suggesting that i or my peers should be ‘supporting’ something as ephemeral and meaningless as ‘the scene’ would suggest that your art is somehow on the same level as mine, and that we are fighting the same battle. i do not wish to lower myself in such a way. i want to foster worthwhile art, not polish turds.
friends in america - my most overtly poppy band, with an emphasis on atmospherics and ambience. i engineered our first record in my bedroom over a period of two years that were some of the most stressful times of my life. incredibly proud of what we produced though, and amazed by the response it’s gotten. new singles soon, and a new record later in the year, which will be a whole lot rawer (and noisier, actually). influences for the new stuff range from weezer and the national to black flag and the birthday party.
thin privilege - i play one of two basses in this band. no guitars. heavily influenced by many of the bands on threeoneg (arab on radar, retox, all leather, etc.), we make noise rock. really heavy, really loud, really annoying, but we hope also danceable. our first record is coming out soon via struggletown, bloc and black lake. it was recorded live in a day and was mastered by james plotkin from khanate. we’ve already started writing the second record and it’s sounding pretty crazy.
billy ray osiris - it’s pretty hard to describe this band. we’ve got five core members, but i think of us as more of a collaborative unit or collective or something. we’re always trying to find new and interesting ways to collaborate with people (our most recent collaboration involving thirteen people in bloc). we started off going for a kind of swans-type thing, but now we’re moving more into post-punk territory (although we have ideas for things as far reaching as modern classical type stuff). again, loud as hell. we’ve been a band for almost two years now. features david from thin privilege. we record every practice and have put almost every single recording on our bandcamp for free download.
in wrecks - this is the band i play guitar and sing in. we’ve been going almost a year now - we started pretty much as soon as my old band hunt/gather broke up, and sprung from an idea we had to start a more melodic band. it’s me, leigh and sean from hunt/gather (sean also drums for thin privilege) and david from TP/BRO. we released an EP that we recorded live in a day last year and i believe it is up for free download (or you can get a CD from struggletown or ourselves). being in this band is a real learning experience, in as much as i haven’t been the lead vocalist in a band since i was about fifteen. it’s some of the stuff i’m most proud of though. we’re currently working on new material.
notebooks - the band that i’ve been in since 2009 and that kinda started me off on this path i’ve been taking musically. because of the geography and conflicting schedules it’s incredibly difficult to get much done with this band, but we usually have one or two periods a year where we become somewhat active. as such, we’ve only released two EPs so far, but we’re hoping to write and record an album at some point. i really hope that we can, because this band is incredibly interesting musically. we started out as a ‘melodic hardcore’ band, then moved more towards thrash metal, then sludge, now we’re dabbling in things like noise rock and stuff. i’d like to be able to document some of this stuff because when we get together, well, heavy doesn’t cut it. features murray from sectioned, and chris from the 3 shop in irvine.
civil elegies - my newest project. i wrote a bunch of post punk songs and put the feelers out to see if anyone would be up for playing them. grant from a whole load of bands (including as in bear, david from in wrecks/TP/BROs old band - this is a complex web) and kyalo from DTP responded and things have been moving along pretty quickly. as i say, the songs were written beforehand, but i like to bring in sketches of an idea and just let the ideas evolve naturally and, importantly, quickly. we’ve only had two practices but already we’re discussing how we’re going to record all this material we keep coming up with, and when we’re going to gig. very excited for this. we don’t have a bassist - kyalo plays guitar and has a whole load of weird effects, whilst i put my guitar through both a guitar amp and a bass amp. the result is room shakingly loud. when we start gigging (which will be soon), bring earplugs. we don’t have any band recordings, but you can hear one of the demos i did for the band here.
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phew. if you decide to check any of them out/support them, it would mean the world. thanks.