Violent Change Starcastle (Signed Copies)

Label
Sloth Mate
Released
24th November 2023

Format Info

LP - Signed
The world turns and another superlative, obscuro, weirdo, brillo group seeps out of the Bay Area on the coattails of the Madcap laughing. Violent Change are just fucking brilliant, I can’t deny it. It’s Matt and Stanley who are in all the Bay Area bands, we think, though it’s hard to keep up. What’s the sound? What isn’t the sound? It’s wonky, inspired, dipped into swirling, lysergic tea that’s been left out in the south london sun since 1967, uncovered in 1982 by Swell Maps, and then left again until being teleported to San Francisco in 2023.
What’s inspiring by this nexus of musicians circling the Sloth Mate household is that they’re clearly fanning out on all the classic sounds we all love, deeply in love with English and sometimes other parts of UKish psychedelia and DIY nutso music but they also deeply don’t give a shit about conforming to whatever it is you want. These songs veer off into Television-y 1970s territory, with ferric-ly damaged vocals hissing and moaning over the Tascam heads, the songs at first feeling contained before spilling their lurid, melodic guts into drawn out passages that reek of vintage mould in Tenderloin basements. Like the Swell Maps, there’s deeply weird experimentations that punctuate the more “conventional” songs. Check out a song like Whipping Boy in all its Cleaners From Venus glory, albeit submerged somewhere in the Atlantic, or Pacific, just under a large body of sad water. At other times they sound like Faust excavating the remains of an ancient society that collapsed under its own hubris.
Inject this stuff straight to our brains
Michael / Monorail
RECORDED AND MIXED BY MATT AND STANLEY
ON TASCAM 388, TASCAM 424 MKI, TASCAM 424 MKIII, TASCAM 688, TASCAM 22-4, TASCAM MF-P01
IN NOVATO, OAKLAND, BERKELEY / JANUARY 2017- JANUARY 2023
MASTERED BY NORTH LONDON BOMB FACTORY
ARTWORK BY STANLEY
ROOFTOP PHOTO BY CLAIRE ASTROW