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Cheryl Prime

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The Great Old Ones

Tekeli-Li, 2014

8.5 / 10

The incredible nature of The Great Old Ones majestic, sweeping and downright epic black metal was devastatingly apparent on their debut Al Azif - a record that saw them take ...

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Benjamin Shaw

Goodbye, Cagoule World, 2014

7.0 / 10

The UK is a miserable place at times, more often than not in fact, and artists such as Benjamin Shaw fully embrace that misery and spin it out in stories ...

Clad In Darkness - Decathect album cover

Clad In Darkness

Decathect, 2014

8.0 / 10

Good things come to those who wait. It's a cliché, yes, but for Clad in Darkness that old adage rings wholly true. Having formed at least fifteen years ago, the ...

Olekranon - Danaus album cover

Olekranon

Danaus, 2013

8.0 / 10

When a band or label is as difficult to track down as Olekranon or Inam Records, then you know you're in for an experience. The chap behind Olekranon - Ryan ...

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Samothrace

One Question Interviews Samothrace

Posted March 30, 2014, 9:54 p.m.

Bryan Spinks (Samothrace, vocalist/guitarist) SPB: How did you get so bloody heavy? Spinks: I suppose it is a culmination of some different things. Obviously the riffs have to be ...

Mothlite

One Question Interviews Mothlite

Posted March 16, 2014, 11:10 a.m.

Daniel O’ Sullivan (Mothlite) SPB: How do you find the time for so many different projects? O'Sullivan: I don't find the time because time doesn't exist. It ...

Lunaire

One Question Interviews Lunaire

Posted Dec. 11, 2013, 8:14 a.m.

Lunaire SPB: Earlier this year you posted a picture of your drum kit in a basketball hall - is that the strangest place you've ever recorded, and if not, where ...

Caïna

Interviews Caïna

Posted Nov. 30, 2013, 5:12 p.m.

Let's go back to 2011, to when Andy Curtis-Brignell signed the death warrant for his solo, black metal of sorts project, Caïna. We spoke about it at length ...

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1QI: Vapour Night, Hope Drone, True Widow, Chris Brokaw

Bands 1QI: Vapour Night, Hope Drone, True Widow, Chris Brokaw

Posted Sept. 24, 2014, 12:46 p.m.

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 ...

Ali (Vapour Night)
SPB: What’s the last “grower” record you heard that didn’t impress on first listen but has, since, grown on you?
Ali: Burials by AFI. I love AFI but I found this album to be such a horrible disappointment on first listen. I've listened to the album lots of times since and I really like the first half now. The second half is still growing on me. 
Karl Hartwig (Hope Drone)
SPB: What is the feeling of the current Australian black metal climate? It seems that Brisbane is shaping up to be a kind of epicentre for the genre, and it would be interesting to hear thoughts from a band of that area. 
Karl: I can’t really comment on the Australian black metal climate, as I don’t believe Hope Drone are a part of it or any particular scene. While our influences include black metal, I personally do not feel that Hope Drone is a black metal band, or even a metal band at all, but I am sure the many people who hear us may think differently. We really just exist in our own space playing the few shows we can commit to with bands we like or know. I definitely believe Brisbane/Australia has been proven capable of producing world-class bands though.
Dan (True Widow)
SPB: Are genre labels important to assign to music? 
Dan: I don't think genre labels are important. I do think they are helpful. When I get asked what kind of music we play I always say rock music. Not very helpful. Then I start saying things like 'it's heavy and slow. But not aggressive heavy. I sing and the bass player sings, she's a girl. Blah blah blah. '
Genre labels get you to the point more quickly. I'm no snob, so I don't mind all the things that people come up with to describe music. 
Chris Brokaw (solo, Wrekmeister Harmonies, The New Year, The Empty House Collective, ex-Codeine)
SPB: Rank these listening formats: cd, vinyl, cassette, digital, (other?)
Chris: 1) Vinyl. For so many reasons. But I guess the best is that I recently concluded that this is the best piece of art that exists. I consider music to be the most complex, thought-provoking, odd-emotion-inspiring, complete art form that exists - better than literature, film, photography, etc - and a vinyl album is its best form. And it's so cheap! For a few bucks up to 20 or 25 bucks you get this big, beautiful thing to pore over FOREVER. It can change your life in so many ways and it keeps doing that forever. It's the best investment you can make. It's also, currently, the most stable form of music storage that exists...so there's that.
2) Cassette. Yes, I've jumped the bandwagon. I love cassettes: they're cheap, I like how they look and feel, and most of the cassettes I buy (noise, avante garde, metal) actually put a lot of work and thought into the packaging. I also like how people like Wolf Eyes are recycling old library tapes for their what they sell - less plastic garbage in that huge cesspool in the sea. I think that's cool. They feel special to me, unique. And I love cassette box sets. What a treat! It's thrilling and I love it.
3) CD. I like cds! They're fine! Great in the car. Also, cdr's mean you can make instant releases. People don’t buy them in stores, but they sure do buy them at shows and they pay for my groceries. They're a lot easier to shlepp around on tour than freakin’ LPs, that's for sure. And they're cheap. Ten bucks! Come on, you piker, ten bucks!
4) Digital. Zero interest. I have dowloaded noise things that sold out instantly and I couldn't get otherwise, or old/cool/obscure things people have posted, but a) it feels dirty, and b) it doesn't feel like I own the music. It's like I’m listening to it at someone's house. But, God Bless Everyone who is buying downloads. You rule! Thank you!
Sound: I don't necessarily agree that you "hear everything the first time you hear a cd," or that certain LPs are like "lakes" that reveal their mysteries over time. I think that varies a LOT with different musics. Very dense music requires multiple and focused listening no matter what form it's in. And there are LPs that sound like shit, and c's that sound astonishing. I try to keep open. 

