Lilou & John | Rotten Copper

MAGNETIC

Welcome to the musical universe of Steve Cefala. I was astonished when I pressed play on my cellphone. I had heard that he had partly British ancestry, was a distant relative to Jefferson and Washington, and liked guys like Pat Buchanan, General Alexander Haig, Ross Perot, Hunter S Thompson, Newt Gingrich and POTUS Donald Trump. I thought he would do folk music like the songs that must have gone through the heads of the minutemen back in the 18th century (ha ha I was so wrong). Dark heavy metal rarely gets better than this. Anyone familiar with black/doom metal band Dawning could have heard Steve before.

My thoughts go to Black Sabbath and classical 80's metal, but with a new twist. The guitars and bass go deep like Sabbath's best, and Steve Cefala's way of singing is versatile and magnetic, going from growling to a stone hard cool voice like that of a low-pitched ZZ Top smelling of gasoline and one too many "Fuck you I'm Millwall". This is a guy that knows how to put intense emotions into his words. If there is one record that would accompany me on a road trip along a dramatic coastline I would definitely pick this one. It's loud and yet extremely beautiful, you know the feeling you get when you're playing around on the guitar neck when you've just had the world's strongest drink. If this had been the soundtrack for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas I would have bought the movie.

All in all, Rotten Copper is a prime example of right wing heavy metal coming out of the shell. Each song is different from the other and you get totally new experiences, from the speedy rockabilly-metal-number "Robokill Plaza" (weird or great, you choose) to the short but electric madrigal-like 21st century chamber music wonder "The Baroquen". I sometimes come to think of Cock Sparrer's remake of "Sunday Stripper" and sometimes I think of Nick Cave at his prime. Harmony and disharmony working together.

To all you right wingers out there who long for a cultural revolution, I present to you: Steve Cefala and Rotten Copper.

 

FIRST CONTACT

1. WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START CREATING MUSIC? 

I naturally began composing classical guitar songs at the age of 16. The first was for my grandfather, a 2 star general Thomas Lipscomb (who designed the president’s nuclear bunker and was involved in Project Oregon Trail, the US official bio-weapons response).

2. IF YOU COULD BOIL DOWN YOUR MUSIC INTO THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE? 


Freestyle melodic rebellion.

3. NAME THREE IMPORTANT DATES IN YOUR BAND’S HISTORY AND WHY THEY MATTERED?


When Trump won the election it confirmed that the neo-surfs had united against their masters. The band tells a prophetic story which gets confirmed by current events.

4. IF YOU COULD PICK YOUR FAVORITE SONG FROM YOUR ALBUM(S), WHAT WOULD THAT BE? 


The Green Nebula is my favorite because it is about the Stephen King movie Maximum Overdrive which is my favorite film.


5. HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO REACH OUT WITH YOUR MUSIC?

Because my music is different, it reaches out only to the chosen few. It is like the Excalibur sword that not everyone can pull out.

6. WHAT FUTURE PROJECTS CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO?


I plan to focus on physical cd releases. But it is important that I return to playing classical guitar again , because nothing compares to the music of Bach.

7. I LOVE THE ECHO ON YOUR VOICE, IT MAKES IT ALMOST THEATRICAL AND GOES WELL TOGETHER WITH THE BRUTAL GUITARS, HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THAT IDEA?


One idea I have always tried is to make the vocals sound like a loud whisper, to make it a dream-state.


8. YOUR NAME ”ROTTEN COPPER” MAKES ME THINK OF A POLICE OFFICER PAID BY THE MAFIA, HOW WOULD YOU EXPLAIN THE IDEA BEHIND THE NAME?

That is pretty much the idea behind it. Where I live in Salinas the average dude was working against the system. Old school gangsters , bikers, rock and rollers. They mistrust the system.

9. I HAVE GOT THE IMPRESSION YOU ARE QUITE LIBERTARIAN, IS THAT CORRECT, AND IS THERE ANY CONNECTION BETWEEN YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS AND YOUR CHOICE OF MUSIC GENRE?


I grew up in New Jersey at the time of Springsteen's Born in the USA and Bon Jovie's key albums and there was a connection between love of the country and blue collar hard rock / metal that I still believe in today. Its hard to label my political views. I basically see a ruling elite of aristocrats (Illuminati) globally who run everything against the will of the people. I do believe in a radical concept of personal freedom, but non in the sense of open borders or globalism.


Hobbes, Locke, Harry Browne, and Hunter S Thompson resonate with me in that regard by the way 

THE QUICK FIVE

10. HEART OR BRAIN? 

The heart is more important because the will to power can overcome the odds of reason.

11. PRECISION OR ENERGY? 

Energy is central because it creates impactful events.

12. ELECTRIC OR ACOUSTIC? 

Acoustic is better because it emphasizes melodies and chords.

13. LIVE OR STUDIO? 


I prefer to be a studio musician because I do not like crowds. The good thing about live, is the challenge. But its not worth it from a cost/ benefit analysis usually.

14. SOLITARY OR SOCIAL?

I prefer to be solitary and socialize with in a small circle. Thanks to you and your readers for spending a moment with me!

SUPPORT ROTTEN COPPER

Music is free in the tax-funded snowflake mind only. Our bands and artists work hard to bring us to victory. Therefore we ask you to support them in any way you can. Please check out Rotten Copper/Stephen Cefala and buy his music.

I buy music made by the people for the people. You can also read an interview with Steve on Death Metal Underground.

Lilou & John | Bogme
Photo by Lilou Dübeck. Text by John Dübeck.

AT LAST

When I heard the British singer-songwriter Nick Drake for the first time I fell in love with the sound. Since then I have been looking for anyone who has a similar approach to music, but perhaps with more energy. I found Bogme and I have never heard anything as beautiful in this genre before. The song ”And Friends” from the album with the unforgettable title For the first time, we’re all right where we’re supposed to be strikes me as something that has not been done for many years, if ever.

Lilou just heard me listen to the epic ”The passing of Ramona Meeks” from the same album and you should have heard her: ”at last a pop artist that brings emotion into his music”. And you should know it is extremely hard to impress that woman. And I agree with her. Lyrics, intensity, beauty in perfect combination. I think this is something like the Fleet Foxes were trying to do, but Bogme makes it even more beautiful. The music is honest. I must say this song is by far some of the most exciting and magical piece of music I have ever heard.

I would call the music pop (you may call it rock?), but nothing like the pop you’ll hear on the radio. This is so much better. Listen to the song ”Who in the hell is Mike Davis (ft. Mike Davis)” and be swept away by some of the weirdest sense of arty lyrics I have heard - merging beauty and humor in a perfect blend. Not to mention the electric guitar.

You might have realized by now that Bogme is something you must listen to if you are in any way interested in what the R3C scene has to offer. Finally I must mention another of may favorites. ”Counterproductive (ft. Barack Obama)” from the album It starts with you.

