Representing the End of All Forms of Oppression;
Religious, Political & Emotional.
Italian Psychedelic Doomsters Finally Bound to Get Stateside
responsible for some of the most dense sounds in the
producer responsible for some of the most emblematic extreme
Introducing Italy's slow hand purveyors of ambient experimental
Stoner pop? Beach Boys-like doom? Whatever
I don't really
consider us black metal in any sense of what black metal is.
despair, hate, irony, death,
loss, betrayal, etc
Between the delicacy of
gorgeous acoustics & the
ugliness of noise rock.
TRACTOR SEX FATALITY:
The most active defunct garage band in Seattle answers our questions.
Thrash metal revivalists
speak out against false metal
The man behind the voice of some of the most underrated
underground American bands.
THE PAX CECILIA:
Giving their music away for free. And it's damn good too.
Hardcore has always been
about self-expression and
that's exactly what we do.
Carolina psychedelic hard-rockers acquire
'band to watch' status..
The best self-indulgent odd
metered prog metal band around.
German angular punk rock/post-hardcore for lack of a better term.
Italian garage rock you must know.
Spearheading a new wave of extreme American music.
the delicacy of gorgeous acoustics
& the ugliness of noise rock.
few months back, eclectic hard music label Robotic Empire put a
record called Bitter River by a band called Pygmylush.
Instantly, I was intrigued by their moniker (still not sure if
it's one or two words) and when I checked
the record I was even more intrigued by the music. Bitter
River is an even split between gentle, fragile and pretty
acoustic songs and ugly and brazing noise punk songs. To
find out, I decided
to contact the band for an interview. To this day, I know very
little about them. Pygmylush has a new record coming out
soon on Lovitt records, be aware. Read on and spread the word.
- Bitter River is great. There are two different vibes going on. Both are pretty
fucking different. My first question is, is the mellow stuff
written by different members than the noisier material?
No. same guys write for everything.
The band hails from Sterling, VA. Which is an unincorporated
Washington, D.C. suburb, northwest of Herndon, east of Ashburn,
and west of Reston, close to Dulles International Airport in
Loudoun County. Is there anything there that ties your life in
Sterling to your music?
Our area is really far from
unincorporated. We got all kinds of players. From the CIA and
Lockheed Martin to Benniganís. And all the sprawling retail
stuff you could ever want. But we're not far from the country
and I guess all of us kinda like living between the two. All of
us have grown up in Sterling so I guess itís a big part of our
music but couldnít really say how. It did used to be better
here. We agree on that. So some kind of loss there.
- There are six people
in the band, which in a perfect world would mean that everyone
contributes equally and that there is harmony all around. How
close is Pygmy Lush to that? What integrates every member to the
Pygmy Lush is pretty close to that.
We all do what we can to keep the band together and be good to
each other. The music comes easily then.
- What was the idea behind
Bitter River? Was it a scattered record?
No real plan I donít think. We just
had the songs eventually and decided to put it all out together,
even though itís all over the place in mood. Maybe like a mix
tape kinda thing.
- I love the cover. Itís pretty bare, and it sort of ties in with
the most mellow stuff, which by the way I love because it makes
me feel melancholic. What is it?
It's a picture of the Potomac river, which
runs through our area. One of our guys took way back when. Just
seemed to fit. Thanks for the love.
- Why are you influenced by
Brazil, Mexico and Argentina? (listed as an Ďinfluence in the
bandís MySpace page)
Siestas and family and soul.
- Whatís the saddest thing youíve ever seen?
Hmmm. Pale mornings baby.
- ĎUninformed and ignorant political
To me, it seems like I hear some of that every time journalists
seek political opinions from musicians? Would you agree?
Sure, but there's so much illusion
in that topic anyway. Sometimes an artist can be outside enough
to really cut to the truth of it I think. Whatever in hell it
may be. Like "people get ready" or "none of us are free." Things
can seem real complicated but I donít think you need todayís
paper to know when things are wrong.
How cool is David Yow?
- Your album is out on Robotic Empire. An eclectic label that is
mostly known for being a metal label. How did you land there?
How happy are you with the work theyíve done for Pygmy Lush?
We've known Andy for about 10 years
now. He is a kind soul and we're lucky to have him on our side.
We're happier that Bing Crosby tap dancing with Danny fucking
- I believe you guys just
recorded a new album? From what I hear is mostly on the quiet
side? Please update us as far as the recording process,
producer, tentative release date, etc. Do you consider it
superior to Bitter River?
We did just do a record at God City
in Salem, New England. Itís more of a mellow thing, and it
should be out in the spring. You know, itís a different record,
I wouldn't say superior.
- What would cause you to split up the band because you have
literally accomplished everything you set out to do with it?
Shit. We're really just trying to
keep this thing together.
- I am always seeking for great albums Iíve never heard. Please
list albums you like a lot or consider influential.
For me personally, id say: The
Basement Recordings by Dylan and The Band,
Swordfishtrombones especially but all Tom Waits,all Norman
Blake and Doc Watson, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker and Django
Rheinhart and any good old jazz in the rain at night in a car,
Darkness On the Edge of Town by the boss, Donít Give
Up On Me by Solomon Burke, the song 'aguas de marzo' by Elis