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Off Air - 78 - Two Wolves
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Welcoming the Apocalypse : Chelsea Wolfe
Chelsea Wolfe is a Sacramento musician with several records to
her credit. Currently, she's at work on a new EP, an LP
called The Grime
and the Glow and will open for Crocodiles & Dum Dum
Girls at The Blue
Lamp, Tuesday June 29th.
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The title of your new EP, Ἀποκάλυψις, seems to carry
ominous overtones, religious and otherwise. Tell me about
where it comes from and how it fits into the theme of your
Ἀποκάλυψις is the Greek word for apocalypse, a
"lifting of the veil" or "revelation." Biblical language and themes
have always inspired me, the Book of Revelation in particular.
Such heavy, dramatic imagery about the end of an era.
That imagery, along with the hideous state of the world and
the matter-of-fact view of human deterioration in the book Atlas
Shrugged really inspired me for this EP. The songs deal with
it on a grand scale and also on a very personal level. It was
a spiritual study of the end of the world for
NB: Your style has been referred to as goth folk music &
described by SF Weekly as "goth music [with a] deep experimental
curiosity." Do you identify with these descriptions? And
CW: A "deep experimental curiosity" is a good
description, yes. "Goth-folk" as well. Most all of my music deals
with dark or melancholy subjects, but it's not typical 'goth' music
obviously. Often there is a bit of hope that somehow infuses itself
into the songs. I like to try different things with each group of
recordings. Another purpose of this EP was to capture my current
bandmates and I in the way that we play the songs live.
NB: So many photographs of you (show fliers, Facebook,
SubMerge) see your face eclipsed. The cover of your EP stands in
stark contrast to that theme - what brought you to that design? Who
CW: I like to include myself in the image of my music,
but not in a completely straightforward way. I felt like showing my
face for this cover would fit with the title so I took a self
portrait and gave some prints of it to a friend of mine (C. Orr)
who does these great drawings of strained faces and cryptic symbols
- he uses the word "VOID" in his drawings a lot which I love - he
did a few different versions, all with my eyes blanked out, some
with drawings on them, but I liked the simplicity of this one in
NB: Who are your favorite Sac Scene bands to tour,
play shows with in town?
CW: I really love Mountshout, and Alak. Fancie is one
of my favorite musicians from the area. As for a "scene" in
Sacramento, I'm not really sure if there is one.
NB: When it comes to the show at Blue Lamp you, Crocodiles
and Dum Dum Girls all have rather dissimilar sounds. How did the
decision to book you with those bands happen over say a lo-fi rock
CW: I don't think they were going to have a local band at all
actually, but one of my bandmates is friends with Brandon from
Crocodiles so when they said they were coming to Sacramento it just
kind of worked out. Dum Dum Girls are rad. Should be a good
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I agree completely! This week's Off Air has a song from
Chelsea's Ἀποκάλυψις EP, have a listen then go see
FRI - 6/25: Grace Cathedral | San Francisco - 9pm
TUE - 6/29: Blue Lamp | Sac. (Crocodiles & Dum Dum Girls) -
FRI - 7/2: Concert in the Park | Sacramento - 5pm
SAT - 7/3: Black Bart | Murphys - 9pm
Off Air / In Depth
Wolf Parade - Expo 86
In preparing this entry I
found myself going back to Wolf Parade's previous record, At Mount
Zoomer, to understand WHY Expo 86 jumped out at me so much.
At Mount Zoomer didn't have the speed or hunger of the their Isaac
Brock-produced debut despite stand-out tracks like "Language City"
and "An Animal in Your Care." Still, A.M.Z. may be the best setup
Expo 86 could ever get.
Right out of the gate, Expo 86 clangs along with vigor and fierce
energy. "Cloud Shadow on the Mountain" is anthemic, rousing and
perfectly sets the stage for what the listener will hear over the
record's fifty-five minutes.
If you're clamoring for more after this week's show, check out any of W.P.s many side projects. I
recommend starting with Dan Boeckner's Handsome Furs or any of the billion other
bands Spencer Krug heads up.
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