Graham Scala (guitar) Highness, Bleach Everything
What is your name and band/label/etc?
Graham Scala, guitarist for Highness and Bleach Everything.
What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
- Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
- Slow Machete - Evening Dust Choir
- Pallbearer - Sorrow And Extinction
- Beastmilk - Use Your Delusion
- Sun Araw/The Congos - FRKWYS Vol. 9
What band did you discover in 2012 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?
Slow Machete's probably the most affecting new thing I've found. Field recordings from Haiti turned into striking, hazy ambient pop. Deeply fractured but beautiful, electronic yet humanized, isolated yet attuned to a larger cultural vibration.
How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)
It was the year of basement thrash metal from '85, transgendered protopunk, ribald pre-war blues, literararily-inclined Southern rappers, mysterious arena crust, existentialist death metal, apocalyptic loner country, desert psychedelia, and absolutely no pop punk.
What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
Hopefully some fucking records. 2012 has been the first year in a decade or so where I haven't released something.
What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?
Phil Lynott's comeback album. Backed by Pig Champion and Max Roach.
Fundraising sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have made a strong impact on the ability of artists to release music. Do you think this approach is a trend, or will it continue to shape how artists produce their material?
It's definitely a trend. Whether it proves a lasting one remains to be seen. If it's funding a legitimately cool project that would not otherwise, under any circumstances, exist then great. Unfortunately I've seen maybe one that meets that criterion.