’DEAD CLASS’ EP – out October 9!
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An EP containing four songs to be released on vinyl 12″ on October 9th, 2020
Title: Dead Class EP. Release date: October 9, 2020. Label: Welfare Sounds & Records (WRS071). Format: Vinyl 12″, 45 RPM. Vinyl pressing info: 150 copies on black vinyl, 100 copies on loser edition vinyl (grey 9220). Packaging info: 140 g vinyl. Premium outer sleeve with 350 g cardboard and glossy UV coating. Printed inner sleeves. Shrink-wrap with rectangular 80×30 mm stickers.
Produced by Per Stålberg and We Live In Trenches. Recorded by Per Stålberg assisted by Kalle Lilja at Welfare Sounds, Gothenburg, Sweden, May–June 2019. Mixed by Per Stålberg at Welfare Sounds. Mastered by Daniel Johansson at Welfare Sounds Mastering. All songs written and performed by Håkan Johansson, Johan Meiton, Robert Samsonowitz and Ulf Stöckel. Art direction & graphic design by RBRT CREATIVE.
“’DEAD CLASS’ is the perfect soundtrack to the day that the dishwasher broke and to ruin the day even further you decided to fix it yourself. It’s agonizing and you reach deep into your vocabulary to find the perfect curse word but all you could find is ’shit’.”
Pricks know shit to nothing. That’s how the saying goes. Or maybe not, but that’s besides the point because with the latest release from WE LIVE IN TRENCHES, the 4-track flogged horse ’DEAD CLASS’ they surely behave like they know it all and they will ”fucking tell you kids how the world works”. They behave and sound like your distant uncle who desperately tries to be up to date but refuses to acknowledge that he hit his prime back in the stone age. But back to the music – ’DEAD CLASS’ is the perfect soundtrack to the day that the dishwasher broke and to ruin the day even further you decided to fix it yourself. It’s agonizing and you reach deep into your vocabulary to find the perfect curse word but all you could find is ”shit”. Imagine cross-pollinating THE STOOGES’ ”Down On The Street” with the monotonous roar of a laundromat. Or like the pain of a broken femur you received when trying to waltz to UNION CARBIDE PRODUCTIONS. As grey as a weekday can be there’s no filter in the world that can polish your low-res life. So because you hate yourself you put on ’DEAD CLASS’. Simple.
It’s 2020 and the thick-headed individuals that constitute WE LIVE IN TRENCHES have come to terms with their midlife crisis and have now resorted to fight tooth and nail to spread their analysis of the world to the unwilling masses. It’s a broken merry-go-round that have existed since 2007. During this time they’ve felt compelled, despite being told otherwise, that fusing Little Richard with the most unlistenable recorded efforts of Sonic Youth is a great idea. On their debut, ”Modern Hex” (2009), as well as with their sophomore album ”Life Crisis” (2014), they had their hands deep into the cookie jar looking for noisy crumbles. Now, six years later, they’re still stuck. But they would want it any other way. They carry the same gonzo-DNA like PISSED JEANS or METZ and they continue to torture their surroundings with all things primal. They call it ”idiot rock”. I won’t argue with them.
A single containing one song released on digital platforms September 4th, 2020
Title: Tumult. Release date: September 4, 2020. Label: Welfare Sounds & Records. Format: Digital single.
Produced by Per Stålberg and We Live In Trenches. Recorded by Per Stålberg assisted by Kalle Lilja at Welfare Sounds, Gothenburg, Sweden, May–June 2019. Mixed by Per Stålberg at Welfare Sounds. Mastered by Daniel Johansson at Welfare Sounds Mastering. Written and performed by Håkan Johansson, Johan Meiton, Robert Samsonowitz and Ulf Stöckel. Art direction & graphic design by RBRT CREATIVE.
Hear the fear mongers cry. Successfully whipping it in. Armed with facts deranged. And suits of knowledge resistance. Riding the perfect storm. They just pushing & pushing & pushing. The unthinkable arrives. Wake up, wake up… Oh my god! Feeding your own conviction. Never ever leaving the path. Confirmatory biased. Popper’s twisting in his grave. Ding-dong sounds the bell. Except where stupidity reigns. All hail paranoia! Riding the perfect storm. They just pushing & pushing & pushing. The unthinkable arrives. Wake up, wake up… Oh my god! All hail paranoia!
An album containing nine songs released on vinyl LP in 2014
Title: Life Crisis. Release date: Feb 14, 2014. Labels: La Familia Releases (MEMBER 40+24), Farsot (FARSOT001). Format: Vinyl LP. Pressing info: 375 black vinyl, 150 white vinyl, 5 test pressings. Packaging info: 140 g vinyl, 350 gsm glossy sleeve (with black flood printed inside), 220 gsm printed inner sleeve (also with black flood printed inside).
|A2||The Spectacle Is Everywhere||4:02|
|A3||Drunk On Nails||3:03|
|B2||Hour Of The Wolf||5:08|
|B3||Life Is Elsewhere||4:32|
Produced by Pontus Andersson and We Live In Trenches. Recorded and mixed by Pontus Andersson at IF Studios, Gothenburg, in July 2012. Additional sounds captured by Robert Samsonowitz in the trench. Mastered by Dragan Tanaskovic at Studio Bohus Mastering.
