Author: Brian Miller

Foot Village’s “National Jamthum” is featured on the LA Record St. Paddy’s Day Mix Tape, alongside other awesome acts like Kid Infinity and Miss Cincinnati. Enjoy the free booze toons.

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Salt And Candy – Kid Infinity
Vile Bile – Scribe And The Aborted
Cautionary Drinking – Bloody Death Skull
Battle Hymn Of The Female Socialist Alcoholics – Man-Power
Beer – Michael Nhat
Drink On Floor – Zackey Force Funk
Mass – E and E
Johny Drink Whiskey – Shmadeo Shmead
four P.M. – howardAmb
Howl Like A Wolf – Les bicyclettes blanches
Get Wasted – The Fitz Blitz
National Jamthum – Foot Village

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WFMU’s Free Music Archive has added the rest of the “Chicken & Cheese 2″ covers we received for the massive audio collage project on our latest album “Anti-Magic”. The submissions we recieved can be heard in full in the player below. The new additions to their library are the last 11 tracks.
To hear how the submissions were edited together for our album, please pick up a cover of Anti-Magic. The CD, vinyl, cassette, and iTunes versions all contain alternate edits/bands since we received so many amazing versions! Get it here: http://deathbombarc.bigcartel.com/product/foot-village-anti-magic-cd-lp
Visit the library here.

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US Friends Buy It Here: https://deathbombarc.bigcartel.com/product/foot-village-anti-magic-cd-lp
UK/EU Friends Buy It Here: http://upsettherhythm.co.uk/shop.shtml

UTR032 (on Upset The Rhythm)

TAKE mp3 http://www.upsettherhythm.co.uk/footvillage/UTR032/T.A.K.E..mp3
REGGAE WAR ZONE mp3 https://deathbombarc.com/sound/fv/02%20Reggae%20War%20Zone.mp3
REGGAE WAR ZONE music video: http://vimeo.com/5791016
TAKE Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvy0Ly7wPS8
REGGAE WAR ZONE Live: https://vimeo.com/5929796

After a recent collection of singles, EP tracks and remixes on Gilgongo, Foot Village return with their new record proper called ‘Anti-Magic’. Describing ‘Anti-Magic’ as a collection of drum essays embracing the physical and rejecting the imaginary, Foot Village rise to a concept. First album ‘World Fantasy’ was concerned with songs about other countries, whilst follow-up ‘Friendship Nation’ documented the founding of Foot Village as a nation in it’s own right.

With this new album the story of the nation’s first war is discussed. A war in opposition to magic and spirituality. A record about resistance to the heathen hordes of sorcerers, prophets and pretenders. This is not a story that Foot Village are telling to make them look like saviours though. It’s a warning to not believe everything you’re told.

Contrary to a first listen to the band’s run riot sound, Foot Village are decidedly anti-jam. Very few parts of the record are improvised and their songs are heavily worked on and involved. This can be appreciated on this new album more than ever. “Crybaby” starts apprehensively with a cowbell and cymbal rattle, until the rim shots and vocals pour in, making way for the military march gone carnival signature beat to stamp it’s presence on the song.

“TAKE” fluxes with ever-changing drum patterns and wild vocals which almost edge each other into the impossible. A hushed breakdown in the middle of the song only makes the rampaging drum assault finale more intense. Foot Village prefer to shirk novelty for an evolving attitude to song writing, with tangents traced into new territories as a rule. “Reggae War Zone” works into the song a lot of melodic vocal exchanges that punctuate the drum stampede. “Grace’s Death” almost does away with percussion completely opting for an eerie vocal workout full of lament that explores repetition.

Over the course of this war/album, Foot Village do their best to show just how brutal a drums-and-screaming-only approach can be. But, by the end of the war, the virtues of all music are revealed to them and they join hands with bands of all styles for an “It’s A Small World” version of their song “Chicken & Cheese 2″ which features a “love song” section interpreted by countless friends, including AIDS Wolf, Jason Forrest, Kyle Mabson, Narwhalz, Tussle and Death Sentence: Panda!
When pretense has been banished, freedom can take wing and the doors can be flung open to everyone. Foot Village is a nation unlike any other and only by visiting can you really know.

CD and Vinyl contain alternate tracks. Both versions packaged in awesome gatefold art, with lyrics.
CD version includes collaborations with AIDS Wolf, Puppy Dog, Two 2 Tango, Lee Noble, Anavan, Laco$te, Big Digits, Herons, Paid In Puke, Nero’s Day at Disneyland, Blue Sabbath Black Fiji, Tussle, Weird Habit, I.E., Eddie Brnabic, Robert Inhuman, Jason Forrest, Wolfblitzer, Geiger Retort, Kyle Mabson, Kid Infinity, Bio Bitch, Vankmen, Jonathan Snipes and David Rothbaum.

Vinyl version includes collaborations with Robert
Inhuman, Jason Forrest, Mr Padeiro, tik///tik, Power Sherlock,
Bitches, Death Sentence: PANDA!, YNGWLV, Spirit Duplicator, T.I.T.S., Narwhalz, Meta Magical, Cap N Fresh and the Stay Fresh Seals, Wolfblitzer, Eddie Brnabic, Nero’s Day at Disneyland, and Eustachian

CD version in stock now and ships immediately. Vinyl version ships in September.

