Fight Liar with Fire: Ripping you a new one for a good cause

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Let me tell you about a project I’ve been working on for a while and why you should pay for it.

 

The week of November 6, 2016 was a rough one. I had to take my sick cat to be euthanized. Leonard Cohen, a personal hero, died. And an archaic electoral system allowed an incompetent con man to become president.

Feeling angry, sick, sad, and impotent, I tried to think of anything I could do in the face of the utter absurdity of this incoming kleptocracy. Perhaps it wasn’t the most creative concept, but I soon formed plans for a DIY release that would feature politically motivated songs from multiple bands and raise money for a couple of the organizations standing in opposition to this new regime. Initially, I was thinking of a split featuring three or four bands. But when I put the word out about my plans, that number soon grew and eventually landed at nine different acts.

Nequient – Photo by John Mourlas

It’s a varied assortment of tunes, including several bands that have been featured on the Toilet in the past. My own group, Nequient, contributed two tracks of metallic hardcore. Then Rhode Islanders Tovarish lower the tempo with their disturbing brand of droning, noisy doom. The Iowa-based grind/hardcore quartet Closet Witch throw down hard with three absolutely vicious songs (featuring my favorite bit of studio chatter on the album – you’ll know when you hear it). “Richardson” Richardson, a duo from my old stomping grounds in DeKalb, IL, synthesize their stripped-down setup of drum machine, bass guitar, and vocals into a hardcore punk anthem. The Portland, Maine feminist digital hardcore group Phallus Über Alles provides the most hopeful moment on the record with a folky punk song welcoming immigrants across the border. Then, Quad Cities crusties Tong Po return us to brutal territory, warning of impending nuclear devastation and looking to assign culpability for the election. Bone Machine brings an experimental, improvisational, and spooky approach to metal over the course of two haunting tracks. Nashville’s HellThrasher (featuring our best-known contributor, the former guitarist of His Hero is Gone) lets loose with three songs of blackened thrash. Finally, Those Darn Gnomes out of San Diego wrap things up with a raw, avant garde metal epic that takes its lyrics from a poem by Sylvia Plath.

Closet Witch – Photo by Rick Beaulieu

If any of that intrigues you, I hope you’ll check out the record and consider donating. The album is now available for streaming and download at the Sassbologna Records Bandcamp page, and the individual bands will have physical copies for sale on CD. All proceeds from digital sales go to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, two groups actively standing up to attacks on civil rights, whether from the Trump administration or local authorities.

Tovarish

I put a lot of time and effort into this project, and so did a bunch of other people. Most of the bands wrote and recorded entirely new material for the occasion. While that created no end of logistical issues, it was extremely rewarding to hear those new songs gradually rolling in. Further, some of the band members went above and beyond to bring the project together. Metro from Tong Po volunteered to handle art and design. Cory from Closet Witch made the album available through his label, Sassbologna Records and took on the brunt of the PR effort.

Another person who really stepped up is a friend I’ve known since I started high school but not seen and scarcely communicated with in the past 13 years. Graham Butler, who has the dubious distinction of being my first drummer, does production work in LA these days and put out an impressive prog rock record of his own a few years ago under the name Dread Fascination. I was really happy to have him lending his ear and skill to mastering this comp.

Putting out a compilation of metal and punk songs and donating a small amount of money is not much in the face of threats that I think could genuinely threaten the long-term survival of the human race (abandoning even vague gestures at trying to stall the effects of global warming or reduce nuclear proliferation do not strike me as promising signs, for instance). Nonetheless, here we are, so give it a listen and send us some money.

Download the record and donate here.

  • Howard Dean
    • Doc Torluv

      I laughed. And way too hard. My hippocampus hurts.

    • Count_Breznak

      Has the runs, but wants to finish the set.

  • Howard Dean

    “Feeling angry, sick, sad, and impotent…

    Sounds like you needed some Phallus Über

    https://www.medexpress.co.uk/javax.faces.resource/treatments/335x335xcialis-10mg.jpg.xhtml,qln=img.pagespeed.ic.SEmJ8KnYh5.jpg

  • Howard Dean
  • Howard Dean
    • Joaquin Stick

      You need a new hobby.