THE MANDATORY SEVEN

1. WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START CREATING MUSIC?

I do not know the definitive "when" for when I started creating music. My first recollection of a song I "wrote" was a melody I made up to remember the order of the planets in the solar system in 1st grade (6-7 years old? I ended up recording a version years later for my mother, a teacher, to use for her class when they studied the planet!). I also took some piano lessons and attempted the trumpet in elementary school band around that time, but I retained NONE of it!

I began to play guitar when I was around 10 or 11, discovering an old Yamaha acoustic in our basement. My brother was better than me at everything, except for guitar! I think that one competitive advantage was why I became so interested. But even then, I learned very little.

The "Why" really happened later. I was raised on precisely ZERO Rock & Roll music. My mother listens to primarily classical music and different world music, and only plays it as "background music", whereas my father is potentially the biggest "Fanilow" in the world (Barry Manilow fanatic!). My exposure to Rock began when brother brought home a burned CD from Napster (such an old-fashioned phrase!) that had two songs I remember vividly. The first was "Bawitaba" by Kid Rock. I'd never heard such a heavy riff before! The second was "Take Tha Power Back" by Rage Against The Machine. The slap-bass intro was so cool, I just HAD to learn how to do it. I bought a cheap bass and began to learn music - for REAL this time!

I formed my first band around then at 13 years old. We started doing covers, and that's also around when I STOPPED playing covers. I could not stand the idea of receiving praise for someone else's original compositions, and as inexperienced as we were, I couldn't STAND how far our versions sounded from what we were imitating. We shortly began to write our own music, and recorded our first original EP the next year (2002).

2. IF YOU COULD BOIL DOWN YOUR MUSIC INTO THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

Identity, Identity, and Identity. (But if I HAD to pick two other words, I would choose "Original" and "Purpose"). I don't necessarily mean to describe only my music, but rather what I value in music. Subsequently, I try my best to incorporate these into my songs.

3. NAME THREE IMPORTANT DATES IN YOUR BAND'S HISTORY AND WHY THEY MATTERED?

6/2/02: My first band called HardNova played our first concert at the Endicott Performing Arts Center in NY. We were the only 8th-graders from our school to do anything of the sort, and the experience got me hooked on performing Rock music.

6/6/06: The first time I saw (and played with ) a band called Damiera (Buffalo, NY). My high school band, The Swinging Field, had just played our last show before moving away to college together to start Longitude. We opened for Damiera, and after being blown away by their insanely PERFECT set/lineup/album/everything, I realized what level of professionalism separated what I had been doing previously from what I had always hoped to achieve musically.

Sometime early in 2015: I heard "Loopified" by Dirty Loops for the first time, and had a similar realization as when I saw Damiera - true excellence in music was always something to strive for! Dirty Loops is Next-Level-Sheeeet!

4. IF YOU COULD PICK YOUR FAVORITE SONG FROM YOUR ALBUM(S), WHAT WOULD THAT BE?

As I've included different bands of different genres, I will put the 3 from each band!
Bogme (solo): "Scream Silent"
Johan is Falling - "Dummy"
Respect Mother - "Rotting Hottie"
Longitude - "A Long Trip Down"
Balto - "30 RACK OF 40s (the beer of wines)"

5. HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO REACH OUT WITH YOUR MUSIC?

This is something I have always been HORRIBLE at. I do my best at marketing on social media, and try to get my friends to share with as many people as possible. I always HATED bands that were constantly pushing their music on people. I thought the music should speak for itself, especially as I noticed the bands that said the best things about themselves were usually the worst bands in terms of music and ability. I never wanted anyone to react the way I did to others, when telling them about my band. This is the worst approach possible in a world of unmitigated musical inflation, as it frightened me from wanting to talk about my music at all. The good 'ole 'self-fulfilling prophecy,' I guess!

A shorter answer?: Not good. haha.

6. WHAT FUTURE PROJECTS CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO?

Musically? You'll have to check back in a couple weeks. I recently consolidated old hard drives and found upwards of 50 songs I'd started but never finished, so I'm thinking about tackling those to see what comes out of it before I start any new music (some of the ideas are 9+ years old!). But then again, I don't really choose when I write new music, so that could very easily change.

I never thought writing music was supposed to be how they portray it on TV shows like "Nashville", where professional songwriters pump out 20 song per week (probably from my obsession with music having it's own distinct identity!). I definitely take my time, but have also plowed through different projects in a matter of hours. I've always held a cheesy belief that the best songs are not written, but discovered. Like they were always there, and I just stumbled upon it.

I've convinced myself that I can tell when this is happening, so I bet the listener can as well (if only subconsciously). I feel like whenever I try to write something, I hate the product. There's a lot of folks who say they can't (or shouldn't) listen to their own music, but I'm the exact opposite - If I wouldn't want to listen to it, why should anyone else? I listen to myself all the time, mainly picking apart bad things until I run out of bad things to pick apart! I'll always write new music though, never been able to stop!

Elsewhere, you can hear me, see me, or talk to me regularly on my website, TheNeighborhoodPodcast.com! It began as an audio podcast in January, and I'm relaunching it very soon in a weekly livestream video format. It's definitely a political show, but I'm intent on going at it from a cultural perspective Being a musician, I plan to incorporate music into the show as much as possible. I'd love to have you guys on to talk about it for sure!

Anyone else reading this can follow me @bogme on GAB, Twitter, and that's also our YouTube page, or "Like" us on Facebook @TheNeighborhoodPodcast for all the latest on that, and feel free to contribute your ideas! We're also on all the main podcast apps, so you can subscribe to the audio podcast on iTunes/Stitcher/TuneIn/Spreaker. And, of course, TheNeighborhoodPodcast.com!!!

7. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF R3C MUSIC TODAY AND TOMORROW?

There's R3C music today?! Wow, this is news to me! Haha, I guess country music used to be generally conservative, but the Left even got into that, too! I have always hoped it would catch on in the "cooler" genres, but never was very optimistic about it. Seeing the resurgent energy among youthful conservatives the last few years is a sign that it's certainly possible, and there could be an audience.

It would just have to be done very, very carefully. The music can't suck. We can't just be putting our talking points in as lyrics and think that's going to be enough. It's gotta make the listener FEEEEEL something, and I think that's actually more a result of the arrangement than the lyrics.

Also, it's just not as easy to turn good values into impactful lyrics. At least, I don't think so. Then again, I'm a horrendous lyricist. But I think it's because conservative ideas generally require more effort from the individual. The artist tends to not want to put forth extra effort, as they are oozing with intellectual talent they feel would be wasted on labor. It's easier to say "Eff You, NO WAY!" to the side that's telling you responsibility and hard work are the answers than it is to say it to the side that's saying "Yeah! I like that! Let's subsidize you!" So do I think it could be done? Absolutely. But it can't be lame, and the music can't suck. Fingers crossed.

THE PHILOSOPHICAL THREE

8. YOUR MUSIC SOUNDS VERY PLAYFUL AND STILL I FEEL A BIT OF SADNESS SHINING THROUGH, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE RELATION OF SADNESS AND PLAYFULNESS IN GOOD MUSIC?

