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EVERYTHING WENT BLACK MEDIA

Posted in Uncategorized on October 29, 2012 by everythingwentblack

EVERYTHING WENT BLACK MEDIA

Hello All,

The new Everything Went Black Media website is up and running, you can check it out by following this link

http://everythingwentblackmedia.com/

You’ll be able to check out blog post, podcast, videos and more cool stuff.

I’ll be phasing out the WordPress blog so please hit up the new site. WordPress has been cool for the last few years, but it’s time to move on.

 

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Transmission 7.13.2012 Killing Technology

Posted in Podcast, Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 13, 2012 by everythingwentblack

We overcame some technical obstacles this past weekend in our mission to record our new track for the Decibel Flexi and the Bowie cover; props to Tim for hanging in there and getting it done. Over the course of the week, I’ve been adding some details and did some mixing. For the Bowie track, the missing component is Ralph Schmidt’s vocals for the second half of “Heroes”. I was listening back to it last night and felt proud of the work we did.

The Podcast with the special guest is being postponed. Since he’s on the west coast, we had to do it over the phone and my audio setup didn’t work out too well. I have enough material for a text-only Q and A, which will be posted on Metal Insider in the next few weeks. We’ll be rescheduling once I tighten up my recording approach.

Transmission 7.2.2012

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2012 by everythingwentblack

I hit Martyrdoom Fest this weekend with Mike Scondotto. Mainly, I was there to see Dead Congregation play, but there were several other bands on the bill that I was interested in seeing. I missed Evoken and Encoffination, but caught Sanguis Emperem and Grave Miasma, both delivering intense sets. As I watched the death metal mayhem unfold, the idea that if Immolation, Morbid Angel and Incantation hadn’t existed, this whole scene would vanish. I don’t mean that in a negative way, it’s just a testament to how deeply those three bands have impacted the underground death metal scene.

Andrew and I have been busy writing new material; we haven’t done any shows since the run of dates with Ulcerate; it feel like a lifetime has passed since we’ve played live. The summer will be mostly downtime for us, spent working on new jams, we’re hoping to be back on the road in the fall. This weekend we’re going to be heading up to Boston to track two songs with our old friend Tim. One of the songs, ASHES, will be released as part of the Decibel flexi-disc series so for those of you who are subscribers to that publication, you’ll be received a new Tombs song. The other is a cover of “Heroes / Helden” by David Bowie. Most of you have probably heard the track, but there is a great alternate version of the song that came out on the soundtrack for the German film Christiane F. That’s the version we’re recording.

I’m going to try some new things on future podcasts; trying a little more structure. Anothe Everything Went Black Podcast will be posted in the next week or so, so please check it out. I have a really special guest lined up for the next episode. Also, if you enjoy the stuff we have going on, please subscribe via iTunes and leave comments. It helps us out immensely.

Transmission 3.11.2012 Passageways Video Shoot

Posted in Uncategorized on March 12, 2012 by everythingwentblack

We wrapped shooting the Scion-backed video for Passageways yesterday. It was a long, cold day spent in this desolate neighborhood outside of Trenton, NJ. The whole thing came together really quickly; we weren’t Scion’s first choice, but the band that they had originally planned on working with proved to be problematic so there was a decision made on some higher level to get another band to do the video. Relapse suggested us and because we’re whores who will do anything to promote the band, we mobilized.

We met up at the space at 12:30. We recruited my girlfriend Jaclyn, her friend Stefanie and Vanessa, one Andrew’s friends who has legit acting experience to appear in the video. We had a rough treatment to work off but not an actual script. We loaded some of our backline into the van, packed everyone up and shipped out.

It was a straight shot down the Jersey Turnpike; we mad the cursory stop at the rest are outside of New Brunswick to fuel up on coffee and were at the location by 14:20. It was a grim neighborhood; we drove past the liquor stores, unsavory lurkers and rolled up to a collection of what looked like abandoned buildings. Dave Brodsky, the director met us outside and led us through a gate to the location. We loaded in.

Brodsky had shot tons of bands int these, decrepit, evil-looking buildings. Apparently, before the economy took a piss, there was a plan to turn the buildings into a music venue, but like many of the pre-2008 pipe dreams of financial domination, the financing fell through.

It was a long day spent in the cold; Brodsky and his crew did a great job getting the whole thing together and making everyone feel comfortable. If you’ve never shot a music video before, it’s one of the most unnatural things you can do but in a way, one of the most interesting things you can do because when it all comes together, you trip out on the fact that you started with an idea and now you have this thing with it’s own personality and energy.

