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1QI: Driftoff, Justin Pearson, Patti Yang, The Dirty Nil

Posted Nov. 25, 2015, 1:24 p.m.
1QI: Driftoff, Justin Pearson, Patti Yang, The Dirty Nil
Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days each week, typically every Monday-Thursday.
After our social media followers get the first word, we post a wrap-up here at the site and archive them here. This week check out Q&As with Driftoff, Justin Pearson, Patti Yang and The Dirty Nil.

Eric Jernigan (Driftoff)
SPB: Would you license your music for use in another medium if given the opportunity?
Eric: We're open to the idea so long as we can stand behind the content of the film or commercial. The fact is, many bands in our genre have come to accept that the formerly modest goal of recouping recording costs is now pretty tough. Even going on tour is an uphill battle, financially speaking. Were we to take a small licensing paycheck we'd use that cash to make another album or to buy flights for an overseas tour. This band and many like us are labors of love and we've seen good ones drop like flies over the years as members get burnt out funding van repairs and covering merch bills with their day jobs. We wanna play music and tour until we're dead so we'll explore any avenue that may help facilitate that mission.
Justin Pearson (Three One G, Retox, The Locust)
SPB: How do you find new music?
Justin: There is no one way to find music, or any art for that matter. Maybe the universe presents it or maybe your subconscious welcomes it. For me, I tend to find it within my friends and comrades, or by touring around the world and connecting first hand with other artists. Of course there is the occasional stumbling upon something grand and of course the new stuff by certain legends, older generations, and even strange side projects and random works that surface and make their way around the planet.
Patti Yang
SPB: Do you feel your experiences growing up in Communist Poland have shaped your views on the relationship between politics and art?
Patti: Art has always served as a powerful form of commentary on politics and on society. Back in the communist Poland anything released to the public had to go through strict censorship which made sure nothing would “pollute the minds” with ideas, question the power. It tried to keep people in the dark but luckily, to some extent, kept failing. Totalitarian systems are, by principle, based lot more on primal fear than democratic ones. It restricts basic freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom to travel, freedom to own. It does so in a lot more transparent way; by punishment. In the Polish communist regime the entire art scene was ran by the government apparatus. From record labels through live venues, record shops, cinemas, galleries, bookstores--the culture was thriving but it was structured and carefully monitored by the Ministry under the communist party. Foreign albums and books were only available in secret--they were literally smuggled and passed around  amongst friends--unless they were deemed “safe” and made available in the open, but even then often in false translation. I remember my parents listening to The Rolling Stones with an excitement of naughty teenagers and seriousness of major adversaries.
Perversely, the reason culture was so vibrant was because quite a few artists allowed into the spotlight would give a strong voice in opposing the regime: always under a veil of metaphor, encrypted in their art. The most successful ones bit the hand that fed them and therefore played a dangerous game. 
So art itself was a form of politics and even love songs had a tinge of it or a sub-meaning all together. Today, in a society perpetuated by the egotistical race for wealth and status rather than an intelligent, collective pursuit of freedom, peace and fair abundance, there is far less to unite over. A lot of us know and see things aren’t right but most of us are hopeless to the wrongness of it. And someone out there, in corporate media and business world, still makes decisions on what we’re being served. If these decisions are driven by profit without higher values we end up with disposable, unimportant pile of entertainment which is just as distorted as the issues it so safely avoids. I am not saying all art should be highbrow and it’s not up to art to change the way the world is ran, but art does have the power that politics often lacks. It can touch people. If it’s true and looks for truth of whatever kind it connects without explanation. 
Humans are all artists, it’s inherently in our nature. We just gotta keep creative and sensitive and protect our deep innocence to appreciate things that are truly worth it.  
Kyle Fisher (The Dirty Nil)
SPB: What song in your active set list requires the most practice? What part is the hardest to get down? 
Kyle: “Little Metal Baby Fist”
The second verse is tough in that song to maintain a good tempo. Sometimes the snare roll can slow the song down. We've got it now though.

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Justin Pearson joins Luke Henshaw on new project Planet B

Posted Nov. 22, 2015, 10:55 a.m.

Three One G has announced a new collaborative project between Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox, Head Wound City) and hip-hop producer Luke Henshaw, calling it Planet B.

Planet B will release a 7" named Weird Utopia, "with the shared purpose of creating music both mischievous in sound and sobering in message." The two previously worked together as contributors to the soundtrack of Asia Argento’s Incompresa. The new 7" will be released on Nov. 27 via Three One G.

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Bands Solo Conrad Keely out in January

Posted Nov. 12, 2015, 1:39 p.m.

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Conrad Keely, a founding member of ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, will release an album of solo material on Jan. 22. Titled Original Machines, the record will come out on ...

Bands Gnaw Their Tongues offshoot Cloak of Altering announce album

Posted Nov. 10, 2015, 9:05 a.m.

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Maurice de Jong, a.k.a. Mories (also of Gnaw Their Tongues, Seirom, Aderlating, Mors Sonat, De Magia Veterum, among others), will return with his Cloak of Altering project to release a new album titled ...

Bands 1QI: Big Eyes, Bruno Sanfilippo, Tempest, Koo Koo Kanga Roo

Posted Nov. 6, 2015, 7:53 a.m.

1QI: Big Eyes, Bruno Sanfilippo, Tempest, Koo Koo Kanga Roo

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days each week, typically every Monday-Thursday.   After our social media followers ...