The sadness is definitely not intentional. I'd LOVE to write happy songs. I'd love to have written "Uptown Funk" and meant it. I think sad songs generally come from sad people, though. Music is so emotional, so metaphysical, that explaining the "why" of a piece of music can often be futile, but sadness being such a powerful emotion, the cliche that sad=better for a song is understandable.

Beginning on bass and going to school for percussion, I've always been a fan of a driving, fast-tempo beat. I think I answer this in another question, but I think instrumentation is responsible for most of a song's "feel", so that's probably resulted in the playfulness. Maybe that came from what I was brought up around (very calm ballads and classical music)lacking that rhythm that attracted me to it. It's very funny that rhythm is what I value most, because I can't dance. At. All. Ha!

9. YOUR VOICE STANDS OUT, HOW DO YOU LOOK AT THE IMPORTANCE OF VOCAL SKILLS IN MUSIC, AS COMPARED TO CONTEMPORARY MUSIC WHERE VOICE OFTEN SEEMS TO MERGE WITH THE BACKGROUND?

Singing is very important, and also very hard to pin down. Some of the worst singers in the world are professional singers-*cough*Springsteen*cough*. Yet it still works for them somehow. I trained for many years on voice, and while I thank you for the compliment, I've always worried my voice blended too much, so I try to write around that, or rather, within that deficiency, in order to strengthen it.

I think it's ultimately about identity in the listener's mind. "Do I recognize that voice? Does it aurally fit the song? Do the syllables of the lyrics line up naturally with the beats?" I think these are all questions the listener asks themselves and answers in the first 30 seconds of a piece...COMPLETELY subconsciously. Consciously, they're trying to hear/remember/repeat what the words say, and apply their meaning to their own life. But I'm convinced a listener abandons the lyrics regardless of their meaning if they do not answer those questions to the listener's satisfaction.

Lyrics/vocals have always been difficult for me. I almost never hear lyrics. I couldn't type out a verse to "Semi-Charmed Life" without looking them up if my life depended on it - and it's been one of my favorite songs for 20 years. I just don't hear music that way. I hear arrangements, instrumentation, and structure of a song. They're always the last thing I write in a song, after the structure and instrumentation is finished or close to it. I also think I may be completely wrong about ALL of that, and I'm just cursed. Laugh Out Loud!

In today's music though, I think you can see this clearly exhibited. I read a story that lyrics today in America are at a lower reading level than ever before, averaging around 2nd-3rd grade (7-8 year olds!). That's not even to mention the abhorrent content of those easy-to-consume lyrics (clearly directed at children). But alas, everyone loves 'em, yet they aren't saying anything your little cousin hasn't said at family dinner I think that's why they merge it with the background more. The sounds used are more drone-y, trance-y, and everything - EVERYTHING - is electronic, even when real instruments are tracked for support or novelty *cough*FallOutBoy*cough*. It makes it really easy to impose a feeling on the listener and not have to worry about whether or not they'll actually like it. After all, if you believe the studies that show how different sounds can manipulate peoples brains (which you SHOULD!), people are actually programmed to like it!

10. OVER THE YEARS, MANY ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT BANDS HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO PUNK, ELECTRONICA AND METAL, THOUGH WE WANT TO SPREAD THAT THERE IS A HUGE CCC POP SCENE, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT POP MUSIC WITH IT'S SLIGHTLY SOFTER SOUND AND CONSERVATISM, ARE THEY EASY TO COMBINE YOU THINK?

I might've answered this before, but no, I don't think they're easy to combine. I'm all for pop music as well, but like I said, it can't suck, it can't be lame. It can't be just for the sake of it. It has to be genuine, and it has to have a natural flow and rhythm. I truly believe that 75% or more of the impact of a song comes from its musical mechanics - tempo, timbre, key, etc.. Tell me I'm wrong, but wouldn't "Wide Awake" by Katy Perry but with conservative lyrics just be...corny? Not even the vicious beat driving that song could distract from how out of place that would feel. "I'm wide awake! / it's my philosophy / to live and let you be / it's better to be free! / I'm wide awake!" It just doesn't work that way. That song works for Katy Perry because it's a whole lotta nothin' lyrically, and that perfectly underneath the breakdown-groove that really drives the song - which is just bitchin'!

I'm interested to see what happens though, and I hope I'm proven wrong and also that I contribute to it!

THE QUICK FIVE

11. HEART OR BRAIN?

Brain (the heart betrays!)

12. PRECISION OR ENERGY?

Precise energy 😉

13. ELECTRIC OR ACOUSTIC?

Electric

14. LIVE OR STUDIO?

Studio

15. SOLITARY OR SOCIAL?

Solitary

SUPPORT BOGME

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Lilou & John | Ryan Kulp
Photo by Lilou Dübeck. Text by John Dübeck.

CRUSADERS AND BARBARIANS

I met Nils Degerlund a few weeks ago at a barbecue. Imagine the combination of a northern Swedish accent, eyes you can't fool and great understanding of meta-politics. I recall his words: "The problem with right wing music is that they have often focused too much on politics and too little on production and musical quality." Therefore it comes as no surprise that Nils has put a lot of work into his one man band Nova Arminius.

Being an old fan of Helloween I immediately liked Nova Arminius debut song "Times of Sacrifice". Sad to say, I will have to wait before I will have the chance to hear anything else from him as this is a one-song release only. The chorus "Crusaders, Barbarians, defenders of our nation, prepare for times of sacrifice." has echoed in my head for a week now. I have waited long for a good right wing classical heavy metal band to emerge, and Nova Arminius is a great example of the new awareness and self-esteem coming from the right side of the political spectrum. Skinhead punk just won't do anymore, music lovers want to hear music they can love, not just lyrics that express the anger they feel.

I definitely look forward to hearing more music by Nova Arminius and we will absolutely write about him in the future. There is a good chance that his first album can reach a wider audience of classical heavy metal fans. I also want to hear more right wing metal bands that may be inspired to focus on production quality. But for now, listen to "Times of Sacrifice" and enjoy the rise of a new and powerful meta-political movement.

 

THE FIRST SEVEN

1. IF YOU COULD BOIL DOWN YOUR MUSIC INTO THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

Intense, epic and melodic.

2. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF R3C MUSIC TODAY AND TOMORROW?

I have to say that I don´t have a great view of the scene but from what I´ve heard, like your own band Lilou and John, it sounds really great, it has the quality that´s needed to reach out to the masses. I think the future for this scene looks bright as the politically correct establishment finally are being challenged both on a metapolitical level and on the parliamentary level.

One part of the metapolitical battle is music, music of all genres that can deliver a message that´s either discreet or very straight forward, but that shares some core values that defines us from the establishment. For example: A will and strive to preserve our european ethnicities that´s the foundation for our cultures instead of propagating for a multi-ethnical society with fictional identities like ”world citizen”. A will to propose ideals like traditional family values, honour and pride instead of proposing destructive ideals like individualism and materialism.

