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Music is Violence

by St Lucifer

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1.
Vermin 02:29
A mind full of reaction A skinful of abstraction I Love I Love You I Love You But I want MORE
2.
Crucible 02:59
The architecture of your Heart never stays the same It fills me with a sense of shame You’re brutal with your ‘loving’ It’s all about the pain You’re pleasure’s never been my gain You infiltrate and aim to maim Again again again again You strip my hope and leave me lame Again again again again Your masochism’s not a game Again again again again It’s over me you’ll always reign Suck the soul from every party Set out to subjugate Vile claim is well and truly staked The architecture of your Heart never stays the same It fills me with a sense of shame You infiltrate and aim to maim Again again again again You strip my hope and leave me lame Again again again again Your masochism’s not a game Again again again again It’s over me you’ll always reign * Something Something Something So Good Hit Me Hit Me Hit Me So Good Love Me Love Me Love Me So Good Hate Me Hate Me Hate Me So Good
3.
Your body is a gun Hauled into position over the sink And you know the ambition of the Hour The closed mouth instinctive click Collecting whispers, warm excuses Charge on conversations tasted back Push out with an instinctive hiss Of water weighted from the tap Your teeth, the gum and lip Crush the liquid as you pull it As if drained from speech… and time and love To hold it on your tongue A bullet Do You Want To Die In a Red Room? Do You Want To Die In a Red Room? Your body is a gun Hauled into position over the sink And you know the ammunition of the hour The closed mouth instinctive click Collecting whispers, warm excuses Charge on conversations tasted back Push out with an instinctive hiss Of water weighted from the tap Your teeth, the gum and lip Crush the liquid as you pull it As if drained from speech and and time and love To hold it on your tongue A bullet Do You Want To Die In a Red Room? Do You Want To Die In a Red Room? Do You Want To Die In a Red Room? Do You Want To Die In a Red Room? Do you want to die Do you want to die Do you want to die Do you want to die Die Die Die DIE DIE
4.
No New Gods 01:33
You're a son of a bitch Something Something Nothing
5.
Suffocate 02:58
The bodies fall they fail the conscience The brain it stalls the process stops The heads will roll it’s bound to happen We’ll be okay until it rocks Our chemistry’s a fatal science You understand it’s not enough It’s such a joke when no-one’s laughing So stop the train and watch the crash We switch to kill we face the music Over to you the bitter end We look at you dominate the program We sing the same lines over again The human race it has no winners A losing streak a naked ape History’s intrinsic to this The noise it shatters all your shapes We undermine the other people When all along we’re nearly dead Propaganda turns your stomach It’s from the very bowels of hell We switch to kill we face the music Over to you the bitter end We look at you dominate the program We sing the same songs over again You Suffocate
6.
Dark Matter 04:34
7.
You say you want it tied to the floor But in the moment you just want more Your bad dreams you're happy now? The laughter stops now but you're in awe But then you notice they've all gone home The Sadness / The lights burn out As I awake you can’t see before I try to break you but you just want more You're sorry? You’re sorry now Want You I Want You Before I Love You I Love Much More Hurt You Hurt you Before Need You Need You Much More The lines are drawn to tear you apart The lights they blackout and break my heart But in the absence our bodies fall This isn't romance It's gone before The moment the night screams now
8.
Faking 2 point 4 kids Sell your tech degree Fuck a stranger in plain sight Starving just to feel Recreate vanilla sex with Hookers on the sly Drink with Stretford criminals Sip club no divide Morris Dance Security Banter stalls your grief Dragons fuck with your safe space Magic slays belief Losing friends to islands white Snowstorm in the shade Recreate a childhood grave Suffer what you’ve made Suffer What You’ve Made Suffer What You’ve Made Suffer What You’ve Made Run away from Family life / Responsibility Blame your parents, kill your friends / Fatal Injury Make or break the record trade / Solutions let us be Narcissistic toxic guilt / Genealogy Paralyse anxiety / Drinking masks the signs Lose your breath to Eagle’s late / drowning in your mind Kill yourself, get over it? / Indecision’s paid Redefine reality / Suffer what you’ve made Suffer What You’ve Made Suffer What You’ve Made Suffer What You’ve Made I’ll Never Get Used to This I’ll Never Get Used to This
9.
Cracked kohl mask slips waiting on the street Not unspeakable, please don’t speak Painted on fake smile, drop the act You’d be a witch but you’ve lost all that magic X 2 Lips sealed shut until the drugs arrive Displeasures of the flesh with hollow eyes Waiting for the net hit only way you get your kicks Self absorption is your thing Wasted cheekbones ghosted fleeting glance Trash in three hundred dollar shoes Everybody’s seen through that pretty mask Wait at the door no-one’s coming for you Lips sealed shut until the drugs arrive Displeasures of the flesh with hollow eyes Waiting for the net hit only way you get your kicks Self destruction/ is your thing
10.
Another bright spark in the satellite system Never goes dark in the solar system Walk in the park or the underground system Machines don’t talk unless you insist them Space walk in the satellite system Have a great time you’ll never miss them Alien emoji toilet cistern Boiled alive in the satellite system Music is Violence/Confusion is Silence Levitate up to the satellite system Escalate up to the solar system Travelate down to the underground system Poles apart in the underground system Disaster for the solar system Blink more than once you’ll surely miss them Alien emoji toilet cistern Fade to grey in the toilet system Music is Violence/Confusion is Silence The brightest star I’ll kill you The needle I’ve done nothing wrong Music is Violence/Confusion is Silence ....and I've done nothing wrong
11.
The Enemy 04:14
Facing every day North, South, East, West Firing bullets endlessly, never getting any rest In the Warzone the corpses are blessed The enemy detests the enemy repressed The enemy attacks we retreat The enemy breaks we harass The enemy tires we attack The enemy retreats the enemy defeats us According to the news we are so brave But we are only running to our graves Victory just isn’t in the air Reach inside we are ensnared The enemy attacks we retreat
12.
Forward 00:56
You and I Not the Same Wavelength You Are Causing Interference  We Have Lost All Your Transmissions  Your White Noise Is Our Division
13.
Relapse 01:54
A series of spoken word samples of us talking about ourselves (or are we?)
14.
Gone 04:36
Streets that stink of piss and spice Tweets that reek of scorn and spite Concrete jungle with no kings Facebook scandal message pings Rancid air too rank to breathe Stalkers banned from chat rooms see the Greyness, grimness, acid rain Keyboard warrior again Rate of crime on the increase Cyber thieves are out to fleece Steady drip of victims' blood Fastest wifi in the hood Film the horror on your phone Infamous but on your own Film the horror in your phone Infamous but on your own

