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EDITOR: Allan M ax well PR OOF READER: Elizabeth M ax well NOR TH AMERIC AN REP: Steven M irsik SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER: Elizabeth M ax well

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BLACK FLAG

LIVE REVIEW: Black Flag, No Fun At All & Frenzal Rhomb Tokyo, Japan - 3 November 2019

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INSTAGR AM:

YOUTH ILLUSION

Kenny Lenehan

EP REVIEW

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Elizabeth M ax well WEBMASTER G ar y M or r ison

LACUNA COIL

LIVE REVIEW: Lacuna Coil, Eluveitie, Infected Rain Glasgow, Scotland - 13 November 2019

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INFEC TED RAIN

Infected Rain front woman Lena Scissorhands speaks us after her set in Glasgow

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BAYSIDE

LIVE REVIEW: Bayside, Persei, Sincere Engineer Brooklyn NY, USA - 13 November 2019

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KRIS BARRAS BAND

LIVE PHOTOS

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REST AS MUTES

ALBUM REVIEW

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THE SOAPGIRLS

LIVE PHOTO

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THE MELVINS

LIVE REVIEW: The Melvins Tokyo, Japan - 19 November 2019

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ho u s e was f il l ed w ith f a n’s antic ipatio n.

B LAC K F L AG NO FUN AT ALL / FRENZAL RHOMB AK ABANE RENY ALPHA TOKYO, JAPAN PHOTO: AKI FUJITA TAGUCHI RE VIE W: AKI FUJITA TAGUCHI

G ene rally, J apan ese audien ces are t h o ug ht to be res er ved, howeve r, I’m s ure t h is n ight wo uld b e d if ferent. The day, 3 rd o f Nove mber 2019, was a special day fo r To k yo’s pu nk ro ck s ce ne. Three legen dar y pun k b ands c am e to To k yo a nd the y k noc ked us o ut co mp letely with their c raz y p er for ma nce s. Th e pun k event ‘ Sp ecial 3 M an S how ’ was he l d by the organ iser U n io nway Jap an , w hic h s pec ial is es i n p u nk a nd ha rdco re music. Th e latest and co o l venu e Ak a ba ne R e ny Alph a is lo cated in t h e No r th area o f To k yo. O n t hi s ni ght, ti cket s were deser vedly s o l d o u t and the

Au s tral ian pu nk band Frenzal R ho m b k ic k ed o f f the s how. They were fo r m e d in Sydney in 19 92 and t h e i r m u s ic is o f ten refer red to as s k ate pu nk and m e l o d i c hardco re. Their l ates t a l b um is ‘ H i-Vis H ig h Tea’, w h i c h was rel eas ed in M ay 2 0 1 7 a s their 9th s tu dio al bu m . Th e f ro ntm an and s ing er J a s o n Whal l ey is the o nl y foun d i n g m em ber o f the band. At t h i s nig ht, he s eem ed to h ave a pro bl em w ith his thro at. S o, ano ther dreadl o c k ed co o l g u y to o k the vo c al s ma i n l y. He s po k e J apanes e ve r y wel l and even trans l ate d J as o n’s E ng l is h into J a p a n e s e w ith a wes ter n J apane s e accent. I heard that hi s nam e is Wil l de M o nc h a ux , a fo r m er bas s pl ayer o f O s a k a bas ed hardco re band PA L M. Al tho u g h he was a s u b s t i t ute f ro ntm an, Wil l s atis f ie d t h e au dience w ith his raw e n e rg y and pl ay f u l per fo r m an ce. S o m etim es, bo th J as on a n d Wil l dived in and s ang i n t h e c rowd. I t was real l y f u n to s ee that t wo tal l s ing e r s w i t h dreadl o c k s were intera c t i n g w ith the exc ited c rowd. And, I co u l d al s o s ee, l o t s o f c rowd s u r fer s, m o s hin g a n d c irc l es break ing o u t aro un d the f l o o r. N ex t u p was the Swed i s h pu nk ro c k / m el o dic hardco re band, N o Fu n At


