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Visual artist Jesse Draxler—who has worked with Nine Inch Nails, Daughters, Zola Jesus, Alexander McQueen and many others—has put together a new collaborative art project with the likes of Chelsea Wolfe, Greg Puciato, Trentemøller, Jaye Jayle, Ghostemane and more, called Reigning Cement. 

Draxler gave each of his co-creators a set of 34 soundscape elements to assemble in any way they wanted. These recordings are industrial noises found in Draxler’s LA neighborhood and each artist was given the very same sonic toolbox to work with. Concurrently, Draxler created a visual component to go along with each of the tracks, which are incredibly varied. Reigning Cement pairs a 100-page book of Draxler’s art, photography and collage work with the audio portion of the project (see below for flipbook video).

from the forthcoming album “Reigning Cement”, an A/V project by visual artist Jesse Draxler. Using solely environmental sound recordings by Draxler, 20+ musicians offer their interpretations of the same body of assets. “Reigning Cement” will be released on September 4th. First edition double LP vinyl and 100 page book limited to 500 copies sold out. Second edition variant of 100 copies currently available here:

When submitting this track, Chelsea briefly mentioned how the lyrics are an ode to her relationship with Valerian root and its effects on sleeping habits and insomnia. With the video we wanted to echo this notion to create a morphing and echoing sleep-scape, straddling the line between dream and nightmare. The video was created by myself and Rizz (of the band VOWWS), while the footage of Chelsea was kindly given to us by herself”

Valerian” by Chelsea Wolfe, Ben Chisholm, & Jesse Draxler Video by Rizz, Jesse, Chelsea, & Ben

Singer, guitarist and songwriter Chelsea Wolfe has been working with multi-instrumentalist, programmer and songwriter Jess Gowrie for years, but new project Mrs. Piss is a bit different. Their work is always dark, but there’s a dirgy, filthy weight to this that is both entirely welcome and utterly uncomfortable. We chatted to the two of them about new album Self-Surgery

If you thought Chelsea Wolfe’s 2017 album, Hiss Spun, was heavy, wait until you dive into Mrs. Piss‘ self-titled debut. A collaborative effort with her longtime friend and current go-to drummer Jess Gowrie, the LP sees these two “mega babes of the wild order” channelling the gnarliest, noisiest grunge-sludge sounds of the Nineties, plus plenty of the era’s riot grrrl attitude. “Nobody Wants to Party With Us” goes the title of one song. We sure as hell do.

L.A. WEEKLY: How did Mrs. Piss come to be…

JESS GOWRIE: Chelsea and I grew up in the same city, Sacramento. We met in our early 20s and started a band called Red Host. That kind of kicked it off. Me joining in with Chelsea Wolfe [the project] in 2016, it just seemed like we picked up where we left off. It’s been 12 years or something.

CHELSEA WOLFE: We had about seven years of separation where we didn’t talk, and then when we finally reunited and started spending some time together, it was like no time had passed. We immediately picked up our friendship and our musical relationship. It was magical to see that hadn’t faded at all, and we were still able to write music together really easily.

Describe the sound…

JG: I would say it’s a mixture of a lot of different sounds. Chelsea and I have very similar backgrounds but we also differ and I think that was brought into this project. You’ve got grunge and a lot of ’90s influences that we both love, dabbling with industrial.

CW: When I stepped into this project, I had this vision in my that it was gonna be punk music. But it kinda immediately, as soon as we started playing, became clear that it was a lot more like metal and rock. That’s just who we are. I would say it’s very much a mix of metal, ’90s rock & roll, ’90s industrial, but also with punk spirit injected in there as well.

Why that band name?

CW: It was just something we would say when we were on tour together. It’s essentially about an energy and mood rather than something literal. It’s about embracing and empowering what the world considers to be your messy side as a woman. Just being married to the dirt — embracing it fully.

re you pleased with the way Self-Surgery came out?

CW: Yeah. I think this was an experiment and us really doing things on our own. We had a little bit of help from some band mates to record and mix. But we produced it ourselves. Jess and I spent a lot of time in practice spaces working on the songs. It was very much the two of us putting ourselves into it. No matter how it sounded, we knew that it captured our friendship, that energy and stuff.

JG: For me, hearing the collection of songs together, I couldn’t be happier with it actually. I think it expresses the mood perfect that we’ve had over the past three or four years of being in a band again, but really it goes back for years and years since we started playing together.

How have you been keeping busy during lockdown? Did it affect the recording or rollout of the album?

CW: We had it finished. We mixed it in fall of last year. I was supposed to go on an acoustic tour in March, I went over to Europe and that was cancelled. Once I got home from that and there was nothing else going on, it was like we should just focus on getting this out. We started talking to Sargent House and rolled it out from there.