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UPSET THE RHYTHM
L.A.’s ‘Drum-n-shout’ band Foot Village holler and beat a cacophony of their DIY melodies
Text by Richard MacFarlane | Published 25 August 2009

Last time Los Angeles’ Foot Village built an imaginary world with just drums and vocals it came out as a distinct sort of chaos; the human-centered rules of their made-up village are bashed out with an oblique approach to song forms. They occupy a particularly loud corner of The Smell-related DIY with a reckless sense of fun. On their new ‘Anti-Magic’ LP their yelps and screams take on a few more melodies and those strong ideologies get bolstered by even more fervor, insanity, but most of all humour. They’ve crafted a fantasy novel-recalling world of politics, anarchy and nudity but amongst all the depravity are solid senses of cultural response, DIY ethos and massively catchy songs. We talked to these LA underground heavies (citizens Brian Miller, Grace Lee, Dan Rowan and Josh Taylor) on account of their new Upset The Rhythm released album.

Dazed Digital: How would you describe Foot Village and what you stand for?
Dan Rowan & Brian Miller: Loudest Acoustic Rock Band Ever.
Josh Taylor: I agree with Dan although I also disagree. We always get lumped into a sort of hippy drum circle jumble and just the word acoustic adds wood to that fire. don’t get me wrong, I love hippies and the concept of drum circles rules but in reality they really are just annoying and I hate them. ugh, drums circles suck! But drums rule! Where is the balance?
Grace Lee: It’s the line between fantasy and love. It’s energy in the form of four people in this crazy big world of excess and want. What we (we = I = Grace) want is energy blazened with a fucked up fun time, like when a bouncey house collapses to the side and people are sliding on top of you, crushing you, but the only thing you can do is try to breath but can’t because your hysterically laughing so you can’t breath.

DD: At times Friendship Nation’s drums came out almost like guitars; it was weird almost hearing melodies in each one respectively. Did you guys tried to further these dynamics on Anti-Magic?
Brian Miller: I think this phenom comes from cramming 4 poorly tuned drum kits of very poor quality into 2 speakers. While I can’t say that we are specifically working on this, I personally am always working on making my drums crappier while the rest of the band works on making their drums classier, so that dynamic must only be getting weirder.
Dan Rowan: We already decided that if we ever “went electric” that I’d stil be playing drums. Hopefully not electronic drums though.
Josh Taylor: You pretty much nailed what we try to do. It would be so boring if we all played the same part or just added little fills into a main drumbeat (there is that drum circle concept again!) so we tend to take on other “instruments” in our arrangements. I like to be the bass guitar in the band although Grace is a much better bass player than me. Dan rules at the drums so he is usually the drummer and Brian gets to be the sexy lead singer.

DD: There’s a big element of cultural and political response with your music; do you feel increasingly inspired to work his way?
Brian Miller: ‘Anti-Magic’ is pretty big effort in this direction (at least as much as one can while still being fun… we’re hardly Rage Against the Machine) but post-A-M stuff has been taking a distinct “party on” direction. Then again, “Fight For Your Right To Party” is a sick political anthem.

DD: What’s up with all the nudity? Is it along the same ethos as your track “Urination”? i. e. everyone has the right to urinate in public?
Grace Lee: Of course, everyone has the right to pee. Sadly, all that pee and morning dumps get washed straight into the ocean, and our oceans are suffering because of that (along with lots of fast food cups, Frito chip bags and the like). So yes everyone has the right, but it’s really a comment on how (for me at least) public agencies need to spend more resources on providing decent facilities. But the nudity, yes nudity is great. It’s really nice when my roommates are on out of town so I can walk around naked or in my briefs. Saves laundry detergent and electric bill. I imagine everyone does that…but only in private. That’s too bad. Not that I want to live in a colony, but privacy really brings out who we are and wouldn’t that be fun and really scary to knows those things about people, like how big is your cock or how pink is that labia!

DD: I like how a lot of the lyrical content gets back down to basics in this way, like, shouting ideologies in a simple way; seems necessary in our current times.
Brian Miller: I get most of my sincere philosophical and ethical training from comic books. I’m especially into Geoff Johns lately, who has a knack for delivering some pretty intense ideas about existence with true Golden Age simplicity. I would be flattered if anyone thought our shouted ideologies came even close to Johns’ level of genius.

DD: How do you find the DIY scene in Los Angeles these days now that its a bit more well-known?
Josh Taylor: Totally the same. The kids rule in every aspect of it all! The shows are always fun and the people who run the shows are amazing! Nobody has a big head and it totally rules! Los Angeles is as awesome as Denver!

Brian Miller: Honestly, I wish that kids were more adventurous these days. The more well known LA acts can pack shows, but just a few years ago almost any show at the Smell would bring in a decent size audience of people wondering what’s up with these weird bands. Fortunately, shows are still fun and rarely feel stuck-up. So the attitude is right.

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