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Al l. The ba nd was fo r med i n 1 991. G e tti ng t h ro ugh s e ve ra l li ne - u p ch an ges a nd bre a k u ps, they are s t i l l a c ti ve a nd at t rac t ive. Th ey ope ne d their set wit h ‘ S p i r i t ’, the fi r s t t rack f ro m t he i r fa nta s ti c latest alb um ‘Gr i t ’, whi c h was released i n 2 018. I t ’s a lovely f ast t u ne wi th a c atchy melo dy a nd abs olu te ly t h e best o n e to star t the i r s h ow. Th eir c h a r i s mati c e ne rgy cap t ured t he audi e nce from t h e ver y fi r st. The exc i ted audien ce k e p t on c rowd sur f in g an d m o shi ng wi th no b reak . As a p h otogra phe r, I felt t ruly a li ve a nd ha ppy t h at I was in t he r i ght place at t h e r ight t i m e. The y k i ndly allowed m e to s hoot the sh ow an d I wa s the only ph o to grap h er i n t h e photo pi t ! How lu c k y I wa s that I was able to ca ptu re the s e precio us m o me nts ! The i r set was f illed wi t h the i r m e mo rab le h it s p l u s a fe w ne w so n gs f ro m t he i r late s t 6th st udio alb um ‘Gr i t ’. Wi th the i r relent less p er for ma nce, the audien ce g o t a be tte r hi g h . Af te r the s hor t inter missio n , fi n a l ly Blac k Fla g to o k to t h e s ta ge. Th e b an d s t a r te d the i r jour n ey in 1 9 7 6 i n Ca li for n ia. As yo u k now, af te r Bla ck Flag h as a ls o gone through several b rea k u ps, re uni on s an d fr i c t ions, the le gen dar y g u i t ar playe r G reg Gin n is t he sole conti nuo us member.

Th ey are o f ten reg arded as o n e o f the f ir s t hardco re p un k b ands and al s o as p io n eer s in the m ovem ent o f DIY et hic o f the u ndergro u nd music scene. They are inter n atio nal l y res pec ted an d ear n a c u l t fo l l ow ing. Can yo u bel ieve that? I n spite o f their his to r y o f over 40 years and hig h po pu l ar it y, t h is was their f ir s t v is it in Japan . I fel t ver y ho no u red to be t h ere to pho to graph t h em. I think that the audien ce had a m ixed feel ing ab o ut M ik e Val l el y ’s vo c al s, sin ce t he fo r m er s ing er Hen r y R o l l ins l ef t a s tro ng impress io n and inf l u ence o n t h e band. Ac tu al l y, o ne o f my c l ients and her f r iend were un cer tain w hether to go to the s how. I k new

their feel ing, bu t I al s o k new they wo u l d regre t fo rever if they m is s ed a val u abl e o ppo r tu nit y. S o I u rg ed them to g o to se e a n d exper ience it any way. An d g u es s w hat? They rea l l y enj oyed the s how and l ove d the new s ing er. M ik e Va l l e l y is an Am er ic an pro fess i o n a l s k atebo arder and al s o k n ow n as an ac to r and tel ev i s i o n per s o nal it y and m any m o re. I hate to s ay that I had never s een him befo re, b ut I u nder s to o d ins tantl y h e was a k ind o f pro fes s i o n a l thro u g h my l ens. He k n e w how he l o o k s l ik e and h ow he s ho u l d ac t, and m a d e po s es in f ro nt o f my ca m e ra . And s u r pr is ing l y, his b r ut a l vo c al s f itted B l ac k Fl a g’s c l as s ic hits per fec tl y.

Black Flag: w w w.blackflagband.com No Fun At All: w w w.facebook .com/nofunatallofficial Frenzal R homb: w w w.facebook .com/FrenzalR homb

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Above’ were abs o l u tel y f u n and g o t the au die n ce w il d! The band ended their s et w ith a R ic hard B er r y cover ‘ Lo u ie Lo u i e’ and didn’t pl ay an enco re. However, l eg endar y Gi n n appeared the m erc han d i s e bo o th ver y s o o n. He wa s acco m m o dating req u e s t s f ro m his f ans w ith tak i n g pho to s to g ether and gi vi n g an au to graph o n their reco rds. I was to tal l y am azed at h ow c hao tic and addic tive t h e i r s how was. I f yo u’re not i nto pu nk / hardco re m u s ic, yo u m ig ht think it ’s to o s im p l e. As I s aid, the l ive s how is to tal l y dif ferent f ro m l is tening it in yo u r ro om . Yo u have to s ee their s h ow if yo u g et a c hance. You w i l l never regret it. I g u ara nte e !

