Dystopian Future Movies Post Video for “Wreckage” From Inviolate LP

Posted in Bootleg Theater on December 8th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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UK-based heavy post-rockers Dystopian Future Movies issued their sophomore full-length, Inviolate, earlier this year as the follow-up to 2017’s Time and last year’s Beholden to the Flame EP. Situated in Nottingham, the band boasts recognizable presences in guitarist/vocalist Caroline Cawley and drummer Bill Fisher (also ex-Mammothwing), both of whom feature in Church of the Cosmic Skull. Each is a founding member of that band as well as this one, and with Cawley‘s well-proven-by-now vocals at the center and a solidified-sounding lineup around Cawley and Fisher that brings Oisín O’Doherty to bass and Rafe Dunn to full-time membership on guitar, the group explore emotive and progressive textures from subdued drift to weighted crush to all-out cacophony across the seven-song/36-minute outing, often within a single song.

That happens not just in linear builds as so much post-anything might, but in ebbs and flows, undulations of tonal force rising from subtle tension on a song like “Rules” or filling the wide spaces of the penultimate “Black-Cloaked,” the final, surging churn of which offers one of Inviolate‘s most fervent payoffs; there’s plenty of competition in that regard from “Wreckage” and others. From the outset with the initial bursts of opener “Countenance,” there’s an experimentalist edge to Dystopian Future Movies that holds sway throughout, that leadoff track bookended at the finish by “Ten Years,” which is the only other track over six minutes long (though others come close). The centerpiece “All the Light,” for example, starts off with a post-hardcore crash that, for a literal two Dystopian Future Movies Inviolateseconds, seems to hint toward an angular assault about to take place, but instead, Cawley cuts immediately to a crooning vocal over soft guitar, drums and harder thudding bass and chug-guitar adding tension gradually across the 5:40 span, and when the levee finally breaks, the subsequent push is more than just an explosion and end, but an exploration of the next stage of the song, no less dynamic than the prior stretch.

The brazen end of “All the Light” is preceded by the soulful expanse of “Rules” and followed by the two-minute “Kathleen,” which is as close to minimalism as Inviolate gets — that’s fairly close — and as Dystopian Future Movies push further into side B with “Black-Cloaked” and “Ten Years,” it becomes that much clearer just how little the album wants to do with genre. The style here is an amalgam. A melting pot of influences that, even compared to the debut just a few years ago, is given a personal spin by Cawley in more than just the lyrics. In its atmosphere, yeah, one might tag it with something like “heavy post-rock” as I did in the first sentence, but the truth of Inviolate is no less deep or wide-ranging than the mix of the audio itself (see also the deep focus of Cawley‘s photo on the album cover).

With consistency of vocals and tones and songwriting, Dystopian Future Movies never go so far as to become unhinged, even in the light-in-your-eyes burst of “Black-Cloaked” or the patient and memorable crashes and nod-out of “Ten Years,” the bassline of which speaks to doom without becoming it more than anything else, Cawley‘s guitar finishing with a winding echo like water swirling down a drain. But neither does the band veer into predictability as one song gives way to the next. It may be manageable in terms of runtime, but Inviolate is no less a journey for that.

And even that journey feels multifaceted; inward as much as outward. To wit, “Wreckage” — for which a video premieres below — engages its narrative instrumentally as well as lyrically, and the visuals come to match. There’s more about the track beneath the player, and of course the link to the vinyl, CD, etc.

Please enjoy:

Dystopian Future Movies, “Wreckage” official video

‘Wreckage’ is the second single from Dystopian Future Movies’ second album ‘Inviolate’ which was released via Lasairfhíona Records in March 2020.

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The video was produced by Caroline from the band and the mysterious artist known as Zorad.

The song is about a character struggling with their mental health: over-thinking, self-analysis and confusion. The video goes on to symbolise these struggles – the character is battered between narrowing, constricting walls.

The repeating guitar drone brings to mind the way our thinking minds can tread on old ground over and over – like a patient pacing the ward, awaiting healing or some release after withstanding pain.

The escalating combination of urgent bass line, echoed vocal parts with those dissonant high notes, and the final crescendo all conjure up the idea of crossing the boundary between physical ailment and health, or a mental illness and breakthrough.

