Entries tagged with: Total Abuse
by Bill Pearis
Royal Trux (photo by Nine Gouveia)
The Berserktown II festival is happening August 14-16 in Los Angeles and they have expanded their lineup quite a bit since we last posted, with some potentially exciting additions. First and foremost is duo Royal Trux, with Neil Michael Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema performing under the RT name for the first time in 15 years. Herrema will also play with her current concern, Black Bananas and Hagerty is part of Dan'l Boone who are also playing the fest.
Also on board for Berserktown II are another Royal: Australia's awesome Royal Headache who haven't been to the US in three years (and haven't really played a whole lot since then anywhere). Other notable Berserktown II additions include Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, Power Trip, Sheer Mag, The Ukiah Drag, Lust for Youth, Helm, Puce Mary, Vexx, Wax Idols, and The Mob (who visited from the UK earlier this year). Those join previously announced artists Dead Moon, Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests and more.
Tickets and festival passes are on sale now. Full daily lineups are listed, along with Berserktown II poster, below.
In related news, Neil Michael Hagerty will play Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 28 with fellow noisemakers PC Worship and long-running CT-based band Sore Eros. Tickets are on sale.
by Wyatt Marshall
York Factory Complaint at Saint Vitus, January 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
If you're not familiar with the NYC duo York Factory Complaint, you may know some of their other projects--Ryan Martin is the co-founder of Dais Records, and Michael Berdan also is/was in Believer/Law, Uniform, Veins and Drunkdriver. Their new album, Lost In The Spectacle (preorder) is a hellish, disgusted trip through noise-drenched industrial waste. A track, "Loved," is streaming at NPR along with a Q&A with the band in which they expound upon the theory-intensive concept behind the album. Here's a bit:
Otis Hart: Lost In The Spectacle is the name of your new album as York Factory Complaint. Is that the same "Spectacle" French philosopher Guy Debord addresses in his book The Society Of The Spectacle?The rest of the interview and song stream are over at NPR.
Michael Berdan: It is indeed the situationist idea of the Spectacle that we're referencing, yes. Ryan and I both stand in agreement that the Spectacle is a very real social constraint and encompasses the whole of our psychic and spiritual existence. The individual idea no longer exists. The individual feeling disappears the more we allow our computers to socialize us. We believe what we are told to believe, we feel how we are told to feel, we make what we are told to make and we buy what we are told to buy. There is no such thing as a subculture in 2014. Any a------ can manufacture the full illusion of a clandestine identity within 10 minutes on Tumblr.
Now, it's a pointless exercise in futility to rebel against the Spectacle, as it absorbs all that it touches. So what can we do? We can acknowledge it for what it is and stare it dead in the eyes. Through a series of conversations, we decided that we wanted to make something that openly acknowledges the fact that taste and politics are bought and sold and how everything we create is just another cog in the Spectacle. This record is about our collective spiritual death.
York Factory Complaint will be celebrating (perhaps the wrong word, given that interview excerpt) the release of their record next Wednesday, 7/16, at the weekly Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home. The show doubles as the release date for a new LP from the industrial ambient noise project Thought Broadcast, who will be releasing their new album Votive Zero. Give that a stream below.
Michael's Uniform project next play on July 31 at Union Pool with Noothgrush and Trenchgrinder.
Stream that Thought Broadcast song, with the full upcoming Nothing Changes schedule, below...
By Ian Chainey
Looking for Love insert art
Austin, Texas's Total Abuse are streaming "Beg" from their forthcoming three-track seven-inch, Looking for Love, on Deranged Records. The song is pure punk filth, blindly raging for a minute before dropping down to painful "My War" speeds. All in all, it's ugly, discordant, and total discomfort. The band previously released Looking for Love's title track. Both songs are available below.
Total Abuse will be hitting the road this July with Chicago's ultra-violent noise rockers Rectal Hygienics. The tour swings through Middle America and the East Coast, including two New York City dates with Nick Klein: July 26 at Death by Audio and July 27 at the Red Light District with Pharmakon on the bill as well. Pharmakon, Nick Klein, Rectal Hygienics, and Total Abuse will also be playing Summer Scum Three on July 25 in Buffalo, New York. The two-day fest also includes Hive Mind and FFH, among others.
All of the tour dates are listed, along with "Beg," "Looking for Love," a Rectal Hygienics stream, and the Summer Scum Three lineup, below....
Total Abuse - Prison Sweat art
If you weren't paying attention, you might have missed Total Abuse's Mutt, which surfaced its ugly head last year on Post Present Medium Records (Dean Spunt of No Age's imprint). The eleven track ripper encompassed elements of early negative hardcore, wearing its Void, Necros, and Black Flag influences on their tattered, punk-patch covered sleeve.