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Bands Sacrilege Behind the Realms of Madness remaster

Posted Oct. 31, 2015, 3:48 p.m. in Bands by Loren

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UK crust/thrash outfit Sacrilege have release a video for the song "Feed," a bonus track on their remastered reissue of Behind the Realms of ...

Behind The Realms of Madness Track list:
1. Lifeline2. Shadow From Mordor3. At Death's Door4. A Violation of Something Sacred5. The Closing Irony6. Out of Sight, Out of Mind7. The Captive8. Flight of the Nazgul9. Sight of the Wise10. Feed11. Dig Your Own Grave12. The Closing Irony (Live)13. Bloodrun (Live)

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Bands The Dutchess and The Fox Puts Their Spell On Halloween

Posted Oct. 28, 2015, 4:23 p.m. in Bands by Andy

In anticipation of a self-titled debut coming in early 2016, The Dutchess and the Fox (a duo made up of former Psychedelic Furs player Joe ...

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Bands New Perturbator = New, Glorious Album Art!

Posted Oct. 28, 2015, 11:37 a.m. in Bands by Andy

Following up 2014's Dangerous Days, Paris-based electronic outfit Perturbator (one of bandcamp's best-selling artists) will return in 2016 with a new full length ...

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Bands Hear the first song from Curezum

Posted Oct. 26, 2015, 11:40 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Noisey is streaming "One Hundred Years" today, the first song released by extreme metal and supergroup Curezum, a Cure cover band. The band features Mort ...

Bands 1QI: Boilerman, Rock the Cause, Ex-Breathers, So Hideous

Posted Oct. 25, 2015, 5:06 a.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Boilerman, Rock the Cause, Ex-Breathers, So Hideous

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days ...

Kris (Boilerman – bass)
SPB: What’s your favorite format of release (7”, LP, etc)?
Kris: I think the 7" is a great format, physically speaking. Its layout space is pretty easy to fill nicely, but storing 7-inches isn't as nice. They're so hard to rifle through and they get lost amongst each other easier -- smaller packages, no spine, etc. They're also good to listen to when you're not ready to dedicate yourself to a full album, but the time between starting a side and having to flip it can be annoying if you're engaging in any other activity while listening to it. The 10" is the most pleasing record to hold. There's something about it that just feels...right. Unfortunately, manufacturing a 10" is so expensive that it's rarely justifiable, so there aren't many around. If it weren't for scarcity, they might be my favorite.
But the best has to go to the 12". You're gonna get the most music and the largest amount of real estate for artwork and other packaging goodies. You can also squeeze a good amount of music onto it at 45 rpm, which will be louder and clearer and all-around better sounding.
I would also like to give a shout out to my odd-number sized records: the 8 3/4" records, the 9”, and 11-inches. Hell, even the 5, 6, and 8-inch records. You're the real heroes.
Scott Herold (Rock the Cause)
SPB: What’s the hardest part of running a non-profit organization?
Scott: The most difficult aspect of running an NPO is your income streams rely completely on the benevolence of the public. You have to continually design new products and programs that tell a compelling story, that will motivate donors to give. There is a ton of competition for dollars. On some level you are also competing with for-profits for those same discretionary dollars. Many people give to larger pass through organizations in their work place. They let the pass throughs do the actual end giving for them when a direct donation and relationship could be made with a front line cause-driven social enterprise. Believe me, the little ones need that the most.     
Jack Vermillion (Ex-Breathers)
SPB: Would you ever crowdfund a record?
Jack: I don't think we'll ever find ourselves in a position where this is the best option for us. We're the kind of band that would rather just make a record for cheap by ourselves or with a friend before crowdfunding. However, people really love to demonize bands that use crowdfunding and I don't necessarily agree with that. It can certainly be cash grab by a lazy and corny band who is just going to make a bad record anyways, but, at the end of the day, who am I to judge a fan by what they do with their money? We've always raised money by playing shows and selling merch and I really don't see that changing for us. 
Brandon Cruz (So Hideous)
SPB: What do your parents think of your music?
Brandon: We’ve been fortunate enough to have a strong support system with respect to our families and them understanding why we do this music thing. I’d say our parents “appreciate” the work we do but would probably be more apt to enjoy the music if it were just chamber works or songs without the more abrasive elements of our style. We may just heed their advice on that one day...

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Bands Deforesters (PUP) joint Black Numbers

Posted Oct. 23, 2015, 1:50 p.m. in Bands by Loren

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Black Numbers has announced a 4-song self-titled EP from Deforesters, a new band featuring Zack Mykula, drummer of SideOneDummy punks PUP. The EP can be ...

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Bands Teen Death tour and single

Posted Oct. 21, 2015, 9:55 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Teen Death tour and single

photo by Jake Cunningham

Richmond's Teen Death have released a new digital single titled "Drag / Dark Life" in anticipation of their US tour to kick off next week ...

Tour Dates:10/26 Asheville, NC @ The Odditorium10/27 Atlanta, GA @ WonderRoot10/28 Tallahassee, FL @ Midtown Speakeasy10/29 Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar10/31 Gainesville, FL @ The Fest11/02 Charlotte, NC @ The Station11/03 Roanoke, VA @ Back Street Cafe11/04 Washington, DC @ Cafe Saint-Ex11/05 State College, PA @ Thrill St. #11/06 Brooklyn, NY @ Aviv ~11/07 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter #
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