Monday, June 29, 2009

Moutheater-Ornament (record release info)

The image you see pictured above is a limited edition of 75 record release/summer tour copies of the LP version of Ornament. It's a Swans tribute cover. Our buddy and ex-bassist Aaron designed it for us and we can't thank him enough. These will be available (as well as a ton of other merch including cd copies of Ornament and the Debris Amour cd) on Sunday July 5th at our record release show and at our summer tour stops for as long as they last.

The official street date for Ornament is tomorrow. Some smaller record stores should have it in stock at that point. It'll be available at Thrashed Records, Interpunk, Deathwish, and a slew of other distros in the coming weeks.
Our record release show is this Sunday July 5th at the Kempsville Ruritan Hall in Virginia Beach with Surroundings, Swallowed Up, Heathens, and Brain Damage. It should be a very fun night. We're looking forward to it. 6pm $6.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Some Random Things

I went to see Bone Awl, Ashdautas, Volahn, and Bastard Sapling last night. Really great show. I had a blast and all the bands were stellar. I didn't bother attempting photographs. I picked up some rad stuff from the bands though.
(Worship Black Twilight Comp/Zine, Volahn-Dimensiónes del Trance Kósmico LP, Bone Awl-All Has Red cassettes *one of each cover*, and flyer from the show.)

(Front of shirts. Volahn, Ashdautas, Klaxon Records)

(Back of shirts. Volahn, Ashdautas, Klaxon Records)*Edit 7/2/09* So the other day I try my Ashdautas shirt on and it's all fucked up. One of the sleeves is inordinately smaller than the other as if a sleeve from the smalls pile got mixed in with the larges and sewn on my fucking shirt. This has heppened to me a total of 3 times in my life now. Anyone else ever have this happen to them??? I tried to cut the sleeves off and somehow fucked that up. Backpatch time for that one I guess. If anyone has one of these that they'd like to part with for a fair price then let me know.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Debris Amour-Notations In Negativity

This went up for mailorder last weekend. Limited to 40 copies. Contact me at the SHC myspace or my email address to order one. They're $4 plus $2 shipping. You can also check the Debris Amour or SHC myspace pages to hear a few of the "songs". I'll have these as well as some distro items and (if I still have any left by then) the Bjerga/Iversen cassette at all of the Moutheater summer tour stops.

Friday, June 12, 2009

PR interview

This is an interview I did as part of a press release for Ornament. The version that's currently circulating is a little cut up which was a tad bit unsettling and is the reason for me posting this. Nevertheless, here's the unedited version of my answers.

- How did you get the chance to work with Steve Albini?

Well Tim runs a recording studio here in Virginia and Albini is someone that has been a major influence on the way Tim records. Tim had booked time with him before Moutheater even started so that he could take the band he was in at the time up there and basically just do a recording and see how Steve works. I was going up as a guitar tech for them. Tim and I would hang out regularly in the off hours at the studio and experiment with stuff and make all of these weird recordings and we eventually decided to get a band going. We started writing music and I think Tim realized that Moutheater was a much better fit for an Albini recording than his other band (who were well on their way to breaking up at that point anyway). We went up and it was great. The end product was our debut 7inch "Lot Lizard" which was also the first record we put out with Thrashed.

- Tim Gault owns and operates his own recording studio, Double O, and you have your own imprint, Swim Harder Cassettes. Since you guys have a perspective from 3 different angles, where do you see the future of music?

I think that's everyone's question at the moment. This is really an exciting time to be doing music because a lot of the old ways of doing things have gone out the window and no one knows what works anymore. Anything's possible right now and I think we're well overdue for something to come out and change the fucking world and just blow everyone's minds. There's a lot of bullshit being put out right now but there are also a handful of labels and bands that are really putting out quality music and doing things in a legit way with a lot of integrity. I think those are the labels and bands that are gonna weather this storm and come out on top. At least I hope so.

