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1QI:Hank 3, Doomtree, Withdrawal, Lycus

1QI:Hank 3, Doomtree, Withdrawal, Lycus

One of our features here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one interview every Monday-Thursday. Well, sometimes we miss a day, but it will be four each week regardless.

After our social media followers get the first word, we'll later post a wrap-up here at the site and archive 'em here. This week check out Q&As with Hank 3, Doomtree, Withdrawal and Lycus.

Hank III
SPB: Who has the best “metal voice” of all time?
Hank: To me Oderus Urungus because of his approach was a bit more unique and different and he is for sure in my top 5 singers of all time....
Sims (Doomtree)
SPB: If you could get any producer you haven’t worked with to provide beats for a song, who would you pick?
Sims: If I could work with anyone I suppose it'd be Kanye West. I think he's one of the most talented composers in the world. His vision for how songs should build, layer, and decay is absolutely incredible. And I feel like he gets the best out of the people he's working with. 
Runners up: Hudson Mohawke, DJ Shadow, DJ Quick
Adam Dyson (Withdrawal)
SPB:How do you choose your album art?
Adam: I've always felt that the artwork and presentation of a record is just as crucial as the music contained on it. It's important because it immediately sets a mood, and the recorded music itself fulfils the pre-conceived feelings you'd get looking at the cover. We're lucky that we have a support group of likeminded artists who are interested in expression through imagery with the same passion that we have for music. Often, I'll bounce ideas off them based on the feel the record gives off, or a central theme of the songs. Or sometimes not. "Faith, Flesh & Blood" was about offering everything about yourself to someone, but with the artwork that we worked with on Give Up (ingivingup.blogspot.ca) we just went for straight up religious smut. He'll be working with us on our new LP. Price isn't an issue; we've lost money making cardstock, silver embossed covers, glow in the dark and invisible ink covers. Anything to be different and interesting. Above all, support look for artwork that is original and evocative.
Jackson Heath (Lycus, guitar/vocals)
SPB: You manage to build an impressive atmosphere in your records which also enhances your lyrical themes. What inspires your lyrics?
Jackson: Having done politically-tinged lyrics in the past, we nowadays are focusing on looking inward and writing based on personal experiences. There’s something special when you write about depression or tough times you’ve overcome and people connect to it. We all go through rough times, it’s just part of life. When it comes down to it, music is a source of catharsis for us. The lyrics should reflect this as well by channeling the obstacles life throws you and making something beautiful from it. 
In regards for other’s to contact in the doom realm, our buddies in Dispirit, Funerary, Forn, Noothgrush and Brainoil might be into it… Don’t have contact addresses for all of them but they all either have Facebook or Bandcamp pages. 
 

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Box set from Ulver now open to pre-order

Posted Oct. 25, 2014, 5:32 p.m.
Box set from Ulver now open to pre-order

Ulver - Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997

Century Media has opened pre-orders for Ulver's Trolsk Sortmetall 1993 - 1997 box set, which is available in both cd (5 discs) and LP (4 LPs, 1 tape) formats. Check below for additional details about the set.

Contents of the CD box:
Hardcover 5CD box with 16-page booklet
CD 1: Vargnatt
CD 2: Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler
CD 3: Kveldssanger
CD 4: Nattens Madrigal - Aatte Hymne til Ulven i Manden
CD 5: Nattens Madrigal - 4 track rehearsal, summer 1995
Contents of the LP box:
LP I: Vargnatt
LP II: Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler
LP III: Kveldssanger
LP IV: Nattens Madrigal - Aatte Hymne til Ulven i Manden
MC: 4 track rehearsal, summer 1995
Poster (size 60 x 30 cm)
32-page booklet in LP size (carrying same content as the CD box booklets)
 
 
Stocks are very limited and availability is based on a first come, first serve basis!

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Bands Mixtapes to take break

Posted Oct. 22, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Mixtapes to take break

Mixtapes have announced that following their performance at Fest 13 the Ohio band will take a hiatus. In their issued statement, they said: After Fest this fall, Mixtapes is gonna go on a break. We ...

Bands Neurosis festival dates

Posted Oct. 18, 2014, 10:56 a.m.