I wanted to share some behind the scene shots from the shoot.


Transmission 12.5.2011 The Longest Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 5, 2011 by everythingwentblack

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12.2.2011        Revere, MA

We were on the road by 11:30 this morning; it was a pretty smooth ride up here from New York, beat all of the traffic. We stopped roe fuel somewhere in Connecticut and as I was filling up the van, I had a flashback to being on tour with Anodyne in the late 90’s and being appalled that regular unleaded gas had broken the $2.00 a gallon barrier. Those days are long gone. As we pulled back onto I-84 East, I meditated on how much travel expenses had increased over the years and the impact it has made on touring. The already narrow margin that a band has to work with has become a tightrope walk between financial ruin and just breaking even.

 

I thought about Anodyne’s first US tour and how we had five consecutive days off. If something like that had happened now, it’s doubtful that we would be able to pull it off. I remember driving and driving and driving across the Southwest desert in the van, wandering aimlessly across the American waseland, living on tuna, rice cakes and black coffee. One of the most psychedelic experiences of my life was driving across Utah, listening the Gasp and pulling over in the middle of the night to check out the Great Salt Lake.

 

Tonight was a long night, six bands. It was great to see Livver, Def Nasty’s excellent, Post-Defcon 4 hardcore band. He’s been doing it for a while, but this is my first time seeing them play. RAWRADARWAR also kicked my ass. Jonah is legitimately one of the best singers in metal; he can do pretty much anything from sing like Chris Cornell to the brutal vocal styling on Obituary’s John Tardy.

 

Tonight was the first set we’ve played since the CMJ boat show over a month ago. We haven’t been that busy this fall as far as touring goes. After the first song, I was able to sink in and get into the playing. I felt pretty good about the set.

 

I don’t remember if I’ve ever been to Revere before. On the drive out, some of it seemed vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t remember if I had actually been there before or not. This is definitely the first time I’ve ever played a show out here. The venue was located in the parking lot of a train station. It had a real desolate vibe, like England. As a matter of fact, it reminded me of a venue in the UK we played on the Buried Inside tour from a few years ago. It was grey, depressing and I had the feeling that trouble wasn’t very far off unless you kept moving. After load-in, we set out to find some food and settled on the 99 Restaurant. It was decent; a nice hot meal, coffee and a place to kick back at aside from the venue. Carson’s buddy Dan and his wife Laura met up with us for dinner.

 

I was pleasantly surprised that Chris L, Thos and Chris M made it out to the show. It’s definitely off the beaten path but it means a lot to me that they made the attempt. I get into the isolation trip easily where I feel on my own and singular; it’s an internal thing because the reality is that I have a lot of really solid people in my life. It’s a residual defense mechanism left over from leaner times.

 

We’re crashing at Tim’s place. I’m in the basement blackout room. On the way over, we stopped at the 7-11 in Lower Allston to pick up some snacks. I used to live down the street almost two decades ago. I used to be in there every day for about a year. Those were unusual days; I was living in a house with five other people. We had one half of a two family house to ourselves and over the course of a year, we systematically destroyed it and turned it into a ghetto; it was a sweet deal, we had a basement to rehearse in, a place to park the van, a quiet street, it could have been one of those houses that we cold have lived in for many years, but we couldn’t hold it together. When the lease was up, we went on tour and everyone else scattered. When we came back from the road, I moved into our drummer’s basement and slept next to the boiler. Anyway, for about a year straight, I hit that 7-11 pretty much every night. I’d hang out on the curb instead of my room sometimes. Occasionally, I’d hit the Dunkin’ Donuts across the street but that closed at 11. There was this Korean guy that worked the night shift. We were on friendly terms, I used to be in there all the time, usually with Josh. It tripped me out to see that he was still employed by the 7-11 Corporation, still working the night shift. There was a faint glimmer of recognition but neither one of us said anything to each other, I just paid for my stuff and headed out to the van.

 

Boston is a city of ghosts. I have a lot of history there. When I turn down the lights in this basement room, it will get dark, pitch black.

 

12.3.2011                    Brooklyn, NY

Today was a brutal travel day. We played three shows in less than 24 hours. We were on the move at about 10:30 this morning. We ate a quick breakfast and coffee at Tim’s place and had to bail to make it down to ABC NO RIO for an afternoon show.

