Ben Katzman, the impresario behind BUFU records has an insatiable love for rock n roll. His solo project, Ben Katzman’s DeGreaser, is his primary outlet for his playful and absurdist take on rock tropes. We Bled to Shred is the newest record from the band—a heavy metal concept EP in which DIY rock is threatened by a musical machine beast called the Bloggernaut, which uses evil show promoters and publicists to undermine the scene. This record finds Ben Katzman in good company, backed up members of American Nightmare, Guerrilla Toss, and Diamond Plate. The EP’s title track is its first single, a two minute battle cry of NWBHM inspired metal, complete with finger tapped guitar breaks and double stopped riffs. The song isn’t exactly victorious—its reflection a life of grueling touring that often seems to offer little in return. But Katzman finds some pride and justification when he barks that he and his DeGreaser have bled to shred. It's hard not to believe him.
Check out the track below. We Bled to Shred is out June 30th on BUFU Records.
Exactly a year ago I caught a blistering set by Guerilla Toss at Bard College, whose humorous and often times visceral performances are more demented disco than your average basement rock gig. Things have changed a lot for the band since then, from a new line-up to the release of two awesome EP's: 367 Equilizer for the Feeding Tube Records and Smack The Brick on NNA Tapes. Having just seen their new incarnation live, the band hasn't lost a touch: if anything they are more groovy and sinister than ever before. Back in 2013, Guerilla Toss were hot off the heels of their first LP for NNA, Gay Disco and on a east coast tour with their friends Blanche Blanche Blanche. Around this time, I was able to catch up with Peter Negroponte about their live shows, meta-funky grooves, and Boston's music scene.
AdHoc: The shows I’ve seen have been extremely chaotic but at the same time you guys maintain this funk-party vibe. I was wondering how you keep that balance between chaos and fun?
Peter Negroponte: I think that finding that balance all depends on a lot of things: the show, the audience, it depends on our shitty gear not blowing out-- which happens a lot-- and its tricky. There have been shows that are far more chaotic than musical and I would say I lean towards liking things to sound good and for the songs to be there and for the music to be clear. But at the same time I’m stoked that people wig out to it. Find a way to dance to it. That makes me happy to. But balancing chaos is definitely a tricky thing.
AdHoc: What separates the live shows and the recorded output?
PN: With the recorded stuff, more recently with our newest record [Gay Disco], we really spent a lot of time working on the sound. We definitely pulled some studio magic, put some overdubs on it. It was a lot of fun. It was actually a crazy experience. Making that record I think we came in doing the initial trackings of guitar drums bass and synth in about two hours. And then Kassie did vocals separtely, and we sort of went to town on it. Some of the songs were unfinished and we finished them in the studio. And then performing live, the aspects of the record we can’t translate because of all the overdubs, I like to think the energy makes up for it.
With Denver's Goldrush Festival coming up this weekend, it was high time for curator and Planted Tapes labelhead Crawford Phileo to spill the audio for his annual companion cassette. The tape features new music from just about every act playing the fest (no Eric Copeland or Wolf Eyes, sadly) and will eat up a good chunk of your afternoon. The compilation and Goldrush zine come free with weekend pass presales, and can also be ordered through Planted Tapes if you, for some reason, are not in Colorado this weekend.
Denver's Goldrush Music Festival has unveiled the rest of its lineup for its 4th annual staging. The festival is packing some heavy hitters this year, such as headliners Eric Copeland and Wolf Eyes, as well as acts like Guerilla Toss and, announced previously, Thug Entrancer. The two day festival takes place September 13-14. You can snag yourself tickets here. Check out a video of Wolf Eyes playing live at 285 Kents's farewell show below.
Boston freaks Guerilla Toss have been making frightening noise-funk jams for the past two years. The band's newest material, a tape entitled 367 Equalizer, comes to us as the second addition of a series curated by Diarrhea Planet's Casey Weissbuch in collaboration with Infinity Cat. The new tape features dense grooves with elaborate, exactlingly peformed arrangements. As resistent as the band is towards ever featuring conventional melodies, their songs consisently tap into a viscerally infectious vibe, crafting hooks from strange noises and yelps.
367 Equalizer is out today on cassette via Infinity Cat. You can stream the tape below.
Guerilla Toss tumbled onto the blogosphere yesterday with their latest explosion of glittery chaos. The Boston-based avant punk unit is set to release its new album, Gay Disco, next month on NNA Tapes. Gay Disco promises to be a continuation of the band's balls-to-the-wall experimentalism, cemented in the past by their penchant for irregular time signatures, lengthy noise rock assaults, and winning song titles. With tracks like "diluted fetus circuit tycoon" and "just puss," you may not be bringing Guerilla Toss home to your mother any time soon. The band has shared the first taste of Gay Disco with the single "Trash Bed," a raucous affair filled with Kassie Carlson's unceremonious speak-singing, squelching effects, and a bass line with all the vigor and goofiness of a Primus cut.
Gay Disco is out December 10 on NNA Tapes. You can catch them touring the East Coast next month with label mates Blanche Blanche Blanche.