Neurosis festival dates

Neurosis is set to play a few live dates in the near future, starting with Southwest Terror Fest, followed by Housecore, Maryland Deathfest, and more in the future. The band's last studio effort was ...

Bands Russian Circles celebrate tenth anniversary

Posted Oct. 18, 2014, 10:49 a.m.

Russian Circles celebrate tenth anniversary

This December and January, Russian Circles wil play several shows to mark their tenth anniversary, including dates with Mutoid Man. The band first formed in 2004 in Chicago and released their debut, Ester, in 2006 ...

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Bands Swans re-issuing back catalogue on vinyl

Posted Oct. 17, 2014, 11:11 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Swans re-issuing back catalogue on vinyl

On OCtober 28, Young God Records will re-release Filth, the debut of Swans on vinyl. The release also sets off a series of Swans' back ...

Bands Nadja + Thisquietarmy = Hypnodrone Ensemble

Posted Oct. 17, 2014, 3:52 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Nadja + Thisquietarmy = Hypnodrone Ensemble

Aidan Baker (Nadja) and Eric Quach (Thisquietarmy) have teamed up for the Hypnodrone Ensemble collabortation. The project, out now on Consouling SOunds, features several other ...


Aidan Baker / Thisquietarmy: Hypnodrone Ensemble from Schokofeh Kamiz on Vimeo.

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Bands tētēma, new Mike Patton joint, releasing debut in Dec

Posted Oct. 17, 2014, 12:20 p.m. in Bands by Loren

tētēma, new Mike Patton joint, releasing debut in Dec

On Dec. 9 Ipecac will release Geocidal, the debut from tētēma. tētēma is a new duo featuring Australian composer/pianist Anthony Pateras and Mike Patton.

Bands DOA un-retires

Posted Oct. 14, 2014, 7:28 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Candian punks D.O.A., who briefly retired in 2012 so frontman Joe Keithley could run for political office, have resumed duty and are currently ...

D.O.A. Welcome to Chinatown Tour
Tuesday October 28th - Byng, Cranbrook, BCWednesday October 29th - Pawnshop Edmonton, ABThursday October 30th - The Vat, Red Deer, ABFriday October 31st - Scores, Lethbridge, ABSaturday November 1st - Republik, Calgary, ABSunday November 2nd - Last Drop Pub, Revelstoke, BC

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Bands Reverse the Curse pre-orders online

Posted Oct. 14, 2014, 6:12 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Reverse the Curse pre-orders online

Reverse the Curse, currently on tour (and in Kent, OH tonight), have announced pre-orders for their Dec. 9 release Existent. The 12" LP will be ...


Remaining Tour Dates:
10.14 - Kent, OH @ Stone Tavern w/ My Mouth Is The Speaker, Ben Hendricks of Annabel
10.15 - Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness w/ Foxing, Kittyhawk
10.16 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooskis w/ DIVORCE
10.18 - Harrisburg, PA @ House Show
10.19 - Boston, MA @ O'Briens w/ Courage Cloak
 

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Bands Parquet Courts/PCPC

Posted Oct. 14, 2014, 7:49 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Parquet Courts/PCPC

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Parquet Courts have announced a comllaboration project featuring members Andrew Savage and Austin Brown, Justin Frye, and a rotating cast of PC Worship members that ...