Another integral part of us being successful is that nowadays we are not depending on record companies to finance and distribute our music. Today you can pretty much record a song in your living room and make it available for all the world to hear. That actually gives us a chance to compete with the politically correct music scene if we just manage to write music that attracts people and that reaches out to people.

3. YOU SING ABOUT ”CRUSADERS” AND ”BARBARIANS”, AND I UNDERSTAND YOU WANT CHRISTIANS AND ASA-BELIEVERS IN SCANDINAVIA TO WORK TOGETHER, CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THAT?

Yes that´s correct, though I think of it in terms of Europe and not only Scandinavia. We don´t have the time to argue weather we should be pagans or christians, we are europeans and that´s what´s most relevant and the chorus is just a call out to all europeans to be united in the fight for Europe. The verses describe how the modern man have become anxious, comfortable and numb and therefore unable to make any resistance even though his own land is conquered right before his eyes.

Many ”normal” citizens understands that this multi-ethnical experiment is wrong but they are unable to react because they´re being ”provided with sin” and ”bribed with the promise of eternal prosperity” by the establishment to keep quite and pose no threat. We are being ”imprisoned in a world with walls made of gold” to keep calm and ”deceived to believe resistance is in vain” to give way to defeatism, but ”chaos will reveal mans true destiny” the day when the elite can´t uphold the materialistic standard.

So the essence of all this is that we can´t ask for a change if we are not prepared to make any sacrifice. We can´t just be comfortable and close our eyes and believe that a change will come by voting every fourth year, we need to act on many different levels without using savage methods or violence, unless we´re being attacked of course. To define what I mean with acting is simply, do what you think you can do best to help Europe survive. If you have the possibility to create a family then do so, if you can write articles then do so, if you feel the urge to engage in a political party then do that, and so forth.

If you don´t feel you have the ability to contribute with something or don´t have the time then at least be a donor to some alternative media project like podcasts, music, youtube channels, newspapers or other projects that aims at protecting Europe. If you don´t have the financial resources then at least spread the word to your family, friends or colleges, just don´t be an obedient slave to the establishment, everybody can do something and everything is important and needed. So as we live in a time when sacrifices are needed by all of us, I thought the title Times of sacrifice was suitable for the song.

4. WHY DID YOU CHOSE TO WORK AS A ONE-PIECE BAND?

For me the main thing with playing music is the creative process and not the actual playing of instruments. That moment when something appears in my mind that I hopefully manage to transcribe into real music, that´s what I enjoy the most and what gives me some sort of satisfaction, and that has never been possible for me in a band situation. I just need to sit alone in a quiet place to be able to hear the music in my mind, I know it sounds pretentious and maybe wierd, but if I have people around me the ideas won't come to me. For me, to create music is to be able to catch that blurry idea in my mind and then transcribe it into real music, which is the hardest part and something that can be pretty frustrating at times.

When it comes to playing the instruments I would say that I´m first and foremost a singer and secondarily I´m a guitar player, though I started out in my teens as a bassplayer. The drums I program in the computer as I can´t play drums at all, though I understand theoretically how the drums are being played. I´m also open for the possibilty of someone else playing the instruments, for example guitar solos as I´m pretty lousy at that, so playing all instruments is not an end in itself, it´s just how it turned due to lack of other options. The important part for me is the creative process which I can´t compromise with.

5. WHY THE NAME NOVA ARMINIUS, "NEW HERMANN", COULD YOU PLEASE TELL OUR READERS A BIT ABOUT THE TEUTOBURGER MASSACRE AND WHY YOU HAVE CHOSEN THE NAME?

Arminius, or Hermann in german, was born in the Germanic tribe called Cherusci, but was brought up in the Roman Empire from an early age. In the Roman Empire he learned the strategies of the army and how to fight and become a soldier, though he never forgot his heritage. Time passed by and by 9 AD Arminius, which now had established himself in the Roman army, managed to lure three Roman legions into a trap in the Teutoburger forest, in todays northwestern part of Germany, where the united Germanic tribes slaughtered all three legions, about 20 000 men. This was a devastating defeat for the Romans and a decisive victory for the Germans, and as time would tell the Roman empire would never be able to conquer the German tribes and create a Roman province there.

So Arminius is a great symbol of being loyal to your people no matter the circumstances or if it´s beneficial or not. He also represents a way of thinking, that even if your facing an enemy that seems to be invincible, which the Romans seemed to be at the time, you can´t give up and you do what is right, there´s always a way forward that leads to victory. Nova is new in latin and I used that for a sense of freshness to the name and to avoid the risk of using a name that had already been taken as Arminius is a rather famous figure in history, especially amongst nationalists. Though I must say that I don´t see myself as a new Arminius or a new hero or something like that, but it´s a great and positive name that hopefully brings strength to all fellow european brothers and sisters and is a reminiscence of our glorious past. It's a name that´s supposed to bring a vibe of confidence instead of giving way to despair.

6. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE PREDOMINANTLY ”WHITE” MUSIC GENRE HEAVY METAL IN SWEDEN AND CAN NATIONALIST METAL SPREAD WIDELY AMONG METALHEADS?

I think everything is about the music in this case. If we manage to create music that is equally great or greater than most ”normal” metal music, then people who like this sort of music will listen to it. If you manage to catch peoples attention with the music then they will also be open for the message that´s delivered in the lyrics.

7. WHAT FUTURE PROJECTS CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO?

Hopefully I will be able to release an EP with 3-4 songs this coming autumn/winter, but I can´t promise exactly when as the quality is more important than the quantity, but there will definitely be coming more nationalistic metal from me:).

THE QUICK FIVE

8. HEART OR BRAIN?

When it´s about music I must say heart, even though it sounds all too politically correct;).

9. PRECISION OR ENERGY?

Precision as it´s relevant in all kinds of music that I like.

10. ELECTRIC OR ACOUSTIC?

Electric.

11. LIVE OR STUDIO?

Studio, that´s the place where the ideas come to life. And anyway I can´t play guitars and sing at the same time so not much of a choice here I guess.

12. SOLITARY OR SOCIAL?

Solitary. I´ve never been much of a guy who likes to sit and jam with other people.

SUPPORT NOVA ARMINIUS

Music is free in the tax-funded snowflake mind only. Our bands and artists work hard to bring us to victory. Therefore we ask you to support them in any way you can. Please check out Nova Arminius and buy his track.

I buy music made by the people for the people.

Lilou & John | Pale White Skin
Photo by Lilou Dübeck. Text by John Dübeck.

A MASTERPIECE

When I first heard "The Snow Fell” from 2009, by Swedish singer-songwriter Saga I was astonished. First of all, it's a beautiful song and I simply cannot stop listening to it. Secondly, the question I had to ask myself was ”is it possible to describe the Second world war outside of the box.” Now don’t get me wrong. Imperialism is not my thing, I am more than happy to leave that to cosmopolitan socialists, whether they are national- or culture socialists. ”The Snow Fell”, however, is a masterpiece, as it describes the Russo-German war of 1941-1945 from a German perspective.

