eric Wood's evolving vision has included elements of hardcore, powerviolence, jazz, noise, and experimentalism, but never at the expense of interesting songwriting.
We sat down with Eric Wood to ask him a few questions about his his response to Akron/Family and the cricism he received, his current projects and the future of the band. The results of our conversation is below.
Aaron Kenyon with a current project, Djam Karet
Aaron Kenyon, a founding member of Man is The Bastard, has weighed in on the controversial appropriation of the iconic skull logo by Akron/Family, and his views differ from that of his ex-bandmates. Check out Kenyon's statement below.
If you missed it, Man is the Bastard member Eric Wood initially made his thoughts known via Facebook which in turn led to ex-member Israel Lawrence weighing in and a public response from Akron/Family as well.
In semi-related news, Disney will no longer carry a highly-controversial t-shirt that molds the iconic Joy Division Unknown Pleasures album cover into a Mickey Mouse silhouette. Band members fell on both sides of the fence on this issue, with Peter Hook commenting to the LA Times that it was "flattering" and drummer Stephen Morris commenting that it was "horrible" and he was "quite angry".
Aaron Kenyon's statement on Man in the Bastard, below..
Bastard Noise at Maryland Deathfest (more by BBG)
Isreal Lawrence of ex-Man Is The Bastard fame is in contact with Akron/Family regarding the logo issue and is writing about it publicly in a MiTB open group on Facebook. Though Akron/Family has thus far chose to not make a public statement, in a note to Lawrence, A/F bassist Miles admits that his band "clearly 'stole'" the logo as well as the Crass circle, but that it was a tribute (which Lawrence admits did occur to him). Lawrence seems to understand, but suggests Akron/Family stop avoiding the issue publicly. Read it all below.
In possibly more important news, The Bastard Noise have shared a split with Actuary, one of a few Pro-Noise releases currently available at their bandcamp. Stream that below and download them for free at their site.
The offending shirt (left) with the offended party (right) (more Bastard Noise photos)
Eric Wood doesn't like Akron/Family too much, judging by his comment that band is "SCAB FUCKING MAGGOTS !" The Man Is The Bastard/Bastard Noise/Charred Remains honcho recently discovered the above shirt design (on sale now) that blatantly takes the MiTB/BN skull logo and adds Crass-style typography. Eric Wood has not taken this lightly, asking his fans to attack the group on their Facebook page. Wood himself has also taken to their Facebook page, though his comments have been deleted/disabled.
O.K. TO ALL OF YOU AMAZING REAL "SKULL SERVANTS" : SOMETHING JUST HAPPENED TO THE AKRON FAMILY group page - COMMENTING HAS BEEN DISABLED SO SOMEONE SAW IT ALL !!! I LOVE YOU ALL ! THANK YOU so very much !!!!Check out screenshots of some of Eric Woods (classic) comments on Akron/Family below. So far Akron Family, who just played 285 Kent, have not officially responded.
The Bastard Noise at MHOW (more by Lori Baily)
As previously discussed, The Bastard Noise are playing a NYC show at Cake Shop with Anal Cunt on June 26th as part of a June campaign following their appearance at Chaos in Tejas. As also previously mentioned, a second NYC date seems to be scheduled for June 28th. No venue announced yet for that, and no word yet on what the band's live lineup will be on the east coast, though Chaos In Tejas's lineup is confirmed to be Wood, Connell and Nelson.
The NYC shows are dedicated to Lee Altomare, who recently passed on after complications during surgery, and whose band The Communion are scheduled to open both of them:
WE ARE DEDICATING OUR NEW YORK CITY SHOWS IN JUNE TO OUR FALLEN BROTHER LEE ALTOMARE(R.I.P.)AND HIS BAND THE COMMUNION - WE REALIZE HIS DEAR FAMILY AND BANDMATES ARE DEALING WITH THE UNTHINKABLE AS WE ALL ARE. FOR ME(WOOD), LEE WAS A TRUE BROTHER AND REAL SUPPORTER AND SO PASSIONATE ABOUT MUSIC AND LIFE IN GENERAL. HE MADE ME FEEL LIKE I HAD KNOW HIM ALL MY LIFE AFTER ONLY KNOWING HIM DAYS. BROTHER, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED AND NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. CONNELL/NELSON/WOOD - THE BASTARD NOISEThe future of the Communion is still unknown, though all dates are still listed at their MySpace.
As previously discussed, the alter ego of The Bastard Noise, Man Is The Bastard, have unearthed unreleased tracks intended for releases with Spazz and Despise You from twelve years ago.
Full tour dates and some videos are below...
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Surprise! After a few CDs made their way into record stores accidentally (I am told) Twilight, the Blake Judd/Wrest project that now features N. Imperial (Kreig), Aaron Turner (Isis), Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth) and Sanford Parker (Minsk) is out NOW on CD via Southern Lord! The record was engineered by Sanford Parker, who also contributed synths, and features eight tracks with Robert Lowe (Lichens) contributing vocals to three of them. No official word on a release date for the LP, but get out and order a copy... I think I may enjoy it more than the new Nachtmystium. Speaking of the new Nachtmystium, Stereogum recently premiered the keyboard heavy "No Funeral" from the forthcoming Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II. Dig on that above.
Call me obsessed, but the new Black Breath, Heavy Breathing, is on serious rotation lately- much like their previous EP Razors To Oblivion was last year. The new LP has Kurt Ballou's dirty little fingers all over it, bringing their rich early Swedish death metal meets hardcore sound to life, as exhibited in "Children of The Horn" available above. Get Heavy Breathing now via Southern Lord. Black Breath will open the BV/1000 Knives/AEG Live Converge extravaganza at Santos Party House on 5/6 along with Touche Amore and Lewd Acts. Make sure and get their early (their live show is worth it), and get your tickets in advance (it WILL sell out). Seriously brutal and fun stuff... you gotta love a band that screams "reject Christ, spit on the cross" at the top of their lungs. Or am I alone on that one?
Though it only lasts two tracks (but conversely- 35 minutes), the new EP from Altar of Plagues, Tides, is every bit as powerful as White Tomb, one of my favorite LPs of last year. AoP's new Tides EP is currently up for pre-order via Burning World Records (cop it), but until that package arrives, make sure and dig on "Atlantic Lights" from the EP (50% of the record!) , which makes it's world premiere here!
An LP from last year that was just too good to be free was Celeste's Misanthrope(s). With a potent mix of black metal, furious hardcore, and even melody, it was a seriously underrated record that deserved much more attention than it got. Even though Misanthrope(s) is barely in the rear view, the band has released their new LP, Morte Nee(s) for FREE download (get it above). Make sure and order a copy of the LP for yourself via Denovali as well though, it's one to keep for posterity.
Richmond's Inter Arma totally floored me at The Charleston with their furious mix of black metal, southern stoner style and Neurosis-style imperial riffage. Besides being a jawdropping live band, Inter Arma has also put together a pretty memorable record as well in the form of Sundown, out soon on Forcefield Records. Featuring members of another great Richmond band, Bastard Sapling, check out the band when they hit the road in July, but until then, check out Sundown!
A darkness has settled over the land... details on Watain's new album have been revealed! Entitled Lawless Darkness, the effort was recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt, Nominon, Unanimated et al) in Alvik, Sweden, and is due on June 7 with the below cover art and the tracklisting as listed down below. The release follows their picture disc EP Reaping Death which quickly disappeared, though the CD single is currently available.
That Watain cover, plus news on Blood Revolt (Primordial + Revenge), Loss, Man Is The Bastard, Hail of Bullets, Woe, a new Inquisition LP, and more as Short Wave Warfare continues....