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1QI: Franz Nicolay, Dan Padilla, Where My Bones Rest Easy, Radon

Bands 1QI: Franz Nicolay, Dan Padilla, Where My Bones Rest Easy, Radon

Posted Sept. 15, 2014, 9:36 a.m.

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 ...

Franz Nicolay
SPB:What instrument is the hardest to tunefully amplify in a larger venue?
Franz: It doesn't come up very often, but the musical - or "singing" - saw is next to impossible to successfully mic. The sound is soft and high-pitched and has no obvious point of creation, so you just have to point a mic at it and turn it up as loud as you can without feeding back. The problem is especially acute since for the performer, to accurately set and hold the pitch you need to hear it pretty well, so you need monitors turned up as well. Basically it becomes a feedback machine. Better to use a theremin. Or just a violin.
J. Wang (Dan Padilla, Shallow Cuts)
SPB: Have you ever forgotten lyrics mid-song? If so, how did you recover?
J: Of course I’ve forgotten lyrics. Haven’t you seen how drunk we are when we play? I've not only forgotten lyrics, but forgotten entire songs while the rest of the band just stares at me like I’m an idiot. Not much to do at that point...It doesnt happen often, and everyone is human.
"Imperfection is what makes us unique." That's what my friend Matty told me.
Anthony Manella (Where My Bones Rest Easy)
SPB: What’s your favorite book?
Anthony: I'd have to say the book that has stuck with me and held a lot of weight in helping me process things in life as a young teen/adult would have to be Albert Camus' The Stranger. I first read it when I was 15 or 16. So at an early age the book was more intriguing to me from a religious standpoint more than anything. I was adamantly atheist as a teenager, because I needed something to rebel against, haha. So when I was younger I was just really excited on all the symbolism (of what I thought at the time was a rejection) of organized religion. Growing up and re-evaluating my thoughts on such topics of faith and how it ties into living one’s life. I've taken Camus' use of religious symbolism in The Stranger as more of an effort to stray away from the focus of a promised afterlife being the sole reason to be a "good" person with the lives we have. But rather live your life on your own terms defining what is "good" and healthy along the way, knowing that the only thing that is ever promised to you is death. That may be morbid to some, but it gives me a little comfort in knowing that I'm doing what I know makes me happy and gives me some sort of life.
Bill Clower (Radon, drums)
SPB: How did your set at Fest 12 come about? Any surprises in store for #13?
Bill: That's 2 questions.
Tate, the owner of The Lunch Box restaurant, asked us to play.
[For Fest 13,] if we told you, it wouldn't be a surprise (you're really going to have to start thinking this whole thing through from now on) J/K. More than likely, we will be doing an entire set of Bruno Mars covers...SURPRISE!

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1QI:Midnight Masses, The Arrivals, Sneeze, Frank Rosaly

Bands 1QI:Midnight Masses, The Arrivals, Sneeze, Frank Rosaly

Posted Sept. 8, 2014, 7:03 a.m.