Art, music and literature should be free from political influences in an ideal world, that is my opinion, even if I know that humans seek power, and therefore try to control the arts. ”The Snow Fell” is a brilliant example of music that steps out of the contemporary box of political correctness and look at history with new eyes.

”What about the Holocaust?” I hear someone saying. Yes, the Holocaust was an awful crime with millions dead and the best way to prevent genocide in the future is to understand our past.

It is my sincere opinion that if people in Europe after World War II (and especially after 1968) had tried to understand Adolf Hitler instead of demonizing him, the West would not stand at the brink of a Third World War. The National Socialists in the Third Reich did terrible things - but they were by no means evil incarnate. For something to be called ”evil” we need something else to call ”good”, and this is where we have failed to learn from history.

The truth is that just like the Bolsheviks in Russia the National Socialists were born from the ruins of a Cosmopolitan Ruling Class Project. Imperial Russia created Lenin, just like the Weimar Republic created Hitler, and demonizing Hitler has stopped us from realizing we have created a new Weimar. Politicians that think about nothing else but how to win as many voters as possible make bad rulers, when you challenge bad rulers they turn into tyrants. and tyrants follow one simple rule: eat or get eaten.

We post this video as a statement that we must never close our eyes and pretend that the world can be divided into ”good” and ”evil”. Music, art, science and literature must be free or we will never learn anything from history. Saga asks us an important question: are you willing to change perspective for a second. I ask you a question: are you willing to learn why National Socialism, Islamism and Communism are on the rise again? This song might have an important piece of the answer to that question, as you must walk a mile in Adolf Hitler’s shoes to understand the Holocaust.

And before you yell ”fuck off Nazi scum", Snowflake: Understanding National Socialism is not the same thing as saying ”Heil Hitler”. Drop the attitude and you might even learn something.

Find more about her on her website and consider buying her records. Swedish media hasn't been kind to her, so support her as best you can.

Lilou & John | Pale White Skin
Photo by Lilou Dübeck. Text by John Dübeck.

LAMENT FOR EUROPE

The song ”Hey there Europa” (based on Plain White T’s ”Hey there Delilah” from 2005) made me almost fall off the chair. I haven’t found much information about the artist Plain White Skin so these are nothing but my own thoughts. The vocal is beautiful and the song is a sad, emotional and honest lament for Europe. The band apparently have no intention of hiding their thoughts and I appreciate their transparency. I don’t know if the band members are white nationalists or just fed up citizens without political color. If I could I would rewrite a few words that make the lyrics less beautiful, but it’s nevertheless a song that could have been a world hit.

Some readers may ask why we should write about a song that supports identity politics from a white perspective, and the answer is simple: why not? Belzebubbles is a blog for new good music outside of the politically correct box, Nationalist as well as Classical Liberal. As long as the lyrics do not promote physical attacks against innocent people we will stand up for freedom of speech. We will not adhere to the far left narrative of censoring music.

Just listen to the song and decide for yourself what you think. You like it, congratulations, you’ve got yourself a great song. You don’t, just close the window and check out some of the other good bands we have on Belzebubbles. There is something for everyone.

Lilou & John | My Eclectic Self
Photo by Lilou Dübeck. Text by John Dübeck.

MELANCHOLY FOLK SOUND

My Eclectic Self, AKA Stephen Willis, hit me like a soft caress. I love the melancholy folk sound of this American singer/songwriter. I come to think of the moments in my life when I was in the most need of someone who would understand me. The music is soft and powerful, full of compassion and honesty.

The three track album My eclectic self strikes me as the kind of music I think would change the life for many kids growing up in dysfunctional families. Instead of burning cars they could let the tears through and look within themselves for answers.

Maybe this is the most wonderful part of My Eclectic Self, the lyrics are like open hands. You see everything. The future looks interesting too for this great folk singer, his new album will touch the topic of "leaders who lie, cheat and steal to achieve more money and power.”

He says that he has been empowered by the right wing thinkers who are tired of hiding their opinions to fit in the far left mainstream culture. My Eclectic Self is therefore also an example of an artist that symbolize the struggle for justice and democracy though freedom of speech. Make sure to check him out and get inspired to pick up a guitar and make more music just like this gentleman from Gilbert, Arizona.

SUPPORT MY ECLECTIC SELF

Music is free in the tax-funded snowflake mind only. All non-communists pay for good music to support their artists. If you are interested in new folk music and you want to be a part of the new right wing / conservative counter culture spreading all over the Western World, check out My Eclectic Self and show your support.

I buy music made by the people for the people.

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Lilou & John | Ryan Kulp
Photo by Lilou Dübeck. Text by John Dübeck.

GUSTO

I always thought I would hate this kind of music. Or rather, I thought I would always hate this kind of artists, catchy and full of quick lyrics. I always imagine them with too big clothes, silly hats, one-liners and more attitude than personality. I send my thanks to Ryan Kulp for helping me realize that I was totally wrong. The first song on Ryan’s debut album South of Market is nothing but a masterpiece. I can’t stop moving to the music. I hear the inspiration from Paul Simon, Jason Mraz and other big artists. Just that Ryan Kulp does it with a gusto that takes the breath out of me.

This guy touches my heart like few can. The track ”Church” is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have heard. Ryan Kulp could might as well be the next world hit if RiWi/CCC blogs and news sites finally gets the picture. It's like traditional light-weight left wing music with an intensity and honesty I have yet only found on the right side of the political spectrum.

I don’t find many innovative musical elements on the album. It is rather mainstream, like Germany playing soccer, they play the same game, only they do it better than everybody else. Check him out as soon as you can, good people. Just don’t do it at a meeting, for your boss will surely tell you are listening to something else than him. The tapping of you feet will give you away.

Since we started this music blog we have gotten in contact with some good bands and artists, all working for what I would call the counter culture, all with different thoughts and ideas, and Ryan Kulp is surely yet another great example of the creativity that is coming from the people. As mr Ryan sent his answers in small letters to me, and I suspect this is part of his background as a programmer, I let his answers remain that way, somehow I think it shows how I perceive him - light, quick and fluent.

 

THE MANDATORY SEVEN

1. WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START CREATING MUSIC?

unofficially, when i was 10 years old. we were all given recorders (you know, those fake flutes) in 5th grade, and i became fascinated with how different finger combinations created unique melodies. i thought, "if i can just a few rules, i can create something the world has never heard before."

officially, 2 months ago. i left my career in technology, because i spent years thinking "what if..." about pursuing music. so, now i'm pursuing music. we'll see!

2. IF YOU COULD BOIL DOWN YOUR MUSIC INTO THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

honest, personal, happy.

