“[Our first show] was at a house party for the Fourth of July in Nashville. It was a two-piece band at that point. We had maybe six or seven songs at that point and one of them was ‘Volcano.’ I made the Volcano Vaporizer as part of our set… The first song on the first album that was written after a marijuana vaporizer called the Volcano Vaporizer. It was some German-made insane thing that took you to the moon and back. I remember having the idea of it, and we were like, ‘Yeah! Let’s bust out the Volcano!’ It fills up these huge bags so you can catch it or pass around these giant bags that are made of vapor. It has a mouthpiece on it so you can pass it around and people can take a puffs off of it. Coincidentally that same weekend, my friend had just finished growing this extremely, extremely, extremely strong crop of weed and he gave me a container of it and I just loaded [the Volcano] to the brim before the show and started passing it around to everybody. I think everyone, including myself, just got scared high. We played our set, we were on the moon, and it was a lot of fuckin’ fun. I remember being so stoned after the show that I was really paranoid. I had a bunch more of that stuff in my truck, and I was like, ‘I gotta get this stuff home.’ So, I drove all the way back to my farm, 30 minutes outside Nashville and dropped all that stuff off. And then drove back to the party and kept on partying.” —Turbo Fruits frontman Jonas Stein, via the Dallas Observer
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“after a year and some change this record is out now. its gross and muddy and angsty and kinda bullshit, but its My gross muddy angsty bullshit, so I’m just glad to put it out and not be thinking about it all the time.” —Ace Quaalude
“I’d say this third record was a bit more of a communal writing experience than the first two – more people chimed in on this one. We were just way more prepared. I’ve never been more prepared for recording a record in my life. We had a no-mess, non-stop work ethic. The first song on the album, ‘Where The Stars Don’t Shine,’ was recorded live with no overdubs. We were just like, no bullshit, no fuckin’ around, this is the way we’re starting off the record.” —Vocalist and guitarist Jonas Stein, via Rolling Stone
Related Photos → Turbo Fruits at Fond Object
“Sometimes, I’m like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I’m OK with putting this out’… I’m a lot more sensitive than I would like to be, but when I can just take things I’m really self-critical about and write them into a song and sing about them, I’m admitting it to other people and also accepting it myself. And the more I do it, the easier it is.” —Bully vocalist Alicia Bognanno, via Pitchfork
“I Remember” is taken from Bully’s 2015 album, Feels Like. The music video for the track was directed by Stewart Copeland.
“As run and gun as it gets! Had about an hour and half to shoot the around the bar footage. Those guys had just arrived from a long drive down from Portland and were obviously exhausted and hungry. They were great sports posing in an alley alongside discarded needles, empty brown bags and either dog or human excrement and everything else.” —Director Chris Anderson
“I had the idea for the video after a trip to the recycling center in East Nashville. It was right after that flood [in the spring of 2010]. Needless to say, the recycling center turned into mountains of metal. It was eerily beautiful. There was a mountain of refrigerators connected by a metal valley to a hill of air conditioners. Destroyed washers and dryers stacked up like Legos. And then there was this wall of TVs. It stood quite tall and just kind of beamed in the sunlight.
I stood there for a while just kind of staring at. Then I decided it needed to be destroyed broken down somehow, and I needed to film this happening. It reminded me of those early MTV bites where someone would say I want my MTV and then smash a TV with a sledge hammer or something. I wanted it to be a nod to that.
I knew Hans Condor was the band for the job. After a few weeks of collecting old TVs off the side of the road (we got kicked out of the recycling center—apparently, you’re allowed to drop stuff off there but you cant TAKE things), we set up in [drummer Erik Holcombe’s] backyard. There were all sorts of other goodies back there as well so we all just went at it and added some personal touches (like Rodger’s TV drum kit and Charles’s bottle mic).” —“Time Rhyme or Reason” video director Poni Silver, via Culture Bully
“I’ve never really been into drugs really much, but removing the social drinking aspect from my life and touring and stuff and how that led to this realization that like ‘oh wow, maybe I wasn’t always looking at myself and facing my pain and dealing with stuff.’ And then this at least personal aha moment that I had of how my life changed by removing that aspect from it. So I really like that one. It’s just a personal ideology on self-medication and escapism, whether it’s going to the bar four nights a week and drinking or prescription medication or drug use or any kind of ways people are numbing themselves, my choice to sort of remove myself from it.” —Ron Gallo, via Noisey
“I think the common thread that ties together the whole record, ‘Heavy Meta’, is, sort of, just me being tired of you, and of myself, and everyone, and the way that things are, and no longer being afraid to just confront that stuff and face that stuff and talk about it, while leaving a ton of room in there for me to laugh at myself, and maybe get people to laugh at themselves.” —Ron Gallo, via ReverbNation
“The original idea was to have the video shot by our friend’s 14-year-old brother with his drone but it got too complicated and so we just filmed in Grayton’s kitchen. We found a camera in Isaac’s basement and filmed while Grayton’s dad was out doing stuff. Our friend Joseph makes a PB&J on my snare drum. We basically goofed off for a few hours and filmed it.” —DATENIGHT drummer Thomas Borrelli, via Noisey
The music video for DATENIGHT’s “NO USE” was filmed by Rory George Macmurdo and edited by Andrew Gibson. The track is from the band’s four-track Sonic Youth: 18 Years On Earth cassette, released in April of 2017 via Drop Medium.
“Thematically [‘Heavy Meta’] stems from frustration with humanity and myself that began about three years ago when most of these songs were written. For the first time, I went within and faced a lot of things. It was a dark period and I was living in Philly. The record talks about a stalker, dead love, domestication, medication of the masses, the cycle of bad parenting, the struggle of pursuing art, self-empowerment, illusion, and personal frustration with the state of culture, music, food, etc. This record is someone being rattled out of their complacency and maybe it can do the same for another.” —Ron Gallo, via NoiseTrade