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DS Interview: Skottie Lobotomy (The Creeps) talks new album, songwriting, and confrontational escapism

In a matter of weeks, after lamenting a drought of new music, I received three albums that I couldn’t stop spinning. There was The Penske File’s Salvation, Spanish Love Songs’ Schmaltz, and The Creeps’ Beneath the Pines. I’ve purged my thoughts in reviews, countless listens, and dozens of personal recommendations, but still, these are the records I can’t shake—three distinct visions of what modern punk rock can be, built on the foundation of expert songwriting.

Beneath the Pines isn’t out yet, but it has a special place among the three. It shares members with Crusades, a fantastic band that shocked the punk community by announcing their departure earlier this month; and comes as the follow-up to Eulogies, an album that allowed the Creeps to stretch their chops and become known as one of pop punk’s foremost songsmiths. While the connection is inevitable, to say that The Creeps is Crusades’ little brother—a near consolation prize to fans—is to ignore the band’s twenty years playing, releasing, and evolving. Beneath the Pines is a great album, no matter its relation—a singular vision, powered by introspection, killer melodies, and the sort of songwriting that marks you for life. It’s at once melancholy and hopeful, and with a few deft lyrics, will endear the hardest hearts into a singalong.

I was lucky enough to exchange emails with vocalist/guitarist Skottie Lobotomy on the new album, his songwriting process, and what it means to be punk through introspection. Check out the interview below.



DS Editorial: Crusades—A Eulogy

Photo courtesy of Laura Collins

Fest has been announced, and with that, so have Crusades’ last shows. Here at Dying Scene, we love Crusades and wanted to give them a proper send-off. Read below for a career retrospective and click here for more information regarding Crusades and Fest. And if you’re local to them, expect a hometown goodbye at Ottawa Explosion Weekend Festival in June!

Following in the footsteps of Refused, Fugazi, Jawbreaker, and a thousand other greats, Ontario punk act Crusades have decided to join the long list of good ones in the sky. That’s right, after eight years of activity, Crusades is fucking dead. The split comes amicably; and realistically, is inevitable. It’s the difference between opening act and classic, between living and (fucking) dead.



DS Staff Picks – Jerry’s Top 10 albums of 2017

2017 was a year filled with things I had been looking forward to for a long time as well as some surprises in life, movies, TV (Twin Peaks Season 3 anyone?), and of course in music.  Aside from multiple honorable mentions, which you can see at the bottom, this years list of favorite albums was surprisingly easy to narrow down for me.  Check out what caught my ear this year below!



Crusades (Canada) stream cover of Off With Their Heads track “Your Child Is Dead”

Canada’s Crusades are streaming their cover of the Off With Their Heads classic “Your Child Is Dead”. Their take on the track is a much slower and emotional affair and it can be enjoyed below.

The cover track comes on the back of Crusades’s latest release This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End, released earlier this year.



Album Review: Crusades – “This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End”

CrusadesPerhaps You Deliver This Judgment With Greater Fear Than I Receive It was a masterpiece, an album so specific and unique in sound– not to mention thematic direction– that it was destined to be something of a cult classic. Crusades is back again, with a lush and expansive sound, and an album that makes their previous masterpiece look like a warm-up. This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End is a triumph of music, lyrics, and arrangement, and proof that good things are worth the wait.

The album’s greatest feat is that it continues Crusades’ growth through change. In some respects, the most remarkable things about This is a Sickness… are in how it differs from its predecessors. Where Perhaps You Deliver... was grandiose (it was, after all, a concept album about anti-Christian martyr Giordano Bruno), it came at the price of being detached. Between songwriter and song there was the burden of history and the suffocating taskmaster that is theme. The new album is still a concept album, but its themes of grief and loss are more universal, and therefore not as strict. It doesn’t have the A-ha! novelty of a long-dead martyr to tout, but it does have emotional resonance. In that, it explores something intrinsic, without abandoning the lens that Crusades uses to explore the world. If we boiled down religion to its essence, wouldn’t it be a means for community building and dealing with grief? Crusades uses their platform to attack an important philosophical question: how does one cope with a godless world in the face of personal loss?

In typical Crusades’ style, this is attacked with enough obliqueness that it never succumbs to heavy-handedness. The songs are poetic and lyrical, and in irony to their ‘satanist pop punk’ slug line, hearken back to a time and place in the written word, where poets were widely read and the Bible was well, the Bible, when it comes to prose. It’s John Donne meets Cormac McCarthy, dressing it’s emotional center in elevated language like, “The course that lay before us: forked and weeping venom/ Looming crescent quite insistent both be explored.” This may sound pretentious to some, and it may also sound insistently obfuscating, but the outcome is something so distinct in its vision and intent, that it becomes singular. There is no one making melodic punk like Crusades.

The arrangements also back this thesis, morphing into an amalgam of dark music. Crust punk, post-punk, metal, hardcore, and of course, pop punk are all key components of Crusades’ sound. This is a Sickness... sounds huge, menacing, and melancholy, driven by ethereal melodies and sharp and intriguing structures. Airy arpeggios and strings replace the genres proverbial chug-a-chugging on tracks such as “1713 (The Scorching Fever).” Riffs are also an important anchor, especially on the aforementioned, which features a thick-sounding progression that wouldn’t be out of place on a Tragedy record.