fi t ted Blac k Fla g’s classic h it s per fec t ly. They s tar ted the s e t w ith ‘D e pre s sio n’ f ro m t h eir f irst alb u m ‘ Dam ag ed ’ re l ea s e d i n 1981. Th eir set list was co mpr is ed o f al l the fa n favor i te s. Es pecially, t h ey played many s o ng s f ro m t he fi r s t albu m , w h ich was cr it ically accl aim ed. The o n e a nd only gui t ar p layer Greg Gin n o bv io u s l y had a c h a r i s mati c aura o n st age. Gin n’s sign at u re g u itar to ne s o u n de d gre at an d t h e crowd seemed t r u l y exc ited to s ee hi s ex pre s s i ve per fo r man ce. U n lik e t h e o ther pu nk and ha rd core band s, Black Flag’s so un d h as var io u s el em ents, s u c h as blu e s, ja zz, f ree jazz, spo ken words, heav y m etal, s lu d ge m e tal, e tc. Th at ’s b ecause t h e fou nder and p r i m a r y s ongwr i ter Gin n h as always b een c reative and ex p e r i me nta l a bo ut h is wo r k . Th e audience never fo rg o t to enjoy s i ngi ng alo n g, wh ile mo sh in g and c rowd s u r f ing. E s p ec i a lly, ‘G i m mie Gimmie Gimmie’, ‘ Slip I t I n’ and ‘ R is e


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YOUTH ILLUSION

TERMS OF SUBMISSION EP RELEASED: 15 NOVEMBER 2019 BY ALLAN MAXWELL

Lo nd on punk q uar tet YOU TH I LLU SI ON rel eas ed their debu t E P - Ter m s o f S u bm is s io n o n 1 5 N ove m be r 2019. R eco rded at Essex R eco rding s tu dio and m as tered at no ne o ther t h a n Ab b ey R oa d. Whi l st e mbrac i ng so me emo un der to n e s, the E P retains the rel entl es s energ y that yo u wo u l d expe c t to f in d wit h in a qualit y mo der n day pu nk reco rd. N o t to m entio n tho s e e ve r i m por tant ch o ruses t h at just beg to be s ang al o ng to s traig ht ac ro s s the fo u r tra c k s i n clu d e d. Al t h o u gh s ti ll a yo un g b an d, o n ly fo r med in M ay 20 18 , Yo u th I l l u s io n have q u ic k l y d i scove re d the i r so un d an d h ave p resented it excel l entl y in this neat l ittl e E P. Al tho ug h t he re i s nothi ng gro un d break in g an d n ew here, l ets f ace it, there’s no t m u c h m o re th at c a n b e d one wi th this gen re t h at we h aven’t heard befo re, this is s til l an es s ential piece of a ura l p l ea s ure that yo u may h ave been lo o k in g fo r to f res hen u p tho s e tired pl ay l is ts.

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LACUNA CO I L LACUNA COIL - ELUVEITIE - INFEC TED R AI N

RE VIE W:

KENNY LENEHAN

THE GAR AGE, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

PHOTOS:

ALLAN MAX WELL

13 NOVEMBER 2 019

When a tr i o of hot b a nd s i n m e ta l tu r n u p i n yo u r cit y, it s almost r ud e to not h e a d a l o n g a n d h ave a ch at wi t h o ne of th e hot te st t i p p e d ba n d s be fo re th e m a i n a c t t a ke to the st a ge !

I a r r i ve at the G arage G la s gow ju s t befo re I n fec ted R a i n’s s e t to the ven ue bein g a ro und a q u ar ter f ull wit h m a ny s ti ll a r r i v i ng. At 18: 25 t he l i ghts d i m as I n fec ted R a i ns’ i ntro ta pe ro lls Eugen Vo l uta a ppe a r s beh in d t h e

k it wit h B as s is t Vl adim ir B ab ici and G u itar is t Vidic k Ozh o g tak ing to the s tag e in t an de m . They bl is ter their way into the intens e trac k ‘M o uld ’ w ith vo c al is t Lena S cisso r hands appear ing o n vo cal cu e u nder neath a bl ac k h o o d. The s o u nd, attac k an d en e rg y was f u l l o n wit h impres s ive s po tl ig htin g. “ Wh at ’s u p G l as g ow ? We are I nfec ted R ain. . . This is o ur f i r s t tim e in beau tif u l S co t lan d! ”, ditc hing bl ac k h o o die to em erg e in s tag e o ut f it. N ex t u p is ‘ Pas s er by ’

