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It’s been a while since my last blog post here (about four months to be exact), and a lot has happened.
Liturgy just got home from a two week tour down I-95 to Miami and back. It was very nice and warm down there. We are home for about five weeks collectively and then we head back out again for SXSW, (the could-have-had-a-better-name) Brofest, the Scion Death Fest, and other shows along the way.
Teeth Mountain just played a show this past Saturday at the Market Hotel in Brooklyn, with our old friends the Super Vacations, Prince Rama of Ayodhya, and PC Worship. It was great to see everyone in one room at the same time. We will be touring for a week at the end of February, for the most part playing college shows in the northeast.
Right before new years, my backpack got stolen while I was riding the subway, which had inside it my laptop and monitor headphones, and also a nice pair of gloves. I thought I would be alright and avoid having something like this happen, as it did the year previous, when my car got broken into and all my gear at the time got jacked. Sometimes you can’t escape certain cycles, I guess.
I was invited to play solo on Jason Sigel’s WFMU show, Talk’s Cheap. I ended up bringing six people with me. You can listen to the set here. Whereas my older solo music was for the most part completely electronic, the new stuff is drums and vocals, with whoever I may feel like collaborating with at the time. Basically it’s still an excuse for me to experiment outside of the other projects I play with, ut at a certain point I had to acknowledge that what I do best is play the drums, so why not have that be a central aspect of the music I make? I’ve also been learning how to throat sing, so that’s been thrown in there too. I’m playing at Shea Stadium this thursday, if you are interested come check it out.
Infinite Limbs, the record label / booking apparatus, has been on hiatus for the most part. I handed my mail order over to someone who could handle it better than I, so at least now the orders that come in won’t get sent out months late. Its not really possible to run a label by yourself an tour constantly, or at least in my experience this is the case.
In other unrelated news, I had the weirdest and most unsettling experience of my life the other night, when a fake plant of my roommate’s started moving on its own right in front of my eyes. This happened at the tail end of a meditation in which I found myself attempting to make contact with whoever might be “out there”, whether that means aliens or spirit guardians or whatever, I’m not sure. But after a series of pretty intense mind’s-eye visuals (in one I saw a man open his head and push the left hemisphere of his brain aside, to show me his pineal gland…), I heard an intense, robotic buzzing sound and footsteps in my apartment, where everyone was sleeping except myself. After coaxing myself to get out of bed and look around for the source of the sound, I found it to be coming out of my roommate’s room. I went in and saw to my relief that it was his cell phone alarm going off, although i was definitely thinking it was strange that he would set an alarm for something like 4:40 in the morning… I tried waking him up, but he wouldn’t move, so I reached over him and turned the alarm off- and at that immediate moment, the fake tree on the other side of the room started moving. Its branches waved individually, one at a time, and the trunk would occasionally sway from side to side. Despite being completely startled by this, I looked very closely to try to figure out what in the world of excepted reality might be making this happen, but there was nothing. Just a fake plant, moving by itself. I would be lying if I didn’t firstly admit that this scared the shit out of me, but I also have to say that I definitely felt a presence in the room, and I felt as though if I wanted to I could go further with what was happening, perhaps have a more direct encounter… I was too scared, too freaked out by what was happening and my inability to process it, too scared by the possibility that I might have just snapped completely. I went back to bed and fell quickly asleep, and that was that.
Stranger still, the next night I met a friend of a friend for the first time who straight up asked me what had occurred the previous night. It turned out that she was a certified psychic medium (whatever that means to the skeptical), and when I told her the whole story, she said it was my spirit guardian trying to make contact with me, to help me with something. With her and a lot of other people to whom I have related this story, the response has been to pursue this further, make more attempts to make contact with whoever this is. “Conquer the fear of the unknown”, “open my heart to love”, etc.
A bunch of hooey? Contact with an extradimensional being? Or am I just teetering on the brink of schizophrenia?
Right now, in my relatively new apartment, neither the heat nor the hot water are working at all. Being cold makes it hard to “drop in” so to speak, so I’ll put off pursuing this, whatever it is, further until I can be more physically comfortable.
Since the last post, when I was on tour with Liturgy in September, I have lived in three different places- Shea Stadium, the venue that my cousin (who is also my second cousin – more on that another time) runs, the basement of a Mexican family’s house, and now the top floor of an insanely large warehouse building in the Grand L subway stop region.