      • Howard Dean

        I party; that’s my hobby.

        Yeaaaaahhhh boi!

      • Óðinn

        He needs MetalSucks. Pro-Nazi trolls are expected there.

  • Joaquin Stick

    This is certainly an eclectic mix of experimental metal. Good job putting this together Dr. K. DeKalb, eh? You ever play the House Cafe? That place is… odd.

    • Dr. K

      I certainly did. A couple of the more notable occasions involved opening for Genghis Tron (which was a lot of fun) and Bleeding Through (which was a disastrous gig). Always been a healthy batch of DIY spots in the area, and we still go there occasionally to play at one of those.

      • Joaquin Stick

        Nice! I think I saw Ghost Bath (if not them, a similarly unexpected band) was playing there on their most recent tour. I have only been there for a few indie-leaning shows, no idea they had metal as well.

        • Dr. K

          Yep, Ghost Bath. There were three local support bands, all of which are friends of mine. And yet I didn’t make the trip because I am a bad friend.

  • The Arm(KJM)

    Fun fact: One of my best friends is a Warburg. You can either look them up on wiki or I’ll tell you that, among other things, they are among those responsible for the creation of the Federal Reserve. IOW, if “you’re” one of those whackjobs who go around saying that the Jews control the world, you’re talking shit about my friend’s family. As such, I personally invite “you” to go fuck yourself.
    FUCK NAZIS. They can all go eat a bullet. Punching’s too good for’em.

    • Sir Ukkometso The Based

      Wowowowowowow, hold it right there!
      Your friend is a town in Germany?

      • The Arm(KJM)

        Yes, a big one too.

        • Sir Ukkometso The Based

          Smaller than my town, both in area and population.
          FINLAND RULES

    • GL

      That is a lot to digest.

  • The Arm(KJM)
    • The Arm(KJM)

      I’ve been sucker punched by complete strangers out of the blue and I didn’t go whinging about it to the cops, the press, or even my friends. If this coward can’t suck up and deal, he should stay home.

      • The Arm(KJM)

        Oh, and this has happened to me MULTIPLE times btw.

        • GL

          Who the hell is walking around sucker punching people? Jesus

          • The Arm(KJM)

            (shrugs) happened to me so long ago that I hardly think about it.

          • James

            kids hazing game thats been around for a while. wilding and such.

      • but it’s such a great rally cry for *those* people to claim “we would never resort to violence like the left-wing d00ds!”
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        • Óðinn

          Yup. I remember the time in WWII when the US didn’t resort to violence against genocidal Nazis. Luckily, just hoping they would stop killing people people peacefully worked. Very reasonable people those genocidal Nazis. They responded so well to our verbal arguments, realized that we were right, and surrendered.

    • gacharicmeatspin

      At least they punch back head on.
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      • The Arm(KJM)

        Punching a woman. That’s real manly.

        Oh wait, no it isn’t..

        • gacharicmeatspin

          I’m just here for laughs. But it’s about as manly as a sucker punch, if you ask me. Not to mention she’s wearing weighted gloves and it’s her group that came to “crash” rightwingers’ march, so shoulda known the risks. Don’t worry, she set up a fundraiser to mend her broken nose, so you can help her out. Even though the fist clearly hit her forehead. Or you can tip her directly at myfreecams.

  • Guacamole Jim

    The four listens I gave it this morning confirm: this shit is FIRE

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  • tigeraid

    This is good content.

  • Spear

    Boy, that Tovarish track. That’s some bleak shit right there.

  • Jeff Manteiga

    Is that fire on the cover? or Trump’s wispy anti-hair?

  • Patrick

    Hellthrasher is Memphis As Fuck not Nashville twats. November 6 I was watching Jucifer play the soundtrack to election of the deplorables

    • Dr. K

      Yeah, I knew that, but I typed the wrong thing anyway. Sorry. Suppose it’s because Nashville is the only place I’ve ever played in Tennessee. It went badly.

    • Howard Dean

      Twat is an underrated and underutilized insult (in North America, at least). I need to start working that into my lexicon.

  • Kyle Reese

    “send us some money” lol

  • Óðinn

    Great stuff, Dr. K.