Open Mind Saturated Brain

Open Mind Saturated Brain


Monday, 19 February 2018

***PORTRAYAL OF GUILT exclusive interview***

Interview by Lucas Gismondi (of Fraera)
Featuring James Beveridge and Matt King
Photos by Raf Santos Photography

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Lucas: Hey y’all! so you’ve finished your headlining set here at D-Beatstro in Toronto, needless to say it was amazing. I was standing 3 ft away from you [James] and your drumming style is incredibly raw and precise. I was wondering where you got your drumming influence from?
James: A lot of places I suppose. I mean, drummers I really like in that style would be like Casey Hansen (ex-Gaza, Cult Leader), Tyler from Yaujta. Randomly enough, The Mars Volta is one of my favourite bands, so I take a lot from that.

Lucas: Given that it is your first time across the northern border; what you think of shows in Canada so far?
James: Oh they’ve been amazing, maybe even some of the best ones of the tour.

Lucas: Coming to Canada, and knowing about our scenes strictly through a social media perspective, how do you think it fares when you’re here playing to the same kids online? And what was your impression of Canadian Screamo/Hardcore in general before this?
James: Well I’ve been contemplating this a lot actually. For example, if you post a show on social media in Austin, you’ll have a ton of people that are supposedly going to show up but don't; and I find that here, every show was fucking filled with people, and they were down even if some of them have never heard of us.

Lucas: How were the shows in New York with Majority Rule and pg.99? How did it feel to get the offer?
James: Haha probably the biggest trip of all time! Me and Matt [King] drove from Austin to New York like a non-stop 30 hour drive, the other guys flew out. Yeah, went and played some shows with our favourite bands, for example Matt’s favourite band is Majority Rule. We’ve always really loved them, it was mind blowing.

LucasYour S/T demo has received so much praise and attention and interest, even with the second pressing being put out through Deathwish inc., I just want to know, did you expect any of that after putting out a three song demo?
James: No, not at all. So the band started about 8 months ago, the songs were actually just songs for a side project (we were in another band), and we all really enjoyed the intensity we were able to convey through this side project. Eventually the main band went on hiatus and sort of split up, so this took over [Portrayal of Guilt] and has randomly taken off haha!

Lucas: With all the different labels looking at you guys attributed with specific sounds, and the fact that your demo is so incredibly dynamic and well composed, you cannot really pigeonhole it into one specific genre. Do you guys get bothered at all when people refer your music as a specific type of music. Because you now have a crossover of fans that love screamo/crust/powerviolence etc.
James: Exactly, that’s almost what were going for. When we first put it out, the Miss the Stars label were the first people to hear our music. Their label is more indicative for screamo releases, and we love that music, but we also love tons of other music. I think people pick up on that, not just screamo kids.

Lucas: So, tonight you had your bass player [Rick] using the electronic mixing pad as well. It seems like between songs, you guys got a little more industrial sounding, are we going to hear more of that in the future?
James: Musically, we have yet to incorporate it. It’s more a live tool, we feel like it helps the live show.

Lucas: I just wanted asked about the limited Christian Death run, and how that come about?
James: We’ve been talking about doing that cover for awhile now. We were in Arizona on an off-day, and our friend hooked it up with a spot to go record it, and got it all done that same day.

Lucas: Now, conceptually and lyrically; misanthropy and depression are common topics, does the current political climate in the States; not only affect you as people but also in your writing?
James: It definitely does, it’s a confusing time for everyone. If you want to talk Matt about it, here he comes actually haha.

Lucas: Hey Matt, so as I mentioned to James, the political climate in the States is a mess at the moment. I’m just wondering if and how it plays a part in your writing?
Matt: I don’t know really, it just makes me angry I guess. Ever since I’ve been writing in general it’s always been sort of creepy, darker stuff, including music.

Lucas: What are some of the bands that influenced you and how did you originally get into more aggressive and emotional music?
Matt: Well, Majority Rule is my favourite band. When I started listening to music, someone gave me a hard drive full of Majority Rule, pg.99, Mass Movement of the Moth, Hot Cross among plenty of other bands. So I guess you could say the first music that I really got into was screamo.

Lucas: I was talking to James earlier about people labelling you guys different sounds and genres, and how you might feel about that?
Matt: I mean, that’s kinda the idea though. I wouldn’t want to be pigeonholed into any sort of genre. I want to be able to play everything.

Lucas: Coming from Texas, I just wanted to know what your impression of the Canadian screamo scene is so far?
Matt: I talked to the people in Respire, we didn’t really know what to expect to be honest. It seems like people here are more into the genre.

Lucas: Lastly, what advice do you have for up and coming punks, whether they want to start a band or just be part of the community?
Matt: I would just say, do whatever you want, be yourself, don’t let anyone influence you on how to be yourself.

