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Cheryl Prime

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Oruga - Blackened Souls album cover

Oruga

Blackened Souls, 2014

7.0 / 10

Oruga’s sludged out sound is deep, dirty and disgusting and the French quintet move through massive pits of despair to crawl through the filth and head towards the inevitable end ...

Schammasch  - Contradiction album cover

Schammasch

Contradiction, 2014

9.0 / 10

Existence is a series of challenges – ones that force you to adapt, to change and to create sides of yourself that you show to the world, ones that are ...

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Empty Yard Experiment

Kallisti, 2014

7.5 / 10

Music is wonderful and is one of the few things that echoes across the world and can bring people together in unity. Of course, that’s putting the most simplistic of ...

City States - Geography album cover

City States

Geography, 2014

7.5 / 10

They say that good things come to those that wait and for City States and their main member Joel Ebner, it's certainly true. Ebner has spent many years creating and ...

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AMSG 666

One Question Interviews AMSG 666

Posted Jan. 11, 2015, 11:29 p.m.

AngelFukk Witchhammer (AMSG 666) SPB: How important is Satan to you/the band and what does that belief mean to you? Witchhammer: Luciferianism for me is breathing /living each day ...

Pinkish Black

One Question Interviews Pinkish Black

Posted Dec. 25, 2014, 8:18 p.m.

Pinkish Black SPB: You had a curious sample from an obscure British comedy on your first record - how did you come across Snuff Box and why did you include it ...

GHOUL

One Question Interviews GHOUL

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 2:19 a.m.

Digestor (GHOUL) SPB: How's Creepsylvania this time of year?  Digestor: Moist

Barshasketh

One Question Interviews Barshasketh

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 11:44 p.m.

Krigeist (Barshasketh) SPB: What are the origins for the name of the band?  Krigeist: Barshasketh was something I read years ago in an occult text around the time I was ...

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1QI: Brickfight, On The Water, Dogfish Head Brewing, Quintron

Bands 1QI: Brickfight, On The Water, Dogfish Head Brewing, Quintron

Posted Jan. 12, 2015, 1:45 p.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one interview every Monday-Thursday. Okay, sometimes we miss ...

Brickfight
SPB: How big is your record collection?
Brickfight: Short Answer: 732
Long Answer: In a Cold War-style escalation which stems primarily from a missing copy of I Farm's Sincerely, Robots lent to Jonathan by Nick well over four years ago, all record players have gone quiet in the Brickfight camp. While neither party will admit to being the last custodian of the missing album, both have adopted Complete Vinyl Silence (CVS) in solidarity with the errant record until it is back in the hands of its rightful owner. Sanctions continue to increase, and the possibility of an amicable end to this standoff grows dimmer as each day passes.
Fletcher (On the Water)
SPB: What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
Fletcher: Tough question: Being a high school dropout, I have worked some very shitty jobs.
Providing customer service and sales for a mail/online porn business here in Philadelphia, one of my special tasks was clearing out the voicemail for Mailing List removal. [I] had to sit through half-hour long tirades by angry housewives and even some gentlemen who were leaving personal ads, in hopes of scoring a date with a porn star. It was a cool job thanks to some rad co-workers there... I think it still qualifies as worst job I've held. [I] dealt with a lot of truly crazy folks and I'm sure the job has forever warped my mind.
Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head Brewing, founder and president) 
SPB: What is the connection between brewing and music? 
Sam: There are two art forms that have been created and enjoyed since the dawn of civilization, and enjoying them simultaneously amplifies the experience of each.  
Our brewery has been obsessed with music since long before we opened. Back in the mid-‘90s when I was homebrewing and writing the Dogfish business plan, The Replacements were on the radio, as were Guided by Voices nad Miles Davis. And anytime today when I’m in the brewhouse there’s something playing. 
It’s not only fun to brew with music, it’s fun to drink with music. And that’s been a reality since the birth of civilization. The earliest known fermented beverage in the history of mankind was discovered in a tomb in China, in the Jiahu province. This dig site is significant because it not only housed the oldest known fermented beverage, but it also housed the oldest known playable musical instrument: these hollowed-out bird bones that were like a modern flute. So you know the night they shut the tomb of this very important person, they were having a hootenanny. They were playing music, drinking beers, and feeling close to the gods. 
Quintron & Miss Pussycat
SPB:How do you describe your sound to strangers when they ask?
Quintron: SWAMP TECH

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1QI: A.M.S.G., Gay Witch Abortion, Houseplant Records, Unwelcome Guests

Bands 1QI: A.M.S.G., Gay Witch Abortion, Houseplant Records, Unwelcome Guests

Posted Jan. 5, 2015, 1:52 p.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one interview every Monday-Thursday. Okay, sometimes we miss ...

