Brace yourself for one of the most uncompromising hard hitting and politically outspoken records of this era. STORM OF SEDITION are an anti-civilization anarchist crust punk band based out of Victoria BC. Sharing members with the mighty ISKRA you can definitely expect some serious blackened crust, and yes a huge metal influence is prevalent however STORM OF SEDITION are a bit more reminiscent of bands like CONTRAVENE & NAUSEA. “Decivilize” brings a heavy anarcho punk dynamic to the table combined with over the top blackened crust grind thats littered with blistering solo’s, insanely powerful drumbeats, and thought productive lyrics that challenge our current state of human civilization. All in all this is an absolute monster of a release!
Comes with a 12 page booklet containing lyrics, notes, and song explanations.
STORM OF SEDITION WILL TOURING THE WEST COAST THIS SUMMER!!!
Keep you eye’s peeled for a list of tour dates soon!
Listen to the song “Disconnect” here…
Living a domesticated existence Starves people of meaning in their lives Everyone feels the void beneath the surface Of everyday activities and routines
Miserable, exploited, mass populations Feeding the industrial systems endless hunger Treated like machines, living beings Enslaved and kept passive in a technological noose
We live in these cages Made of concrete, glass, and steel A functioning human made hell Complete with natural scenery
Yet there is no community Deprived of connection with real people Technology perpetuates alienation But promises to connect us
And fill the void in our lives In constant need of escape and distraction From this fucking ugly world Technology creeping into our lives
Pop culture, pacifying shit Endless distractions to curb dissent A society of lonely domesticated beings Attempting social interaction behind a digital screen
Clinging to the feeling of connectedness Personalized profiles, mass communication tools Monitored and funded by pigs Spying on people, on movements While corporations profit off government control Microsoft, apple, fedbook Endless lists of corporations Infiltrating our everyday lives The NSA, the CSE Databases created from what you share Information for incrimination Millions of people on terrorist watch lists Technology’s a weapon used against us
Its function is to propel their ability To efficiently exploit us and the natural world While doing so capitalizing off selling us Gadgets to distract us from the lives we live and hate
Turn off that shit, enter the real world You are not connected You are alone staring into a fucking a screen
Get outside, meet with real people! Even if we use these tools We must never forget
Technology is a system created by and for those in power And it will only exist with Division of labor, exploitation, and death
Becoming connected through technology Is a sick fucking joke
PROFANE EXISTENCE RECORDS – PO BOX 647 – HUNTINGTON WV – 25711 – UNITED STATES
Originally pressed in 1996 PROFANE EXISTENCE is bringing this quintessential anarcho punk masterpiece back in circulation.
In 1996 AUS-ROTTEN released their first LP “The System Works For Them” on an unsuspecting punk scene. It spread like wildfire in a pre internet era within a genre that mostly depended on tape trading. (at least is was pre internet for us penniless punks) “The System Works For Them” was the perfect mix of anger and intelligence that the scene needed at the time (and still does today). It was like a wake up call that opened the eyes and ears to many punks the world over. The messages where crystal clear and most us were hooked as soon as the beginning shouts of “Boycott” bellowed over the speakers. I don’t believe any of us ever expected their message to resonate so well within the scene, but even more surprising is how the songs are just as relevant today as on they the day they were written. Which is why PROFANE EXISTENCE has decided to repress this record. We feel that that messages that AUS-ROTTEN brought to the table are to powerful to ignore. We feel that this LP is important and therefore should be highly available and priced affordably.
PROFANE EXISTENCE has worked out every last detail of this release with the members of AUS-ROTTEN whom have been involved from step one. All tracks have been re-masted by Jay Matherson at the Jamroom studios. To be 100% honest we didn’t want to do a complete re-master of what we already considered a good recording. However when we opened the tracks on protools we noticed a few balance issues that required fixing. These fixes resulted in a tremendous upgrade to the overall quality of the tracks. We painstakingly scanned, puzzled, and photoshopped the original artwork to make sure that it was as close to authentic as it could possible be. We then went for broke by pressing in three different vinyl color combinations! Overall to say that we are pumped to release this would be an understatement, we are absolutely ecstatic to bring you this LP on PROFANE EXISTENCE!
To top this all off we worked with AUS-ROTTEN vocalist Dave Trenga on redrawing the classic “What Good Is Money, When There Is No One Left To Buy” design for a T-Shirt to concede with the albums release. This is a fresh take on an old image to create a new and original design.
