Premiere | Everyone Is Dirty, "Thief, Breaker Of Bones"
Within the Bay Area's scene fabrics of perpetual change; artists and arts emerge, evolve, some move (LA, NYC, Seattle and so forth), while very few stay. Remaining steadfast and loyal to their Oakland soil is Everyone is Dirty who continue to keep their styles innovative, radical and vehemently DIY. Countering the adversity of price-outs and other cost-prohibitive obstacles to living in the Bay—leader Sivan Lioncub and crew have been inclusive forces to keeping these encouraging threads tight by nurturing collaborative communities with fellow artists, to their work with local media institutions OIM Records, Donut Time Audio, Tricycle Records and more. Following up their recent full-length testament to self-perseverance and electric pop arts My Neon is Dead; Week in Pop is proud to present the world premiere for Everyone Is Dirty's concert epic at San Francisco's Bottom Of The Hill that captures an inspired performance of "Thief, Breaker of Bones". The time warping space glam styles of Sivan Lioncub, Christopher Reece Daddio, Tyler English and Tony Sales are catapulted to places out of this world thanks to the visual direction of Julian Gabriel Bendana & Nicole Salmeri—presented courtesy of Donut Time Audio.
The visual begins on the industrial end of 17th Street in the Potrero Hill neighborhood as Sivan appears like an extra-terrestrial pop star who fell to earth. Like an alien aesthete on a mission to spread the Everyone is Dirty gospel; Lioncub cloaks themselves with the force of telepathy before rushing into the venue to join bandmates on-stage (dodging traffic, barking dogs and bouncers on the way). The camera views continue to change vantage points from intimate corners of the stage, to the crowd and sometimes hovering above both the stage and audience with a wide-angled lens scope.
"Thief, Breaker of Bones" begins with Sivan's signature violen lead that invites an array of organized dissonance—painting a ballad of train-wrecks and narratives of discontinuity transpiring in our current era. California, put your pants on, you have had too much to drink, the band sings amid Lioncub's alliterations of, you put it on, that moves past superficial put-downs in a quest for greater substance and exchanges. The sci-fi fashioned sweeps of impassioned expressions grow from b-movie textures of cinematic strings to visceral rhythms of catharsis that fuse dadaist delivers with pop punk orchestrations. With this the group's entire sound and energy takes off with the ferocity of space rocket, while the camera continues to zoom out to create an out-of-body experience of witnessing the event while floating high above everyone. The entire song suite concludes where it started from, with Sivan back outside awaiting to be beamed back up to the mothership in order to return to their cosmic moon base station in the East Bay.
Sivan Lioncub took the time to share a variety of meditations and reflections about everything pertaining to Everyone is Dirty and much more:
Meditations on the evolutions of of Everyone is Dirty.
Evolutions smell of Tyler's pedal steel and a trio set. Trio set gives off its own mellow mood.
We are releasing a new evolved gooey single "The Wishing Song" at our trio debut at The Lost Church on August 17 with Lalin St Juste (The Seshen). "Wishing Song" features our newest collaborator, Jake Kopulsky, aka Jack Attack, on drums.
Thoughts on how visuals & audio inform one another on a level of medium interaction.
Film is music. Time is rhythm.
Insights on how Julian Gabriel Bendana & Nicole Salmeri's visuals for "Thief, Breaker Of Bones" impacted the worlds of the music.
White Light Prism's visual projections and Julian and Nicole captured our soul energy. This is like catching a firefly.
There is a real warm, almost psychic essence at work at Bottom of the Hill. Thoughts on the Everyone is Dirty attachment & enchantment with that SF venue.
Bottom Of The Hill was the many sweat layered places where we met Tyler. So it has special scratch & sniff significance. Standing in another woman's evaporated sweat, hoping their musky mojo will rub into your essence. Rolling out into the audience, there's always energy.
Bottom Of The Hill holds the indescribable unattainable undefinable rare mojo that a venue has, when you walk on-stage and it possesses you. It's the ghost, friendly and fierce.
Creative works in progress in the Everyone is Dirty camp.
A music video for "San Andreas" by Sarah Maloney & Me. ("Mermaid" video) It's an experimental biography of Charles Bukowski. A split 7" with our Oakland friends Buzzmutt. A single release at The Lost Church. (August 17)
Donut Time is our home/studio in Oakland where we've been recording lots of local and even national bands for the past two years. We are taking the studio to Hickey Fest for the second year in a row, where Chris is setting up a mobile rig in the woods of Standish-Hickey park and recording all of the bands. The outcome is a Live At Hickey Fest Mixtape, a few 7"s and a series of videos. The Hickey Fest 2017 Mixtape is about to come out & includes Shannon & The Clams, Dead Meadow, Meerna, Madeline Kenney, Sugar Candy Mountain, and so many more. All proceeds will go to the SF Rock Project, a rock school in downtown SF for kids.
Get your Hickey Fest tickets at hickeyfest.com.
Here is Shannon & The Clams from Donut Time at Hickey Fest 2017:
Thoughts on the activists, artists & movements that are expanding our worlds of art & conversation.
Look out for a new collective that throws shows in Oakland called The Bad Seed, run by female artists.
A great example of how Oakland is taking care of her garden.
Insights into pursuits of attaining international enlightenment in 10 easy steps:
1. Adopt a rescue dog and take them everywhere you go
2. Close your eyes and go inward
4. Take it seriously
6. Ask why, don't answer
8. Kick a bad guy in the face
9. Practice Abstinence
11. Be sensual
12. Don't listen to me I'm 2 past 10