w hic h is s im pl y inc red i b l e l ive w ith an intens e en e rg y that f il l s the venu e al o n g w ith im pres s ive l ig hts h ow. Au dience is s til l aw k wa rd and the venu e is s til l f i l l i n g bu t I nfec ted R ain have t h e energ y and per fo r m an ce that wo u l d tear dow n a s tadiu m . Lig hts dim w i t h re d s po t l ig ht o n dr u m m e r a n d f u l l band f ac ing away f ro m au dience. ‘Or phan S o u l ’ i s ins tantl y m et w ith a t a m e reac tio n f ro m the au d i ence yet a l o t o f pho n e s and c am eras are reco rd i n g


t hi s tra c k . L i ghtin g dur in g ‘O r p ha n S oul ’ was intere st i n g a s i t re s emb led t h e fla g of M oldova (R ed, B lue An d Ye llow) . The audien ce s t i l l ve r y tame an d slowly wa r m i ng u p d e spite t h e f an t a s t i c a nd full on p er fo rm a nce from I nfec ted R ain . “ Th ank you s o much are yo u havi n g fu n my fr ien ds? I k now i ts e a r ly but wh o says i t s too e ar ly for met al??” I wo uld li ke to th an k t h is g u y. . ..” I ntrod u ces Guit ar ist o f L ac u na Coi l fillin g in o n UK tou r for S e rgh ei B ab ich i.

“Sh ow u s w hat yo u g o t! ” Len a S c is s o r hands addres s es t h e st ill s l ow and tam e au dien ce. They bu r s t into the b rut al ‘ Lu re’ w hic h is a perso n al f avo u r ite o f m ine so clo se to the reco rding o n ‘ En do r phin’. Au dience get t in g m o re into the gro ove, the pl ace is f il l ing up an d m o re reac tio ns and b et ter v ibe are pic k ing u p. Th ere is m o re o f a reac t io n wit h ho r ns and head b an gin g towards f ro nt. “H i?? I h ate t h is par t o f the s how. . . ah f uck . . . o u r l as t s o ng, we

have to g o. . .” Lena s tre s s’s to the au dience befo re te a r i n g into ‘ E ar th M antra’. A gre at way to end the s et, a f ul l - o n trac k that is br u tal ye t t a s te f u l. Af ter w hic h the c rowd appl au s e fo r at l eas t 3 0 s eco nds giv ing I nfec te d R a i n the res pec t they des e r ve. “ Thank yo u s o m u c h yo u g u ys are s o beau tif u l..... Le t s tak e a pic tu re to g ethe r t h i s o u r f is t tim e to g ether! We w il l rem em ber this fo r e ve r . . .” Lena f inis hes the s e t w i t h s tag e s ho t w ith au die n ce.


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I p er s onally fe e l I n fec ted R a i n de s e r ve hi g h er billin g a nd i t wou ld be great to see t he m on a he a d l in e U K to ur o r Fes ti va l a ppearan ces. Th ey have the en ergy, p er for ma nce an d edge to c a r r y off any s how. B ein g t he i r fi r s t ti me i n t h e U K I ho p e to c atc h them again s o o n. I got to c hat wit h Len a i n a n i nte r v i e w fo r Silen ce I s Th e Ene my whi ch we cover t he se s ubje c ts. I t was a p l ea s ure to i nte r view Len a a f te r the s how. I s a dly d i d n’t c atch much o f E l uve i ti e’s s e t as my i nter v i e w wi th Len a S c i s s or hand s too k p lace d u r i n g thi s ti me. Af ter i nter v i e wi ng Le n a, re e nter i ng the m ain st age a re a to a pa c ke d an d st if lin g ho t au d i e nce, I tak e to t h e b a l cony for a a dif ferent p er s pe c ti ve. The at mo sp h ere i s te n s e and the capacit y c rowd m i ngle a nd by n ow a re we ll war m e d up await in g L a c una Coi l to t ake to t h e s t a g e. Eventu ally the ho use light s d i m to a de e p red lit st age a nd L ac u na Coi l ’s int ro t a p e be gi ns wi th drummer R i cha rd M e i z ap pear in g to a n i n s ta nt gre et in g f ro m t he audi e nce. B o t h B assist M a rco Coti Ze lati an d G u i t ar i s t D i e go Cavalo t t i c a su a lly joi n the st age in t a nd e m. Cu tti ng into ‘ B lo o d, Te a r s, D u s t ’ fi nally Vo calist s

