Tuesday, 4 May 2021

PODCAST #64 Thomas Schlatter (Hundreds Of AU, Capacities, You & I, etc.)

I would argue that Thomas Schlatter is the embodiment of screamo. At 42 years old, he started You & I when he was 17 and literally hasn't stopped playing screamo since. With a piercing, time-tested scream and his trusty axe, Tom and friends in HUNDREDS OF AU are dropping 'Acting From Remote Satellites' on May 7th, 2021 via Patient Zero Records. Tom took some time away from his wife, pets and library zoom calls to speak with me about his past, present and future in this very special episode of (((((OPENmind/SATURATEDbrain))))) podcast #64. We talk about a plethora of things, including: describes each of his bands in a sentence, dreams coming true at 17, veganism by pinky swear, the depiction of punk and skateboarding in the 80s, touring is just camping, the Paul Alan Connection, screaming vocals in a library, playing remotely written songs together for the first time, the new album, introductions to La Quiete and Italian screamo, undercover screamo fixin' computers, and lots more. Bands played in this podcast: Closer, Piet Onthel (PREMIERE!!!), Reverie (PREMIERE!!!) and Youth Novel. Listen to podcast #64 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.

Pre-orders go live May 7th, 2021


CLOSER "937" (Tom)

PIET ONTHEL "sembilan" (Dave) PREMIERE!!!


REVERIE "Visitor" (Dave) PREMIERE!!!



PODCAST #64 linked here

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

PODCAST #63 Steve Roche (Off Minor, Saetia, etc)

The fact that I've known Steve Roche for a few years now still boggles my mind. After years of me bowing down to the entity that was OFF MINOR, the band has okayed a cassette run of a completely remixed version of 2004's 'Innominate'. How big is this? It's fucking huge. Without a doubt one of the most influential people in "screamo", Steve played drums/screamed in OFF MINOR, a few instruments with SAETIA and BOOKS LIE, not to mention recording/engineering at Permanent Hearing Damage for two decades. He played in a bunch of other bands which you can hear him discuss on podcast #63, as well as: peaking early, the Steve/Kevin package deal, ABC No Rio, Saetia's history, past frictions, Jamie's lack of carpentry skills, music pre-internet, 7 Seconds was meh, how Off Minor wrote, recording bands, the dark ages of vegan bake sales, upcoming Massa Nera LP?, etc. Bands played in this podcast: Rorschach, Die Emperor Die and Bore War. Listen to podcast #63 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.

Buy tapes before they're gone (goes live at 9am PST April 29th, 2021):

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RORSCHACH "Checkmate" (Steve)
DIE EMPEROR DIE "Postscript" (Dave)

BORE WAR "Already Dad" (Steve)



PODCAST #63 linked here

Monday, 26 April 2021

***AU BOUT DE MES LÈVRES exclusive EP premiere***


'Malgré la nuit'
exclusive EP premiere

For fans of
Daitro, Commuovere, Lonely Animals and Nayru

AU BOUT DE MES LÈVRES and OMSB have a pretty rich history, as I just realized that I've premiered every release they've done thus far; February 2018 was the debut 'L'ivresse de l'eau' EP, September saw the 'Yubari GoGo split', June 2019 was the 'Entre la violence des corps I, II, III', in February of 2020 I premiered the '4-way split', and today I get to premiere their new 7" lathe 'Malgré la nuit' that will be released on Larry Records with the physicals being ready by August. The new line-up adds Gabrielle on bass/vocals, who you may remember from her time in Lonely Animals. 'Malgré la nuit' was engineered and recorded live by the in their jam space in Quebec City, mixed by Antoine Boily-Duguay, mastered by Will Killingsworth @ Dead Air Studios, and will be releasing on 7" lathe cut and tapes by Larry Records (USA), tapes by Zegema Beach Records (Canada + USA) & Le Blast Records (Canada).

(2021) AU BOUT DE MES LÈVRES "Mauvais sang" (from 'Malgré la nuit')

Jeeeeeesus, that first minute is like lava on the face! Emo-violence with tons of shrieking, followed by a super chill/atmospheric section that finally lets some sun shine in on all the death and darkness. At the halfway point (just before three minutes) shit gets super epic in an Envy kinda way, making this one of the best screamo jams of the year. Fuuuuuuuck.

(2021) AU BOUT DE MES LÈVRES "Endormir les enfants" (from 'Malgré la nuit')

Side B is much more relaxed, and begins with a harmonic ambient intro (as opposed to the noisier outro of Side A) which builds and eventually shifts its focus to a spacey, dispersed guitars. At the two-minute mark the rest of the instruments chime in and the car takes off, driving an ever increasing speed until the band freezes time at 2:30. It's at this point the balance of screams and clean singing meet up with some huge fucking bass to officially take this three-piece to the next level. And by four minutes? Goodbye, cuz that part might kill ya.