Lucas: Awesome! Thank you so much for your time, and that show was incredible!
Matt & James: Yeah thanks so much!


Before I moved to New Zealand I was able to rope two nice folks in Dunedin into starts bands with me. The previously posted podcast with Jörg of Swallows Nest is linked here, but for this post the very obscure (we didn't record anything and we only played one show) EMÖ LENDVAI and my good friend Karl Leisky are the focal points. Not only did we play in that band together, but they also spent time in Yung Nat$ and currently do a noise/ambient project under the name of Fuckoult. We recorded this during the first week of November 2017 in my home in Dunedin, New Zealand. You can stream and/or download each part or the entire thing for free on the OMSB Podcast bandcamp page linked right heeya.

SLOW MASS - "Dark Dark Energy" (Dave)
PURGE - "More Wolf Than Thee" (Karl)

THE NOW - "We Don't Call Him 'Columbine' Because He Wears a Trech Coat, We Call Him 'Columbine' Because He Kills People" (Dave)
PARENTS - "Insight" (Karl)
SLEEPYTIME TRIO - "Rock Candy" (Dave)

KITE FLYING SOCIETY - "Art of Conversation" (Karl)
FOXMOULDER - "Tempered Ill" (Dave)
REI COMPACT - "Furchteimer" (Karl)

DIE PRINCESS DIE - "Nights of the Light" (Dave)
OPC - "kbeast" (Karl)
- "Atrocities From a Story Book Perspective" (Dave)


PODCAST #23 linked here
As EMO LENDVAI only ever had one show and we never recorded, I decided to dig through our practice sessions from my cellphone and video camera to find the best versions of the five songs we wrote in our short, four month existence. I've included them as a download here and there's also this link if you want to watch a video from our only show.

(2017) EMÖ LENDVAI - "A Galaxy Brunch During Ramadan" (from 'various practices demo')

(2017) EMÖ LENDVAI - "Stemsmoker's Regret" (from 'various practices demo')

(2017) EMÖ LENDVAI - "Shmoodles" live video

Wednesday, 14 February 2018


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists?.
CountryTokyo JAPAN
Years Active2013-present
Song: "Sight"
Album: "Blind Girls split"
Year: 2016
For fans ofBlue Friend, Forget Me Not, Amber Daybreak, Youth Novel, Crowning, 49 Morphines, Via Fondo, Shirokuma, Rainmaker, Anemone, Matsuri, Причал, Yarmulke, Vampires, Masada, Leer, Улыбайся Ветру, Yage, Blind Girls, Dip Leg, Hue, Suis La Lune, Hue and Loma Prieta aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Asian Gothic Label / Structures//Agony / Through Love Records / Dingleberry Records / Samegrey Records / (We Built The World And) Miss The Stars Records / Don't Live Like Me Records / Kakusan Records / Rubaiyat Records
This post's artist is from the February 2018 Mix. This is track #6.
You can download: the February 2018 Mix#2 right here or get the new March 2018 Mix#3 here.

I generally post everything done here around in some, as far as I had thought, dead groups on Google+. Almost a year back I received a message on Google+ (which is rare, to say the least) telling me to check out Japan's SANS VISAGE. I don't know if they were a fan or a member of the band, but that was one very important message. I had already delved heavily into their 2016 split with Blind Girls (which made the Best Of 2016 list, linked here) and loved the song "Sight", but had neglected to search any further for other material. I quickly nabbed a few copies of their 'Demos' cassette from Connie at Structures//Agony Records right before she closed it down and started listening more. Right at the tail-end of 2017 SANS VISAGE dropped 'Moments' and I was fucking floored. Like, holy fuck this is amazing and I just fell directly into my concrete basement, floored. Ouch. With the Best Of lists out in full force at the end of December I feel like this record was lost in self-righteous postings by everybody and nobody, which is a goddamn shame.

