Coloniser - Strategies Against Identity
The tape’s still available somewhere, Crucial Blast?
Four song tape i did about 18 months ago, colonialist themed power electronics.
To me successful PE is almost always about power, and about cruelty to the listener.
The worst manifestations of this are the dime a dozen “you filthy whore, i’ll slit your throat”. Seriously, fuck off, i’ve seen pictures of you and your girlfriend drinking Snapple on Instagram, you spend more time on your appearance than 80s glam fans or 2010s fake crusties, and you clearly couldn’t slit an apple, let alone a throat.
Anyway, to me the mother of all power struggles in the world today is still the ongoing legacy of colonialism, so i decided to do a project based on different aspects of historical and contemporary colonialism.
The first release was about education in colonial India that was designed to create good working facsimiles of Europeans that could manage colonial outposts away from the Metropole as the British empire expanded so much it couldn’t effectively manage itself.
The problem in continuing the project was twofold, one, writing the lyrics felt like writing papers, which is something i have to do anyway and taking on extra work is something i generally try and avoid. Two, i started to wonder how much i could really invest in the concept before i had to say “this is really fucking wrong”, when it was not my intention to add that kind of moral commentary.
And i honestly couldn’t do it, i just couldn’t turn some extremely egregious subjects in to entertainment.
I kept the exact same sonic approach (minimal compositional elements, metal, synths, clear vocals, non-dynamic noise), but changed the name and lyrical content. It’s now Wolves of Heaven.
the Wolves of Heaven/ Nyodene D split tape didn’t last very long, but there’s a reissue on vinyl due out soon, test presses are in.