In the short term I think there's a lot of fake passionless shit out right now and I think people are tired of it. People want something real. Something they can relate to on a personal level. I think someone or something will come along and give everyone that dose of reality that they very much want and need in much the same way as it's happened in the past.

In the long term I don't see downloading going away. The labels and bands are going to have to learn to work with it and not against it because I promise you, it's not going anywhere. It's only gonna get easier and faster as the years go on. I personally love to have a physical piece of music. I collect cd's, vinyl and cassettes. No medium is taboo for me, if it's got an enjoyable recording on it then I'll listen to it. I feel like the physical presence of an lp or a cd really shows the band's full vision. You don't get that from a download. We put a lot of time and thought into everything about the layout and artwork for Ornament. I think that the cover shot for the album combined with such a beautiful word says so much. It sums up everything that's inside in a way that words and music alone never could. We wouldn't have that aspect of the album's expression if it weren't for the physical mediums that it's on. I see a day when cd's become obsolete and maybe vinyl becomes huge again and all of the records come with a download so that you can listen on your computer or wherever but still have an amazing 12x12 physical representation of the band's vision. The idea that there will be no physical medium isn't something I believe can survive.

- What's the one thing you want people to remember about Moutheater? (Unbelievable live shows, attitude, stellar recordings, etc)

That we had integrity in every decision that we made. That we did this band because we felt something overwhelming that we needed to express, not because we wanted to play rock star or make money or be cool or any other bullshit reasons that people play music.

Music is a fucking game and a hobby for some people. I don't understand that. I play music because I have nothing else. I'm not good at anything else. I don't care about anything else. It's literally the only thing that has been a constant in my life since the beginning. It's always been there for me, no matter what. Sure I have fun playing music and I enjoy it and get satisfaction out of it. But I don't play because it's fun, I don't play because it's enjoyable, and I don't play because it's satisfying. I play because I have to.

- You guys are based in Virginia Beach, VA. What's the metal scene like there?

There's a ton of different bands doing a ton of different things and I like that. But we still need more. I think the more the merrier. The more people that are playing and doing something that they love, the better.

- What was your favorite gig? (could be a house show, venue, batmitzva, etc)

It's hard to say. We've had a lot of fun shows. Had some great ones on tour last summer. We played two amazing shows this past April, one in New York and one in New Jersey. Macrock this past spring was awesome. But most of those were great just because we had such an amazing time and enjoyed the company of all the people we were around. Playing is such a release that we almost always have a great time and feel good. Something has to really be off or wrong (which has definitely happened before) for us to say that it was just a bad night.

Monday, June 8, 2009

I just can't believe...

...how fucking irresponsible some people can be. No one lives the way you do without it eventually catching up and biting their fucking face off. I can't wait to watch you fall.

P.S. Silence is a virtue, you fuck.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Last Night's Set

-Bone Awl-Artaud To Riviere
-John Lee Hooker-The Motor City Is Burning
-Black Flag-Slip It In
-Electric Wizard-We Hate You
-The Misfits-Earth AD
-The Melvins-Anaconda
-Ash Pool-Origin Of Man
-Swans-Why Are We Alive?
-Akitsa-Frontiere
-Scratch Acid-Lay Screaming
-Joy Division-Sister Ray
-Echo & The Bunnymen-The Killing Moon
-Boris-Furi
-Snake Apartment-No Raises
-Church Of Misery-Master Of Brutality
-Nirvana-I Hate Myself And I Want To Die
-Jimi Hendrix-Voodoo Child Blues
-Tad-Helot
-The Brian Jonestown Massacre-Nevertheless
-Janis Joplin w/ Big Brother And The Holding Co-Ball And Chain

Saturday, June 6, 2009

I'm doing another DJ set tonight...

... at an art show in VB. This one will be an hour and a half long.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

So...

...Moutheater is in the new issue of AP. It's short but it's a flattering review. Stoked that we're on the same page as Sonic Youth too haha.