Dystopian Future Movies are:
Caroline Cawley – Guitar & Vox
Bill Fisher – Drums
Oisin O’Doherty – Bass
Rafe Dunn – Guitar

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The Obelisk Show on Gimme Radio Playlist: Episode 38

Posted in Radio on July 10th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Good show. As of this writing, I haven’t cut the voice tracks yet for the breaks, but there’s really only so much I can do to screw it up, though I’m sure one way or the other I’ll try. My head’s been pretty deep in longer-form stuff lately — really pushing for that mental-escape aspect of listening — so there’s not a lot here that departs from that, new cuts from The Atomic Bitchwax and All Souls notwithstanding, as they were both too killer not to include.

But last time around I played “Dopesmoker,” so I guess I don’t need to tell you my head’s into longer songs. Still, with the doomly start this one gets from DopelordMalsten and Pale Divine, and the sheer out-there vibe of OZO after the heavy post-rock of Dystopian Future Movies, and the culmination from the shape-of-metal-to-come brought to bear by Forlesen and the gloriously shapeless psychedelia of Temple Fang right after, I dig this one. I dig all of them, yeah, but this one too.

And as per usual, I hope you do as well.

The Obelisk Show airs 5PM Eastern today on the Gimme app or at http://gimmeradio.com

Full playlist:

The Obelisk Show – 07.10.20

Dopelord Doom Bastards Sign of the Devil
Malsten Torsion The Haunting of Silvåkra Mill
Pale Divine Consequence of Time Consequence of Time
The Atomic Bitchwax Scorpio Scorpio
Familiars Barn Burning All in Good Time
Dystopian Future Movies Ten Years Inviolate
OZO Pluto Pluto
Spiral Galaxy Machine D Spiral Galaxy
All Souls Death Becomes Us Songs for the End of the World
Forlesen Nightbridge Hierophant Violent
Temple Fang Gemini/Silky Servants Live at Merleyn

The Obelisk Show on Gimme Metal airs every Friday 5PM Eastern, with replays Sunday at 7PM Eastern. Next new episode is July 24 (subject to change). Thanks for listening if you do.

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The Obelisk Show on Gimme Radio Playlist: Episode 30

Posted in Radio on March 20th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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There’s some stuff here that was recently premiered — Moura, King Buffalo, the Thunderbird Divine track that went up today — but I’m also bringing in a few things from the Quarterly Review that I’ve got slated for next week. That’s stuff I haven’t had the chance to write about yet like Mindcrawler and Lemurian Folk Songs, Ritual King and Dystopian Future Movies. I know I’m biased here and I always say this — if you dig back through the old podcasts, I used to say it about those too, but I think it’s a pretty good show.

It was a little weird cutting voice tracks for it yesterday though, I’ll say that. Yeah, it’s awesome new music and that’s always great to be excited about, but it feels a little lightweight to be stoked on cool songs when there’s a pandemic on and obviously bigger issues at play. The way I look at it is music is ultimately that escape that people need and if I can maybe give someone something they haven’t heard before and might dig, then I guess that’s not nothing. It ain’t driving a truck for Meals on Wheels when it comes to lending a hand — I should be doing that shit, as should we all, all the time — but it’s what I’ve got, anyhow.

Thanks for listening if you do, and if you see this and don’t listen, then thanks just for reading.

The Obelisk Show airs 5PM Eastern today at http://gimmeradio.com

Full playlist:

The Obelisk Show – 03.20.20

Moura Ronda das Mafarricas Moura*
Dozer Rising Call it Conspiracy (2020 Reissue)*
Lord Fowl Fire Discipline Glorious Babylon*
Ritual King Dead Roads Ritual King*
Thunderbird Divine The Hand of Man The Hand of Man*
Mindcrawler Dead Space Lost Orbiter*
Elder Omens Omens*
Arbouretum Let it All In Let it All In*
Dystopian Future Movies Countenance Inviolate*
Lord Buffalo Raziel Tohu Wa Bohu*
Lemurian Folk Songs Logos Logos*
Sorcia Stars Collide Sorcia*
King Buffalo Red Star Pt. 1 & 2 Dead Star EP*

The Obelisk Show on Gimme Radio airs every Friday 5PM Eastern, with replays Sunday at 7PM Eastern. Next new episode is April 3 (subject to change). Thanks for listening if you do.

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