3. NAME THREE IMPORTANT DATES IN YOUR BAND'S HISTORY AND WHY THEY MATTERED?

fall 2009. i was flown to NYC (living in atlanta at the time) to play for A&R executives at Sony. they asked if i'd consider being a writer instead of an artist. this mattered because i blew the meeting, and told them "no." good one, ryan!

4. IF YOU COULD PICK YOUR FAVORITE SONG FROM YOUR ALBUM(S), WHAT WOULD THAT BE?

"Sunshine", from my EP also titled Sunshine.
"Volkswagen Commercial", from my EP Forgive Me Gorgeous

5. HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO REACH OUT WITH YOUR MUSIC?

right now, i'm not really. have experimented lightly with platforms like SubmitHub, ReverbNation "Opportunities," and Sonicbids. these yielded some streams, email subscribers, compliments, and album sales. but, for now i'm more focused on improving my songwriting.

A shorter answer?: Not good. haha.

6. WHAT FUTURE PROJECTS CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO?

i'm planning to record a new song, every 30 days, for the rest of 2017. why not? each will be inspired from the feedback i get for the last, and i'll be incorporating new genres that i haven't previously explored. this summer, expect to hear everything from pop to rap, to sappy acoustic ballads. i'm looking forward to at least a year of experimental songwriting.

7. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF RIWI/CCC MUSIC TODAY AND TOMORROW?

as Paul Joseph Watson says, "Conservatism is the new Counter-Culture."

"rebellion" has always meant "cool." in the 60s, it was rebellious to hate the war in vietnam, to put emotions over reason, and to express yourself in ways that weren't commercial, but were "true to you." hence the surge of liberal ideology amongst artists of all kinds, from musicians to actors, dancers and painters.

this attitude persisted another few decades, with liberals seemingly maintaining the upper hand on "the arts," therefore fashion, and therefore "cool." they even began to brand themselves as intellectuals, using the "we believe in science" argument to suppose that all church-going folk are ignorant children.

the problem with this web of lies, of course, is that it only got more complicated to maintain as years went by. nowadays, it is the liberals who argue both "we believe in science" and "gender is a social construct" at the same time. it is liberals who argue "church must stay out of schools and state" but then argue with their conservative peers that "jesus would have been more generous to the poor."

liberals live by their own moral code, yet moral code does not come from man. this is their Achilles heel, and ever since the 2016 election, we're finally seeing it unravel.

as more artists, like myself, move away from "identity politics" and assumptions that liberal OR conservative values have anything to do with their art, i think we'll begin to see more diverse ideas in hollywood, in the media, and the lyrics we hear on the radio.

it's my hope that coming from a capitalist's perspective who still feels things, recognizes beauty, appreciates science, and also believes in God, that art and music in the 21st century no longer has to associate with the same draft-dodging culture of the 60s.

THE PHILOSOPHICAL THREE

8. I SOMEHOW GET THE IDEA THAT YOUR MUSIC IS INFLUENCED BY MANY LEFT WING GENRES AND CREATES A BEAUTIFUL SYMBIOSIS, SO I CAN’T STOP MOVING TO IT, WHEREFROM DO YO GET YOUR IDEAS?

i grew up playing classical music -- violin, cello, etc. i took private lessons, played in orchestras throughout my youth, and even played a few weddings and private events.

in my music today, years later, i still like to include remnants of that orchestral composition... big band, horns, strings, and so on.

lyrically, everything i've ever sung has been 100% truthful. a story, a metaphor, something that happened to me in real life. but as i continue on this new journey as a musician, i'm going to practice writing half-fiction, so to speak. i'm going to write songs that more people can relate to, so that the underlying message (honest, joyful music) spreads to more people.

9. YOU ARE APPARENTLY INTERESTED IN CODING AS WELL AS MUSIC, QUITE AN ODD COMBINATION ONE MIGHT THINK, DO YOU THINK THEY ARE RELATED TO EACH OTHER IN ANY WAY?

ha, it's funny you say that. a lot of musicians have said, "music is math." so to me, coding actually fits in with the musician's mentality pretty well; you can be creative, you can "hack" things, devise clever solutions for a missing gap in a project...

one thing i've taken with me from programming, and begun applying to my music, is the problem solving patterns you get from engineering. frankly, programming is just learning how to think a certain way, learning how to break up big problems into a bunch of a smaller, manageable ones.

in songwriting, no matter your genre or instrumentation, you could consider a "verse" or a "chorus" one of these smaller problems, with the song or message being the much bigger, harrier subject. and if you can think about your arrangements in a more modular way, piecing together the progressions and bars and key signatures, you'll be more likely to finish your songs. this is advice, i guess, for those artists who have 100s of 25% done tracks scribbled in notebooks or demo'd on garageband. finish.

10. WHEN I LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC I CAN’T STOP SMILING, THE LYRICS ARE QUITE … OPEN MINDED, LIKE SOME KIND OF KIND AND LOVING PRO-MARKET ECONOMY REBELLION. AM I RIGHT AND IS IT A CONSCIOUS CHOICE OR IS IT JUST ME HEARING THINGS?

yes, 100% right. although, i've certainly shifted some of my belief systems. for example, i support capitalism all the way. but i don't mind reminding myself of how i used to perceive it. i once heard that one quality of being "smart" is the ability to hold 2 conflicting ideas in your head at the same time."

so my status today -- socially, economically -- is sorta like that concept. on one hand, i'm a bum. i don't have a full-time job, i stay up really late, and i sometimes sit in the park, doing nothing.

but on the other hand, i'm still working very hard on side projects, dealing with customers, and doing the "responsible adult" thing. i try to talk about juggling both of these realities, in my music.

THE QUICK FIVE

11. HEART OR BRAIN?

brain

12. PRECISION OR ENERGY?

energy

13. ELECTRIC OR ACOUSTIC?

acoustic, but percussive. during live shows, i love to stomp my foot or bang on my guitar body to project intensity.

14. LIVE OR STUDIO?

live!

15. SOLITARY OR SOCIAL?

i'm an extrovert by nature, but have learned to enjoy spending time alone. i now spend more time alone than with people, and say "no" to friends more than i ever imagined i would. but perhaps it's the season. we'll find out this summer. 🙂

SUPPORT RYAN KULP

Music is free in the tax-funded snowflake mind only. All non-communists pay for good music to support their artists. If you are interested in catchy pop music and you want to be a part of the new right wing / conservative counter culture spreading all over the Western World, check out Ryan Kulp and show your support.

I buy music made by the people for the people. And yes, I stream too.

To find out more about Ryan Kulp and support him on Gab, please go here and here.

Lilou & John | Brandon Duncan Nerve War
Photo by Lilou Dübeck. Text by John Dübeck.

RED PILL MANIFESTO

Have you ever heard any music by Brandon Duncan from Kansas City, Missouri recently? If not, you have perhaps missed one of the most highly innovative and interesting dark music creators around who has been releasing tracks for some 20 years now. I come to think of the British artist Lustmord, sci-fi soundtracks as they should be in a perfect world, and the raw power of death metal instrumentals. If you like industry metal and dark electronica please visit his sites and consider giving him your support. Remember to take a good look at his artwork too. This guy is brilliant!

