Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Monday, January 30, 2023

Treedeon set to unleash 'New World Hoarder'

Photo by Treedeon

By Andy

Had Cat and I known about Treedeon at that juncture, our hang-out with Yvonne Ducksworth would have certainly lengthened.

On our travels in April of 2013, we navigated our way to the stellar Franken Bar in the Kreuzberg section of Berlin and befriended the bartender, who we soon learned was a fellow American. Ducksworth was stoked on my Die Kreuzen T-shirt, which I had recently procured when the band ripped and shredded apart the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands. 

As our discussions about punk and metal continued over a two-hour period, Ducksworth noted that she grew up with our pal Mike IX Williams of EyeHateGod in New Orleans long ago. The talk of raging tunes was supplemented with beers and shots as we and Ducksworth regaled each other with our epic music stories of past and present. 

Killer music filled the air at the Franken -- situated across the street from the legendary SO36 punk club on Oranienstraße -- every step of the way, of course. I rose from my coveted seat on several instances to peruse the plethora of band fliers that were affixed to the bar's walls. All the while, Cat and Ducksworth's voices and laughter echoed throughout the hallowed building and kept me grinning away.

Since Ducksworth's sludge metal/noise unit Treedeon formed that same year, maybe she wasn't ready to unveil her new band onto our musical doorstep. Either way, they remain wedged in listeners' steely ears and will soon hammer their new release, "New World Hoarder," into the mega-heavy realm on March 17 on the Exile On Mainstream imprint.

Pummeling album No. 3 includes the following six pack of tracks that are sure to decimate whatever sound system you choose to ram them into: "Nutcrème Superspreader," "Omega Time Bomb," "New World Hoarder," "Viking Meditation Song," "RhV1" and "Läderlappen."

Along with Ducksworth on bass/vocals, the mighty Treedeon features guitarist/vocalist Arne Heesch -- who also contributed the album's stunning artwork -- and drummer Andy Schünemann. Lutz Baumann ventured into the band's rehearsal space in August 2021 to record and engineer the monolithic offering; Baumann and the band served as twin mixers, and then handed the album over to Stefan Brüggemann for mastering duties. 

Ducksworth imparted an unfeigned account of her enduring musical journey in an Earsplit PR press release to reveal the coming of "New World Hoarder" to the metal masses. It reads, in part:

“I’ve been incessantly attached to music all my life. It has inadvertently guided me throughout. Good times, but more importantly so, through bad times. The existential uncertainty of life on this planet, with these people, who think they are in charge of this fragile bio-system, imposing their stringent political, commercial, and religious views upon all of us; otherwise free and gentle humans, is painfully mind-blowing. I am eternally grateful to be able to be allowed to create music to get me to… every next day. I know I’m not alone with this. I am a firm believer that we need all types of love and art to become sane compassionate human beings… Something I try to work on daily, with mixed results. I’ll always try being as true to my deepest feelings when writing a song."

To watch an album teaser, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38hIdAe19Ao

For release info, click: https://shop.mainstreamrecords.de/product/eom105

Monday, January 2, 2023

Cat Rose's Lucky 13 Photos for 2022

Amyl and the Sniffers

We witnessed an array of musical stylings last year and Cat was once again armed with her camera and positioned right in the thick of the action. Here's some of her favorite shots of 2022. Happy new year!


Filthy Friends

Bob Mould


Filthy Friends


Circle Jerks

Spirit Mother

Negative Approach

Blackwater Holylight

Moving Targets


Friday, December 30, 2022

Our Quotes of Note from 2022

Mark Cisneros performs with Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds in 2015 in Seattle. Cat Rose photo

It's another year of There's Something Hard in There in the books, and here we revisit some of our interviews from the 2022 session.

We've been fortunate to participate in some enlightening and inspiring chats with solid musicians and people over the years, and we'll deliver some more compelling stories for you to feast upon in 2023. Happy new year!


Mark Cisneros, Hammered Hulls:

"It's like when we get together, it's almost like a break from reality -- from the rest of our lives. We get together and it's just like this amazing, amazing time. And it's like stepping into another dimension."


Emilien Catalano, Moving Targets:

"I was a big fan, had all the records. So for me, it's really like a dream to play with Kenny. I still get along really good. We're halfway through the tour -- 14 shows, I think, tonight -- and I'm not even tired. It's like being on vacation with these guys and making music, touring the world. I can't really ask for more." 


JJ Pearson, Toxic Reasons:

"All the hard work, playing, starving, recording, traveling, not having a home, no long-term relationships, all that I did with a bunch of bandmates that I couldn’t love any more if they were my real brothers."


Chris Foley, SS Decontrol, on "The Kids Will Have Their Say":

"To say that the album helped to shape my formative years would be an understatement. The whole hardcore scene was such a big stepping stone in my life. And it turns out a whole lot of people feel that way, too." 


Mark Sullivan, The Slinkees:

"It really was banging it out. My memory of it is that we were kind of like a dog with a bone in its mouth. We found something, we were working. We were very determined to turn it into something."


Henry Rollins on the SOA EP:

"I think at shows, we were just trying to get through the songs as best we could. The set was like twelve minutes. The shows were more like prolonged convulsions. I’ve always been an intense person I guess. Being in Black Flag allowed me to focus that. Greg Ginn and Chuck Dukowski wrote some songs you could sink your teeth into." 


Nic Austin and Gene October of Chelsea on the "Evacuate (Revisited)" album:

Austin: "It's been nice for the band to kind of go through all the stuff and bring back a lot of memories, but it also sort of fires you up and gives you a little bit of enthusiasm for the fight now."

October: "I think it was quite important to remind people what a great album that was: A. And B: There's some very important messages on it, I think, which relate to today. You know, the general atmosphere of today, what people are going through. It was worth going back on that again and reminding people."

Sunday, December 18, 2022

'Seasonal surf spectacular': Redshift, The Evanstones and MuerteMen in Seattle/ Cat Rose photos

Redshift (All Cat Rose photos)

Let's hand it to Redshift, The Evanstones and MuerteMen for ripping it up at the "seasonal surf spectacular" on Dec. 10 at the legendary Central Saloon in Seattle. Central alums like Andrew Wood, Chris Cornell and copious other rockers would surely have approved of this shindig.

Cat Rose photos galore: