When we discovered Stillsuit they were a frenetic 2-minute blasts-of-treble punk trio from Oakland, California. They still are! So we said: instead of doing a 2-minute song, do a really long one, like a prog song. And they did it!
Map 71 feature drummer/noisemaker Andy Pyne of Kellar (blue six) and poet and artist Lisa Jayne. They come from Brighton, UK, and make a genuinely confrontational, mind-expanding noise between the two of them. These edited improvisations - stream-of-consciousness drums, instant poetry, intuitive electronics - are the definition of punk, Blue Tapes-style.
There are all and no feelings in this split. Rage is abstracted into nonsense, ferocity transmuted into poetry. Rather than neutering the energy and intelligence of these incredibly locked-in musicians, it frees it.
Admission: I kind of hate punk. It’s dogmatic, annoying and over-literal. Instead of asking questions it speaks only in the bullet points of prefabricated answers. It makes overtures of challenging and corrupting the status quo, but actively reinforces it through bland conservatism and the prioritization of tradition over adventure.
Punk has a fractious relationship with the ideologies that have occasionally intersected with it. It has been outmoded by feminism, which is an evolving social dialogue that responds creatively to the challenges faced by 52% of the Earth’s population as those challenges mutate in parallel to the shifting agendas of society.
It finds solace in anarchism, or any doctrine that paints the world in binary. There are no shades in punk - there is only good and bad, enemy and friend, ‘authentic’ and ‘fake.’ It is the doctrine of the fanatic.
Blue Tapes isn’t a punk label, but if it were, this is the music we would release. All of the time.
Praise for Stillsuit:
“Oakland’s Stillsuit mix experimental noise rock with punk politics, creating a feminist soundtrack to the confusion of sex and violence in a gendered world. Loud treble guitars in weird tunings duel while drums pound away in another time signature. Their live show lays waste to squares who cover their ears, clear the room and even pull the plug.
Stillsuit is the best band in America, and their legitimacy is not predicated on outside approval. Like all great underground groups, they make up their own rules. Listen and learn.” - Wondering Sound
“Chaotic sound born out of art and expression that bows to no rule (and seems to write no riff). The Bay Area's STILLSUIT are a veritable explosion of sound, treating classifications with about as much kindness as they do their instruments… a mesmerizing sonic experiment…” - Terminal Escape
“Three women positioned in Oakland, CA (including one who was in that great Chicago band Coughs) lay out increasingly aggressive strategies for drums, vocals, and two guitars, the latter of which are played in a confrontational, non-melodic style that suggests a self-taught language, skronky and ritualistic, that makes for some of the more exciting music that’s darkened this doorstep in a good long while… I haven’t heard anything this year so untraditional yet so memorable from song to song. It’s the most refreshing experience, listening to a band jumping completely out of line and doing their own thing.” - Still Single
“Cutting through the bullshit simple and sparse post-punk from Oakland that manages to be really bouncy and fun despite the sounds they are using to make the music.” - Boston Hassle
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