Hi. My name is Ben Crew. I will be coordinating all the new record related projects here at Profane. Some of you know me but I’m guessing most of you don’t. If you know me, skip to the next paragraph. For those of you who don’t, you are better off. I won’t waste your time with trivial information about myself. I’d rather take this opportunity to tell you about the new projects we’ve got cooking at PE.
Let me start by thanking you for your patience. The APPALACHIAN TERROR UNIT – Black Sands 7” was due to hit the streets a long f*n time ago. Seriously… this rager of a record was supposed to be old news by now. However, we hit a couple snags in production. First off, someone at the pressing plant listened to the test press before sending it out. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem. It’s a great 7”. If I worked at the pressing plant I’d want to be the first to hear it too. The problem was that they recognized a sample from the radio show Democracy Now. It’s not like it was easy to spot. ATU, being the creative artists that they are, blended the sample into the song using a variety of effects (distortion, reverb etc.). I would argue that ATU was just creating an artistic audio sculpture using “found objects” but the legal department at the pressing plant did not see it that way. Rather than trying to fight them on our moral and artistic high ground, we figured it would be easier to contact Democracy Now to get permission to use the audio. This proved to be a long and fruitless endeavor. In fact Chris, from ATU, took it upon himself to contact Democracy Now. It took a couple weeks of constant calling and e-mails before he got a response. After getting bounced around several times he finally talked to someone who said they would license the sample. Ok… great… we agreed to license the sample. Democracy Now is a good show, and we are happy to work with them. So we jump through the hoops they ask us to jump through… and don’t hear anything back. Chris kept on them for about a month or two. Finally he gets through to someone who says the person who agreed to license that sample no longer works there. After a few more phone calls and e-mailing back and forth we finally got the hint that they weren’t going to cooperate. So we took the path of slightly less resistance… get the song re-mastered without the sample. Problem solved. This record will finally come out. It won’t have the sample but it’s a solid ATU record. People need to hear it. So it gets re-mastered and we get the test pressings no problem. People at the pressing plant are happy. Yeah… Success right? Wrong! We listened to the test pressing and noticed the songs got mixed up. Track one is the same on both sides. One of the tracks got left off… so we started over once again. Third time is a charm right?? It better be! The good news is this record is well worth the wait. ATU are one of the best bands out there writing thrashy/metallic/anarcho/crust with duel male/female vocals. This 7” is a testament to that and the artwork is killer! I for one am stoked this record will out soon!
DRESDEN has a new 7” coming out called Extinguish The Cross. Bitty and company traveled across the barren wasteland, known as Wisconsin, to record in Minneapolis at an underground studio with IN DEFENCE’s guitarist Tom Tom Burt on the controls. DRESDEN delivers two epic crust anthems on this slab of wax. The cover art features work by Jeremy Clark (aka HUSH). The audio was mastered by Brad of FROM ASHES RISE. They have definitely surrounded themselves with top notch talent as far as production of this 7” goes and it’s still the same great songwriting you’ve come to expect. When it comes to Midwest Defenders of the Crust, DRESDEN delivers! Complete with socially conscious lyrics that rail against the KKK and multi-color wax.
Profane Existence is re-releasing the IN DEFENCE – Don’t Know How To Breakdance LP. This was the first LP that IN DEFENCE recorded and the first time they recorded in a studio that wasn’t also their practice space. In fact this album was done at Black Berry Way Studio… the same place THE REPLACEMENTS recorded some many, many years ago. While the production on this record is not as slick as their latest release “Party Lines & Politics” it is definitely a step up from their previous efforts and manages to capture the raw intensity they (we) (Ben sings for the band and he’s talking in the third person. dork. ed.) are known for. Don’t Know How To Breakdance was originally released by Give Praise Records but has long been sold out and hard to find. The reissue will feature bonus trax from the IN DEFENCE/ BLACK MARKET FETUS split 7” and the Twin Cities Hardcore 2007” comp. both of which are now out of print. This means that I.D. hits like “NO WAR BUT STAR WARS”, “ALL HAIL THE TACO AVENGER”, and “CALL MORE DUDES pt. 1” will be available on wax again!!
Profane is proud to announce the release of a local Twin Cities 7” comp called “WELCOME TO MINNEAPOLIS the basement is down there, bands play in the corner”. This comp will feature 6 active local bands from across the punk/crust/thrash spectrum who have been known to rage… in the basement. The bands (PONX ATTAX, VARIX, IN DEFENCE, KONTRASEKT, FAVELA RISING, COGNITIVE DISSONANCE) all got together one weekend and recorded this 7” in the basement studio of Adam Tucker, Signaturetone Studios. The cover is a foldout jacket that features a poster filled with the photographs of local photographer/d.i.y. show promoter Adam Degross. If you are a Minneapolis punk you just might see your ugly face in there. Scene UNITY dude! UP THA MPLS PUNX!! Don’t like it go make your own scene comp…or just go make your own scene comp anyway.
Once these records hit the streets we’ve got more on deck… some new releases and some classic out of print PE reissues. More to come next issue.