Austin's Total Abuse definitely have similar influences to bands like Cold Sweat, Men's Interest, Sex Vid and some of the Youth Attack crew, but also dabble in noise/power-electronics on their latest LP Prison Sweat which is out NOW via PPM. The LP, which opens with seven-minutes of brutal noise, blasts off by the second track "Early Morning" and is propelled with a similar furious energy throughout the remainder of the LP until it hits the final title track. From there Prison Sweat moves into a different mode, falling in line with side-2-of-My War Black Flag and latter feedback-obsessed hardcore bands like Drunkdriver or Pissed Jeans, but also venturing into borderline Swans/Godflesh style noise destruction. Stream all of Prison Sweat for the first time below.
Total Abuse only has one show scheduled as of now, at the PPM 10 year anniversary party in LA at The Smell on 11/4 - 11/6. The three day festival will feature appearances from No Age, Abe Vigoda, High Places, John Wiese, Gun Outfit, Dunes, Eric Copeland, Bleached (who play a BV CMJ party on 10/21) and many more, including an appearance from Total Abuse-related project White Dog, whose new album Triumurate is also out now on PPM. Stream tracks from White Dog, and all of Total Abuse's Prison Sweat below, alongside details of the PPM Anniversary show.
As anyone following along on @bvSXSW knows, after some serious transportation issues, Andrew Frisicano eventually made his way down to Monterrey, Mexico from Austin, TX (counting waiting for the bus to show up, it took him something like 18 hours which was 4 hours shorter than it took Ryan Muir) in time for a bit of the 2nd night and all of the third day (aka today, 3/22). Here is some of his story so far...
The Coathangers @ MtyMX (by TiTa_Elizondo)
"You Will Remember Tonight" was the song that stuck out in Andrew WK's headlining set at MtyMx Festival last night in Monterrey, Mexico. It was the second night of the fest, and the only set I saw because of a lengthy, complicated bus trip that started much earlier in the day.
There were a lot of questions coming down to Mexico: transportation, accommodations and food were mostly left in the hands of the festival, and at MtyMx now (5pm Monterrey time), most of those continue to be issues, sadly distracting from the bands who did make it. For some bands and showgoers the trip took 20+ hours of waiting and riding on buses, but if one thing has been consistent, it has been that no two MtyMx trips have been the same.
Due to spotty bus service from Austin, shaken confidence in the festival and scheduling issues, a number of the bands on the bill have canceled or been unable to make it down. Those bands (editor's note: which Todd P sarcastically addresses in a video below) include Washed Out, Small Black, Tanlines, No Age, Lucky Dragons, Anamanaguchi, Pocahaunted, Beach Fossils, MNDR, Sun Araw, Total Abuse, Talk Normal, The Wave Pictures, Fucked Up, The Sandwitches and Liturgy. On the festival's last day, arranging transportation back to Austin or elsewhere has been an overriding theme.
story continued below with video & more pics...
by Andrew Frisicano
NY EYE & EAR FEST II - JULY 9 - 12, 2009!The fest is a part II to the December event of the same name. The Fest's four days of music kick off at the Knitting Factory on July 9th. The bands there include Grooms, Liturgy and Love Like Deloreans (to name a few) with headliners Nymph and Neg-Fi. The fest returns to the Knit on Friday, July 10th, for a show with Magik Markers, Child Abuse and more. In addition to the venue's two floors of music, its already-creepy basement will be turned into a "Video Art Installation and a 7-hour Continuous Drone Room."
4 DAYS - 3 VENUES - 2 BOROUGHS
Knitting Factory & 92Y Tribeca in Manhattan & Death By Audio in Brooklyn
Pendu presents: NY Eye & Ear Fest II ... a massive 4-day New Music and Arts Fete showcasing some of the most exciting bands, artists, and filmmakers currently living and working here in NYC. In addition, NYE&E assembles a Record Fair featuring NYC-based Record Labels and Vendors selling LPs, CDs, 7''s, cassettes, lathes, comics, zines, stickers, and art prints.
The Fest then switches to the 92YTribeca on Saturday for a concert and a free record fair. Also at 92Y will be a program called "Women of NYCinema," with films and music from Sarah Lipstate (aka Noveller), Liz Wendelbo, Rachel Blackwell and Dirty Churches. The vendors range from big names like Matador Records to the recently featured Journal of Popular Noise to notable jazz label ESP-Disk.
The fest's final, fourth day moves to Brooklyn for a closing party at Death by Audio. That lineup includes Murdertronics, Team Robespierre, Talibam!, Total Abuse and Drunkdriver.
Separate from the festival, on Thursday, July 9th the 92YTribeca will screen filmmaker Brendan Toller's I Need That Record, a documentary about the problems facing record stores around the country. It will be the NYC premiere of the movie that was getting some attention already all the back on Record Store Day 2008. The movie includes interviews with Thurston Moore, Ian Mackaye, Mike Watt, Chris Frantz and more. Toller will be on hand for the showing. Tickets are on sale.
More details on the film (with video trailer) and the Ear and Eye Festival, below...