Vinyl options are…
1. Standard black vinyl
2. “The Battlefield is Still Red” Bloodsplatter vinyl.
3. See through “Smoke”. – Available at SKULLFEST only
Silence are a highly active post-punk/peace-punk band from Pittsburgh, PA. “The Deafening Sound of Absolutely Nothing” strives (and succeeds) to achieve the perfect balance between peace and post punk. By taking influences from The Mob, Bauhaus, Zounds, Killing Joke, Amebix, Crass, Conflict, Internal Autonomy and Joy Division SILENCE have created what can only be described a brilliant debut LP. At one moment this record is dark, heavy, and atmospheric and then the next moment it makes you want to dance and sing along. Lyrically SILENCE are much closer to the anarcho side of the previously listed influences. Lyrics focus on a variety of topics but often have a strong focus on the way punk and activist communities deal with political struggle in our current political climate.
“The Deafening Sound of Absolutely Nothing” comes with a 16 page magazine size zine containing lyrics, personal writings and song explanations. Designed, printed and assembled by the band themselves in true D.I.Y. fashion.
Silence will be having a record release show in their hometown of Pittsburgh PA at the Rock Room Friday April 22nd with SHADOW AGE and SKELETON HANDS. Then later this month SILENCE will embark on a full United States tour to support “The Deafening Sound of Absolutely Nothing”. Here is a list of dates. Be show to check in with the bands “bandcamp” or “Facebook” page for show updates.
When all that remains is a world in flames. Is that when they’ll say the wars are finally won? That wars are finally done?
They’re beating on the drums again, they’re fueling up the planes. The congressmen fall into line and sing the old refrain. In the name of peace they’ll burn the land and drop a thousand bombs.
Meanwhile we’ll just stay at home and go back to our sitcoms. It’s the same old song, we’ve heard it before. They’re beating the drums and they’re calling for war. What it’s supposed to accomplish, no one is sure But the victims are always the hungry and the poor.
Once the drums of war begin it’s hard to make them stop. The noise silences the dissidents once the bombs begin to drop. All those who call for peace will be mocked and pushed aside. In 10 years they’ll admit we were right after many thousands more have died.
Finally after many delays from the pressing plant the WARWOUND Demo’s LP “A Huge Black Cloud” is out and copies are moving fast!
Recorded in 1983, this record contains 15 songs from 3 sessions. With a few different takes you get a total of 25 blistering tracks. For those unfamiliar with WARWOUND, they are a UK band formed in 82. WARWOUND recorded 3 demos in 83 before disbanding and members went on to join THE VARUKERS and form SACRILEGE. These demos never received an official release… until now! Highly influenced by DISCHARGE, WARWOUND is one of the first bands ever to take D-Beat Punk to a raw and intense level. Recently reformed in 2015, original guitarist Damian is now joined by Ian Glasper on bass and Rat Varuker on vocals. After a few gigs in the UK word is spreading fast of the relentless onslaught of a live show these veterans put on. WARWOUND have also recently hit the studio to record for the first time in over 30 years. Needless to say WARWOUND is back with a vengeance!
For those of you who don’t know DEADLY REIGN, Its time to get with the program! DEADLY REIGN is a 3 piece D-BEAT killing machine with a legendary line up comprised of members from GLYICNE MAX, DOGMA MUNDISTA, SCARRED FOR LIFE, WORLD BURNS TO DEATH, KEGCHARGE, CENTURY OF WAR AND TILL DEATH. These guys have been at it for a long time and don’t fuck around when it comes to bringing you punk rock authentic and true to its sound and with their new single released on PE entitled SLAVE! These guys don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. So let’s get to the brass tacks and see what these guys have been up to. (INTERVIEW BY DUTCH WELCH FROM KRIGBLAST)
PE: So what are your names, what do you play, and how did you guys come together?