about

Music is violence/confusion is silence…

…. Or possibly 18 months of violence, confusion, trauma, death, divorce, breakdowns and a line-up change which would have finished most bands and left the remainder quivering in a corner.

To lose one band member - self-styled ‘sartorial percussionist’ Charlie Bergmann - may have seemed careless (poor lad had exams to pass – bless his spandex socks) – but to then lose lead singer Alex Lee to the Isle of Wight AS WELL (long story) might seem pathologically self-sabotaging.

Hang on – let’s go back a few pages. Where did we come in?

St Lucifer – four ‘fine, dapper gents’ from Manchester. You know their sort: Junk Days, #blackmetalgaydisco – a reputation for riotous live shows and a penchant for selling out 7” singles via local cult indie label Valentine Records.

Fast forward to December 2017 - following the departure of Messrs Lee and Bergmann - the surviving members felt that the only sensible approach was to engage two female talents to replenish the ranks.

Simple gender calculus: Girls are better than boys. Fact. Deal with it

Lead guitarist Charlotte Winchcombe (formerly of Action Directe/Syd.31) joined at the end of last year’s ‘Electronic Liberation’ tour and was heavily involved in the latter stages of the album recording – replacement drummer Alice Class joined later (post album to be precise) but that’s another story. She’s only just getting started.

Vermin kicks off proceedings – with a sample from B-movie (or, more accurately D-movie) Rats: Night of Terror, directed (badly) by Bruno Mattei and Claudio Fragasso. The ensuing barrage sounds like a cross between Ladytron and Goo-era Sonic Youth with a liberal dash of Electro Psychobilly (Electrobilly?) on top: ‘I love you I love you, I love you, but I want more’.

Quite.

