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music video : Liars – Pro Anti Anti

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Today’s music video brings us the creation and life of an art piece in the form of “Pro Anti Anti” the newest music video from Liars’ new album Mess.

- Jennifer Link






DIY funding : Pretty Disaster Music Video

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Auxiliary contributor and PinUp Cassia Crawl is raising funds via crowd funding for her next exciting project. In addition to writing and modeling, Cassia has a three year history making music and performing in bands and her current focus is on her trip hop solo project CRAWL. Having only released two singles, her focus is already on making a music video for her first single “Pretty Disaster” because why wouldn’t a highly visual and creative model have half her focus on the visual elements of a music project?

Cassia is raising funds with IndieGoGo to produce a dreamscape video for “Pretty Disaster” and backers can get rewards ranging from signed model prints to downloads of tracks from her upcoming album Magicka to a cameo in the video being filmed in Toronto. The project has already funded but producing a quality music video is expensive so she could use all the funds possible!

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You can support this project by visiting : www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-pretty-disaster-music-video

- Jennifer Link






interview : Kickstarter Patron Jason Draper of Orations

Monday, July 14th, 2014

There are a lot of people who helped us with the Kickstarter crowd funding campaign to go to print and pre-sell subscriptions! Creative Jason Draper runs the screen printing shop Wooden T-Shirts and will be printing Auxiliary’s first T-shirts, the Reclaim Collection available now through our Kickstarter. In addition to running Wooden T-Shirts, Draper has a long and successful history with music. He is a co-founder of one of Buffalo, NY’s longest running indie dance parties Transmission, a current resident DJ at one of Buffalo’s most popular goth club nights On the Wire, he is currently the bassist of indie rock band Failures’ Union, and of particular interest to Auxiliary readers he has a new postpunk band Orations. Orations, consisting of Jason Draper on bass, guitarist Paul Morin, drummer Steve Sojka, and singer Jess Collins, has recently released their first EP on Bandcamp and with Sheets of Tens. We asked Jason Draper a few questions about himself and Orations.

interview by : Mike Kieffer and Jennifer Link
live photos : Jennifer Link

What in your past as a musician lead up to the forming of Orations?
My high school years were spent playing the typical punk and alt-rock that most teenage bands end up doing. Even at that point I was trying to lay the groundwork for a band like Orations. I was always suggesting Cure covers and trying to get them to shift our direction a bit to the darker side of things. It’s not shocking that for the most part the people I played with had little interest in that. The closest I ever came back then was getting a band to cover “Boys Don’t Cry”. In more recent years I have inserted the occasional chorus laden bass line played on the high strings, but for the most part I let the bands be what they were. I’ve wanted to start a postpunk/goth band for about two decades now but never connected with the right people.

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How did Orations come together?
I have known Paul and Steve for a long time, but our paths didn’t cross all that often. I actually met Steve in 1995 at an L7 show. I met Paul through playing shows. I knew for a long time that all three of us had similar musical interests and shared a love for a lot of the same bands. The problem was that all three of us were always busy with other projects, so I never inquired about starting something together. At the 2012 Mohawk Place Xmas party the three of us got into an excited conversation about some band or another, and I ended up asking them if they wanted to start something. I apparently picked the right time to ask because Paul drunkenly said yes. In the morning, when he awoke sober, he regretted the decision but decided to go to at least one rehearsal. In January we got together and in a couple hours worked out the basic structure for three songs and we all fell in love with the project.

In your short history, what has been the biggest challenge the band has had to overcome so far?
That’s easy, the only biggest problem we’ve encountered thus far as a band has been finding a singer. We had a very specific vision in mind for the band and finding someone who fit in with that proved to be harder than we anticipated. We started practicing in January 2013 and it was over a year later when we finally found ourselves playing with Jess. We tried out a handful of different people in that year, some of them were great, but the pieces just didn’t fall into place. It got extremely frustrating, but the band was a low priority for us at the time, so we just kept writing songs and continued our search. We didn’t want to settle for someone who wasn’t perfect, so it took time for us to stumble into Jess. We had all known her for a long time, but she had been living out west for a few years and had recently moved back to Buffalo.