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 ...

Autry Fulbright II (Midnight Masses, …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead)
SPB: How did you settle on the name Midnight Masses for the project?
Autry: My dad was raised Catholic and my favorite Black Sabbath song is “War Pigs” ("generals gathered in their masses/just like witches at black masses").
Isaac Thotz (The Arrivals, Treasure Fleet)
SPB: Have you ever hooked your dangling earrings on anything?
Isaac: I've hooked them on countless things all over the universe that I'm unaware of; I've misplaced at least thirty or forty. I was down to one earring for about six months there a little while back. It was my favorite, so I was really being careful not to lose it. It had a blue dyed feather on top and then a chain that went down to an orange feather.  The earring looked like something a punk would wear in an ‘80s movie--maybe like Nicholas Cage in Valley Girl. Somehow the orange feather on my favorite earring had gotten all matted with blood. I liked that even better. Then I finally lost that one too. I like the feather earrings because they dangle, but they're not heavy. Two years ago, you could pick up a feather earring set for two bucks. But then they went out of fashion, I guess, so I've just been making my own shitty earrings. I just take a thrift store earring and tie a couple feathers to it with wire or fishing string or a rubber band. I find feathers anywhere. There are endless stray bird feathers out in the world if you look for them. It seems birds lose feathers like punks lose feather earrings.  
Derek (Sneeze)
SPB: What do you parents think of your music?
Derek: Honestly, both of my parents love Sneeze much much more than my older bands, haha. They're finally happy I'm in a band that doesn't just "scream bloody murder." Sometimes they're a little iffy on the lyrics ‘cause now they know I do drugs, drink excessively, smoke, and isolate myself buuuttttt they buy all the records and I send them all our new material for feedback. It still blows their mind that I tour the world without a manager and all dates booked amongst ourselves.
However, they do think our tours are equivalent to a Motley Crew one but what’s the harm in letting them think that? When growing up, my parents always bought new tapes and cds which I always listened too. Bands like Nirvana, Gin Blossoms, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains. It's something we bonded over and continue to this day.
Frank Rosaly
SPB: What's the worst (or strangest) stereotype you encounter from people when they find out you're a musician?
Frank: “It must be so fantastic to be following your dream!”
This response is probably the strangest of them all. I mean, it really bums me out. I understand that some people don’t have a calling to a particular career as a young person. Most people have a dream job they never pursue. Most people have a choice. Fear of discomfort keeps people from their calling. 
*stepping on my pedestal. clear throat.*
In the United States, there is so much pressure from shit media, the poor education system, and our overwhelming Disney ® monoculture about pursuing “dreams”— big cars, boats, giant TVs… Those are things, not dreams. People often work super hard at jobs they generally don’t like for their entire lives in pursuit of things… things that make life more bearable. That’s the pursuit of comfort, which is BORING.
Some people take on a hobby, say dirt biking. Why not just work your ass off at being the baddest motocross racer EVER? Yeah, you could break your neck. Yeah, it’s tough, and maybe you’ll never be good enough. I believe if you love something, if you really love it, you will find a way to be one of the best. You’ll get to wear those Kawasaki green pants without being a poseur.
You love working in the garden on your day off? Why not work your ass off at opening an urban farm on 2 acres? Yeah, it’s rough. You may even fail. That’s a lot of money to throw away on a failed business. If your “Little Jimmy’s Cream Acre” doesn’t pan out, then you work at a gardening center for a couple years, get your shit together and do it again. Move to Iowa and work with people that are successful at running a business. Read some damn books. Learn as much as you can, then do it again.
You love playing accounting simulation games on the weekend when you’re not busy swimming with beluga whales at the Shedd Aquarium? By god, fuck the whales and start working at H&R Block right away.
*and off the pedestal*

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1QI: Hidden Shoal Recordings, AEGES, Street Dogs, Young Turks

Bands 1QI: Hidden Shoal Recordings, AEGES, Street Dogs, Young Turks

Posted Sept. 2, 2014, 3:03 p.m.

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 ...

