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is a project of Rhizom / Graz / Austria as part of the V:NM festival. listening sessions, statements, discourse, artwork, installation with following amazingv austrian labels: chmafu nocords, god records, rock is hell, epileptic media, numavi records and interstellar records.
this project runs from may 23rd till may 27th 2017 at Rhizom / Palais Attems / Graz.

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INT009 - 27/BUG



INT 009 | LP
27/BUG split

release date: sept. 1st, 2005

INTERSTELLAR REC. int009
NOISE APPEAL REC. noise04

yesssss, this piece of wax is not only a split record with 27 from the U.S. and BUG from austria but also a collaboration with NOISE APPEAL RECORDS from vienna. comes on purple transparent vinyl with handfolded covers, limited to 525 copies - and we are so psyched!

27 delivered a collection of rare and new tracks / versions - all of them previously unreleased or only available on CD (see more detailed information on the tracks below). all of them being totally typical 27-esque and still unique, uncomparable, melancholic, beautiful, dark, pop, rock.

BUG's six new tracks are again fast, furious, straight forward, mixed with a good amount of thrashing brutality we didn't come across since maybe MAMA TICK or CRAW. BUG make no compromises, yet this is one of their best outputs so far.

thanks to role (who - btw - plays the drums for FRESNEL) for creating such a loveable, great artwork and high fives to 27, BUG and NOISE APPEAL!


27

/a1 half life (half)
[an out-take from their new record "holding on for brighter days" on undergroove, a 'quieter' version without drums, and more subdued than the album version]

/a2 downfall of the upright
[an out-take from their new record too, this version has different lyrics and some extra vocal parts which don't appear on the album version]

/a3 one more tomorrow
[this song has been written in between 'animal life' and 'let the light in'. it was originally released on a cd compilation in spain on acuarela records]

/a4 matera
[a remixed version of a song from their first recording session ever (1999 ?) - the original mix was originally released on the cd compilation 'funeral songs' on relapse records]

/a5 every way (every day remix by jon "r" whitney)
[originally released on the japanese cd version of 'let the light in' on daymare records]

line-up:
maria christopher
neil coulon
ayal naor

recorded at: garment district by 27
mastering by: 27

BUG

/b1 grubenhund
/b2 roadmovie
/b3 rob
/b4 something is wrong with the world today
/b5 lainzer tiergarten
/b6 excitement is a girl

line-up:
oliver altmayr
andreas deutinger
markus dolp
pete hofer

recorded by: johannes cap / red room sound laboratories
mastering by: swoon factory music

artwork by: roland hörmann

downloads:
artwork [tif]
int009-mp3 [mp3/zip]
int009-flac [flac/zip]

reviews:
The cd goes for the throat with opener "Grubenhund".A thorough slice of chaoscore (for want of a better description ), this is loud ugly music with that extra something. And that is the intensity of the clean parts. In place of the typical emo schlock we are introduced to some near gothic (or dark hardcore) sounding vocals and haunting licks.
There is a clear preference for distortion (including the screeched vox) and a rather doomy feel to the proceedings. It touches all the right bases : edgy hardcore and extreme metal along with sludge (where the distortion seems apt) and rock. Its one of the few releases from the hardcore camp I have had the pleasure of reviewing for AGM.com and as such just maybe I'm cutting it a little slack because god knows there are a million bands doing something similar since the days that Botch and Cave-in broke-out. Its just that an average chaoscore band is still around 50 times as intense as an average metal one, and this shows in the band's violently funky jerking grooves, haunting riffing, spite-filled vocal attack (mixed up with that 'insane gothic man' voice) and feedback. The musicianship is top-notch on this thing.
The mixing of elements is used to great effect on the riveting "Something Wrong with The World Today" as well as the discordant yet emotional pounding of "Lainzer Tiergarten". The album rests briefly for the first half of "Excitement is a Girl" and the clean sections share their secret in detail: the unique calmer segments owe as much to the geographical location of the band as to apt composition. Namely, there is a Teutonic element prevalent in the proceedings, and what would have been cringe-worthy in american hands is here strangely enjoyable. Thank heavens its miles away from the sickness knows as screamo/emo.
This is one of those bands that can eventually progress beyond their chosen genre onto something much more transcendental given enough time. At present they are a name to impress with, showing you are hip to the cutting edge of new hardcore. It is avant-garde only if you think of Biohazard and Sick of It All as all that hardcore offers. And a word of advice to the lads : easy with the distortion pedal ! (AVANTGARDE-METAL.COM suleiman)

