THE COLOR OF VIOLENCE MAKE THEIR DEBUTGrindcore Duo Mark their Territory with Youthanize, out April 7th
After dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight as one-half of the wildly popular screamo band From First to Last, Travis Richter (guitars/vocals) and Derek Bloom (drums) have purposefully set aside their knack for mainstream success with their new band the Color of Violence. Youthanize
, as the title implies, is a grinding, surf-y testament to the wit, irony and artistry of two talented musicians working without restrictions or expectations. Taking their music back to the underground from whence they came, Richter and Bloom are here to provoke and inflame, yes, but mostly just to have some f'ing fun.
"The premise of the band was to be spontaneous and lighthearted while at the same time making intense music." says Richter. "I feel like the whole mood of punk music has changed. Or maybe it hasn't and I have just romanticized the hell out of the whole thing. Either way, I look at the early 80's punk movement, even just on the west coast, there is so much diversity, from bands like the Weirdos to Black Flag to Bad Religion to X. Take it worldwide and you get bands like GISM, Siouxsie Sioux or the creatures, Nina Hagen, etc. I don't see that anywhere now. That boldness, that excitement, that diversity. I'm not saying that we are on the level of any of those musicians, because we aren't, all I mean is that this record isn't a chugga-chugga blah-blah fuck me I'm angry kind of record. We tried to improv just about everything on the spot in the studio and tried to bring more to the table than the status quo for the genre. At its heart I feel like this is a punk record in that sense."Youthanize
takes you back to an early era of grindcore/screamo and presents it with an almost indie sophistication. Tracks like "God Gave Me Deeze Nutz," "Christina, Christina," "Me and My Enormous Spirtitual Erection," and the cover of the Pixies' anthem "Rock Music" take unconventional guitar riffs, brutal production and unpredictable arrangements to create an unsettling and completely modern listen.
"It may not be groundbreaking, and it may not sell any copies, but we tried to be ourselves and experiment," concludes Richter, "and were all really happy with the way it turned out, so fuck it."
About The Color of Violence
The Color of Violence is collaboration between two dudes, between many dudes, between too many dudes.
The beginning often is looked at as the end, and in this case it can be summed up in one word(s),"Skeleton Slaughter vs. Fetus Destroyer". This early incarnation of the Color of Violence was a grind/noise band with members Derek Bloom, Travis Richter, Matt Good, Joey Antillion and Chad Crews. The group quickly changed the name to the Color of Violence, and put out a self made 3 song EP and saw one tour in early 2003, which went down in history as most efficient use of a '97 Corolla.
The band parted ways after this never to return to its original state and the EP is one of the most sought after cult releases in history among the enormous network of extreme music enthusiasts whose existence itself has yet to be verified.
But you see this wasn't the end, only the beginning!... Just like I was saying before a couple paragraphs up! On a boring winter day in Albany, GA original Color of Violence members Derek and Travis decided to put their home recording studio to work and write some random songs. The point was simple; create something that was short and to the point, in your face and colliding all the musical tastes they had acquired up until that point.
The creation of "God Gave Me Deeze Nutz" and "I Hate Rice" got a lot of positive reaction online so the two felt compelled to show their new musical concoction to their friends at Epitaph. It wasn't long before Brett Gurewitz called them and offered to sign them to the label. Soon after the signing the boys vanished, but before their departure they swore that they would return one day to fulfill their duties and commitments to Epitaph and create a full length record......and that time is now..My God...
The creation of the group's first full length album Youthanize
began in November of 2008 in the sleepy town of Valdosta, GA. The group enlisted the help of several other talented and creative people, including but not limited to Jon Syverson from Daughters, Joel Coan from the Felix Culpa, Matt Manning from this one band whose name escapes me at the moment (but I remember them not being all that impressive), Matt Mihana from I Set My Friends On Fire, and Wes Borland, of Wes Borland fame.
The bulk of the record was improvised in the studio as it has always been the custom for the Color of Violence's creative endeavors. This allows for maximum lulz and minimal accountability. The album was engineered and recorded by Lee Dyess at EarthSound Recording who has been a lifelong friend of the group and offers minimal resistance when said group decides on things like robotripping before tracking guitars. Little known fact about Lee is that on top of being almost transparent when exposed to direct sunlight it is also believed that if you connected all the freckles on his body you would find 444 alchemic symbols and a portal into the next dimension. This dimension is the only place the Color of Violence has been known/proven to sell records.
The sound of the album is a topic of much controversy, however most critics along with the band itself find the title of coaster music most fitting. This meaning that the disc is generally of better use as a coaster. In a gesture of acceptance, the band has put waterproof sealant on all hard copies of the album to maximize their efficiency.
Check out "YOUTHANIZE" in stores April 7, and look soon for The Color of Violence on tour in a city near you.
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