Cr ist in a S c abbia and Andrea Fer ro jo in to co m pl ete the lin e up. Th e crowd, s til l no t f u l l o f ac t io n , a ver y m ixed and var ied a u dience to be f air n o t wh at I was expec ting. No t many aging g o ths and n o teen ag er s to be s een alt h o ug h the s how was a 14+. An inc redibl e entrance an d f irst trac k by Lac u na Co il yet st ill no s igns o f m etal audien ce. Cr ist in a S c abbia “G l as g ow h ow do we feel o u t there?? Hey. . Hey. . . Hey ! ”, enco u raging t h e audience w hic h did g et an in st a nt reac tio n. N ex t up was ‘ Tr ip The Dar k nes s’ wh ich was s po t o n fo r m . Lacun a Co il ’s au dience s til l ver y t ame w hic h to m e fel t o dd. An drea Fer ro addres s the capacit y au dience “S co tl and! B eaut if u l. G l as g ow it ’s co l d o ut, h o p ef u l l y yo u heat u s

u p. . . . G l as g ow are yo u re a d y to par t y. . . . G l as g ow. . . . A R E YOU RE ADY TO PAR T Y? ! ? ! ? “ B efo re enter ing the c l a s s i c ‘O u r Tr u th’ w hic h was t r ul y m es m er izing to w itne s s l ive as it was my f ir s t t i m e c atc hing Lac u na Co il l i ve. C hr is tina S c abbia’s vo i ce i s j u s t inc redibl e and s o c l o s e to the o r iginal rel eas e. I m u s t adm it they m ay n o t be as energ etic as the y were in the pas t bu t t h e m u s ic ians hip im ag e an d per fo r m ance is A1 . Ha l f way thro u g h “G l as g ow l et m e intro du ce yo u to M r R i c h a rd M eiz ” w here he per fo r m e d a m ini dr u m s o l o w hich l e d bac k into the m ain c h o r us. “ Thank yo u s o m u c h. . .yo u g u ys are s o g o o d to us....yo u k now ever y co ncer t is l i k e a gro u p therapy ” Cr is t i n a S c abbia anno u nces to t h e now f ir m l y al ive and awa k e au dience.


As t he se t progre s s’s towards th e e n d of the s how t h e cult cla s s i c cove r of ' E njoy Th e Si l ence' br i ngs the place d own wi th c apac i t y audien ce f in a l l y c hanti ng the f amo us “ He re we, he re we fuck in g go” a n d rea c ti ng fully an d t h en sto m p i ng a nd c hant in g dur in g th e e n core. L a cu na Coi l re appear af ter th e e n core we ar i ng S ant a hat s a nd de li ve r th e t rack 'N a u g ht y C hr i s tm as', wh ich to m e wa s a com ple te sur p r ise a n d b i t of fu n be fo re blazin g th e p l a ce down wi th t h e cla s s i c ' H e ave ns A Lie' wh ich is s he er nos talgi a an d h ad t h e p la ce t u r ne d u ps i de down . And re a Fe r ro announ ces th e la s t s ong “ tha nk yo u S co t l a n d your hot!!! I t s t h e p a r t I li ke the le a s t. . . t h is is ou r so n g ...N othi ng St an ds I n O u r Way ” at whi c h po int t h e crowd sta r ts to e mp t y rat h er p ro m p t ly. A great s how and o f co urse it wa s a pr i v i le ge to inter view Le na S c i s s or hand s o f I n fec ted R ai n . I m u s t a d m i t t h at I feel a s i f I n fe c te d R a i n sto le t h e sh ow wi th the i r i ntegr it y e n erg y a nd fre s h s oun d. Alt ho u g h i t d i d s e em o dd to m e t hat the audi e nce were ve r y t a me a ll the way t h ro ugh e ac h a c t you fi nd th is at t imes wh en i t s a n e a r ly s h ow. I hi g h l y re comme nd yo u catch a d ate o n the tour as t h ere is so m et hi ng for e ve r yo n e.