Crucible (the lead single) follows – and this is probably the most accurate distillation of the aforementioned ‘blackmetalgaydisco’ St Lucifer have written to date. The promo video is probably being banned in several more conservative leaning territories as you read this.

Next up is a quite remarkable collaboration with long-time collaborator poet Emily Oldfield: Walk Slowly Towards Her is simultaneously fragile and terrifying – relentlessly rhythmic yet sounding like it’s teetering on the very edge of imploding: ‘Do you want to die in a red room?’.

If you hadn’t gathered by this point Music is Violence is an album which pulls very few punches.

It’s also a record which (despite its somewhat torturous genesis) showcases a band growing in confidence – solid, brash and painting with a much wider palette than their heads-down/no-nonsense self-titled debut.

Live favourites No New Gods and Forward are blast-beat explosions of electro-punk-metal, but part of the album’s appeal is the rollercoaster running order which positions them next to spoken word/broken beat narratives like Dark Matter (featuring poet Neo_101) and the truly remarkable Six Bathyspheres (I’ll Never Get Used to This).

The pop-perfection end of the spectrum is addressed via the (insanely catchy) title track – which piles on a thousand tracks of guitar, a string section, vocoder, a freeform rap in two parts and a kitchen sink borrowed from Trevor Horn at ZTT in 1984. Probably.

Part of the eclecticism is derived from the broadening of song writing within the band – All Lines Lead Forward for example, is actually based on a song written almost 20 years ago by original members David Fox (now taking on the majority of lead vocals) and bassist/technician John Mitchell.

Suffocate and second single Raise The Dead (the latter featuring the vocal talents of Still Forever’s Amy Griffiths) hark back to the distilled guitar and synth driven writing of their earlier work – while Relapse and the aforementioned Six Bathyspheres are staggeringly personal and revealing regarding the stories and traumas which brought the band to the point they now find themselves in.

It’s the closing track Gone though that finally draws the whole patchwork together – Drop-D Drone Metal – it literally forces itself down into the subterranean doom space somewhere between early Black Sabbath and latter-era Melvins – and then piles on the guitars. And the drums. And more tracks of everything else than anything else you’ll hear this year.

Indeed, it transpires the band were referencing ‘Cop Shoot Cop’ the closing track on Spiritualized’s 1997 classic – which ended up as two completely different mixes – one in each speaker – simply to try and contain the sheer volume of sound and ideas the band had committed to tape.

Music Is Violence may have been the dictionary definition of ‘difficult second album’ during its writing/recording - yet the finished product is quite the opposite: Anthemic, eclectic, catchy and very VERY loud.

The album is officially released on the 23rd of November 2018 via Manchester label AnalogueTrash. It’s available in digital and cassette editions, with an extremely limited crowdfunded 12” vinyl release also in the works.

credits

released November 23, 2018

All songs written by Alex Lee/David Fox except

1 and 3 by David Fox/Emily Oldfield
6 by Charlotte Winchcombe/Neo_101
7 and 13 by David Fox/John Mitchell
9 by David Fox/Amy Griffiths

Alex - Vocals/Stagediving
David - Vocals/Guitar/Tech/Programming
Charlotte - Lead Guitar/Vocals
John - Bass/Percussion/Tech/Vocals

Special Guests

Emily Oldfield: Vocals on ‘Vermin’ and ‘Walk Slowly Towards Her’
Neo_101: Vocals on ‘Dark Matter’
Still Forever: Vocals on ‘Raise the Dead’
Laura Palmer for Visual Trashorama
Strings on Music Is Violence: Feral Accessories
Choir on Gone: Withholding for Montreal

Produced and mixed by Lucifer X, Mastered by Christopher Gurney
Sleeve design by Jack Leeson (Jack of Arts), concept by Whores In Motion

With special thanks to AnalogueTrash, Valentine Records (and all who sail in them), Beat:Cancer, Anna & Jamie, the Salford Social Club, Alice Class and Mickey Strangeways.

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St Lucifer Manchester, UK

The world's first/greatest blackmetalgaydisco band: Formed in October 2015 they spent their first 12 months releasing a series of sold-out 7" singles prior to their eponymous debut LP on Valentine Records in December 2016 St Lucifer have now moved on to AnalogueTrash Records, taking part in the Electronic Liberation tour in November 2017 and will soon release their new LP Music Is Violence in 2018 ... more

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