Archive for Botch

All About Friends Forever Volume 4

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 13, 2013 by Magadh

ImageI have been traveling a fair amount of late which accounts for my rather shoddy production for this blog. I was lucky enough to be welcomed home last night by Rich Hall and Carrie Whitney. They had my copy of the most recent volume in their All About Friends Forever series. Whitney released the original compilation in 1997. She’s now teamed up with Hall to create a new chapter; releasing remastered versions of the original tunes along with jams from the next generation.

All About Friends Forever Vol 4. is a powerhouse, featuring remastered tunes from Botch and Nineironspitfire along with new material from Children of God and Helms AleeBotch starts things off with their cover of The B52’s “Rock Lobster”. Always a crowd pleaser back in the day, their interpretation owes much to the chaotic glory of bands like Angel Hair or Swing Kids and remains a standout today. 

Children of God are up next with “Silent War”. The track conjures the brutality of early Converge and Rorschach. More straight forward than most of the excellent We Set Fire to the Sky, “Silent War” pummels the listener. A very solid offering.

Helms Alee premiered their cover of fellow North westerners Heart’s “Magic Man” via Revolver here.  They present a fairly faithful rendering of the classic which showcases the band’s substantial talent. A fitting tribute to my wife’s musical heros.

Nineironspitfire shut up shop with their 5 second blast “Dead”. Fast, brutal and vicious; just like the unfortunately short life of the band.

Hall and Whitney’s most recent release is well worth your time. Check out the tunes and download the tracks via their bandcamp here. Vinyl versions of this and all of the other volumes can be found here (I have it on good authority only 1 copy of the test pressings from Volume 4 remain). 

To learn more about the history of the project check out Eric Weiss’ (of Rumpshaker Zine) interview with Whitney at the All About Friends Tumblr.

– Captain of Games

The Edge of Quarrel

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 18, 2013 by Magadh

Cvlt Nation is show the cult classic Edge of Quarrel. Head on over on take a look as it’s a fantastic trip down memory land. See it here.


– Captain of Games

Some Odds and Sods

Posted in Heads Up with tags , , , , , , on April 4, 2013 by Magadh

old ironSeattle down-tuned juggernaut Old Iron has tossed a couple of demo tunes up on their Bandcamp site. Do yourself a favor and check them out here. Look for a full length some time in the not too distant future.

In other news, Hydrahead Records has some big news for Record Store Day (4/20 if you’re interested). They will be re-releasing Botch’s American Nervoso and Cave In’s Until Your Heart Stops on vinyl. It’s been a long ass time since those jams have been available on wax. I remember stuffing endless copies of American Nervoso for Botch’s summer tour when it was first released so the record holds a special place in my heart. Don’t sleep on this!

American Nervoso









-Captain of Games

The Wasted Years

Posted in Articles, News and Notes with tags , , , , on June 21, 2012 by Magadh


A Thousand Trivialities is committed to supporting DIY culture in all of its facets. We are constantly amazed at the creativity of those embracing independent media to bypass the pig system. We celebrate the authentic voices from our culture and would like to introduce you to Aaron Semer.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Aaron for over 10 years and find him to be both insightful and quite witty. His current project is a blog and podcast called The Wasted Years.  The blog is well written and profiles an array of working musicians who play some variety of heavy music. In the podcast, independent musicians sit with Aaron for an hour and discuss tales of the road. Brian Cook (Botch, These Arms are Snakes, Roy and Russian Circles) is featured in the first installment. Brian’s tales are both hilarious and compelling but it is Aaron’s skill as an interviewer that makes the podcast flow so well.

We wholeheartedly recommend you check out The Wasted Years here.

– Captain of Games

Review: Narrows

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on May 27, 2012 by Magadh

Narrows Painted Deathwish

I have to admit that I kind of come to each Narrows record expecting to hear Botch. This is unfair. The only direct connection between the two acts is Dave Verellen, and while the vocalist does a lot to give a band its own peculiar feel, it is really the guitar (at least in most cases) that is decisive in terms of the sonic topography produced. In terms of heaviness and dissonant elements, Narrows guitarists Jodie Cox and Ryan Frederiksen play in a style that does bear some similarities to that of Dave Knudson. That the careful listener will never mistake the former for the latter should not be taken as a criticism. Listening to Botch, especially their live shows, had a vertigo inducing quality. Narrows can write some complex tunes, but they are the kind of band that it’s easier to bob your head to.

The first thing you’re going to notice about this record is that it’s a lot more straightforward in terms of tempos than previous Narrows releases. Narrows are sometimes classified as “math rock” or “math core.” One could debate the justice of those designations, but in any case this current release is likely to cost them their union cards in United Math Rockers Local 3.14159265 (if indeed they ever had them). All of which is not to say that the time changes and dissonance that characterized their previous releases have been completely abjured. On Painted, they have been harnessed to an attack that relies on pounding and bludgeoning the listener, rather than leaving them wondering what time signature it was all in. Fans of previous releases, and of Botch, will be pleased to note that one thing that hasn’t changed is Dave Verellen’s gut-wrenching vocal style. As on previous releases, he sounds like he is slicing chunks off of his soul with a butcher knife, his fearsome roaring lending an urgency to the proceedings which manages to retain some of the unsettling qualities of earlier Narrows discs.

“Under the Guillotine” opens the action with hammering riff that wouldn’t have been out of place on a High on Fire record. This sets the tone. While their music is often challenging in terms of presenting the listener with square progressions or comfortable melodies, their bread and butter is an uncompromising wall of sound. “Absolute Betrayer” reinforces this point with a series of jackhammer riffs over which dissonant notes float like a halo. “Greenland” starts off with three minutes of weird noise that sounds like it was recorded off Pinhead’s home stereo before mutating into a bombastic, slow burn. From there, matters return to the familiar, punishing furrow that had been plowed through the earlier parts of the disc.

There is a lot to like about this record, and its very existence is impressive given that the members don’t get to spend a lot of time together. What is also impressive is that they keep managing to come up with material that is fresh and compelling. If Painted is more straightforward than earlier Narrows releases, it is also the case that they have managed to harness what at times seemed like an anarchic fury into a focused aggression that demands repeated spins.