JG: This has been in the making for three years. We had to find downtime in between touring. Whenever we had a little bit of time, that’s when we’d get together and either write or record. It took us quite a long time to get these songs together. But they were done before the pandemic.

CW: I feel like the process relates to the title because we really made it in pieces and then stitched it all together at the end.

What’s next for the rest off the year, particularly when lockdown is eventually lifted?

CW: The bandmates have been sending new Chelsea Wolfe ideas back and forth, but also Jess and I have been sending new Mrs. Piss ideas back and forth. We’ve been doing a lot of writing, and planning for when we can get together again. We don’t know when we can play shows again, so we can’t plan too much for that. But we look forward to being able to do it in person again.

Mrs. Piss’ debut album Self-Surgery is out now via Sargent House. Mrs. Piss is (Chelsea Wolfe & Jess Gowrie)

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Genre-bending singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe has been giving audiences an alternate vantage point since her career got off the ground at the start of this decade. Wolfe has always had a way of dignifying moods that we might otherwise refer to (with a touch of condescension) as “brooding.” But with her sixth album “Birth of Violence”, she makes her most convincing statement to date, reminding us once again that angst is not the exclusive province of young adults. Where so much of the so-called darkness in music falls into the realm of stylized affectation, Wolfe’s presentation doesn’t allow for one-dimensional readings and doesn’t fall prey to self-parody. She has always shown keen awareness in her portrayals of emotional states like apprehension and grief. On Birth of Violence, though, woundedness becomes a launching pad for regeneration just as Wolfe’s musical vocabulary seems to be gelling more than ever before. Because of Wolfe’s newfound ability to communicate so much more with less, you could call Birth of Violence a tour de force—only Wolfe has mastered the art of eschewing force altogether.

From the upcoming album “Birth of Violence”, available September 13th on Sargent House Records

Chelsea Wolfe announced her new album “Birth of Violence”, which will be released September 13th via Sargent House Records. You can hear the first song “The Mother Road

I offer these songs like flowers in violent bloom, and I look forward to sharing more with you this summer.

This fall, I’ll head out on an acoustic tour of North America. I’m very excited to have Ioanna Gika as support on all the dates.

An excerpt of “The Mother Road” from the forthcoming album “Birth of Violence,” out September 13th, 2019 on Sargent House.

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On August 31st, my band and I will be playing the Pasadena Daydream Festival, curated by Robert Smith, alongside The Cure, Emma Ruth Rundle, Deftones, The Pixies,and many more great bands.

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Chelsea Wolfe’s steady descent into goth-metal territory has produced some of the most wicked iconography in music video history. Her latest, “The Culling,” is an eerie barrage of gothic symbols: a sea of candles, white roses, red cloaks, a dead pig’s head, and Chelsea caked in face powder and smoky eye shadow, choking up black entrails. It’s all shot in a serene, collage style that’s both calming and overwhelming all at once. Overall, it’s some oppressive stuff.

Chelsea Wolfe’s “The Culling” from the album “Hiss Spun,” released September 22nd, 2017 on Sargent House Records.

King Dude & Chelsea Wolfe reunite to create another seven inch song of collaborative songs entitled “Sing More Songs Together…”. These two are perfect for each other, especially when Chelsea was still doing folk music. As someone stated, its like a gothic Hazlewood/Sinatra! or  Nick Cave /PJ Harvey fantasy album”  the resulting music is catchy, brooding, soothing, and stirring. “Bed on Fire” is to DIE for, too.

Due out March 25th 2014 on Not Just Religious Music.
Recorded by King Dude at the Actual Pain M-M.F. Warehouse in Seattle Washington in July/August 2013. All instruments performed by Chelsea Wolfe, King Dude and Ben Chisholm.

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Side A: Be Free
Side B: Bed on Fire
NJRM-002 – King Dude & Chelsea Wolfe – Sing More Songs Together... – 7″ vinyl
Limited to 1000 copies:
500 black vinyl
300 white vinyl
200 blended white and black vinyl

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For years, it has been clear that Chelsea Wolfe is a mega-talent with major musical ambitions. You can hear it in the progression of her full-length albums. On 2010’s The Grime and the Glow, she created a particularly dark strain of folk music in glorious lo-fi. The next year, she upped both the drama and the production value on Apokalypsis. And then, for 2013’s Pain Is Beauty and 2015’s Abyss, she began introducing more electronic and noise elements. On Hiss Spun, Chelsea Wolfe’s songs are as heavy and melodic and weird and magical as ever

The word ‘artist’ is used with witless abandon in music, but with Californian songwriter Chelsea Wolfe it feels wholly appropriate. Wolfe is an originator and creator, over five albums she has constructed an intricate, dark body of work, one capable of crossing vast spaces, from gothic folk to black metal, while still feeling part of the same awe-inspiring aesthetic.