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B AY S I D E

MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG BROOKLYN NY, USA 13 November 2019 Review: Stephen Mirsik Photos: Stephen Mirsik

Lo c ate d i n the hear t o f B ro o k lyn , yo u’ ll f ind a s m al l g em c a l l ed The M u s i c Hall o f Williamsb urg. On this par tic u l ar ni g ht, fa ns we re lin in g up ear ly in t h e f reezing co l d fo r an i n cre d i ble li ne up co n sist in g o f lo cal o pener Per s ei, S incere E ngi ne e r, a nd th e o n e an d o n ly B ayside! This s o l d o u t s how p a cke d 650 exc ited co n cer t go ers o n a l l three tier s o f the venu e. I wa s r i ght up again st t h e st age hanging o u t w ith al l my n e w fr i e nds I met ear lier an d ready to ro c k ! Bays i de s hook their loyal f an b ase to t he co re w hen they d ro ppe d the i r hit sin gle ‘ Prayers’ ear lie r in O c to ber. Two we eks late r the ban d released t h eir 8t h s tu dio al bu m ‘ I nter robang’ followed by t h e an n o un cem ent o f The I nte r roba ng C lub To ur.

Pl ay ing in intim ate ve n ue s real l y wo n m e over be c a us e it fel t l ik e they were ta k i n g u s bac k to their ro o ts o f s m al l c l u bs. They al s o anno u nced they wo u l d b e ho s ting a B attl e o f the B a n d s co m petitio n to s el ec t o n e l o c al band to o pen ea c h s how o f the to u r. Hail ing f ro m near by St ate n Is l and, NY were l o c al w inner s, Per s ei. Thes e a l t ro c k er s were ver y l ive l y a n d g o t the c rowd g o ing e a r l y


o n . Le a d voc a li st /guit ar ist, J o h n Cu trona was excellent s o n g af te r s ong an d I re a l l y e njoye d the en ergy o f b as s i s t, And rew M ain o. H av i ng an oppor t un it y to o pe n for Bayside was d e fi ni te ly gre at ex p o sure fo r Pe r s e i a nd I h o pe to see t he m aga i n i n th e f ut ure. M a k e s ure you ch eck o ut t he i r late s t EP, ‘I dle M o ment s’ a nd ke e p s u ppor t in g yo ur lo ca l band s !

Nex t up al l the way f ro m Ch ic ag o, IL was the p ower ho u s e that is S incere En gin eer. Fro nted by the in credib l e D eanna B el o s, t h ere was no s ho r tag e o f aut h entic and hear tfel t l y r ic s paired per fec tl y w ith c atc hy po p p unk r if fs. This was my f irst t im e s eeing S incere En gin ee r and I was to tal l y blown away ! There was def in itel y a l oyal f an bas e in t h e ho u s e al s o bec au s e ever yo n e aro u nd m e was sin gin g al o ng. Fan f avo r ites

du r ing the s et inc l u de d ‘G ho s ts I n The G raveya rd ’, ‘ S hatter ing’, and ‘O ver b i te’. Al l o f thes e s o ng s c an b e heard o n their debu t a l b um , ‘ R ho m bithian’ o u r now vi a R ed S c are I ndu s tr ies.


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R est as M u tes are a S eattl e t h ree -p iece co m pr is ing Adam K ing, J as o n S c iar ro ne, an d David Tho m as. They p lay a rare s t y l e o f m u s ic called ‘g azeco re’ w hic h co m b in es t h e s o u nd o f m id-90 s U S po st-hardco re, m ath, an d n o i s e ro c k bands l ik e Sh ellac, S l int, J u ne o f 4 4, an d Fugazi w ith that o f ear ly 90s B r itis h s ho eg aze b an ds l ik e Swer vedr iver and Slowdive. ‘A S ec ret H is to r y o f O ur Fu tu re’ is their s eco nd f ull-len g th al bu m , co m ing t wo -an d-a-hal f year s af ter

their debu t, ‘ There Ha s to B e a S o m ew here’ (20 1 7 ) . Acco rding to a pres s re l e a s e, it “is a co ncept reco rd a b o ut a f ic tio nal w itc h tr ial f ro m co l o nial Am er ic a” w hi c h R e s t as M u tes intend as “a m e t a pho r fo r c u r rent Am er i c a n po l itic s”. The s ix-s o ng, 47 -m inu te al bu m o pens w ith ‘ S er m o n’, a s o ng that co m bines f re netic, trebl ey g u itar w i t h an ins is tent bas s l ine a n d g ang vo c al s that g o “ w h o a , o h, o h, o h, o h” that coul d