This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End is a masterpiece of vision, and ultimately, I think one’s enjoyment of it will boil down to how much one enjoys art that is unabashedly conceived. There are band’s that are effortless– in the best possible ways– laying down melodies and lyrics that are immediate and accessible. Crusades is not that band. Instead, they aspire to something that is intangible and innately difficult, and they’re building these works of idiosyncrasy on the shoulders of our most accessible genre. It’s a meeting of worlds that is inspiring and strange, aggressive and proudly difficult. Crusades’ actually says it best, summing themselves up with a refrain from “1940 (Whirr and Chime).” With all the thematics, the arrangements, and language, it all comes down to our most human tell– our need to be heard– and Crusades is doing just that, telling “tales of woe and abstract sympathy,” forging them into something not to be forgotten.

4.5/5



Crusades stream new album “This Is A Sickness And Sickness Will End”

Canada’s Crusades are streaming their upcoming album This Is A Sickness And Sickness Will End in its entirety.

Give it a listen below.

The album will be released next week, March 7th, via the band’s own label Countless Altars (Canada/Europe) and Anxious & Angry (USA).



DS Exclusive: Crusades premiere new song and video, plus interview with singer Dave Williams

Sweet news! Crusades have released a lyric video for “1713 (The Scorching Fevers)” off their upcoming This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End, out March 7th through Anxious & Angry (US) and Countless Altars (Canada/World).

Even better news! I was lucky enough to sit down (via e-mail) with Crusades singer and guitarist Dave Williams to talk about songwriting, heavy music, and cathartic art. Click here to check out the video and the interview!



Crusades (punk, Canada) taking preorders for new LP “This is a sickness and sickness will end”

Canada’s Crusades are now taking preorders of their soon to be released LP entitled This Is A Sickness And Sickness Will End. The official date for the record to drop is March 7th, 2017.

Along with the preorder, the band have announced a short stint of tour dates for UK fans. You can check out the list below.

 

 

 

 

 



Lyric Video: Crusades – “1590 (Swiftness Never Ceasing)”

Ottawa’s Crusades have released a lyric video for their new song “1590 (Swiftness Never Ceasing)”

You can check it out here.

“1590 (Swiftness Never Ceasing)” comes from the bands upcoming album This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End, which is set to be released on March 7th jointly through the band’s own label Countless Altars (Canada/Europe) and Anxious & Angry (USA).



Crusades detail new album ‘This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End’

Ottawa’s Crusades will release their forthcoming album “This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End” on March 7th jointly through the band’s own label Anxious & Angry (USA) and Countless Altars (Canada/Europe).

Tracklisting and a video teaser are below.



Crusades finish recording new album

Canadian satanic punk act Crusades have finished recording their new full-length album according to a Facebook post:

We had an absolutely incredible weekend tracking the new LP at Wolf Lake Studios. Any folks looking to lay down some new material should book with Mike & JP, stat. Great guys with amazing ears, skills & gear. Plus, it’s in secluded, beautiful cottage country about a half hour outside of downtown Ottawa. This record is gonna be insane. Out at some point on No Idea Records!

The band released their second album, Perhaps You Deliver This Judgment With Greater Fear Than I Receive It on November 5, 2013 through No Idea Records.



Free Fest Compilation: ‘I’ve Got Friends in Cold Places: A Somewhat Comprehensive Guide to Canadian Bands at FEST 14’

And the FEST madness continues! Get Party! Records have released a free digital compilation of 10 Canadian punk bands that will be playing in Gainesville this weekend. The track list boasts tunes by Crusades, Black Tower, Deforesters, The Penske File and more.

You can stream the collection below or snag your free download here.



Crusades make back catalog available for free

In honor of FEST this weekend, Canadian satanic punk act Crusades have made their back catalog available entirely for free. This includes both of their full length albums and both of their EPs. The offer is only good through the weekend though, so download their music to your heart’s content while you still can right here.

The band released their second album, Perhaps You Deliver This Judgment With Greater Fear Than I Receive It on November 5, 2013 through No Idea Records.



Stream The Hobbit inspired debut album “The Secret Fire” from Black Tower (Crusades, The Creeps)

Contrary to what you might think, Ottawa punk outfit Black Tower, featuring  members of Crusades, The Visitors, and The Creeps, are not satanists and the “dark lord” prominently referenced in their fantastic debut album The Secret Fire is not the red, horned demon you might be think he is.  The lyrics and music of The Secret Fire are entirely inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous fantasy novel The Hobbit and the “dark lord”, of course, is Sauron.

But you don’t have to be a fantasy nerd to enjoy this album.  In fact, if you like punk rock, specifically in the vein of the Crusades, then you’re going to seriously dig this release and we encourage you to give it a listen in its entirety right here.

The Secret Fire is set to be released on CD and digitally June 2nd via Unspeakable Axe Records.  No Idea Records will be handling the vinyl release later this summer.



10 Punk Songs That Will Make Your Week (Curated by DS editor Jerry Baughn)

Ever wonder what the folks who run Dying Scene have been listening to lately?  We’re going to pretend you said “yes” to that question and feature a curated playlist from a different DS editor each week with the intent of exposing you to some new kickass punk bands.  This week we’re featuring Dying Scene editor Jerry Baughn.

Check out 10 songs from some bands I’ve been enjoying lately below.