Im Nachhinein wird mir alles klar: Interstellar-Records-Label-Chef Richie schenkt mir überraschend die Platte, Interstellar-Records-Label-Chefin Aina lädt mich plötzlich zum Essen ein, und dann kommt dieser unscheinbare Anruf aus der neuen Interstellar-Zentrale (means Stwst), ob ich die LP nicht fürs Kapuzine reviewen mag. Aber bitte, kein Problem; ich weiß was sich gehört. Deswegen: die neue Platte ist das beste was die Innsbrucker Brachial-Noise-Popper Bug je aufgenommen haben! Wow! Diese feinen, filigranen Pop-Idyllen, die sich mit unglaublich heavy Noise-Wänden ablösen, um sich letztendlich in metallischen Gitarrenstakkatos aufzulösen! Und welch Stimmgewalt! Das perfekte Weihnachtsgeschenk im rosaroten Barbie-Vinyl, erhätlich beim Interstellar-Händler ihres Vertrauens! (KAPUZINE kle)

Bei liebevoller und aufwändiger Covergestaltung kauft man Tonträger oft nur zum Herzeigen und der Rest, la musique also, ist belanglos hingerotzt und man wünscht sich dann doch eine andere Schwerpunktsetzung zu Gunsten des angeknacksten Hörgenusses. Bei dieser Platte ist freundlicherweise alles Priorität, außen hui (designed by role from FRESNEL!), innen auch, und weil das im Alleingang hackenmäßig nur ganz langsam oder gar nicht möglich ist (sogar Jochen Summer vom äußerst exquisiten TurboWeirdo-Label [Rock Is Hell] lässt sich beim Falten manchmal helfen...), hat sich aus diesem Vorhaben ein kleines Joint Venture von Interstellar Records und Noise Appeal entwickelt.
Ebenso Arbeitsteilung, was das Material auf dem transparent-pinken Vinyl betrifft: eine Seite für 27 und eine für BUG. Das Schöne daran ist, dass hier zwei sehr verschiedene Künstler gegenübergestellt werden und nicht (wie bei Splits oft so üblich) sich zwei Bands, die ohnehin den gleichen Sänger teilen, gegenseitig covern. Daraus entsteht ein Suchbild mit acht zu findenden Unterschieden - spätestens bei drei hört man dann genervt auf zu investigieren.
Nicht hier, wie gesagt: Zum einen 27s melancholischer DarkPop mit markanter Frauenstimme, die sich unter anderem schon Vergleiche mit PJ Harvey gefallen lassen musste, zum anderen Bug, Österreichs Antwort auf all die militanten US-Noiserock-Kartelle.
27 aus den Staaten waren zeitweise auf Hydrahead zu Hause, wo sie als relativ ruhige Band aus der Reihe sprangen. Was man hier von ihnen hören kann, steht auch wieder im krassen Gegensatz zur anderen Seite und nennt sich angeblich outtakes and rarities, was man nicht missverstehen sollte, denn die Songs ergeben eine Linie, fügen sich gut ineinander und gehen keinesfalls als zweite Wahl durch! War Zeit, dass sich jemand drum kümmert!
Bug liefern gleich brandneues Material, das - woohoooo! - ordentlich wütet. Meine persönliche Befindlichkeit würde diese Seite sogar ein wenig mehr zu schätzen wissen, weil ich dazu einen besseren Zugang habe und weil derart aussagestark und bedingungslos nur selten gelärmt und getobt wird. Die üblichen Verdächtigen ließen sich jetzt als Reminiszenzen nennen, doch bin ich der Meinung, dass das auch anderes geht: Bug sind Bug sind Bug...
Eine äußerst runde Sache, über die man die Nadel gerne streicheln oder aber krachen lässt - das hängt dann von der Seitenwahl ab. Beides lohnt sich!
PS: Die Verantwortliche haben die Falttechnik u. ä. ganze 525 Exemplare lang durchgehalten. Klingt viel, ist aber schneller weg als geglaubt - also: BEEILUNG!!! (BIGKULT clemens marschall)