 

The ABC NO RIO Matinee was meaningful in that the bill was made up of friends: Black Anvil, Inhuman, and The Year is One. I’m remembering how Black Anvil, Inhuman and Tombs played a show together a few years ago out on Long Island at this place called Mr. Beery’s. The building that houses ABC NO RIO is going to be demolished so this was one of the last handful of shows. It’s on a month-by-month basis at this point. We played at 1bout 16:30 I wish we could have hung out but we had to get back in the van to make it down to Philly for the nighttime show.

 

To make things even more ridiculously intense, the show in Philly had to be wrapped up by 22:00 because the venue had some kid of Rock ‘n’ Roll karaoke thing going on after the show. That’s where the money is I suppose. We showed up as the previous band was wrapping up. Radiation Black Body went on first, but being able to see them play was a distant fantasy. We loaded on to the stage, set up and ripped into the set. About halfway into it, the realization hit me that this was Carson’s last show with the band. I was focused on getting from place to place and executing the plan that all of the human elements had been put in the background. It’s a heavy thing; aside from a handful of shows that Domenic did and the recording of the EP, he’s been on board for the entire trip; all of the tours and insane drives, the preparation. A chapter has come to a close.

 

After the set, Wohlberg took us out to eat at this place called el Camino. It felt like the entire weekend was spent in the van, driving between Massachusetts, New York and Philly punctuated by the playing of sets, the consumption of caffeine and bad road food and very little sleep.

 

Transmission 9.27.2011

Posted in Uncategorized on September 28, 2011 by everythingwentblack

I’ve always been a fan of Kevin Smith the man as opposed to Kevin Smith the film maker. He’s always come off in interviews as a really cool guy with a lot of great ideas; I’m a big fan of his various podcasts on his “Smodcast Network.” That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy some of his work such as “Mallrats”, “Jay and silent Bob Strike Back” or “Clerks,” but there was much more on the table with his new film “Red State”. He pretty much did the whole thing himself from securing financing, writing, editing and marketing. He took the film out on tour earlier this year, playing different cities like a band promoting a new album. I thought that was pretty badass .This past weekend, Red State played simultaneously in a number of cities. When I discovered this, I decided that it would be a good mission to check out the movie in New Jersey, Smith’s home state.

I picked Jaclyn up at 16:00 and we shipped out. It was a good day out, an opportunity to get out of the city, breathe some clean air and hopefully see a decent movie. We crossed the Verrazano Bridge, traversed Staten Island and were soon heading south on the Garden State Parkway. I had “Las Vegas Story” by Gun Club playing, the windows were down and the cool air washed over both of us. It was a good moment where neither the future nor the past seemed to matter very much. I spend so much of my time in the future or the past, either working towards some goal or reliving some past failure, it was nice to be in the now.

We arrived at Deal Park about 30 minutes early and found the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, essentially a community arts facility attached a Yeshiva. Jaclyn realized that she had a friend from her childhood that had lived in Deal Park, NJ. She remembered addressing a letter to her and writing “Deal Park” on the envelope.

It wasn’t immediately clear to us where to enter. We spotted a guy and a girl across the parking lot approaching the building and we followed them in. We saw a Red State movie poster in the lobby so we figured that we were in the right place. I think about 5 people showed up.

I don’t want to give anything away because I realize that a lot of people haven’t seen the film yet. It was a solid movie experience, way different than any of Smith’s other work. There are moments of black humor but most of the movie is intensely violent and a sort of sullen vibe permeates the film. Michael Parks delivers a championship performance as Abin Cooper, a leader of a cult-like, fundamental Christian “family” that has an uncanny resemblance to the Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church. Phelps is even referenced in the movie. This is the setting for the film: Christian wackos, abducted young men seeking sex and an ATF search and destroy squad let by John Goodman.

The movie is well-paced and there is a ton of violence. People get shot; people that you assume would make it to the end of the movie, get remorselessly gunned down. The only thing I had an issue with was the dialogue; that’s my criticism of all of Smiths films. The dialogue is a little clumsy but I can overlook that for the punch that the movie packs.

Transmission 8.29.2011

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on August 29, 2011 by everythingwentblack

Over the course of the European Tour a few people have asked me about the ambient track that I used between songs. When we tour in the U.S., I use a more “pro” setup than I do in Europe due to the fact that we’re limited by what we can bring with us on the plane.

This time around, I went extremely lo-fi and used an iPod with an A/B switch. I uploaded the mono ambient track to the iPod and just hit play at the beginning of the set, cutting it on or off with the switch. It was simple yet, very effective.

Below is a link to download the entire mono track as an mp3. Feel free to cut it up and use if for your own projects or just to play while you’re cleaning your apartment.

http://soundcloud.com/draconian-age-music/master-sound-piece