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b e i nte nde d to be co min g fro m the wi tc h t r ial ’s galler y b efore s lowi ng down aro un d t he 2.5- m i nute mar k . At t hi s s tage, the bass t akes o n a m ore Sli nt-ish qualit y, t he gui tar s ou nd b eco mes d re ami e r a nd mo re spo ra d i c, and the vo cals beco me m o re te nde r. Th e to n e o f t h e vo c als goe s from ten der to s o m bre i n ‘ Voyage’ as t h ey la m e nt how “da r k h as swallowed the s u n … G o d is d e a d ”. Thi s s ong wo r ks well a s a d e mons trat io n o f t h e b a n d ’s tale nt for co mbin i n g ve r y s pa ce y guit ars wit h s t a r k , mi ni m ali st bass lin es. Th e 15- mi nu te epic ‘ Har vest ’ i s li g hte ne d by t h e p resen ce o f w hi s tli ng four min utes in b efore the pa ce speeds up a s t he gu i ta r s y nch s up to t he b as s and plays in t ime wi t h i t rathe r th an so ar in g ove r i t a s i t ha s do n e h it h e r to. I n ke e pi ng wit h t h is m o re up - te mpo to n e, t h e g a n g voc a ls be co me mo re cele b rator y a nd ex p ress grat i tu d e for the ‘ h ar vest ’ o f t h e ti tle bu t th ere is c l ea r ly a d ar k , i ro n ic un derto n e to thi s a pparent joyo usne ss. Around e ight min utes i n , t he re are t wo majo r t ime s i gnatu re c ha nges wit h in a ro und 30 s e con ds o f each o t h er, le ndi ng the so n g a fe eli ng of m ani a an d un pre d i c t abi li t y. ‘Plague’ fo llows, t he more te nde r f irst h alf o f w hi c h re mi nded me a lo t o f som e of the slower so n gs

f ro m Fu g azi ’s third al bu m , ‘ I n o n the K il l Tak er ’ (1 99 3), wit h t h e f as ter, ro c k ier seco n d hal f rec al l ing l atterday Sh el l ac. Th e guitar, bas s, and dr u m s use t h e s e s o r ts o f inf l u ences to set a n appro pr iatel y tens e to n e fo r ‘ Tr ial ’, a s o ng that do cume nts the verdic t o f the witch t r ial to w hic h the pre cedin g s o ng s have s er ved as a build-u p. ‘ Witc hes’ is the album’s f inal s o ng and feat ures som e o f its f as tes t, mo st f u r io u s pl ay ing befo re t h e wo rds “ bu r n her /bu r n t h is witc h now … yo u k now wh at we c am e here fo r ” are into n ed bl eak l y and m is c hie vo usly. The al bu m ends w ith a gro uping o f vo ices c r y ing “fo rgive u s”. The f ac t that R est as M u tes intended this album to s er ve as “a m etap h o r for c u r rent Am er ic an p o lit ics” m ak es the l is tener wish t h at it had a happier en din g fo r the al l eg ed ‘ witch’ being tr ied. However, t h e power and res o nance o f it s co nc l u s io n ens u res it leaves a l as ting im pres s io n. ‘A S ecre t H is to r y o f O u r Fut ure’’s co r ral l ing o f inf l u en ces f ro m s ho eg aze and p o st-h ardco re bands (w ho, iro n ical l y, were at the peak o f t h eir power s du r ing the 1990s’ su ppo s ed ‘ ho l iday f ro m h i s to r y ’ ) m ay s eem l ik e an un us u al bas is fo r a his to rical/co ntem po rar y po l itic al p arable, bu t it wo r k s wel l as

