i’m really fortunate be featured as the cover story of the latest issue of Electric City Magazine. not only did they do an extended piece on the face, but for the next little while they also have an exclusive premiere of my new forthcoming album, NØ FUTUR(E).
the album doesn’t come out until June 1st, but it’s gonna be dope. the physical release is a four-track 7″ (featuring a 12×18″ poster with art, lyrics, and liner notes on one side, and a playable 3D ouija board on the other, drawn by Robb Mirsky), and an extended 13-track digital mixtape. what more could you possibly want? chocolate? okay, maybe i’ll throw in some skull-shaped chocolate.
as for the piece, it’s a solid one. if yr a garbageface super fan, you may not learn many new details, but if you need a garbage refresher course, or are new to my work, this is pretty much all you need to read. for what it’s worth, i am humbled and honoured that they gave me the space, and somewhat confused as to why i deserve to be on the cover. but… it’s mega dope.
after a 2015 that was full of touring and writing, 2016 is shaping up to be the most prolific year of garbage yet. i’m not someone that generally releases a lot of new music, and usually stew over things for long periods of time as i road test material and refine recordings. 2016 is when a lot of new shit comes to light.
the winter is incubation, already underway. my shows during this season are going to feature a handful of the new things below, and trying out some new takes on old favourites. they’ll all be experiments and stress tests.
the spring is going to bring a dose of thundershowers as my Killjoy Collective pal VIRE and i unleash a mixtape of a new collaborative project that’s been brewing slowly across last year. if we’re lucky, maybe we’ll do some touring or one off shows behind it.
the summer will be humid and heavy. it’ll see the release a special super shhhhhh 7″ plus digital mixtape, all lovingly produced by a local ptbo producer who will be revealed soon. this release marks the first time that other rappers are doing feature verses on a release of mine, and the features already recorded for the 7″ alone are fucking dope as hell. more details when they’re ready. but it’s going to be fucking rad.
the fall & winter are going to be blustery as all hell, and will bring the release of Unreliable Narrator, my first full-length album, half-produced by me, and half-produced by ptbo’s own Dastard Hand. i’m really excited to birth this thing. the album will be released on 12″ and digitally. there will be touring, and plenty of it. i’ve already filmed one video for this album, with Thee Rob Viscardis, and more of that will happen.
to everyone that’s supported me so much over the years, i hope to make 2016 the year all of that support pays off for you, and you get as much garbage as you can handle. thanks for helping me get to this point. i needed you.
well, it’s been a year, that’s for sure. rather than bore you with a whole bunch of paragraphs, i reckoned i would do a bit of a statistical analysis / numbers game. here’s a numerical review of the year in garbage.
total shows played: 60
percentage of those shows in ptbo: 35%
km travelled for shows: ~15,000+
shows played in cities i had never played before until 2015: 4 (kitchener, saint john, charlottetown, chesterville)
new covers attempted: 5 (Lithium by Nirvana, I Gave Up On You by ELMS, Wicked Game by Chris Isaak, My War by Black Flag, Pentagram Medallion by Prayers)
new covers successfully executed: 3 (Lithium, Pentagram Medallion and I Gave Up On You)
PA systems that i felt were “too quiet”: ~20
PA systems that i felt were a “good volume”: 39
PA systems that i felt were “too loud”: 1 (fredericton, and it was awesome)
cages played in: 1
times performed on Trent Radio: 2
new songs written/recorded: 14/10
music videos recorded for upcoming release: 1
songs released publicly: 2 (as special downloads with t-shirt purchase)
collaborative projects in the works for 2015, seeds planted: 3
separate releases planned for next year, all underway: 3 (1×7″, 1xLP, 1x cassette)
coffee cups drank: ~500+
packages of sour patch kids eaten: ~50
podcast episodes recorded/released: 3/2
cars exploded: 1
(sorry again, bennett. you the besssss.)