I ended up doing an interview with Greenleaf Weekly and No Esteemed Deeds made their “Top 10 New Political Albums You’ll Fall in Love With”.   Pretty happy with that. You can read it at the link below.

Interesting to me because some of the other artists are dealing with political issues around the world I’m not very familiar with

Derision Cult Interview

No Esteemed Deeds Baby!

It’s here!  You can check out No Esteemed Deeds at Bandcamp

It’s also on all the major streaming services (Apple, Spotify, Amazon Prime, Google Play etc).  I’m pretty happy with how this came together and I’m getting pretty solid feedback.  Sam came in before the final pushed and successfully convinced me to roll back a lot of the reverbs and various Eventide effects on the vocals which worked out well.  I’ve done some minor marketing for it, in the way of some sponsored posts on Facebook.  I may make another Reverbnation push because that’s actually getting some attention.  One major change for me is that when I put this out, some press came along.  Had I done this the way it’s meant to be done, I’d have reached out to people already and gotten things lined up.  Pretty flattering they found me.  But in the coming weeks there’ll be some articles, interviews etc related to No Esteemed Deeds.

Meanwhile work proceeds on a few fronts.  I have a load of Jefferson Dust stuff that’s almost ready to go into the “figure out what works and what doesn’t” stage which is where vocals come in.  I was casting about for new ideas around how to handle vocals and recorded a cover of Die Warzau’s Glare.  You can hear it here

I’m working on a remix of a Microwaved single which I hope to dig into today.  I did the guitars on the original and the chord structure basically was built around that.  So I’m pretty familiar with the track.

Also I’m starting to get oriented back around Hell’s Own Drag.  Doug and I have a couple songs tee’d up and about a dozen more song ideas.  This one will be a pretty major step forward.  We deliberately went for a raw sort of late 70s/early 80’s feel on Clench a Fist.  This one will take its cues more from the 90’s.

Onwards and upwards!

No Esteemed Deeds

8A10DD21-B8AE-46FD-8480-E18D7F94E973.jpegComing this weekend!

1. Slaves
2. Get Out1
3. Bring Out the Dead
4. The Rocket Man
5. Pussy Grabs Back
6. One Generation
7. Legion
8. Albatross
9. The First Day
10. Sunlight
11. Shithole Country

On the title- I was throwing around calling it “Let them Eat Cake” since the picture is of some skulls I took that belonged to some French Revolutionaries that now reside in the Catacombs under Paris. But I figured the reference would be lost and people think this is like a Fat Boys album or something. This is actually from a plaque that’s in a park I mountain bike in south of Chicago where they buried all the uranium from the Manhattan Project. I thought given the subjects of the songs and the impact our time now will have on the future it was fitting. The whole message is creepy AF. It’s on this stone that sits in a clearing out in the middle of a forest literally a few miles from any civilization. I guess a few hundred yards underground there’s a concrete encasing of enriched uranium. The idea is to deter generations hundreds of years from now from digging and meddling with the ground there. it reads:

This place is not a place of honor.

No highly esteemed deed is commemorated here.

Nothing valued is here.

This place is a message and part of a system of messages.

Pay attention to it!

Sending this message was important to us.

We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture.

New Derision Cult tracks

Uploaded two new Derision Cult tracks from my next album. You can find them on Reverbnation. I’ve more or less soured on that platform but looking back over the last year, it does seem like when I put a concerted effort there I get some recognition, especially for this project.

Im pretty happy with the output this time around. Production wise it’s a step forward and all in all the tracks came together nicely. There’s one called The Rocketman on it that’s probably the best track I’ve ever done, on a number of fronts.  My main goal was to make sure the drums didn’t sound like a drum machine trying to be real. It’s a drum machine trying to be a drum machine. I think the tracks come off more genuine as a result. Also I had my friend Sam come in and give a second set of ears to the mixes and he dialed back a lot of effects on the vocals which ended up working really well. They still have a treated sound but don’t fight with guitars anymore.  All in all this is probably the most transparent Derision Cult thing I’ve done in the sense the tracks sound pretty close to how I originally played them.

theres 11 tracks going on it making it the longest/biggest release. I kept expecting one or three would just not live up to potential before I finished everything but they’re all hanging in. Sam concurred so they’re all going on!

i still have to do artwork and all that. Instead of using licensed images this time around I’m going to draw from some photography I did in Europe this summer…mainly the catacombs in Paris. I did this for the Jefferson Dust cover album too.  I think this one needs to be a little understated.

If all comes together I hope to have it out on all digital channels in the next couple of weeks!




This weekend I tracked the last things needed for the batch of songs I’m working on for the next Derision Cult EP.  All in all I’d say this will have more vibey ambient textures than my last few. Also more vocal range (for my standards at least).  The mix will be wider for sure as I stopped worrying so much about the phase correlation. It might mean things are as loud but what the fuck right?

My next step is mixing. I usually give myself two weeks or so to have some time away from the tracks in order to be somewhat objective about them. I have 11 tracks. If history is any indicator that means 7-8 will make the cut.

In the meantime I have an idea for a Jefferson Dust track I want to lay down. Be my first one with that new relic Tele. Also want to pick back up on Hell’s Own Drag and start casting about for Delta Shines next move.

Its entirely plausible I’ll have the next DC done and put in February. Historically my most popular stuff always comes out in February so hey that’s a good thing!


And that’ll be that

Pretty happy with how 2017 went on a musical front. Put out 6 EP’s from 4 projects,got a blog off the ground, gained a few thousand new fans, got some big radio play, 2 #1 Bandcamp albums, and (I believe) managed to up the game on the backend via launching my own publishing company and built another guitar.  So things got done.

Outside of music, my family is healthy and happy, my work is…work, and the train keeps rolling.  So I’ve got nothing to complain about. Hope you had a great 2017, and if not, hey onwards and upwards!