Sunday, October 21, 2012


Never doubt the fact that if you travel and return to musical equipment that sat waiting at home the shit will act strange. Whether from jealousy that it didn't get to go or night visitations from some sort of creepy crawly house centipede the fact remains, "no stompbox should go unpranced upon for long". So after a 34 day Lightning Bolt tour when I tore right into a Black Pus show hoping to channel all my fine-tuned psychometal fury into the personal free wheeling expression of Black Pus what did I get? A stream of bewildered drumming alongside some pedals and electronics with a determined contrarian mind of their own. Some days the pedals play you.

But anyway in a world where the pressure's on to debut a new trick every sixty seconds it's fun to step up, so here's this, a new Black Pus video for two songs off my bandcamp album "Pus Mortem". The songs, "Why Must it End?" and "Meet me in that Other Place" are total trash emo. And I had so much footage I couldn't bear to see on the cutting room floor I, being a fully faulty editor, just made it a double feature. Consider it a portrait of me draining my iPhone battery in the van on LB tour filming bits and pieces of the scenery with no real notion of what to do with it, and what did I do? Glued them pieces together with very little out of camera editing(a few nudges here and there to promote interesting audio/visual correlations). I'm satisfied with the results. Thanks to Brian Gibson and Mikey Knives for bearing with me when glancing over on my driving shift to see one hand on the wheel, one on the phone camera and one on the sewing kit fixing my mask.

Please PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE watch in HD, it looks like a turd without it. Make it a little bigger too which means if your computer is as slow as mine, you might have to wait around a while before it starts. Bummer. #FirstWorldProblems as they say. Or you could just watch it on this page in the tiny screen and squint. The video's a circular shot round the country in landscapian order, heading south out of Providence down to New Orleans, west across the deep south including a sweet sweaty 12 hour drive from Austin to Santa Fe, up the West Coast from LA all the way to that horribly ugly city Vancouver and back across the states through towns like Salt Lake, insano Denver and Omaha. Boise Idaho on a sunday night? Thanks to all who came out to see/hear us play. It was a good time. On to our feature presentation,

so what else is going on? This summer I released the album those two songs are from. As I mentioned it's called "Pus Mortem" and it's on bandcamp for the democratic price of "pay what you want". Below is the "cover".  Apparently I've reached the point in my life where everything I draw looks like Mat Brinkman made it. Not a bad place to be.

In other news Black Pus has signed up to release an LP with the wonderful folks at Thrill Jockey.  This is a new HiFi escapade recorded by my fine friends at Machine with Magnets in Pawtucket RI,  the studio who brought you the last two Battles records, The Body LP's, and a Skull Defekts/Daniel Higgs record to name a few. Keith and Seth are pros and kinda nice guys too. The LP hits the planet March 2013.

I leave you with two videos, first a Maks Suski vid, Black Pus live in Hudson NY at Basilica Hudson, one of my Favorite Pus videos ever. an improv that landed in a good place. Thanks Maks as always!

and second a mini documentary filmed by Graham B here in my lair, The Hillarious Attic, Providence RI. Thanks Graham!

PS. There is an election coming up. Vote Obama. He's not perfect but he's human.


  1. haha skeleton jelly! you should collab w/ brinkman ;) awesome stuff dude!

  2. Fuck Obama! The dude is corrupt and true vile evil. Just because he has a "D" in his name does not make him real and true! Sorry. Look where we're at! Look where the world is at? It's burning.