AngelFukk Witchhammer (AMSG 666)
SPB: How important is Satan to you/the band and what does that belief mean to you?
AngelFukk Witchhammer : Luciferianism for me is breathing /living each day preparing to transcend to the next level of energy transfer. It is utmost freedom and to conquer the highest form of self will/iron will to power and turn to ash all the false illusions of control that hold us so tightly. We worship at the edge of the event horizon...truth and proof of the destroyer of cosmic energy. That belief means everything to me, it is the driving force of my existence.
Jesse (Gay Witch Abortion)
SPB: You’ve played shows out of your van and on a boat, among other locations. What setting has been the most fun or the most challenging to orchestrate?
Jesse: Playing 7 short sets outside 7 different bars in a van in one night was fun. The raft show was great. They just let us drift down the Mississippi with a generator, and they'd come and tow us back up whenever we got too close to St. Anthony Falls. 
The most difficult show to orchestrate would probably be when we played on top of the marquee of Memory Lanes Bowling Alley. It was summer and it was fucking hot out, and we lugged everything up a steep, rickety, 2 1/2 foot wide staircase which culminated in a short ladder to the roof. It was tight enough that we had to take the wheels off the 4x12 cabinet to fit it up there. Funny. Later, when we were drunk, it didn't seem as treacherous getting the stuff down. 
Houseplant Records
SPB: Do you run your own website, facebook, twitter, etc. Do you enjoy that side of the industry?
Houseplant Records: Yes, I do run all of those things. I would say they're necessary and I try to find some enjoyment in them when I can, but generally, no, I don't enjoy that aspect of releasing music. I like to be in touch with people, interact, and get feedback through social media but don't like the confines of each format. I actually do like the simplicity of Twitter quite a bit, but often feel like I'm talking to myself on there. A web site is nice because you can make it look and function how you like, but they get less traffic and there is less interaction. Also, they are cumbersome to maintain and redesign.  
Micah (Unwelcome Guests)
SPB: If you could hear any band cover one of your songs, which song would it be, and who would play it?
Micha: Hearing Deerhoof cover “Warm Soon” would be pretty wild.

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1QI: Kid Tsunami, Post Teens, Al Swacker, JEFF The Brotherhood.

Bands 1QI: Kid Tsunami, Post Teens, Al Swacker, JEFF The Brotherhood.

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 3:15 p.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one interview every Monday-Thursday. Okay, sometimes we miss ...

Kid Tsunami
SPB: What is your primary tour food?
Kid Tsunami: On tour I like to be taken to a yum cha spot....I love the togetherness of a dim sum meal, and I like to compare and find out which is the best one on the planet! So far nothing has beaten my hometown spot, Regal on Roe...but I have lots more traveling to do!
 
Tony Marquez (Post Teens)
SPB: What is your favorite all-time record (and why)?
Tony: I've never been a person who can truthfully name a "favorite" record because I'm constantly finding new (and old) records that blow my mind. But music has always been important to me. While growing up in Miami (in the mid ‘90s) I came across a bunch of bands that really made a big impact on my life. It's actually a very underrated scene. Here's 5 local Miami 7"s that caught me back then and that I still enjoy quite a bit:AGAINST ALL AUTHORITY / THE PIST - split 7" (the PIST are not from Miami but still great!)CHICKENHEAD - Everything must go 7"FLOOR - s/t 7"LOS CANADIANS - The Kids are Alroot 7"PIN KAI - Greasy Kid Stuff 7"Fuck it, let's make it 6 records.THE CRUMBS - I Fell in Love with an Alien Girl 7"
Al Swacker (DJ, UnMutuals, Devil Baby Freak Show, SVK)
SPB: What is your favorite venue, past or present, to play or attend a show at?
Al: My favorite venue? Wow, not an easy question. I can think of 6 that come to mind right away and each is for different reasons. 
I could say the Pageant in St Louis or the Congress in Chicago because of the amazing treatment. We had our own dressing rooms with free food and beer at both. At the Pageant, they unloaded our gear and tuned our guitars and set up our amps and drums for us. Both of those venues, however, may have only been a great experience because of the headliners we were touring with (i.e. the Dead Kennedys, Bad Religion, just to name a couple). My heart, on the other hand belongs to 4 others.
Deluxe in St Louis was very short lived. They had amazing sound, great food, paid well, and the drinks were always discounted. Perhaps if it had more time it would have become my favorite, or maybe I would have become disappointed. 
The Crack Fox in St Louis also ranks very high in my heart. I began booking, playing, and deejaying there (among other jobs) about a month after it opened. It was my own party almost every night of the week and I was never charged for a drink. The owner, Carrie Harris, is an amazing woman who knows how to make her dreams reality. All of the staff at the Crack Fox are like family to me. The sound is a little echoey and there's no room for a back line but the absence of televisions and jukebox add to the fetish-kink ambience. The place radiates sex and you never know what you’re in for, whether it be impromptu nerf gun wars or severed head volleyball. My favorite thing about the Crack Fox, however, is that I met the love of my life there.  
Another venue where I've always felt at home is the Way Out Club also in St Louis. The proprietors, Bob and Sherri, treat the bands very well. It is small and caters to the B-movie fan in all of us. In its early days, at its previous location, it was home to poets and artists and anyone who dared to be original and only had local bands. When it moved to a bigger space, it opened its doors to lesser known, touring bands as well. Alas, the sound system has never been what it could be and the neighborhood where it resides is very risky.  
This brings me to your actual question. After serious thought, weighing the pros and cons and reliving old memories, I would have to say my favorite venue was a small beer-soaked punk rock dive in Seattle called the Lake Union Pub. It was the first place I went to see a show when I moved to Seattle back in 1992. That first night in town I saw 4 bands, and ended up the bass player in one of them before the night was over. Shows were rarely more than a $1 cover and I rarely paid for a beer which is all they served. It was 2 rooms, separated by the bar and neither of them were much larger than the restrooms. There was no house PA and nothing was ever miked but the vocals. There was no stage and the bands took up most of room. I had the pleasure of playing with and seeing some of the greatest bands of all time in that room. Some got big and some fizzled out. It was the peak of the grunge era but you'd never have a clue it even existed at the pub. From rockabilly to grindcore to metal to punk and surf, no 2 bands ever sounded alike and the night was always a party. I got to open for the Gits there. I got to witness the beginnings of Zeke and the Boss Martians there. I got to play with Bristle and Chicken and so many other great bands. Not to mention the occasional barroom brawl with skinheads or random blow jobs from cute punk rock girls in the bathroom. The pub died out in the late ‘90s but has been immortalized in songs by several of the bands that played there, including one that I co-wrote with Lonnie from Bristle. The Lake Union Pub was a true Neverland for punk rock.  
It is such a close call for all of these venues and the decision was truly difficult. Thank you for asking and letting me relive all those amazing memories.  
Jake Orrall (JEFF the Brotherhood)
SPB: What do you like to do on a tour off date?
Jake: Masturbate
 