(RAYGUNN) I MOVED TO AUSTIN AND RAN INTO GUERINOT AT HIS DAUGHTER’S BIRTHDAY PARTY. UNKNOWN TO ME, MY WIFE WAS AND STILL IS GOOD FRIENDS WITH HIS WIFE AT THE TIME AND HE AND I KNEW EACH OTHER FROM THE PAST WHEN OUR PREVIOUS BANDS HAD PLAYED TOGETHER. WE GOT TO TALKING AND DECIDED THAT WE SHOULD START A BAND. I SAID, WE JUST NEED A BASS PLAYER/SINGER, AND HE SAID HE HAD ONE. HE CALLED HIS FRIEND GUSHAMMER AND HE WAS INTO IT. THEY HAD BEEN WANTING TO START SOMETHING TOGETHER FOR A WHILE. AND EVENTUALLY WE GOT THE BALL ROLLING (OR SHOULD I SAY, THE BEERS FLOWING?).
PE: You guys have all been in some pretty kick ass bands in the past. who played in what?
RAYGUNN – GLYCINE MAX, DOGMA MUNDISTA, KONTRAKLASE, AND SCARRED FOR LIFE.
GUERINOT – WORLD BURNS TO DEATH, AND KEGCHARGE.
GUSHAMMER – CENTURY OF WAR, AND TILL DEATH.
PE: Who came up with the name Deadly Reign?
(RAYGUNN) I USED TO HANG OUT WITH A KICK ASS BAND IN THE EARLY 80’s CALLED BODY COUNT. THEY WERE AN EARLY D-BEAT STYLE OF BAND (BEFORE THE TERM D-BEAT WAS AROUND) AND THEY HAD A SONG CALLED DEADLY REIGN. SO I TOOK IT FROM THAT. (AND YES, I AM AWARE THAT THERE WAS A BAND CALLED DEADLY REIGN FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BACK IN THE EARLY 80’s, BUT THAT IS NOT WHERE I GOT THE NAME FROM).
PE: The music of DR is furious, in your face politically and socially. Whats the motivation behind your song writing?
(RAYGUNN) MUSICALLY, WE JUST TRY TO WRITE MUSIC THAT WE LIKE. THE KIND OF STUFF WE WOULD LISTEN TO AT HOME. NOT SO MUCH TRYING TO BE ORIGINAL OR GROUND BREAKING. MORE OF JUST PLAYING THE HARD AGGRESIVE TYPE OF MUSIC THAT WE LIKE. WE GET IT ALL TOGETHER AND THEN GUSHAMMER WRITES SOME LYRICS.
(GUERINOT) I’VE ALWAYS SAID I CAN’T AND WON’T BE IN A BAND THAT I COULDN’T ALSO LISTEN TO. WHAT WOULD BE THE POINT OF PLAYING SHIT THAT YOU DON’T LIKE? WE AREN’T DOING THIS TO PLEASE OTHERS, JUST OURSELVES.
(GUS) SOME LYRICS HIT RIGHT TO THE POINT, RELIGION. IT’S FUCKING 2013 AND HERE WE ARE STILL DEALING WITH RELIGIOUS NONSENSE! PEOPLE THE WORLD OVER ARE BEING PERSECUTED, MISLEAD, AND OUT RIGHT SLAUGHTERED OVER RELIGION. RATHER IT’S CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS, JEWS, OR WHATEVER FICTITIOUS BULLSHIT SECT THEY ARE IN. RELIGION IN ANY FORM IS UNCALLED FOR AND DANGEROUS! AND THIS COUNTRY USES IT TO PULL OFF SOME SERIOUSLY HEINOUS ACTS OF PURE AND UTTER VIOLENCE AND WAR. WE TOUCH ON THIS OF COURSE ON THIS RECORD, BUT MORE SPECIFICALLY IT’S DIRECTED TOWARD THE WORKING CLASS FOLKS AND THEIR DAILY STRUGGLE JUST TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. THE OLDER WE GET, THE SAME STRUGGLE REMAINS, EXCEPT NOW WE MUST NOT ONLY FIGHT TO FEED OURSELVES BUT FIRST FEED OUR CHILDREN AND LOVED ONES AND THEN WITH WHAT IS LEFT OVER, TAKE CARE OF OURSLEVES. SO WE CAN SLAVE ANOTHER DAY FOR A LESS THAN ACCEPTABLE WAGE. OVER THE YEARS I HAVE WATCHED OUR (PUNK) COMMUNITY OF FRIENDS WORK IN HORRIBLE CONDITIONS FOR SHIT WAGES WITH NO BENEFITS AND NO HOPE OF MOVING UPWARD IN THESE POSITIONS. AT THE END OF THE DAY THEY HAVE A SMALL CHECK THAT IS OVER TAXED AND A SORE ACHING BODY, THAT CONTINUES TO GET WORSE. “TELL ME IS THIS THE LIFE I’M FORCED TO LIVE TO PROVIDE FOR MY FAMILY?”…THE ANSWER IS NO! BUT NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT. WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO POINT OUT THESE CONCERNS OVER AND OVER UNTIL THE POWERS THAT BE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO LISTEN.