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What genres best describe Orations? And what artists did you draw from when crafting your sound?
When we first started out we were going for a dark postpunk sound that was heavier on the punk side of things. “Anhedonic Moan” (the first song on our EP) was written (pretty much to completion) at our first practice. That song will give you a good idea of where our heads were at in the beginning. After a few practices some cleaner, poppier songs started to manifest. Now we tend to go back and forth between the two sounds depending on our moods when we’re writing.

We never set out to create anything new and dazzling, we just always wanted to write songs that could easily find a home amongst those written by bands that meant the world to us. Some of our obvious influences are The Cure, Joy Division, Southern Death Cult, and The Chameleons, but we’re always pulling ideas from different places. There are parts of some of our songs that are inspired by Pink Floyd and Dead Kennedys. We kind of go all over the map, but it somehow all fits together.

Is there a story behind the name of the band?
Since I got the three of us together in the beginning, I was in charge of naming the band. For some reason I have always wanted to be in a band whose name started with an O. Words that begin with that letter have an aesthetic appeal to me. I also wanted the band to have a logo, as I had never done that before with previous projects. I absolutely love the Germs’ blue circle logo that came from the “Germs Burn”. Thinking about that made me want to use and O word even more. It’s not an exciting story, but I just flipped through the 15th letter in a dictionary, until I came across oration. A formal speech typically given at a funeral fit perfectly with what the band was going for. We pluralized to lower the chances of encountering another band with the same name.

At Auxiliary we love to see aesthetics being considered by musicians, what forethought have you put into the visual elements of Orations?
From the get go we always wanted some sort of visual appeal with Orations, but we didn’t want to go overboard. Too many bands form an aesthetic and they take it too far. Their ideas that were originally meant to be stark and appealing end up cheesy and distasteful. The three players in the band have a uniform that we wear live (black pants, with matching button up military shirts that we dyed). Jess can wear whatever she wants up front. She’s the show and the rest of us fade into the background.

Also, as I touched on earlier, I love the idea of bands having logos. When a band has a symbol that is completely recognizable with no text there is something special about it. What we came up with for us is nothing crazy, but I hope will someday it will have at least a shadow of the impact that logos had on me when I was younger.

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Orations can redo the soundtrack to any movie, what movie would it be?
Does Carnage Visors count?

I really don’t know how well our music would translate to most films, but I could see it somehow working with a Cronenberg film. I’d like to match up what we make to Videodrome. That could be interesting. Actually, how about Lost Boys? I think Paul could pull off the shirtless, greased up saxophone player look.

In reverse alphabetical order, list your top 100 favorite bands.
To answer this question would do more harm than good for the band. I’m guessing my love of bands such as The Cranberries and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin isn’t going to win us any points with people who would be interested in Orations’ music.

What are some your creative endeavors aside from Orations?
I am the owner/operator of Wooden T-Shirts screen printing shop (I’m printing up the Auxiliary “Reclaim” shirts), I play bass in the band Failures’ Union, and I also DJ a couple of club nights around Buffalo (Transmission and On The Wire).

What are your long term and short term hopes for Orations?
We’re currently in the process of recording our first full length. We have a decent chunk of it done at this point, but there’s still a bit to work out. We’re looking for a label who would want to release it as an LP for us. I put out the EP on my own label, Sheets of Tens, which I created to put out smaller released for bands that I work with. Having the backing of a more established label would definitely be beneficial. We’re also starting to plan some shows around the East Coast and Midwest for the rest of the year.

Our EP is also going to be released in Europe on Swiss Dark Nights later this year. Once the LP is out we hope to head over there for a tour as well.

Get the Orations EP on Bandcamp or Sheets of Tens and check out the Auxiliary Kickstarter for details on becoming an Auxiliary patron and being interviewed by Auxiliary about your creative projects.






music video : Die So Fluid – Black Blizzard

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Today’s music video brings you dark eye candy visuals over alternative rock/metal from Die So Fluid. Really enjoy the scenes on the beach and lead singer Georgina “Grog” Lisee’s heavy jeweled cat eye over red glitter lips look. Grog describing the video for “Black Blizzard” says, “nature is wild and untamable, and my character in the video is the storm.”

