Passive/Aggressive

Graham Lambkin, Vilde Tuv & Paisajes – En virkelig god aften i sin sammensathed

December 17 2018

An evening w Graham Lambkin, Vilde Tuv & Paisajes at Mayhem. 29. november 2018 – Reportage af Claus Haxholm, foto af Yuko Zama www.erstwhilerecords.com

Aftenen startede med Paisajes, der betyder landskaber – og navnet både som klang og betydning passer ganske godt til en ret retrospektiv form for ambient musik – akustiske pianoer, der bliver afspillet over skyer og tåger af støj og mere harmoniske flader. Fladerne bestod dog vist mere af rumklang end synths, der var iblandet lave field recordings, eller måske var det støj fra båndmaskinen. Det var svært at regne forholdet mellem computeren og båndmaskinen ud. Et relativt minimalt set-up med en bærbar og en båndmaskine, begge af flot design. Jeg troede først, der var en skarp konceptuel tilgang til deres forhold, men ret hurtigt viste det sig at være mere poetisk baseret. Det, jeg havde sværest ved i den første koncert, var Paisajes’, i mangel på bedre ord, “underdanighed” i forhold til ambientmusikkens arv.

Jeg havde desværre meget, meget svært ved ikke at tænke på en vis brite, som havde en anden form for narrativ/samfundsrelateret struktur at lægge det hele på. Det manglede lidt, og jeg havde håbet, at der så ville være et tankespil mellem de to teknologiers møde, og det skete også til sidst, da båndmaskinen – utilsigtet, går jeg ud fra – begyndte at brumme, samt at computerens lyd begyndte at fade ud. Læs resten

Korpsånd – Black metal-heresy should be praised! (interview)

English November 22 2018

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By Simon Christensen

In February this year the American tape label Fallow Field sent out a double cassette tape with a collection of new Danish black metal under the name Korpsånd, “an introduction to new wave of raw DKBM”. Korpsånd (en: corpse+spirit) that connotates both a brotherhood and rising from the dead, is a term coined by Jesper Bagger Hviid, musician, sound engineer and caretaker at the venue/rehearsing space Mayhem, and Emil Toft, musician and half of the label Hævngær.

Later “Korpsånd” was released on CD by Tour de Garde and it is now finally seeing a double-LP release in the winter as a conclusion of a great year, that also saw Korpsånd represented at the Festival of Endless Gratitude, touring abroad and playing several concerts at Mayhem in Ragnhildsgade.

However, despite the connotations to a brotherhood Korpsånd is neither the end nor the only means of this group of people who have also seen a number of international releases and individual paths through other genres than black metal. Rather it could be viewed as a banner for a series of black metal-bands who share a recording studio, a set of aesthetics and belong to the noise/experimental scene of Mayhem. Although they don’t see themselves as part of a greater metal scene in Copenhagen, Korpsånd have connections to other diy-establishments like Kill Town Death Fest, Extremely Rotten Store, Night Shroud Records, fellow Mayhem-band Slægt and the new label Nattetale.

How and where did you actually meet and when did you form this group?

Emil: “Before our bands started to affiliate there was a sort of void in the Copenhagen BM scene. I think we all shared a dissatisfaction with the contemporary metal and punk scene in Copenhagen, and of course a shared interest in wide variety of music. I believe the idea for the compilation spawned out of a show Lesion, Afkald, Blot & Bod, and Vaabnet played at Mayhem. The compilation was a good opportunity to start new projects, most of which have continued to make music since.”

Can you explain in more practical terms, what the core of Korpsånd is? Is it 12 people in a rehearsal space, or what is it exactly?

Jesper: “Not exactly. Korpsånd is merely the banner under which we move for now. Our studio at Mayhem, which is also the rehearsal space for every band that Erik, Jølle and I are in, has become the center of the group. This is where I record everything we release, but people are connected to different rehearsal spaces all over the city. Our group is tightly knit and rather few people make up a lot of different projects. For now, the Korpsånd banner still makes sense.”