PE: You guys did a split with HELLKRUSHER not to long ago entitled Continuous Warfare. How did this collaboration come about?
(RAYGUNN) I HAVE KNOWN SCOTTY (HELLKRUSHER) SINCE THE MID 80’s WHEN HE WAS IN HELLBASTARD, AND I WAS IN GLYCINE MAX. WE USED TO BE PEN PALS, AND WOULD SEND EACH OTHER TAPES OF OUR BANDS, AND OUR FRIENDS BANDS. WE EVENTUALLY LOST TOUCH WITH EACH OTHER AND THEN YEARS LATER FOUND EACHOTHER VIA THE INTERNET. I SENT HIM SOME DEADLY REIGN AND HE LIKED IT. AND WE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING TOGETHER.
PE: You guys all have family’s now and continue to tour, play shows, practice, record and work. How has DIY punk changed in your lives and how do you make it work?
(GUERINOT) WELL, I HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS BUT HAVING AN UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTIVE PARTNER IS KEY. HAVING KIDS IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE SO IN MY OPINION, THEY COME FIRST. WORKING AROUND THEM AND WORK IS USALLY PRETTY EASY. LATELY IT HAS BEEN A BIT MORE DIFFICULT BUT TRYING TO WORK OUT THE KINKS IN A SITUATION AND PUT PIECES BACK TOGETHER IS PART OF THE PROCESS.
PE: The new single from Profane Existence entitled SLAVE, what can we expect and do you have any future releases coming out?
(RAYGUNN) IT’S A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN OUR LAST TWO RECORDS, BUT STILL THE DEADLY REIGN STYLE. NEXT WE WILL BE WRITING FOR A SPLIT 12″ WITH OUR FRIENDS KONTRASEKT.
PE: Closing comments, any last words?
THANKS TO ALL OF OUR FRIENDS THE WORLD OVER. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. ALSO, THANKS FOR THE INTERVIEW. AND BE SURE TO PICK UP THE NEW DEADLY REIGN ‘SLAVE’ EP ON PROFANE EXISTENCE! AS WELL AS OUR LP AND THE SPLIT WITH HELLKRUSHER. ALSO, WE WOULD LOVE TO GO TO EUROPE SOMEDAY, IF ANYONE OVER THERE WOULD LIKE TO HELP OUR BROKE ASSES OUT. HAHA! CHEERS – DEADLY REIGN
This interview was conducted with Dave, the lead singer for KRUM BUMS when they passed through Omaha, Nebraska in May 2011.
My husband Donny helped book the show at an all ages venue called THE HOLE (which was written about in the last issue and sadly is no more…) We met in a bar across the street after the show where I got to pick his brain a little bit. This is the result….
When I was in high school I played in a band called DFA (Death From Above), we were a total thrash-punk crossover band that listened to healthy doses of DRI, VENOM, METALLICA, COC, the EXPLOITED, etc. We just jammed for our friends and had a good time representing RFHC (Roaring Fork Hard Core). We never recorded anything other than practice tapes and we probably sucked.
This DEATH FROM ABOVE hails from Brazil and plays straight-up D-Beat, this is their first foray into the world of vinyl and they do not suck. DFA does not stray far, if at all, from the patented D-Beat formula and on this 4 song 7” they even cover DISCHARGE’s ‘War’s No Fairytale’ doing it perfectly.
This three-piece packs quite a punch and the production is immaculate. It’s heavy and warm… and punk as fuck! The packaging is the classic black and white imagery so common to this style of music, but folds out into a mini-poster of sorts. There are no lyrics with the genre and songs like ‘Bloody Streets’ and ‘Game of the Arseholes’ you pretty much know what they are about.