- Jennifer Link






music video : Ki:Theory – Stand By Me

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

I was a bit late on discovering Ki:Theory’s album Kitty Hawk to have it reviewed. But I did like it! They also have a deluxe edition now which has a bunch of remixes and six new tracks. To coincide with this release they have a new video for their cover of “Stand By Me”, and the video is quite intense.

- Mike Kieffer






music video : Junksista featuring Ladyhell – Queer

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Germany’s electro duo Junksista on Alfa Matrix pair up with Lovelorn Dolls’ front women Ladyhell in the music video for their cover of Garbage’s “Queer”. The cover keeps the chilled out and sexed up feel of the original and has been officially sanctioned by Garbage.

- Jennifer Link






in attendance : Skrillex – The Mothership Tour

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

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Toronto ON, May 31 – Eardrums ruptured and bass heads jumped in unison on the shoreline of Lake Ontario last Saturday night as TD Echo Beach transformed itself into one massive electronic dance party. Talent of the here and now embraced the up and coming within the EDM scene and it was out of this world. The multi-talented Grammy award-winning Sonny Moore, known to the world by his stage name Skrillex, joined rising French producer DJ Snake and electro/progressive house DJ Henry Fong in a stellar lineup that produced a world class show of entertainment.

You couldn’t have asked for better concert weather. The sun’s rays beamed down on ravers of each gender milling around the arena in their neon tub tops and muscle shirts, high-wasted cut-off shorts, and sparkly DIY-inspired brassieres and fanny packs. At first glance, it appears I have time traveled into a 80s workout video. I travel deeper into the crowd and the spectacle is something else. Hardcore EDM fans in body paint danced in circles around each other and enjoyed the feeling of community.

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Orlando/LA-based electro house DJ Henry Fong, a fresh young face on the EDM circuit, opened the show with short, choppy mixes that incorporated 90s hip hop samples that were perfect for a chill summer day. Growling bass and heavy snare snaps echoed throughout the arena and the crowd couldn’t get enough of the exotically tan, dread-rocking sensation.

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The sun set and it was time for Grammy nominated French producer DJ Snake to take the stage. DJ Snake, who is signed to Diplo’s Mad Decent label, rose to fame in 2013 when the tribal sounds of the dubstep heavy mix “Bird Machine” featuring Alesia attracted followers far and wide. 2014 then became the year of the Snake in the states. His world popular trap-packed track “Turn Down for What” featuring Lil Jon hit airwaves and became an inescapable club anthem. When Lil Jon’s voice boomed through the speakers, concert goers thrashed their hips and shook their arms spastically as if an electrical current entered their body and took control.

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Darkness had finally fallen upon TD Echo Beach. The lights of the Toronto skyline twinkled in the distance. Fans rushed to the porta potty lines before it was too late. Skrillex was about to take the stage, and they had been waiting a long time for this man.

The mother ship landed and the lights were blinding, but no one averted their eyes; Skrillex took their pupils hostage. The bass blared across the arena and reached the stars.

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Skrillex is the person electro/dubstep/house producers aspire to be. Not just extremely talented, but a genre-defining, cultural pioneer, and self-made at that. A transhumanist spirit is shared by those who attend EDM shows and one can feel it once they enter the community. The 26-year-old has helped foster a culture unbounded by opinion or difference. At Saturday night’s show, the feeling was no different. Fans rocked back and forth and jumped up and down in ritualistic motion. Everyone came together, and it was an amazing night for all.

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photos : Jessica Brant

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interview : Angelspit

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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Zoog Von Rock of Angelspit discusses industrial, punk, DIY, and glitch in his music and style, the social issues behind his work, and the new Angelspit album The Product.

interview by : Rocki Lee
photographer : Abby Schoofs Photography
makeup artist : Nicole Oechsner at Renaissance Salon & Spa
hair stylist : Nicole Oechsner at Renaissance Salon & Spa
fashions : Zoog Von Rock

read the full interview in the February/March 2014 Issue






music video : Tycho – See

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

A chill psychedelic summer track with a mystical summer adventure. Our featured music video this week comes from Tycho’s latest release Awake on Ghostly International.