2015’s Abyss saw the Sargent House-signed songwriter develop a cavernous dynamic presence through gigantic, dystopian riffs, all contrasted with a tortured Cocteau Twins vocal. Now she has returned with Hiss Spun – a record that bathes in the bleakness of the current global outlook and delves ever deeper into musical extremes.

It was only a matter of time before Chelsea Wolfe up and recorded a metal album. “Hiss Spun” is, more or less, that album. Produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge and featuring guests such as Sumac’s Aaron Turner and Queens of the Stone Age’s Troy Van Leeuwen, it’s a set of loud, blistering, powerful dirges and rippers that end up being some of the most immediate tracks in Wolfe’s repertoire. Wolfe exorcises some hard-rocking demons in “Vex” and “Hiss Spun,” while retaining some industrial darkwave eeriness in “Offering,” though it’s an album short on songs that aren’t standouts. It’s a weird irony that her most explicitly metal album to date is also her catchiest, but why question synchronicity when it comes out sounding this great.

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Hello! My new album Hiss Spun is out today!

In a way, Hiss Spun is an album many years in the making. It’s a culmination of important people in my life, and a culmination of my musical influences and memories. It represents a certain kind of self-acceptance I’ve long strived for as an introverted, anxiety-riddled person. This album is about opening up and accepting the mess of yourself. There can be a strength in embracing your feral side, and it was fun to write some songs that were a lot more in-your-face and confrontational than I’ve done before.

The catalyst for this album was the reunion of my friend and drummer Jess Gowrie and I two and a half years ago. We had a rock band together back in Sacramento 10 years ago, and she taught me how to be a good front-person of a band and introduced me to a lot of the music that became very influential on me over the years. When I left that band to pursue my own project, it was difficult and we didn’t speak for 7 years, but when we reunited, it was clear that our musical chemistry was still there, strong as ever, so just as quickly as we became friends again, we started writing songs together again and her presence became an integral part of this new music and new era.

At my side for many years has been Ben Chisholm – multi-instrumentalist, composer, and another friend who has lent me much musical inspiration and given me strength when I wanted to shy away from the spotlight. Ben has worked with me as a co-writer and co-producer since Apokalypsis era, always recognizing that at the end of the day I follow my vision uncompromisingly.

Adding Troy Van Leeuwen’s singular guitar style to the twisted emotions of these songs was a welcome finishing touch, along with the ominous playing of Bryan Tulao.

Honesty in music has always been of grave importance to me, and this album is brutally honest. At times I’ve felt that my music is quite genderless, but many songs on Hiss Spun are very much from the perspective of a woman, confronting the chaos of the world with her own internal storm. There are stories of addiction, withdrawal, family history, lost love, instincts, cycles, and rage. Musically, I pushed my voice as far as I could, I sought out guitar tones that sounded like motorcycle engines, and specifically recorded with Kurt Ballou to capture the deep bass and pounding, energetic drums in the way he does so well.

There are repeated words throughout this album.. small words with big meanings: flux, hiss, welt, groan. Flux represents movement and flow, hiss is the positive life force, welt is the brutality of life, and groan represents sensuality and death. I’ve long had an affinity for white noise and there are moments on Hiss Spun dedicated to it, using sampled sounds from my own life as well as from history. Carl Sagan said that 1% of TV and radio static is relic sound from the Big Bang, and I find that strange connection to the origin both compelling and comforting.

Though this record can get dark, it can also be freeing. I hope you enjoy Hiss Spun. Thank you so much for your support and love.. I can feel it. And if you’ve gotten this far, thank you for reading!

Chelsea

Chelsea Wolfe’s “16 Psyche” from the album “Hiss Spun”, out September 22nd, 2017 on Sargent House Records. Featuring: Troy Van Leeuwen on lead guitar.

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Relapse Records have released a video showing Myrkur’s Amalie Bruun and Chelsea Wolfe performing their haunting new track Funeral. The song features on Myrkur’s new album Mareridt which will arrive on Friday (September 15th). The video was filmed in hotel room in Las Vegas and follows the release of Ulvinde and Måneblôt from the follow-up to 2015’s M.

Mareridt was recorded between Copenhagen and Seattle with producer Randall Dunn, who has previously worked with artists including Earth and Sunn O))) and is said to be “a rich juxtaposition of the dark and the light, the moon and the mother earth, the witch and the saint.”

Mareridt will explore “deeper into the mysterious and the feminine with compositions that further progress Bruun’s visionary blend of metal with gorgeous, stirring melodies, dark folk passages, choral arrangements and superb, horrific beauty.”

Chelsea Wolfe, meanwhile, will release her fifth studio album Hiss Spun on September 22nd via Sargent House Records.