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CONFIRMED! 7.10 AT OTTOBAR UPSTAIRS
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NOUN (mem. Screaming Females/ Black Wine)
MODERN HUT (NJ)
at Ottobar upstairs
doors at 9pm, show at 10pm
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CONFIRMED! 7.2 at Golden West
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PLANING FOR BURIAL (NJ heavy slowcore)
BIRTH (DEFECTS) (First show)
♥ Unregistered Nurse Booking
Planning For Burial
May 14, 2014
As Planning for Burial, Matawan, New Jersey’s Thom Wasluck filters post-metal, doom, ambient, and goth-rock through his own terminally miserable lens. Isolation is a frequent theme in his lyrics and music beyond the fact that he works alone. Leaving, from 2009, showcased the budding stages of Wasluck’s sound; it was a largely unheralded effort even after Enemies List re-released it in 2010, but Wasluck forged on, releasing a series of tapes, EPs and splits in the following years.
Desideratum is his second full-length and first for the Flenser; it’s an improvement on his earlier work, bringing together the many different sides found on his smaller releases. Wasluck’s longing and misery plays such a role in Planning for Burial’s music that it often receives equal credit alongside the instrumentation; in the liner notes for the 2012 EP Quietly, he credited “a lovesick/broken heart” and “gloom,” while Desideratum’s credits include “whiskey” and “bad sleep.”
On “Where You Rest Your Head At Night” (which originally appeared as a demo version on the 2011 compilation EP Late Twenties Blues) Wasluck beats one riff into the ground over and over for eight minutes, so even when drums and piano come in, the assault hardly cedes. This circular riffing mirrors the lyrics, in which Wasluck describes one of his many restless nights: “When it’s late and I can’t sleep/ I circle your block/ Looking for any signs that you may still be awake.” On the demo version, the guitar is more smeared and the drums are bare thumps; here, the drums come out and punctuate the guitars, like Godflesh’s heaviness seeping through Jesu’s melancholy. For an eight-minute track with minimal arrangement, it has a breathtaking immediacy that makes it one of the strongest songs on the album and his catalog. This is Planning For Burial at its most metal, and this hardly resembles most metal in content, sound, or the willingness to be open.
The most devastating song on Desideratum is “Purple”, constructed from an ambient drone overlaying a voice program reading a text that Wasluck received from a past love interest solemnly desiring to reconnect. It’s the shortest song on the record, and it succinctly captures the frustrations of love and heartbreak in the digital age. Filtered through the sterile voice program, the normally heartfelt words become severed from any real sense of emotion, little more than bits of information. Lyrical content aside, “Purple” is also an example of Wasluck’s use of gorgeous, yet tortured drones, which sound like drifting away from the earth at quarter speed.
Desideratum ends on a grayly inspirational note with “Golden”, which begins with Wasluck’s bare guitar and voice before feedback creeps in and the song explodes into a mass of thick stomps, pained leads, and drones. Lyrically, Wasluck’s listening to records with an unknown female character while “thinking about the girls who wanted nothing to do with you”. As for his specific thoughts on that subject, he doesn’t hold back: “The golden years never happened to you or anyone you thought you knew/ They all grew up to be miserable adults, just waiting for the day they get to die.” For a guy who gets hung up on past relationships, he’s not terribly fond of nostalgia either.
“Golden” could be interpreted pessimistically, but it also suggests that “golden years” are a crutch, and that once you break free of the notion’s constraints, you’ll be better for it. Wasluck may have a permanently fractured heart, but he bares himself to the world because other people share his feelings, too. In an area of music that’s too often defined by esoteric aesthetics and insularity, Desideratum is a testament to openness.
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WE ARE HEX (Indianapolis swamp/ death rock)
MIND/GLOW (Bmore DIY grunge, mem Big Mouth)
TRASH TALK & LEFT BRAIN (OFWGKTA) at WINDUP FOR FREE!!!
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