Thursday 26 April 2018

***DÉRACINÉ exclusive interview***

GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artistsCarrion Spring, Said Goner, Gas Up Yr Hearse!, Coma Regalia, Never Better, The Longer We Stray From The Light, Knights Of Ganymede, Gorgon Sans Seer, Suggests A Sky Burial, John Q Public, Dance & Destroy, Kaki.O.Badi, It Kills Me, Body Of Wasps, Plaguewalker and Ache/Amelie.
Country: Portland / Indiana U.S.A.
Years Active2017-present
Song: "IIII"
Album: "Déraciné"
Year: 2018
For fans ofCarrion Spring, Capacities, Thisismenotthinkingofyou, Улыбайся Ветру, 60659-C, Capsule, Coma Regalia, What Of Us, Under Glass, Furnace, Marat, United Nations, Bucket Full Of Teeth, Ampere, Orchid and The Now aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Middle Man Records
This post's artist is from the April 2018 Mix. This is track #5.
You can download: the April 2018 Mix#4 right here or get the new May 2018 Mix#5 here.

DÉRACINÉ is an amazing new project shared between Shawn Decker (Middle Man Records, Coma Regalia, a million other bands...), Dylan Houpt (ex-Gas Up Yr Hearse!) and Adam Ciresi (Carrion Spring and Said Goner). Seemingly out of nowhere they dropped the self titled 'Déraciné' and it's one of the best releases of 2018 so far. They play short, spastic and cathartic screamy hardcore in the vein of Capacities, What Of Us, Ampere, 60659-C and Bucket Full Of Teeth.

So let's get the first thing out of the way, there are 20 fucking songs here. 20! Each song is titled "I-卌卌卌卌" How long are they? I'm glad you asked. About 10 to 30 seconds each, with a few slightly longer songs. They rip through in a flurry, like a screamo blizzard with white-out drums, playful guitars and anguished, frozen screams. Comparisons to Carrion Spring on speed are unavoidable as Adam has a very unique and amazing scream so I've got to go there first. In terms of drums, these are some of Shawn's best, blazing through each song with little-to-no downtime.

You've got your really short songs, which are generally 10-15 seconds and include "I" (four seconds!), "II", "卌", "卌IIII" and "卌卌卌I". I like these tracks but in 10 seconds I find it difficult to get the hooks unless I put the song on repeat a few times. You've got your longer-than-average tracks "卌II", "卌卌", "卌卌III" and "卌卌卌卌" which stretch the fabric of the release and are definitely a nice touch, generally surpassing 30 seconds but not 40. The rest hover somewhere in between, with "IIII", "卌I", "卌III", "卌卌", "卌卌III" and "卌卌卌IIII" being my personal favourites.

If you haven't already grabbed this digitally or via tape from Middle Man I'd get on that asap. I also received some distro copies for Zegema Beach if you happen to be ordering outta Canada (linked here).

My final verdict? Excellent release from excellent people. I asked my friend Adam who did vocals for this project to tell us about it, so here we go!

Déraciné means to be uprooted, displaced, or lost. The experience of deracination can be very literal, like those affected by natural disasters, or loss of community through oppressive, exploitative forces. There are also feelings of uprooting, uprooting of the familiar, the constant flux of obsolescence and distancing from the natural world. At the time of writing the lyrics I was heavily inspired by some writings of Rebecca Solnit and Sara Sentilles, while simultaneously pushing myself to be more present in my life, keeping abreast of the world around me. I explored ideas of loss, inter-connectivity, isolation, uprising, denouncement, reclamation. 

Shawn Decker offered me the opportunity to do vocals for Déraciné, and I couldn't have been more thrilled and obliged. Shawn is the embodied spirit of DIY punk/hardcore/screamo. The music he created with Dylan blew my mind when I first heard the tracks. The balance of chaos and beauty is just perfect. For me, the songs feel less like a series of songs and more like a singular progression or movement. Because the songs are so short, I wanted to create these little poetic reflections on things that were occurring around me. Colonial statues being torn down. Women leading the movement to dismantle patriarchy. Black lives matter. Identity politics. Capitalist corporations further taking control of our government. A bigoted gluttonous racist charlatan for a president. Exploitation of our private lives that we willingly live in public. Most of the lyrics were written while driving across the United States on a trip during the summer, so there are moments where I am focused less on hearing and reading the news, and more engaged with the landscape of my country, and ultimately myself. Swathes of big business monoculture extending beyond the horizon. The temporary absence of everyday routine. The sheer grandeur of mountains and vast desert lands. Significant time for self-contemplation and meditation. 

Shawn also gave me the opportunity to do the layout for the album, and we agreed on using an artwork of mine. The image is a detail shot of a piece I made in 2016 titled War Memorial. The work is on a single sheet of printmaking paper over 14 feet in length. I made it by making small burn marks with a lighter, over 6,500 marks and counting, each representing the loss of an American soldier in Afghanistan and Iraq since the beginning of the war following 9/11. Each mark is unique because of the unpredictability of the flame. Each mark takes roughly 20-30 seconds to make, so in a way, I spend half a minute with each person who lost their life in the longest standing American war. I also think the aesthetic of using hash marks as song titles helps relate to the artwork, as well as the linear nature of the songs.
~Adam Brock Ciresi (April 23rd, 2018)



2018 - Déraciné cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2018) DÉRACINÉ - "卌I" (from 'Déraciné')

(2018) DÉRACINÉ - "IIII" (from 'Déraciné')

(2018) DÉRACINÉ - "" (from 'Déraciné')

(2018) DÉRACINÉ - "卌III" (from 'Déraciné')


DÉRACINÉ additional links

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