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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

AGAK

BandAGAK
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence
Related artistsTetola93, Blue Friend and Document Not Found.
CountryTokyo JAPAN
Years Active2016-present
Song: "局面"
Album: "Suicide Note"
Year: 2017
For fans ofEnvy, 49 Morphines, Blue Friend, Улыбайся Ветру, Crowning, Cease Upon The Capitol, Youth Funeral, Lakmé, Carl Johnson, Forget Me Not, Dip Leg, Amanda Woodward, Aussitôt Mort, Heaven In Her Arms and Loma Prieta aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Zegema Beach Records / Middle Man Records / MeatCube Label / Kakusan Records / Dance Happy Doom Crew / Cyllene Records
This post's artist is from the February 2018 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the February 2018 Mix#2 right here or get the new March 2018 Mix#3 here.

I first heard about AGAK a few years ago when my friend Shingo from Tetola93 let me know he was in a new band, as I had helped release their final album alongside MeatCube in early 2014. Fast forward to late 2017 and I was informed of a split 10" that Zegema Beach Records was given the opportunity to help with and AGAK was part of it. I contacted Shingo and let him know I was going to be helping with his new release. It was only then that he sent me the 'Suicide Note' EP via email and I was flabbergasted. Hoooooollllllly shit these six songs are insanely good, technical and cathartic screamo. Think if Envy stayed hard and fast, then mix it with Czechia's Lakmé and Korea's 49 Morphines.

Before we begin discussing 'Suicide Note' it should be noted here that on the AGAK bandcamp page only two songs are available, but I've put the entire 6-song EP for download right here and that is the version I'll talk about. It opens with "辞世", an ambient/noise intro that lasts 1:38. This is followed by the sensational "局面", which is a strong contender for best AGAK song. At 2:20 it's a rager of blistering, dark and metallic screamo with excellent dual vocal exchanges halfway through. "価値" takes things the swelling and epic route and more than doubles the time of the previous track, while "終点" is a mere 1:46 of technical and playful wizardry backed up by a pummeling breakdown close. "循環" gets stupid at 50 seconds with a powerful, surging concoction of Dip LegLakmé, Amanda Woodward and Envy, as well as impressive guitar solos and frantic close. The final song on the cdEP is a sweet ambient outro with eerie, looming piano. This thing was so incredible as a package that it made my Best Of 2017 EPs at #14, linked here.

Building on what I mentioned earlier, I'm super stoked to drop the news that in the summer of 2018 AGAK will be on a split 4-way 10"LP alongside Coma Regalia, Cady and my friends in Majorel. This insane split will be coming out on Zegema Beach Records, Middle Man Records, MeatCube, Kakusan, Dance Happy Doom Crew and Cyllene Records. I've heard the AGAK tunes and they are fanfuckingtastic. More news coming soon!

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DISCOGRAPHY

2017 - Suicide Note cdrEP (stream/donate/download here) [download full version here]

2018 - 4-way split 10"LP (w/Majorel, Cady & Coma Regalia) coming summer 2018

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(2017) AGAK - "価値" (from 'Suicide Note')

(2017) AGAK - "局面" (from 'Suicide Note')

(2017) AGAK - "循環" (from 'Suicide Note')

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AGAK additional links

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Monday, 19 February 2018

***PORTRAYAL OF GUILT exclusive interview***

PORTAYAL OF GUILT Interview
MONDAY NOVEMBER 13TH 2017
w/RESPIRE, DIGEST & FRAERA
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!

***PODCAST #23 w/Karl Leisky (EMÖ LENDVAI/FUCKOULT/YUNG NAT$)***

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.

1
SLOW MASS - "Dark Dark Energy" (Dave)
PURGE - "More Wolf Than Thee" (Karl)

2
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)

3
KITE FLYING SOCIETY - "Art of Conversation" (Karl)
FOXMOULDER - "Tempered Ill" (Dave)
REI COMPACT - "Furchteimer" (Karl)

4
DIE PRINCESS DIE - "Nights of the Light" (Dave)
OPC - "kbeast" (Karl)
SEEYOUSPACECOWBOY
 
- "Atrocities From a Story Book Perspective" (Dave)

~Dave

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PODCAST #23 linked here
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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