This is total DISCHARGE worship with little of its own identity but it is so well done that the record is actually quite fun and is worthy of its existence! (JoshMosh)
THE FURLOUGHS s/t 7”
These guys won me over before I even heard the music just because the
record is pressed on recycled on marble vinyl and sold in 100% recycled
kraft envelopes with hand stenciled artwork. Granted, the design is simple
and is without skulls, cops on fire or dirty patched up punks, it has
heart and shows their passion for their project. Maybe I’m wrong and they
are just cheap, but that’s not my call. Also included in the package is a
b/w sheet with photos of the band (some of whom are from distant countries
while the band is based in California) and lyrics which are very engaging
and maintain positivity even when addressing negative aspects of social
behaviors and awful political situations. It’s very refreshing. It’s so
easy to pull out an arsenal four-letter words and resort to harsh name
calling or paint a very gruesome picture in order to get a point across.
Instead, the words are chosen in a thoughtful manner and even delivered in
melodic way where the vocals are used as another instrument instead of
just growling or barking the vocalist’s opinions. I’m thankful for that
since it would have vastly altered the dynamic of the music which is more
of the rock side of punk in that late 80s early 90s D.C. almost post
hardcore style. The drums are careful to work in precise step with the
bass to provide great rhythm and structure for the songs while allowing
the guitars to playfully, yet powerfully work in tuneful harmony to lift
up the entire experience. I would never have guessed that these guys were
so young. (Jake)
Vehement Records / 1303 Yosemite Dr. / Corcoran, CA 93212
Talk about obscure, I can find anything about these guys anywhere online. From what I know they were a punk rock band out of Seattle that was active in the early 90’s. A search for the individual band members online yielded some interesting results. One of the dudes is Jeremy Enigk…Is this the same Jeremy Enigk that went to form Sunny Day Real Estate?
RFH play early 90’s hardcore that may borrow as much from the DC post-punk scene and bands like SOULSIDE as they are reminiscent of more hard-hitting outfits like ECONCHRIST. The music is dark and heavy and the vocals have heavy reverb on them. The music pushes ahead at mostly mid-tempo with a few bursts of raging hardcore speed and the vocals go from a talk/shout to a sheer rage as the music intensifies. I see in the notes on the back of the record they thank RESIST for a place to stay…Maybe they played with them?
On the back of the sleeve it says it was recorded on a single micro-phone in the basement of a place called the Blues House. I don’t know how they did it, but damn!, it came out really good.
The lyrics are not included as the packaging is minimal but from some of the song titles and what I picked up in a few of the songs they seem to sticking to topics of socio-political topics. They even go as far as to spell it out on the back of the sleeve: “No Tolerance for Racism, Sexism, Xenophobia, or Totalitarianism”. Word. (JoshMosh)
Mark Swanson / 1020 NE 125th st / Ste 16 / Seattle WA 98125
BLACK HOLE OF CALCUTTA – AGE OF EXTINCTION LP
The first time I threw this on it was spun at 33rpm leading me to believe
that this was going to be an epic journey through some sludgy funeral
doom. Oops, totally the wrong speed. After adjusting the speed and
checking to make sure nobody else noticed (fine, I was alone) I starting
over and was just as stoked on these folks. The opening riffs are slow and
hypnotic, almost enchanting. Just as you allow yourself to give in to it
everything changes: thunderous drums lead in with a warlike rhythm
launching the band into a ferocious wall of chaos. At times I’m reminded
of the HIATUS s/t 12” due to the drawn out melodies with a very
Scandinavian hardcore base. The melodies are carefully paired with manic
tempo changes in the vein of IRON LUNG or DESPISE YOU. The drummer seems to be the backbone here. Not to take away from anyone else, the string section churns out beautiful chaotic violence almost effortlessly, but
Jesse is just killing it, lending to the intensity of the vocals. I’ve had
the line “why do you lie so much?” stuck in my head for a few days now.
The lyrics are pretty intense and personal with youth being the recurring
theme. I can’t say enough good things about this record and I literally
haven’t taken this of the turntable in a week. It’s no surprise that it’s
so good considering the long list of bands these guys have been active
with: THE MAKAI, ¡MAMMOTH TORTA!, KIDS WITH HEADLICE, NO THANKS, SCUM
DOGS, DEAD REGIMENT, THE QUAKERS, FACE DOWN, NO GOODNIX, OEDIPUS AND THE
MOTHER FUCKERS. Yep. (Jake)
Sacred Plague Records / sacredplague.com / www.myspace.com/sacredplague
Hi folks, and welcome to the first posting specifically regarding the Profane Existence distro. Allow me to introduce myself, my real name is Matthew but some people may know me as Cavewizard who writes some of the record reviews here at P.E. but going further back I wrote (and still do) record reviews and interviewed bands for the webzine Downtune Despondency . I have been here at P.E. filling up the distro for a little over a year and a half with punk, crust, grind, metal and even a little bit of deathrock from all over the world.