Expanding on what  I quickly mentioned above, the band released two demos in 2014 (''Demo #1') and again in 2015 (''Demo #2') digitally which were compiled onto a tape in 2016. The first is an excellent debut with three songs, each titled "song 1", "song 4" and "song 3", with "song 4" being my personal favourite, as it weaves more of a Via Fondo web than I've heard in quite some time, and even includes a midsection reminiscent of the uplifting screamo sounds of Hue. The rest of the EP is pretty straightforward screamo, chaotic and pretty with a bunch of people screaming. It should be noted here that only one of the three songs end up on the 2017 LP, "song 1", making the other two exclusive to this release. The sophomore demo has five songs, including the missing "song 2", which opens with the eerie and distant "-". "barricade" is next and it's a fucking killer tune that incorporates incredible back-and-forth screaming alongside driving, dissonant instrumentals that could be likened to Malaysian screamo or Level Plane Records, perhaps even both. "song 2" brings to mind fellow Japanese screamo bands Forget Me Not and Blue Friend, and is an excellent track. "distance" embraces yelling over heavy screams and deploys much more inviting guitars, giving it an emo/post-rock feel. "past" rounds out this EP at a massive 6:41, as generally SANS VISAGE tunes are between one and four minutes. It is the slow builder, creating a stunning journey instead of shorter wow moments. The intro lasts almost two minutes and then the screaming kicks in over epic instrumentals, only to implode by 2:40 and give way to twinkly emo and desperate singing. Then there are like...three more parts, and they're all very good. From 'Demo #2' only one song here is exclusive, the opener, as the remaining four were re-recorded for the 2017 full length.

2016 was a busier year for SANS VISAGE, as they upped their releases to two. They began with the split 12" with Sweden's Careless and Det är därför vi bygger städer. Their songs "Counterfeit" and "Indolence" have much more strength than the preceding demos, likely due in large part to much better recordings and production. Their first song is vicious and includes a deep bass riff halfway through, while the second focuses on grooves over anger, creating a head-bobbing screamo/post-hardcore party that mesmerizes and destroys simultaneously. Released in late 2016 was their split EP with Australia's Blind Girls, including two more new tracks that continue to drop jaws further than the previous offerings. After initially jamming the A-side, I assumed the Blind Girls songs were not to be topped...but I was wrong! SANS VISAGE's "Sight" is fucking bonkers. The guitar progressions, guitar tone and stop/start rhythms in this thing are insane. Insane, I say! "Kyogen" isn't too shabby either, as it goes from chaos to ambiance to destruction in less than two minutes.

We got a further taste of the SANS VISAGE full length early in 2017 when UpWind Productions released their 'Tufàgne' compilation with an exclusive new/demo track titled "Denial" (that ended up having a music video, linked here). Then, on December 20th, 2017, SANS VISAGE dropped 'Moments' and good god, I nearly fainted. The LP is, for a lack of a better word, stunning. Recorded, mixed and mastered by my man Liam from Blind Girls, the 11 songs (five of which are brand new, the other six re-recorded) are individually amazing but also mesh so well when listened to as an album. Opener "22" is a swayin' opener, complete with groovy instrumentals, fresh screams and subtle singing. Previously discussed "song 1" and "song 2" follow, and then "worthless" hits like a ton of bricks. Frantic guitars, lightning drums and harsh screaming permeate the majority of this track, with a shit-ton of parts in only 2:17. A re-recorded and much quicker version of "denial" is next, followed by the new, blazing, violent, 45-second track "alt". "barricade" is next, the standout track from 'Demo #2', and the killer production gives the song new depth that is intimidating and accentuates that beautiful guitar tone and screaming whilst boosting the ridiculous time warp at 2:02, aligning it further with some earlier Loma Prieta material. "distance" is next, getting a slight push in the aggressive direction when compared to the original demo. Two new songs are next, starting with the hella jammy "life" that, for some odd reasons, brings North Of America to mind...but if they were screamo. The interplay of bass, drums and guitar during the first minute and a half are stellar, and when the track moves into the next gear at 1:35 they bring everything together and layer excellently placed vocals on top of it all. Track 10's "sway", another new tune, is much more subdued in its screamo, or maybe it's just much more attuned to the more relaxed and jazzy moments of Saetia and Off Minor, at least for the first minute and a bit. The final track is the re-recorded "past", which gives the album closure. And what an album. Jeeeeebus.

Thanks SANS VISAGE. You are incredible.



2014 - Demo #1 cdrEP (stream/donate/download here)

2015 - Demo #2 cdrEP (stream/donate/download here)

2016 - Blind Girls split 7"EP (stream/donate/download here)
2016 - 3-way split cd/12" w/Careless and Det är därför vi bygger städer (stream/donate/download here)
2016 - Demos cassetteLP (compiles Demo #1 and #2)

2017 - Moments cdLP (stream here)
2017 - Tufàgne compilation cassetteLP [contributed "Denial" demo version] (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) SANS VISAGE - "denial" (from 'Moments') official music video

(2017) SANS VISAGE - "worthless" (from 'Moments')

(2017) SANS VISAGE - "life" (from 'Moments')

(2016) SANS VISAGE - "Sight" (from 'Blind Girls' split)

(2016) SANS VISAGE - "Indolence" (from '3-way')

(2015) SANS VISAGE - "barricade" (from 'Demo #2')

(2014) SANS VISAGE - "song 4" (from 'Demo #1')


SANS VISAGE additional links