The goal of this album was a kind of Spectacular Industrial Folk or Blues music.
In the 21st century, when blues and rock and every other cultural phenomenon that provided some kind of liberation have been completely absorbed by the structures they stood against, chewed up and sold back to the increasingly fractured and neurotic individual, the most organic 21st century music seems to be something like a voice memo frantically recorded into an iphone under a billboard and an overpass. This is our Blues. Our Folk (our collective music in which there is no line between audience and artist) lies, for now, almost entirely dormant.
Industrial music once took the grinding of machines and saws and hammers of industry and made songs out of them, but those aren’t the defining sounds and emotions of our industries anymore. Our industrial music today would be composed of fake smiles and over-whelming spectacles and commercial jingles and memorized personalities that we’ve learned to sell. In other words, it would sound exactly like the mainstream music in an Apple commercial. Fragmented, spectacular, and manipulative. The only liberation for any of us in all of this is through momentary hysterical breaks.
This album, except for a couple small segments in which my friends were with me, is not a work of hysteric liberation. In fact, it’s made me more neurotic and frustrated than anything before. It’s an attempt at crafting some kind of cohesive stream of spectacular images, collective memories, and identity, into something new and interesting, maybe something like what Loony Tunes once did.
The problem is that all of this is nostalgia, and nostalgia is Their greatest offer after sex and fame, so the album had to refuse every step of the way to be nostalgic.
The whole process was a race against a ticking clock promising that the project was more irrelevant every day. That you can’t make albums like this anymore when the world is going to shit and everyone feels more alienated and terrified and detached and crazy every day and we need a new kind of folk and new kinds of situations and a completely un-nostalgic, un-retro music. I had to race against the clock and finish my thought before it was a lie.
“Imagine the full complexity of a moment that is not resolved into a work”
released August 9, 2016
with Scalpy Gonzales, Angel Cunt, Bonejevis, Daniel, Jake, Maze Dull, Spondee, Keila, Santosh
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