Anyway, our new roommate just showed up to make measurements in his room, so I’ll sign off for now. Until next time-
It is not often that the word “enjoyable” is pulled out to describe the experience of Nekro-chaotic Black Metal, but it is certainly out of place when it comes to the Liturgy from New York. They are not old men, they are not concerned with the aesthetics of the genre (they look more like a grunge band from Seattle to be honest), but the devil in hell for an energy and intensity they possess. There are three to four short, shrill gitarinstrumentaler on “Renihilation”, but otherwise it is 31 minutes with multiple rendering, and explosive anger that hammered out, brutally and without mercy. A little special is that the drummer has decided to keep the layout its so simple as possible. This means that fiksfakseriet is dropped and thus makes him only with a bass drum, sharp, hi-hat and one cymbal. You should not believe, for if there is one who steals the show here so is he. I will just sit to laugh at times, so hysterical and spastic it. The imagery it sounds like a mixture of avalanches, mix master and tumble when he whirls away. Not for that, the guitarists do their also where the harrows over one glaring tremoloriffet after another. The only thing that end up in a little backwater is the bass and I was little doubt they after all had with him some of this instrument, but the photos and live clips show that it is in place (possibly it had romlet less without the deep frequencies ). One should be well pleased in the extreme music to think that this is a pleasant dog, but for my part, there are no other words that are more descriptive or accurately describe the joy of listening to this madness!
“The Brooklyn-based homies in Liturgy are everything that we could ask for in a metal band. They don’t give a fuck about any black metal aesthetic (but are as melancholic and distraught as one Varg Vikernes), use the most minimal, but powerful drumming imaginable (snare, crash, kick), and create walls-of-sound that are equal parts brutal and psychedelic. Produced by Krallice’s Colin Marston, the bands 20 Buck Spin debut Renihilation rips the shit out of caged metal expectations. “Ecstatic Rite” is just a taste of the band’s “pure transcendental black metal.”
“black metal de usa su ultimo disco recommendado!!!!”
-winds of hate
“Liturgy are the first black metal band that truly embodies the ghosts of New York. They play metal like it’s a minimalist downtown art/life/religion project in the tradition of dronemasters Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham and La Monte Young’s Dream Syndicate. Through their own brand of growling, gnarling, lightning-fast black grind, Liturgy try to find euphoria through dissonance, repetition and volume–turning metal nightmares into something ready for the Dream House. Their debut album for metal label 20 Buck Spin, Renihilation, is due in August. The first leaked track, “Ecstatic Rite” couldn’t be more aptly named–four minutes and 44 seconds of churning blast that aims for the heavens and stretches out when it gets there.”
-Christopher Weingarten, Village Voice
“Liturgy, from Brooklyn, are billed as yet another in the rapidly growing number of indie rock bands who’ve turned to black metal. And like many of their compatriots, what they lack in corpse paint they make up for in sheer sonic assault. The blast beats are so fast and relentless that the snare drum is verging on metastasizing from percussive white noise into in a continuous sawtooth hum. The buzzing tremolo guitars are similarly fast, and the ferocious diseased vocal growls sound more animal than human. Dissonant, tremolo-picked harmony leads are very cool, as are the occasional droning, relatively soothing interludes between waves of intensity. One such drone, the ninth track, features chanted, quasi-ritualistic vocals, and I can almost picture David Tibet chiming in comfortably at some point if the track were continued a fair bit longer than the brief 2 minutes of air time it’s been given. The seventh track is a complete departure: it consists of unaccompanied electric guitars playing a somewhat bouncy, cheerful riff. Odd. Just makes the ‘Rennilation’ of the following track that much more pronounced. After the aforementioned drone/chant track that soon follows, the album continues unabated. Excellent album.”
-Gordon Isnor, Lefthip.com
“It was a tall order for Liturgy to top LSOD, and the four piece did their best. Drawing heavily from their to-be-lauded LP Renihilation, the band were tight, focused, and muscular. I have seen Liturgy many a time, and it seems that this relatively young band is experienced beyond their years and keep getting better. During their second to last song, guitarist/vocalist Hunter broke a string and instead of having the audience wait until he replaced that string, said “that’s it, sorry guys”. A few in the audience started to trickle out, but screams of “one more” eventually led the band to make a deal: if they could wait until the string was changed and the band would play on. The audience did, and Liturgy did. Sounds like a fair trade to me.”