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1QI: American Scarecrows, Brown Brogues, Ghoul, Specialist Subject Records

Bands 1QI: American Scarecrows, Brown Brogues, Ghoul, Specialist Subject Records

Posted Dec. 9, 2014, 2:57 p.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one interview every Monday-Thursday. Okay, sometimes we miss ...

Allen Maier (American Scarecrows, drums)
SPB: Do you wear earplugs when you play? Why/why not?
Allen: I have heard people say they wish they took better care of their hearing when they were younger. Playing almost every day I was getting tired of trying to fall asleep while my ears were ringing. The more I was playing the worse it got, I knew it was time to make a change. A few years ago I bought ear plugs that don’t muddy the sound but just reduce the volume. It took a bit of getting use to but I started realizing I was hearing stage monitors better because it was cutting down on a lot of the room sound and bounce. 
I also use a in-ear monitoring system with custom molded Westone in ears for performing with my band American Scarecrows. This way I have control of a click track and my overall monitoring volume of my drums and my other bandmates. I am glad I made the switch to protect my hearing and only wish I had done it sooner. These days there are so many great options to protect your hearing that still let you enjoy the music you are playing and listening to. 
Mark (Brown Brogues)
SPB: Assuming that you're not playing a show, what is a typical Saturday night for Brown Brogues? What does it involve?
Mark: If we're flush with cash we would go out in Manchester and drink posh cocktails and prosecco. If not so flush we would drink cheap beers at each other houses then go to a gig.
So I guess what I’m saying is....typical Saturday night is getting drunk.
Digestor (GHOUL)
SPB: How's Creepsylvania this time of year? 
Digestor: Moist
Andrew (Specialist Subject Records, Bangers)
Do any of your musician friends have tinnitus?
I've actually had tinnitus for nearly 10 years and I can pin point the source of it to a Shai Hulud show in Newport, Wales. For years it was the bane of my life, now I think I've lost my hearing to the extent that it doesn't bother me. It's probably going to come back to bite me in later life. When I was younger I had some custom ear plugs that were amazing. I highly advise getting some if you would like to continue being able to make conversation in a noisy bar.

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Show Review: Caïna @ The Unicorn

Posted Sept. 8, 2013, 3:25 p.m. by Cheryl Prime

Caïna, Hordes, Barshasketh The Unicorn London, UK September 6 2013 We've been talking a lot about the rebirth of Caïna of late and we'll soon have a review of the new ...

Show Review: Winterfylleth @ The Black Heart

Posted Jan. 29, 2013, 7:50 a.m. by Cheryl Prime

The tiny Black Heart in Camden holds court to an evening of droned out sludge, traditional heavy doom, and more English black metal than you can shake a stick at ...

Show Review: The Great Old Ones w/Terzij de Horde and Oblivionized @ The Unicorn, London (January 5th 2013)

Posted Jan. 9, 2013, 12:17 a.m. by Cheryl Prime

The Unicorn is suffering from a severe lack of air con tonight, the tension in the air made all the palpable by the insane levels of heat and the anticipation ...

Show Review: Neurosis and Godflesh @ Kentish Town Forum, London (December 2nd 2012)

Posted Dec. 8, 2012, 8:39 p.m. by Cheryl Prime

The view that Scene Point Blank has been afforded for tonight’s performance is beautiful, and the sea of heads below on the floor is all the more astonishing seen from ...

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