All songs written and performed by David Augustsson, Johan Meiton, Robert Samsonowitz and Ulf Stöckel except ‘Stress’ written by David Augustsson, Anna Lingmark-Knutsson, Johan Meiton, Robert Samsonowitz and Ulf Stöckel.
Additional guitars on ‘Double Negative’ played by Pontus Andersson.
Parts of ‘The Spectacle Is Everywhere’ stolen from ‘La Société du Spectacle’ by Guy Debord and from ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ by Dylan Thomas.
Art direction, design & photography by Robert Samsonowitz for RBRT CREATIVE.
“With ‘Life Crisis’ We Live In Trenches has created a soundtrack for people in dire need of an eye-opener. You’re welcome.”
If ‘Modern Hex’ (2009) was We Live In Trenches’ exercise in a forceful excavation of ruthlessness then ‘Life Crisis’ is their manifestation of being trapped in a box, knowing all exits are closed, barred and tightly shut. Darkness is all encompassing and embracing everyone. There is nothing remotely beautiful about Life Crisis. That, my friend, was never the aim. Life Crisis a pummeling machine grinding its gears until they collapse from exhaustion. It’s a structured mess – precise and breathtaking, calculated and physically hurting.
The throat-slit vocals broadcast grieving despair and wages war against selected recipients with a backbone built on crumbs of hope. But don’t mistake the words for pessimism. It’s simply realism in the crosshair of a man with issues. The musical backdrop is a narrowing corridor, stained with blood and piss; guitars echoes the piercing sounds of Dead & Gone’s Rocky Crane while intertwining the assault of an Arab on Radar-esque nihilism. The rhythm section constructs a sound that could make up walls in a panic room. It obliterates the vacuum in our sleepy brains. The sum of We Live In Trenches’ parts is vastly greater than the singularity of their individuality.
With ‘Life Crisis’ We Live In Trenches has created a soundtrack for people in dire need of an eye-opener. You’re welcome.
Max J. Hansson
A single containing two songs released on seven-inch plastic disc in 2013
Title: Out Of The Dark. Release date: March 5, 2013. Labels: La Familia Releases (Member 40+21), Labour Camp Merchandise (WORK001). Format: Vinyl 7″, 45 RPM. Vinyl pressing info: 370 copies on black vinyl, 100 copies on red/black marble vinyl, 50 copies on red vinyl. Packaging info: Comes with a 2-sided insert. Photo on one side, lyrics to “Out Of The Dark” and credits on the other side.
|A1||Out Of The Dark||3:28|
|B1||In My Grip||2:55|
Produced by Pontus Andersson and We Live In Trenches. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Pontus Andersson at IF Studios, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2012. ‘Out Of The Dark’ is written by David Augustsson, Anna Knutsson, Johan Meiton, Robert Samsonowitz and Ulf Stöckel. ‘In My Grip’ is written by Glenn Danzig, originally recorded by Samhain. Songs performed by David Augustsson, Johan Meiton, Robert Samsonowitz and Ulf Stöckel. Design & Photography by RBRT CREATIVE.
An album containing nine songs released on vinyl LP in 2009 and on compact disc in 2010
Title: Modern Hex. Release date: Dec 21, 2009 (LP), Oct 25, 2010 (CD). Labels: P. Trash Records (FULL TRASH 43), Suicide Records (SR007). Format: Vinyl LP + CD. LP pressing info: 100 copies with hand numbered silkscreened sleeve, 400 copies with regular packaging. LP packaging info: LP includes a printed insert with lyrics and credits on one side, and the quote “Live Without Dead Time” on the other side.
|A4||I Owe My Soul||5:27|
|B4||People Vs. People||4:07|
Produced by We Live In Trenches and Oskar Karlsson. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Oskar Karlsson at Artisten, Gothenburg, 2009. Words & music by We Live In Trenches. Sleeve by RBRT CREATIVE. Players: Ulf Stöckel – Vocals. Robert Samsonowitz – Guitar. Anna Knutsson – Bass & Vocals. David Augustsson – Drums. Saxophones on ‘After Dark’ by Petter Findin.
A single containing three songs released on seven-inch plastic disc in 2008
Title: Autonomy Clinic. Release date: August 12, 2008. Label: Instigate Records (ISG20). Format: Vinyl 7″, 45 RPM. Vinyl pressing info: 500 copies on black vinyl. Packaging info: Fold out sleeve, printed on both sides.
|B1||Right to Control||3:03|
Produced by We Live In Trenches and Adam Magnusson. Recorded in S.I. Sounds, Gothenburg, by We Live In Trenches with Magnus Borg and Adam Magnusson. Mixed by Adam Magnusson. Songs written and performed by David Augustsson, Robert Samsonowitz and Ulf Stöckel. Design by RBRT CREATIVE.
Autonomy Clinic (7″)