a deepl y ef fec tive o ne. At a tim e w hen bo th o f the s e ( at the tim e) dis parate g e n re s are u nderg o ing a res u rg ence thro u g h the s o un d s o f bands l ik e N o thing, Pi t y S ex , R ing o D eaths tar r, G o ug e Away, B irds in R ow, an d To u c hé Am o ré, R es t a s M ute s m anag e to co m bine th e i r s t y l ing s in a u niq u e way t h at dis ting u is hes them f ro m their co ntem po rar ies. Th e s ea s hant y-is h gro u p vo c a l s are an u nu s u al bu t we l co m e to u c h that hel p to m a i nt a i n an atm o s phere o f m o b r ul e and tr ial -by-pu bl ic - o p i n io n thro u g ho u t. Fans o f the bands f ro m w ho m R e s t as M u tes draw ins pirat i o n wo u l d be wel l -adv is ed to c hec k the al bu m o u t, a s t h e y draw u po n their inf l u e n ce s in an innovative, rath e r t h a n der ivative, m anner. I f t h e y l ik e w hat they hear, th e y m ay be interes ted to l e a r n that the band are al re a d y wo r k ing o n a third al b um , a f u tu r is tic co ncept re co rd abo u t ar tif ic ial intel l ig e n ce. O veral l, ‘A S ec ret H is to r y…’ is an am bitio u s, im pre s s i ve piece o f wo r k .

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Th e le ge nd ar y Amer ican b a n d M e lv i ns bro ught a c ra z y li ve s how to a so ldo u t crowd at D uo M usic E xcha nge i n Tok yo o n Tu e sd ay ni ght. Th eir f ren et ic p er for ma nce co mpletely b l ew our m i nd. M e l vi ns we re for med in Wa shi ngton i n ear ly 1983. Th e i coni c s i nger an d guit ar p l ayer Bu z z O s b o r n e an d t h e d r u mme r D ale Crover h ave b ee n cons ta nt members s i n ce the n. Alth o ugh t h ey s o m eti me s pe r fo r med as a fo u r pi e ce band wit h t wo d r u mme r s or t wo b assist s t hro ugh the i r lo n g career, t he y are c ur re ntly to ur in g a s t r i o wi th R e dd K ro ss b ass p l ayer Ste ve n M cD o n ald. Al so, the band b ro ught a L A-ba s e d J apanese so un d e n gi ne e r Tos hi S ak ai, wh o ha s be e n wor k i ng wit h t h em s i n ce 2002 and mak in g a m a s s i ve contr i b ut io n to t h eir m u s i c.

M elvin s’ s o u nd is var io u s l y descr ibed s u c h as an alter n at ive ro c k , s l u dg e met al, gr u ng e, no is e ro c k , do o m metal and s o o n. Th ro ugh o u t their c areer o f over 3 5 year s, they were n ever af raid o f being ex p er im ental and c reative. S o met imes it is even k ind o f eccent r ic and r ic h in bl ac k h umo r. Their s ignatu re so un d h ad a great inf l u ence especia l l y o n gr u ng e b an ds, s u c h as N ir vana, S o un dgarden, G reen R iver, an d many o ther s as wel l as o ut side the gr u ng e s cene, like To o l, B o r is, M ik e Patto n o f Fait h N o M o re, Co rey Taylo r o f S l ipk no t, S u nn O))), Lamb o f G o d, Is is, etc. Th ey st a r ted the nig ht w ith ‘ S esame Street M eat ’ o f f 2014’s ‘ Ho l d I t I n’ and f il l ed t h e pack ed venu e w ith growling s o u nd im m ediatel y. We were over w hel m ed wit h t h eir l o u dnes s and

im pres s ive s tag e prese n ce. As yo u m ay k now, K in g B uz zo has a par tic u l ar s ens e o f f as hio n w ith his s ignat ure hair s t y l e and u niq u el y em bro idered bl ac k ro b e. H e m oved s o q u ic k l y o ns t a g e and his gr inding r if fs we re ver y f as t and ag gres s i ve. S o it was m o re dif f ic u l t to c aptu re him du r ing f irs t three s o ng s than I tho ug ht. B as s pl ayer Steven wa s ver y co o l and his beau t i f ul l o ng hair and a red an d bl ac k tig ht-f itting s u it s m ade him l o o k as if he was co m ing f ro m 7 0’s. H e m ade c l as s ic ro c k g o d p o s e s m any tim es. H is bas s to n e was al s o ag gres s ive, w h i c h m ade their s o u nd heavi e r and deeper. I t was o bvi o us that the au dience l ove d h i s per fo r m ance.

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