Cam Merton (Hidden Shoal Recordings)
SPB: What is your go-to karaoke song?
Cam: My initial impulse is to put on something from Harold Budd and Brian Eno’s Ambient 2/Plateaux of Mirror and hum along but apparently that’s against the strict rule set of karaoke. Failing that I have to find something in my very limited range so if the karaoke bar/machine had any spectre of taste I’d head straight to Psychedelic Fur’s “Sister Europe.” Richard Butler is one of the handful of people I would love to have guest vocal on a label release or two. Mind you if he ever heard me sing “Sister Europe” that may well end that opportunity in a matter of verses!
Kemble Walters (AEGES)
SPB: What is your day job/how does it affect your schedule as a musician?
Kemble: This is a funny question for me being that I am a working musician. I've been on the full-time musician kick since 2003 and it's definitely a struggle. For one, I am my own boss: I make my own schedule, and I have lots of animals... That actually seems like the better question here, "How do you take care of all your animals as a working musician?" Sorry, I digress. 
Now-a-days being a working musician doesn't just mean "guitarist of a band" or "engineer" or "performer," it's far more than that. With technology where it's at and "standard" musician pay where it's at, the working musician is forced to play as many roles as possible. 
I am a producer, engineer, performer, songwriter, and social media nerd. When working in the industry, I love to take on jobs that are out of my comfort zone. For example, I was recording/producing an artist this past week. A sprightly young girl with an insanely great voice and we we're laying down pop/country jams, it was so fun! I also engineered and played drums on a new dance/trance record with some buddies, and mixed a great new band--the Black Lantern’s new jams.
When I'm not engineering, mixing, producing or songwriting and don't have an ÆGES show, you can usually find me and my drummer Mike Land at the Viper Room on Wednesday and Saturday nights playing with DIVE doing Nirvana covers along with some other gems (Cheap Trick, Blur, etc). Playing parties/weddings, etc is a great and fun way to pay the bills. DIVE is a total party ‘90s rock band that kills it with the frat kids, then I have PETTY CASH. Petty Cash is a Tom Petty / Johnny Cash cover band comprised of current and former members of H2O, Offspring, Juliette & the Licks, and Filter. This band tends to get some sweet beerfests, weddings, and corporate gigs. Speaking of, our guitarist Cory Clark also does wedding/corporate gig stuff as well for a means of making some extra scrill. He's a killer singer/songwriter and can croon your eyes to a watery death. The boss of the bottom end, Mr. Tony "TBoZ" Baumeister has a pretty killer day job as well. He does syndication for TV. Basically, if I'm correct (he's totally gonna yell at me for this), he converts film to digital so we normal folk can watch it on the reg.
Anyhow, this is getting super long, I like to talk. But to answer your question, work affects me making music merely by funding my dream and allowing me to stay creative. I have the freedom to turn down work if I need to tour without the risk of being fired but, in turn, I get no paid vacations. I love what I do and I do what I love. Music 24/7. If people are looking to get their albums slammin’, hit me, www.kemblewalters.com
Mike McColgan (Street Dogs, FM359)
SPB: How much space in your home is dedicated to music storage (instruments or records)?
Mike: One entire room in my house is dedicated to all of the vinyl, CDs, instruments, stereo equipment, posters, flyers etc. that I own.
Jason (Young Turks)
SPB: How big is your record collection?
Jason: I have about 250 records. I started collecting when I was about 16. I hated high school so I started doing independent study so I could play in a punk band with older guys, and get a full time job so I could buy more gear. That full time job was Off The Record (RIP) in Auburn, CA. It was a killer little record store in a small town where I ended up buying some of my first tapes and CDs. Most memorably I bought my very first cassette there (MC Hammer - 2 Legit 2 Quit - when I was about 5 or 6). It was a dream to work there and I still think of it fondly. Once I started working there, I spent huge chunks of my paycheck in the store. It was easy to get my collection off the ground when I could buy them at cost. While 250 records isn't huge, it's kind of like a big "best of" collection for me. Digital music allows us to carry tiny little devices with thousands of songs (my iPod classic is nearly full), but records are different. When I go to a record store, I tend to look for records I've already heard (unless it's a very trusted artist) and I want to own a copy of to add to my physical collection. A great example is my copy of Fucked Up - David Comes To Life. I love that record, I preordered it on iTunes and I listened to it a million times. So naturally, I went down to my preferred record store (2nd Avenue in Portland, OR) and bought it. I wanted the big art, I wanted the big sleeve, and I wanted the double LP. So while my collection is small, every addition is deliberate and cherished. 
 

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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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