OK….so now that that is out of the way, I would like to present what is new here at the distro that I find really exciting!
Just arrived today is the I WANT YOU DEAD: ΑΩ 7” from Greece! This little surprise gem is one of the best new records I have heard in a while. First off, the packaging is AMAZING. Inside a heavy card stock gate fold sleeve is not only one beautiful smokey gray marbled translucent record , but also a lyric sheet printed on vellum with an extra card stock insert that has an old anatomical image on one side and a detail of a photograph of a wolf in the snow bearing its teeth on the other. Two very powerful images. What’s also interesting about this presentation is that the band’s name is nowhere present on the record, insert or sleeve adding to the ambiance of the overall package. And for all you online DJ’s out there, there is a download card! Here are some pics of this masterpiece from the label website.
Now on to the music….wow! This band rules I have to say. It has been described as “metallic punk” but this is some good straight forward heavy crust punk. Yeah there’s some metal elements goin on here but this really is not like a lot of the other heavy metallic crust out there where the lines blur and its hard to say one way the other. This record is clear and well produced without being overproduced, heavy dark and crusty without being blown out or muddy. I find it a bit pointless to compare I WANT YOU DEAD one band or another but if I had to, MORKHIMMEL was the first that came to mind when I first heard this . I would also have to say that if you are a fan of Aborted Society Records releases you will love this. This record has some driving and catchy parts as well as some slower parts making their sound diverse and unpredictable without having to use the oh so trendy breakdowns that most bands resort to in order to make a fast to slow transition. Overall, this record has everything going for it – grandiose visual presentation and a crushing and heavy sound that is unique and fresh. Highly recommended!!!!
We’re sending the next wave of new Profane Existence Records releases to the pressing plant and we’re celebrating by having a sale in the distro! Now through March 1st, receive 15% off your order of $50 or more using coupon code KU888W83F in the checkout. We have some really killer releases in stock — including tons of vinyl (literally) — and more great stuff on the way. We are THE cheapest international distributor of hardcore, punk, crust and metal, and now you can get your favorite tunes for event less. Thanks for your continued support!!
I feel it coming on already. I’ve learned to recognize the subtle symptoms, after years of experience, where in the past I didn’t even notice I was in the throes of it until afterwards. Like being in the middle of the woods, you don’t see the forest for the trees until after you’re out. The lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, total lack of motivation to do anything except get drunk, becoming completely withdrawn from friends, family & loved ones, being emotionally unavailable to those who mean the most to me, turning into a solitary hermit, irascible moods with a short temper and even shorter patience, all signs that I’m beginning to experience seasonal affective disorder, or as it’s more commonly, and very appropriately, referred to, it’s acronym, SAD. I feel not only changes to my emotional state, but my physical body as well. I develop a near insatiable appetite, with relentless cravings for the worst possible foods, filled with fat, salt, and sugar, all preferably delivered with a hearty dose of carbohydrates, to a level that no amount of pizza or sweets could satiate, as my body tries to pack on winter weight, preparing for the hibernation that won’t come. My normal negative and pessimistic outlook toward life is escalated to a near ludicrous degree. The morose feelings of hopelessness and pointlessness are ever present, constantly weighing me down like a heavy wet blanket that cannot be cast off. All this, and the seasons have just begun to change. It’s barely the beginning of fall. But to me, the first day of fall might as well be the middle of winter. As soon as the temperature begins to drop, and the days begin to get shorter, something inside me is triggered, something uncontrollable, like the changing of the seasons themselves. This is a depressing thought to a total control freak like me, just one more thing in life that I feel powerless to change. It’s a strange thing to feel your self so greatly affected by the seasons, in the same way that the tides are dominated by the gravitational force of the moon’s orbit. I am not cut out for the short, chilly, grey days of the winter months. Things seemed much more tolerable in the summer, with the long, hot, brightly lit days, and the sun’s warmth to elevate my moods. But those times are fleeting, and I’m already feeling overwhelmed by the change of the seasons, even though the worst is yet to come.