Pastel Matte Violence
01 The Mantra
03 Deep Inside The No
04 Stealth Largeness
05 Blood Rain
06 Tour De Blanc
07 Rusty Nail Throne
08 Right Side Data
09 Just Lost
10 Common Cults
12 Cruise to the Sledge
13 It is 5:40am
14 Not Then
15 Perhaps I’ve Lost
CURRENT STATUS: In production, scheduled for 2019 release.
Somewhere in the stack of terrible news items of 2018, I saw a picture of a peaceful protester wearing pastel colors who appeared to be beaten by police. I saw it once and never saw it again, but it had a profound impact on my understanding of these times we live in. Here was someone who, before leaving the house that day, chose to wear pastel colors to protest in. There’s something so weird about that to me. It’s like sweet and sour or something.
There’s something very dark about what’s happening in the United States right now, and I wanted that to be reflected in this record. As someone who grew up in Texas for most of my life, I’ve seen and felt the true nature of this darkness for many years. I saw it dying a slow death during my childhood, and right when I thought it was finally gone, it came back with a vengeance. It's slowly and broadly bleeding through the surface. Some people think it’s a good thing. I don’t. Certain things belong behind us, permanently.
It’s not just literal, physical violence. It’s violence when applied in other forms. It comes in many textures and colors.
If it was a person, I can visualize an old, bald, obese, elderly clown with gold teeth wearing a white suit covered in blood with money stuck to his suit via the blood. It’s offensive and threatening. You can't have a conversation with that. The only way I feel I can meaningfully participate in the public arena of debate/discussion is through the framework of music, and I think this album accomplishes that.
But hey, it's not all negative. All of our interaction with the world is filled with positive, negative and neutralizing forces. They're all there, and they're always changing. For the world and for us.
Special Thanks to everyone who keeps things sane and real..
Rough mixes, instrumental run-throughs, demos, etc