"Cognitive dissonance" from his latest album Antiprocess, fast and uncompromising "Tachyon" from the metal album Tsop and the one-track terror showdown Inchoate record are three of my personal favorites. Chaos and energy in perfect harmony. I guess this is what Big Bang sounded like at its most violent peak.

Brandon says his music is not outspoken RiWi but according to me it's as far from left wing Utopia you can come. It's a high-tech red pill manifesto. Power. Energy. Future.

 

THE MANDATORY SEVEN

1. WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START CREATING MUSIC?

First of all, thanks for reaching out for this interview, I appreciate it. I first started writing music about 20 years go when I was still in high school. Music was a big part of my upbringing, both of my parents were really into rock and roll, so we always had the radio playing in the truck and often at home. I feel fortunate to have grown up when MTV still actually played music as well, so that influenced me at a young age. Being a little kid and seeing bands like ZZ Top rocking out, spinning their guitars around, and the weird/artistic music and animation of Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” and Dire Straits “Money For Nothing” videos, things like that, were always the coolest things in the world to me. So from an early age I always wanted to make my own music.

2. IF YOU COULD BOIL DOWN YOUR MUSIC INTO THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

Dark, Deep, Different.

3. NAME THREE IMPORTANT DATES IN YOUR BAND'S HISTORY AND WHY THEY MATTERED?

May 1, 2010 - Release of The Sequence of Prime : Virion
Putting this album together was a pretty daunting task. It was my first album I wrote that I really took to heart, and was dead serious about on every single level. Emotionally it was pretty taxing. So completing it and putting it out was pretty therapeutic.

October 21, 2014 - Release of Sterilizer
This was the first music I had released in a couple years, since my little Seclusia EP. There for a while I honestly felt like I had lost my ability to write anything I was happy with. I actually didn’t even play guitar or do anything musically at all for a year and a half. Then one day I just picked up my bass and started cranking out riffs. I wrote a lot of the riffs that are on the album in a single week. It was kind of like an explosion…then I spent the following months tweaking, programming the drums and things. I honestly thought no one would be that interested in it since it didn’t have any vocals, but it actually caught some peoples’ attention, which was a nice feeling.

April 28, 2017 - Release of Nerve War : Antiprocess
This one is especially important to me right now, since it’s my latest, and it’s been my passion project for the past 5 months or so. It’s pretty important to me because it’s my first album I’ve ever written that, despite how dark it is at times, is intended to mostly make people want to dance, rather than bang their head into a wall.

4. IF YOU COULD PICK YOUR FAVORITE SONG FROM YOUR ALBUM(S), WHAT WOULD THAT BE?

The Sequence of Prime : Virion - "Nuclear Winter"
The Sequence of Prime : Inter- - "Denouement"
Seclusia - "I"
Sterilizer - "[Dis]content"
Nerve War : Antiprocess - "Atypical Depression"

5. HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO REACH OUT WITH YOUR MUSIC?

This has always been quite a challenge, since I don’t have a label, manager, marketer, or anyone like that (but that’s the way I like it). Up through my TSOP: Virion album release, I actually sent physical cd’s to various magazines, blogs and stuff to try and get reviews. Then with TSOP: Inter- up through Sterilizer, I started just sending stuff out to people digitally, through e-mail and social networking. Now, the only social networking platform I’m on any more is Gab, so with Nerve War, so I’m mostly reaching out to people that have purchased my music in the past personally to let them know about the new tunes. It’s taking a lot of time, but I like the direct connection outside of the evil empires known as Facebook and Twitter.

6. WHAT FUTURE PROJECTS CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO?

Sterilizer II is my next and primary mission. Also, expect some more Nerve War tracks released this year, and maybe even a few cover songs of some 80’s tunes I love…Nerve War style.

7. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF RIWI/CCC MUSIC TODAY AND TOMORROW?

Honestly, I haven’t heard much of it, besides yours, Megadeth, and maybe some country music artists, ha. It seems like the entire music, movie and arts world is dominated by people who are on the left side of the political spectrum. So I guess what I think of it, is that there needs to be more of it, across all genres and forms of entertainment. Until there is, the left will continue to “win" the “culture war.” On that note, I find it quite admirable that you’ve put this blog together, and I wish you the absolute best with it!

THE PHILOSOPHICAL THREE

8. IT'S UNUSUAL THAT SOMEONE DOES THE PLAYING, THE MIXING AND THE MASTERING, AND MAKES IT ALL SOUND SO PROFESSIONAL, ARE YOU A REINCARNATION OF LEONARDO DA VINCI, OR IS THERE ANY OTHER EXPLANATION WHY YOU HAVE BOTH THE TECHNICAL AND ARTISTIC SKILLS AND PULLS IT OFF IN SUCH A BRILLIANT WAY?

Haha, I actually do believe in “reincarnation” of some sort, but I really doubt I’m a reincarnation of Da Vinci, as he was a genius, and I’m just sort of a dude with a few ideas, instruments and a computer. Though, I certainly appreciate the sentiment. Anyway, I’m not really sure exactly how to answer this, so I’ll just say that it just takes a lot of work, patience, and dedication.

9. WHY WOULD A (SEEMINGLY) NICE PERSON WANT TO MAKE DARK AND SCARY MUSIC WITH SUCH AGGRESSIVE TITLES?

Glad it seems that way, that I’m nice, thanks. I’d like to think that I’m usually a nice person, but I also realize there’s a time and a place to be... not so nice. Because of this, there are plenty of people that think I’m an asshole too, ha. But that’s what goes with the territory of standing up for something. As to why my music is is so dark, well, I’d just say that for me, life hasn’t really been a highway (like Tom Cochrane likes to sing about), but rather more like a strange, complex labyrinth that I’ve often navigated at night.

10. WHAT IS IT THAT DRIVES YOU TO CREATE SO DIFFERENT KINDS OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC, ELECTRONICA, INDUSTRY, DISTORTED SOUNDS, AND CREATE SUCH DARK VARIATION WITHIN EACH PIECE OF MUSIC? THE ROMANTICISTS WOULD PERHAPS HAVE SAID YOU WERE POSSESSED BY A DEMON OF CREATIVITY, WHAY DO YOU SAY?

That’s funny you mention that. There have been times where I’ve actually felt possessed by something. Like when I was writing the TSOP and Sterilizer albums… It can actually be quite scary when it happens. Overall though, I think what drives me to create so many different variations is that I’m all about experimentation and exploring new, often uncomfortable sounds. Also, besides my family and close circle of friends, music is the most important thing in my life. So I feel like I need to make as much noise as I can before I leave this silly flesh suit.

THE QUICK FIVE

11. HEART OR HEART?

How about soul?

12. PRECISION OR ENERGY?

Energy!