PARQUET COURTS, PARKAY QUARTS, AND PCPC LIVE DATES:Tue. Oct 21 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus (as PCPC) w/ Thurston MooreWed. Oct 22 - Boston MA @ The Sinclair (as PCPC) w/ Thurston MooreFri. Oct 24 - Providence, RI @ The Met (as PCPC) w/ Thurston MooreSat. Oct 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle (as PCPC) w/ Thurston MooreSun. Oct 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC (as PCPC) w/ Thurston MooreThu. Nov 6 - Washington DC @ DC9 (as Parkay Quarts)Sat. Nov 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA (as Parkay Quarts)Thu. Nov 13 - Lille, France @ Le Grand Mix (as Parkay Quarts)Fri. Nov14 - Paris, France @ La Cigale (as Parkay Quarts)Sat. Nov 15 - Nantes, France @ Stereolux (as Parkay Quarts)Mon. Nov 17 - Toulose, France @ Bikini (as Parkay Quarts)Wed. Nov 19 - Oostende, Belgium @ De Zwerver (as PCPC)Thu. Nov 20 - Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique (as Parkay Quarts)Fri. Nov 21 - Utrecht, Holland @ Le Guess Who (as Parkay Quarts)Sat. Nov 22 - Amsterdam, Holland @ The Vrankrijk (as PCPC)Sun. Nov 23 - Utrecht, Holland @ Le Guess Who (as PCPC)Mon. Nov 24 - Ramsgate, UK @ Ramsgate Music Hall (as PCPC)Tue. Nov 25 - London, UK @ Electroworkz (as PCPC)Wed. Nov 26 - Leeds, UK @ Wardrobe (as Parkay Quarts)Thu. Nov 27 - London, UK @ The Laundry (as Parkay Quarts)Sat. Nov 29 - Koln, Germany @ Museum Ludwig (as Parkay Quarts)Sun. Nov 30 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Rote Frabrik (as Parkay Quarts)Thu. Dec 11 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall (as Parquet Courts)

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Bands 1QI: Dethklok, Hop Along, Vegas, Hank 3

Posted Oct. 13, 2014, 12:28 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl Prime

1QI: Dethklok, Hop Along, Vegas, Hank 3

One of our features here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and ...

Brendon Small (Metalocalypse)
SPB: Who has the best “metal voice” of all time?
Nathan Explosion: He's not a metal singer but he happens to have a very brutal voice: Harvey Fierestein. It's between him and Louis Armstrong. Easy. 
Hank III
SPB: When did you first decide that you want to make music for a living?
Hank 3: For me I got into music at a very young age.1st time I was on stage I was 10 years old backing up a band for a few songs. Playing drums and guitar was something I would always do 24/7 and worked my balls of to get where I am today with it.
T (Vegas)
SPB: How do you vary your songwriting approach between your different projects?
T: Most of the songs I've written blast through wounds and articulate a sense of longing and loss. I tend to become obsessed with a theme and it haunts me for years until eventually it is penned down. I do not believe in the "kiss of the muse" -- writing is work, pleasurable work. Generally, I need something to hang a song on: a presence and form. Women tend to be an endless source of inspiration for me in that regard.
Frances (Hop Along)
SPB: What was your best subject in grade school? 
Frances: My best subjects in grade school were English and Art, though I think that really depends on the teachers a lot of the time. History was amazing when the teachers were good. One history teacher almost ruined it for me because she used to bust me all the time for wearing goth clothes and spikey jewelry. She constantly sent me to the office and her lessons were boring as hell (although one time we were learning about Constantinople and she played that They Might Be Giants song--I respect her for that). There was a bully in that class too, he was the worst. 8th grade man, so glad I never have to go back. I never understand people who say they miss grade school. I had one great science teacher in 9th grade, Mr. Koch, he made it really interesting, you could tell he didn't take school TOO seriously. I think it's easier to actually learn things when teachers don't take school too seriously.  
I had one English teacher I couldn't stand, in 11th grade I think. That was the year I had to read Beowulf. I loathed that class. I've had teachers I also didn't appreciate until much later, especially in my college years. I didn't really get into poetry the way I am now until recently. In high school I thought I loved poetry, but I really just liked E.E. Cummings, Bukowski, and folk singers. My art teacher in high school was Ms. Wagner, and I don't know that I'd have this life in music (and certainly not in art) without her.  She got me into this great program that isn't around anymore, the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts (PGSA) for Creative Writing and it changed a great deal of things for me. That's where I heard Cat Power and Belle and Sebastian for the first time, incidentally. She got me interested in attending MICA for college, too. She made it seem like I could really have a career making art if I wanted to (she was the only grade school teacher I had that told me that) and I'm forever grateful to her for believing in me and hounding me to try. She is far and away the greatest teacher I have ever had.  
I've never once had a math class I liked, though I've had some really nice teachers within that subject. I think I napped in almost all my math classes.

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