In terms of artistic output and sound production, what is your common ethos and what is different among the members of the group? Listening to the compilation itself shows a variation within that black metal idiom. How do you see that? And some individuals even plays in other non-dkbm bands and projects, is that not considered heresy anymore?

Jesper: “I don’t even think we have a common ethos. We are all very different, yet very good friends. Every project has its own distinct life. This of course derives from the specific constellation of members and the common ground they establish.
The black metal idiom is extremely elastic. As are the agents within. Amongst the people of Korpsånd, there are people active in death metal, techno, power electronics, noise, abstract electronics and experimental music in general. Heresy should be praised!”

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Janushoved – “I always wanted a feeling of anonymity” (interview)

English July 2 2018

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Interview and all photos (Yuri & Internazionale, Soho Rezanejad, Raquin, Manon Lescaut 22.06.2018 @ Mayhem) by Cameron Pagett

“I always wanted it to have a feeling of anonymity.” Mikkel Valentin, founder and recording artist of Copenhagen electronic label Janushoved reflects. “I started making noise music when I was 16, I thought I had invented a completely new genre.” (laughs). Some years later and a total of 80 releases past the beginnings of Janushoved it feels like a big step forward to him. Showcasing and coming out and connecting physically as a label and a unit hasn’t always been directly on the cards. With numerous releases under different aliases, the label has a feeling of mystery and familiarity. Having established itself firmly as a name in the local Copenhagen DIY electronic scene, it feels like this could have or should have been done much more than it has. With an adoring local and international audience and a unique presence in the noise community with a sound normally bearing a romantic and sensual aura, Janushoved has grown organically from the seeds of pure sound and a penchant for exotic, bizarre and sentiment driven visuality. “It’s a label that draws the intellectually stimulated melody junkie,” an admirer reveals, “The style is distinctively Copenhagen but feels less harsh and calculating then some others … it’s more like red wine on a Saturday night rather than vodka.”
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Yves Tumor – Perfectly unpredictable (live report)

English April 2 2018

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Yves Tumor, Khalil, Scandinavian Star and Soho Rezanejad hosted by Lowlife Scum and Knife Magazine at Mayhem 23.3.2018. Review and all photos by Cameron Pagett.

“Don’t fuck with my shield! Don’t fuck with my shield! …”

It’s the fourth and final set on a crowded Mayhem night and the headliner Yves Tumor has broken or rather, ripped his way through his plastic cage which had separated him from the audience for much of the first portion of his set. The music, or rather the drilling, cerebral, sordid symphony of siren like noise complete with jackhammering, invasive vocals called from the fog for a sense of security. Young men scurried from the imaginary room once partitioned by painter’s plastic which still adorned the majority of empty wallspace in the room.

“Don’t fuck with my shield! Don’t fuck with my shield!” Cries for respect in the midst of full body assault sound filled the space momentarily. Yves stares into a young woman’s eyes standing beyond the table with his controls resting on it. Stares into her eyes possessed with the same madness jolting from the speakers. This is aggressive. Engage or leave.

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Mayhem – Alt er som før (interview)

Feature December 3 2017

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Af Emil Grarup

Mayhem, en hjørnesten i den københavnske undergrund og et spillested med ét efterhånden veletableret internationalt renommé, er otte år efter sin grundlæggelse blevet overtaget af en ny flok ildsjæle. Johannes Lund, Maria Bertel, Tobias Kirstein og Sune TB Nielsen, som etablerede Mayhem i 2009, har valgt at give teten videre til tre, der hver især er særdeles aktive på den københavnske scene: Martin Schacke fra noiseselskabet Moral Defeat og musiker i bl.a. Body Stress, Haraam og som Schacke, der udkommer på Ectotherm; Jesper Bagger Hviid, producer og musiker, som driver pladeselskabet It Was Gnarled og som har udgivet musik med bl.a. Broder, Blot & Bod, Tropisk Klima m.fl og sidst, men ikke mindst, Bjarke Rasmussen, som udover projektet Grøn er ansvarlig for det eksperimenterende pladeselskab Infinite Waves. Vi har valgt i anledning af overtagelsen at bringe et interview med de tre nye forpagtere.
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