12inch / Mannequin Records / 2013
Deathday (formerly Deathday Party) is a Los Angeles based
Experimental Post-punk band, formed in Santa Ana, California in 2008 by
brothers Alex Guillén and Giovanni Guillén. Previous incarnations of the
group can be traced back to Santa Ana’s Koo’s scene of the late 1990′s.
While the title-track is an unreleased one, instead “Dropped Into
Obscurity” was already included in the Downwards compilation “Click
Heels” alongside with Tropic Of Cancer, Silent Servant, The KVB. On the B
side Mannequin asked to the synth-master Legowelt to remix After Dark”.
Seldom has the post-punk revival seemed as urgent as with Deathday,
who match their guitar driven dirges with esoteric industrial
soundscapes and tape manipulation. Their music is often as bleak as it
is violent, with low end cacophony bludgeoning the listener into
submission. Lyrically, Deathday often invoke the violent culture hidden
beneath the media, as well as explore the crippling aftershocks of
isolation and the mysticism of the occult.
Comparisons, for those who prefer them, could easily be made to the
likes of Throbbing Gristle and Suicide’s uncompromising attitude and
primal infrastructure, but the band has equal roots in forgotten
post-punk favorites such as Nagamatzu, Venus In Furs, and Joy of Life,
creating a powerful hybrid exploring the darkest and most hypnotic
corners of the spectrum.
Known as Deathday Party until 2011, the band’s self-titled cassette,
released in early 2012, exists as a cold snapshot of their formative
material, while both “After Dark” and “Dropped Into Obscurity,” released
on Mannequin’s The End of Civilization and Downward’s So Click Heels
compilations respectively, offer a club-friendly alternative. While
neither track compromises the band’s dark overtones, these tracks are
ripe for the dance floor, having garnered heavy play in LA, New York,
and Berlin especially. With a handful of releases on the horizon for
2013, including a split with Bestial Mouths, a vinyl reissue of their
self-titled debut, and new material to follow, the future is looking
uncharacteristically bright for Deathday.
In March of 2006 the brothers Guillén participated in Glenn Branca’s
“Symphony #13 (Hallucination City)” for 100 guitars in Los Angeles.