-Black Bubblegum, Brooklyn Vegan
“Anyone has accustomed the music of Renihilation mp3. It can be heard everywhere – at home, in public transport, while working. Song, completely as love dominates lifetime. It’s true that Renihilation develops miracles. Adults people who almost had never cried, could be touched deeply while listening to classical music or in a temple after the performance of cathedral music. The right song can start a revolution in one’s way of life. Is Renihilation download mp3 great or bad? It’s not a secret that such style of music in a heavy music as “heavy metal” acts oppressive on a listener: such type of music turns a quiet listener into a outraged mood. On the contrary, fascinating melodies of violoncello or harp make one to forget about everything and completely dig into calming world of music. The affection of the mp3-album Renihilation on a human is considerable in many ways of our being. As an example, while serving in the armed forces. It’s obvious music can keep up highly energetic and patriotic mood and favors to a friendly work in a team. Cheerful music adds charm to life in quarter. Before planning a long march a track list compilation program must be made which includes cheerful music so the most of privates would be glad to singing.” -MP3Crocodile.com
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“Are we at the point of acknowledging the genre “hipster black metal”? It seems the American take on BM has been maligned with the dreaded “hipster” put-down. Krallice, Xasthur, Nachtmystium, and Wolves in the Throne room receive derision from the black metaler-than-thou. Does mass acceptance (relatively speaking) of an underground band negate its validity?
“The worst thing any music fan can do is let semantics and internet shit talk get in the way of a great record. Brooklyn’s Liturgy receives praise from the indie rock sect and scorn from some metal quarters. Nevertheless, their debut is a potent and sometimes imaginative interpretation of classic black metal.
“Any band attempting the speed of Transilvanian Hunger had better have a drummer who can blast, and Greg Fox delivers. He operates at superhuman velocities, as if a TR-909 were wired to his heart. His snare and kick patterns are nearly indistinguishable but unbelievably precise. Meanwhile guitarists Hunter Hunt-Hendrix and Bernard Gann incorporate swelling octaves and ringing arpeggios. At their finest, the guitars harmonize into a shimmering wall of dark beauty, as on the title track and “Beyond the Magic Forest.”
“Liturgy adds considerable depth with stop/starts throughout the songs, and intermissions to break up the blitzes. The band’s daring isn’t flawless. A few choral chants come off like cheap Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan knock-offs. The untitled seventh track is a truncated though compelling guitar piece. Had Liturgy developed these experiments into songs, they’d have served a stronger purpose. Despite these missteps, this is a formidable record from a promising band. –Casey Boland
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Jul 16 2009 8:00P
@ SHEA STADIUM – CHROME PEELER RECORDS SHOWCASE brooklyn, New York
Jul 18 2009 8:00P
@ SHEA STADIUM – ROMO ROTO, NARWALZ OF SOUND + MORE brooklyn, New York
Jul 24 2009 8:00P
@ Shea Stadium – Little Wing, Sondra O (from Silver Summit) and Best Hits Brooklyn, New York
Jul 30 2009 8:00P
@ MARKET HOTEL – Nymph, Silver Summit, Wild World, + more tba brooklyn, New York
Aug 5 2009 8:00P
@ SHEA STADIUM – TELECULT POWERS, GRASSHOPPER, ZONE DOGS, DZUS, and THICK BUSINESS brooklyn, New York
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SUMMER JAM IS ON
SHEA STADIUM IS NOW LOCATED AT
20 MEADOW STREET
two blocks from the grand L stop
grill goes on at 4
bands go on at 5:30
THE LINEUP (subject to change, as is everything. Set times are estimated):
5:30 – DAVE FELL
6:00 – JANITOR
6:30 – BEST HITS
7:00 – THICK BUSINESS
7:30 – DEAD LUKE
8:00 – WET HAIR
8:30 – BIRD NAMES
9:00 – MAGNET CITY KIDS
9:30 – SABOTAGE
DJ SETS IN BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER
BRING SOME LAWN CHAIRS OR WHATEVER. THE ROOF WILL BE OPEN.