13. ELECTRIC OR ACOUSTIC?

Electric

14. LIVE OR STUDIO?

Studio

15. SOLITARY OR SOCIAL?

Solitary

SUPPORT BRANDON DUNCAN

Music is free in the tax-funded snowflake mind only. All non-communists pay for good music to support their artists. If you are interested in raw punk and you want to be a part of the new right wing / conservative counter culture spreading all over the Western World, check out Brandon on Bandcamp and show your support.

I buy music made by the people for the people.

For more information about Brandon, please go here or support him on Gab.

Lilou & John | Right wing punk
Art by Lilou Dübeck. Text by John Dübeck.

UNDERSTANDING OF TRUTH

The Lollards were a religious movement during the late Middle ages. They stood up against the Papacy and prepared the ground for the Reformation of Martin Luther in 1517. Entering the musical realm of the hispanic American Calvinist punk project The Lollards from Fortuna, California, is therefore a journey with deep significance to our understanding of truth.

At first I come to think of crust punk, but when most punk bands are stuck with blame-society-for-everything kind of lyrics, The Lollards pushes the boundaries of what punk lyrics should be like. Antiseptic from the album First Appearance goes "Mobile Beliefs bring unwanted waste. Corroding the world. No end in sight. / Antiseptic, vile of truth. Poured on the Earth, rejection leads to death. / Disease ridden filthy humans. Fear the power. / Antiseptic, vile of truth. Poured on the Earth, rejection leads to death. / Rejection leads to death. / Prepare for the cleansing.” It challenges the concept of traditional left wing punk with its total lack of sympathy for utopian visions of humanity holding hands as one big family. Life is a constant fight.

When I listen to The Lollards I hear a world set ablaze that will never stop burning until what happens? I cannot tell, all I know is that according to The Lollards there will perhaps we something better after the cleansing. It is fascinating and dark to follow this RiWi punk project on their journey towards the truth and nothing but the truth.

THE MANDATORY SEVEN

1. WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START CREATING MUSIC?

I started making rap beats and electronic metal under the name, The Mimic but I never released those songs to the public. This was in 2009 and 2010. Then I got my first guitar on my 13th Birthday. I am 19 now so it's been about 6 years. I started recording for The Lollards in January of this year and I started it as a way to be more straight forward and aggressive as opposed to my other projects which have more lofty lyrics.

2. IF YOU COULD BOIL DOWN YOUR MUSIC INTO THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

Defending The Truth.

3. NAME THREE IMPORTANT DATES IN YOUR BAND'S HISTORY AND WHY THEY MATTERED?

There is not much history with The Lollards since I just started this project this year but I guess I could count this interview as an important date.

4. IF YOU COULD PICK YOUR FAVORITE SONG FROM YOUR ALBUM(S), WHAT WOULD THAT BE?

Followers Of The Beast, and Antiseptic from First Appearance and Don't Make Me Tell You Twice from the Lollards EP.

5. HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO REACH OUT WITH YOUR MUSIC?

I think social media is a powerful thing and I am planning to get myself more out there to get the attention of people. There isn't really a big audience yet for this kind of music I think.

6. WHAT FUTURE PROJECTS CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO?

Well I just started writing for the next Lollards album but I have other projects I've been doing like; Nadab (doom/gothic metal), St. Markus Mezarius III (Vaporwave), and in turmoil (dark folk). You can find them all on Bandcamp.

7. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF RIWI/CCC MUSIC TODAY AND TOMORROW?

I think Right Wing and Conservative music is the new punk. Punk is all about going against the grain and going against what is widely accepted by people in power. I have hope that more artists like this will rise and make an impact on music.

THE PHILOSOPHICAL THREE

8. YOUR LYRICS ARE FULL OF METAPHYSICAL, SYMBOLIC AND POLITICAL REFERENCES, ALMOST AS IF YOU TURN THE POLITICAL FIGHTS INTO THE DARKEST BIBLICAL POETRY, WHAT DO YOU WANT POEPLE TO FEEL WHEN THEY LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC?

I want people to fear the consequences of ignoring the truth and I want those that agree with me to be angry with me.

9. HOW DO YOU LOOK AT THE RELATION BETWEEN ANGER AND HATE, REVENGE AND DAMNATION, IS THERE A DIFFERENCE AND HOW WOULD YOU SAT THAT YOUR MUSIC REFLECT ONE OR THE OTHER?

There is a difference because Anger and Hate are human emotions but Revenge is sought by the LORD through Damnation. I am angry at the World and the things of it and I hate the things in the World but the LORD seeks revenge on those that unabashedly do evil by condemning them.

10. YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC AS A CALVINIST HARDCORE PUNK PROJECT, COULD YOU ELABORATE ON THE IMPACT YOUR CALVINIST BELIEF HAS ON YOUR MUSIC AND LYRICS?

I'd say Calvinism is not the Truth but the Truth is Calvinism. It is a big part of what I do and how I do things. My lyrics reflect that there is only one objective truth and that some are chosen to believe this truth.

THE QUICK FIVE

11. HEART OR BRAIN?

Scripture

12. PRECISION OR ENERGY?

Energy

13. ELECTRIC OR ACOUSTIC?

Electric

14. LIVE OR STUDIO?

Studio

15. SOLITARY OR SOCIAL?

Solitary

SUPPORT THE LOLLARDS

Music is free in the tax-funded snowflake mind only. All non-communists pay for good music to support their artists. If you are interested in raw punk and you want to be a part of the new right wing / conservative counter culture spreading all over the Western World, check out The Lollards on Bandcamp and show your support.

I buy music made by the people for the people.

Also consider following The Lollards on Gab.

Lilou & John | My Jacobin nature
Art by Lilou Dübeck. Text by John Dübeck.

MY JACOBIN NATURE

There was a time when art was art. A time when artists spent years on one single painting, when the quality of art was measured by its beauty and impact, not by its amount of norm-criticism. Today it seems like any painter with a left-leaning world view could sell a pair of his old smelly underpants for $1,000,000 and established media would salute him.

I don’t trust established media by the way. I think they are a bunch of liars associating with politicians of their own color. It has nothing to do with the present "fake news" debate however, it’s my Jacobin nature. Established media are always collaborators, working for present or future authorities, the shadow cabinet or the actual cabinet. I don’t trust authorities. Especially authorities that do not use massive violence.

It may sound weird, but it works like this: authorities are men and women of power, they are the elite, the establishment. They want to stay in power. To accomplish this they use three methods, populism, lies and violence, often overlapping. The populists give people what they want, the liars try to fraud people because they try to cover up their incompetence, the hawks strike down on protesters because they fear losing power.

I like it when the authorities are either populist (because I get what I want) or violent (because they reveal their true nature). Liars are the worst (because I don’t get what I want and they refuse to reveal their true motives). I guess that is why I don’t like post-modern politicized art. The Soviet Union during the Stalin years and Nazi-Germany at least had to good taste to make violent posters, revealing their true nature. They didn’t pretend to be democratic.