- Jennifer Link






in attendance : VNV Nation – Transnational Tour

Monday, June 9th, 2014

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New York NY, May 10 - VNV Nation rocked The Bowery Ballroom at May 10th’s show, rocked it so much in fact, that they performed a second show Sunday as well! Opening for VNV, was the electro DJ duo, Whiteqube, DJs Jason Schary and T. Ryan Arnold. VNV Nation blew away the crowd, as they continue their tour for their ninth album, Transnational, performing new songs, like “Primary”, while also revisiting classics, like “Joy”. Ronan Harris always knows how to get the crowd pumping and moving on the floor, always willing to single-out people in the audience, whether it’s asking them to turn off their camera flash or liking the designs on their shirts. He’s a showman, and he’s here to make you part of his show. Whether you want to or not, you soon find yourself moving to the music performed by VNV Nation!

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photos : Knightmare6

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in attendance : David J – An Eclipse of Ships Tour

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Toronto ON, April 24 – David J, founding member of Bauhaus and Love & Rockets, played a show at Lee’s Palace with Amy’s Arms and Ariel for opening acts. Amy’s Arms had joined David J for three Canadian stops (Montreal and Ottawa being the other stops) on his North American tour; Ariel joined them specifically for the show in Toronto. Touring began in advance of the May 1 release of David J’s new album, An Eclipse of Ships. The album had been successfully crowd funded through a Kickstarter campaign which ended January 11. Ariel took the stage, followed by Amy’s Arms, and then David J.

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Ariel is a quartet that formed in 1995 and currently has Toronto as a base of operations. The band played their signature really loud blend of world music and atmospheric rock, which was a really great way to start the evening, at times switching the bass out for a sitar. The band announced in October 2013 that they are planning to record new material.

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For Amy’s Arms, this was the third and last stop on their Canadian tour. They continue to sound tight and put on great live shows, not forgetting to rehearse often while in the background of things still carefully crafting a studio album. They feel honored to have toured with David J, an icon whose work across many projects helped inspire them.

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The headliner of the show, David J, played a blend of great new songs and already established crowd favorites. I particularly enjoyed the atmosphere of “Who Killed Mr. Moonlight” and the fun “Kundalini Express”. David J has been quite active of late; in addition to releasing of An Eclipse of Ships, he recently worked with Adrian H & The Wounds to create this song and video, a cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic”.

photos : Dylan Madeley

See more photos from this event at www.flickr.com/photos/dylerpillar.

- Dylan Madeley






music video : Liars – Mess on a Mission

Monday, May 12th, 2014

We are loving the new Liars’ album Mess, full of sexy techno and crunchy synths. It is sure to appeal to those who like darker electronic music and industrial. The bands adventures through monsters and sacrificial rituals are actually adventures on a green screen. Angus Andrew explains the band and director were, “really fascinated by the idea, that nowadays, in filmmaking, you can no longer tell what’s real and what isn’t.” An interesting video that contrasts the song’s anthem, “fact’s are fact and fiction’s fiction.”

- Jennifer Link






music video : Peter Murphy – Hang Up

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Former Bauhaus frontman, Peter Murphy’s solo track “Hang Up” is a blending of sounds that delivers exactly what Peter Murphy fans have been craving. The godfather of goth has returned and has paired amazing vocals with standout lyrics. Rich with attitude and passion, this is the Peter Murphy we know and love. “Hang Up” is an experimental video that enthralls and entertains, you can’t help but set it on repeat. This track is already generating excitement for Peter Murphy’s new album, LION set to release June 3rd.

- Lisa Lunney






music video : Gary Numan – I Am Dust

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Gary Numan’s new music video “I Am Dust” is visually enticing with it’s vivid colors, reminiscent VHS glitch effects, and composite images that truly characterize the singer’s experimental persona. The track’s beat matches the pulse of the transmission and blurry imagery while his voice shines throughout the industrial composition. However what is truly impressive, is the lack of post production in the video, as it was all filmed and created in analog. This new music video will surely bring you back and rejoice in Numan’s sheer originality and electric compositions.

- Cassia Crawl