Tuesday 25 May 2021

Gilded Age: New Song Premiere and Release News

On May 26th Portland, Oregon (USA) powerviolence band Gilded Age will be releasing a very special album called Voices, with the help of Canadian tape label Tomb Tree Tapes. I'm very happy to be able to bring you a special song premiere along with extra release news, ahead of tomorrow's full unveiling via fellow blog Captured Howls. 

Now, I don't normally just copy and paste press releases verbatim but on this occasion I feel that Matt  from Gilded Age describes this release better than I ever could:-

"We wrote 10 instrumental powerviolence tracks and handed the music over to woman-identifying, non-binary, and BIPOC folks to write lyrics and record vocals. The core of this project is to provide an outlet and a platform for those who have been historically underrepresented.

For context, this collaboration started in 2018 when Christine Blasey Ford came forward about being sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh, nominee for Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. As the hearings unfolded, we were outraged by the reductive dismissal she publicly endured. Many of the woman-identifying people closest to us expressed defeat and frustration, as well as an urgent need to blow off steam."

The song that Gilded Age has chosen to premiere is called 'A requiem: ad nauseam' and it's lyrics were written/recorded by Tammy. Here's what Tammy had to say about it:-

"This song was the culmination of my frustrations with the inextricable link between patriarchy and the state. Judges, politicians, police, and professors are some of the biggest perpetrators of gender violence yet are least likely to be held accountable because of their proximity to power. One of the lyrics were inspired by the Chilean feminist protest song  “Un Violador en tu camino”/“A Rapist in your path”: “Y la culpa no era mía, ni dónde estaba ni cómo vestía.”/“And the fault was not mine, not where I went, not how I dressed.”

You can listen to the track below:-

Another great touch for this release is that there will be 10 different swirl tape variants coming from Tomb Tree Tapes. 9 of those variants (10 tapes each in total) will bare the names of those who wrote the lyrics for the songs that appear on Voices. The 10th variant will feature the band's name.

They will go on sale tomorrow via the label and any money that Gilded Age brings in through sales of the release will go to the charity https://rosehaven.org/, which is a shelter for women who are homeless or have suffered abuse of any kind.

Below are some pictures of the swirl tapes to wet your appetites:-

Make sure you head over to Captured Howls tomorrow for the full album stream - https://capturedhowls.com

You can pre-order both physical and digital copies of the album directly from Gilded Age here - 


Gilded Age - https://www.facebook.com/wearegildedagepdx/

Tomb Tree Tapes - https://www.facebook.com/tombtreetapes

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