"Opposites attract" and "like and like" are two major principles that are so deeply rooted in our subconscious mindset and categorian imperative that it is virtually impossible to avoid them. Everywhere in our world we have learned to percieve, discover and produce pairs of likeness and opposition at the same time. We walk by day and sleep by night, we eat food and drink liquids, we find inner peace in solitude and happiness in the warm embrace of social company. All of these basic things have their likeness and oppositions inherently projected and we cannot but react upon these things even if we never notice.
Two very different sides to two very different bands on one beautiful platter. There are those wild boys from the Austrian alpine regions and there is the finely wraught group from somewhere USA. I'll admit that 27 have gone by my radar for most of the time, though I know that they released on some well-known and semi-legendary US-american record labels. Bug are among my favorite noise-rockers and they have released a bunch of great records around here, take a wild guess on which labels.
How the two got together back to back on a slab of coloured vinyl is beyond me, though. Except for one wild burst of guitar noise at the end of "matera", 27 stay poised in the calm and gentle area of music. From the piano and vocals solo of "half life (half)" that starts their side to the synthie-loaded remix of "every way" that ends their side of this split-album, the atmosphere is one of softness and tranquility yet filled with elusive sounds, harmonies and emotionality. Bug rip out crazy guitar riffs from the beginning, pounding through their side of the record with energy, weirdness and a punk-overdrive that I hadn't as of yet seen so much of in their music. I had them pegged as a band using technique and structure to bang home their noise rock, but this kind of looseness is really good to them. Their first track is called "grubenhund", which of course sparks several kinds of memories with me, but let's not get into that. I'll suffice it to say that back then I would have greatly enjoyed their wild kind of basic noise rock, and I am happy to realize I still do. Maybe it is true, that you are as old as you feel - then I'd have lost some pounds as well as some duties as long as this side of the record is playing.
The only thing keeping the two sides of this record together is- except for the physical reality of being on the same slab of plastic and being released by the same two labels - mainly the things that are different. Beautiful female vocals singing in harmonious melodies here and gutbusting screaming over there. Dilligently set arrangements accompanied by keyboards to softly set a scenery for the song to unfold here and heavy pounding noise from drums, bass and guitar to hammer home the song over there. Peace and gentleness over here and raw, unadulterated straightforwardness and aggression over there. These opposites do not form any kind of contradiction, opponents or even synthesis - it seems as if they appear on their side of the yard without interfering too much with the other one. So, no apparent inherent meaning from putting these two bands back to back, at least not so far as I can see and within any kind of reason. These could have been on two separate EPs, preferrably 10"es, because I like those mid-sized pieces, without a lot of ado.
Of course, I could be constructing such an argumentation right here, having actually already built the fundament for it, but what for exactly? To prove how clever I am? I am trying to get over that. Moreover, I am sick and tired of all that sustainable, esoteric, way of nature yin-yang-shit. Don't get me wrong. Sustainability is a good idea and an important trend as is trying to live the way nature gives it to us or shows us to. But we are still talking rockmusic here - it don't matter if it is the gentle or the coarse variety - as well as we are talking about the release of a record and there is nothing sustainable nor natural about both things.
Anyway, and to sum this review up, this split album is a fine release with great music on it. A lot of people, who'll deeply dig into one side, probably won't like the other side, but that's because, as a friend of mine said last week, "people are complete shitheads". I couldn't have said it better.(CRACKED georg)

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