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The girl biker gangs of Morocco.

Adam was recently interviewed (again) for the JOAF blog, mostly about Anarchy Club. The interviewer transcribed the entire hour-long conversation by hand, so points for that! If you’re in the mood for a loooooong read, it’s here:

Adam von Buhler interview Part 1

Adam von Buhler interview Part 2


Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Alex Obert: We were talking earlier about Behind the Mask off of your debut album, The Way and its Power, I’d like to get into one of the segments on there. With A Day At The Office, do you feel that was inspired by Pulp Fiction?

Adam von Buhler: (laughs) Well, those are funny, those skits. I think funny as in bizarre. It just seemed like such a natural thing to do at the time because we were so intoxicated with being our own self-contained band and working in our own studio. We had all these tools in front of us that were toys to us, so we made those skits. And years after the album came out, I was like, “Oh man, I don’t know if we should have put those on there.” I kind of second guessed them and had doubts about them, but I thought, “Eh, if somebody really hates them, they can just program their CD player to skip those tracks.” And then years later after that, I kind of had a mental turnaround and I thought, “You know, that stuff’s just so crazy, I’m glad it’s on there.” I could never make those again without being self conscious, but I’m glad that at that time, our pure id just fell out onto the tape like that. And that particular one, the Day at the Office, that is again touching on the main themes of Anarchy Club. Illicit activities, fast cars, weaponry, hot girls, a certain attitude, all of it wrapped into a single ball. And that’s me in the middle saying, “What can I do for ya?” We put a stupid amount of time into those skits too. Looking back on that now, that was kinda crazy. They’re really dumb, they weren’t worth the amount of time that we spent on them to make (laughs).

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we really get a kick out of hardcore culture flourishing in places where that really means something, like in brutally oppressive dictatorships. (For example, this and this)

Well, here’s another one, this time in Cambodia, former home of the Khmer Rouge killing machine. Now there’s a tiny punk scene in a dictatorship that never even experienced rock and roll.

Whenever I’m sitting here working on Anarchy Club tracks and testing out various synthesizer sounds, if I get something that smells like dubstep, I think, “Nope, that won’t do — wouldn’t want to sound like Taylor Swift.”

Iranian skaters and a mohican hijab. Cool. (Remember, Iran is the place where they hang gay people. Non-conformity there is not a trivial thing.)

Iranian skater punx

punkrock hijab

Earlier entries here and here.

Goth goes global – Nairobi now boasts a sizable goth community

Goth goes global

Reminds me a bit of this.

Things are stretching out slowly in the Anarcave so far this summer. Keith is dealing with some life stuff, and recharging his muse. I’m keeping the engine warm.

Just wanted you guys to know that we’re still alive…

After working on some tunes, Keith and I went to the Steampunk Fest today in Waltham. He’s checking out a 100-year-old motion picture machine.

Steampunk Keith

Also, we thank Brenden Schroeder, who just grabbed everything in our online store — our complete catalog of CDs and all four styles of t-shirt — all in one shot. Now that’s how it’s done!

Keith and I went backstage at the Killing Joke concert tonight. Here I am hanging with my all-time lifelong guitar hero, Geordie. Fortunate that he forgot I spilled beer on him at the Empire Club in London when I was 17…

Adam and Geordie

When they played The Death & Resurrection Show, I thought the roof was going to collapse.

… until they catch the Boston bomber. Can’t leave my house, and Keith is locked in his apartment with nothing to drink but absinthe.

This has been a messed up week. I’ve walked right past the bomb spot a million times in the last decade.

And it’s not every day you get a grenade-and-AK shoot-out right down the street like we had last night…

UPDATE: looks like they just captured the guy.