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    Posted: February 06 2014 at 23:10


"Pulp Culture is multifarious, four-piece, progressive rock band from southeast Michigan. The band consistently delivers an... energetic live performance and incorporates a wide array of influences into ideas and art, transcending the creative process and connecting people."









"When the human body dies, the brain is flooded with N,N-Dimethyltryptamine, which controls states of consciousness. It is often said that the entire life of an individual may flash before their eyes during this short transition. Xane was a mortal in passing.
He is watching himself before a star of critical mass, ejecting the rest of its fuel as it becomes a black hole. So close that he sees the gravity of his own reflection, red-shifting while it moves across the event horizon, Xane is the starlight entering the black hole. He faces his judgment, and all the different outcomes of his life experiences replay as he is cast into the void.
The information of his existence is forced through a singularity. Xane's memories are strings of the aether. His consciousness interacts with other dream-membranes, forcing him to experience death as other transient human entities. He becomes lucid simultaneously and is jarred from this 6th dimensional state of existing in multiple shape-shifting universes, to a 7th dimensional state in which he is all of those universes. Enlightened, he realizes a pathway to this objective Omniverse of Nirvana, but it is clouded by his self-judgment and cognitive dissonance.
On this plane Xane comes in direct physical opposition with his doppelgänger. In learning his association with this enemy, he transcends through death, spiraling once more, rising into the 8th dimension that hosts all possible beginnings and endings to every universal state below his phase space.
In his Supreme form he sees mirror versions of all the universes that he is, surrounding him. His perspective of existence is embrightened once more to reveal him as a Colabi-Yau manifold. With all his energy he paints these joined octeracts. Enveloped in Brahman, staring into this painting, he is inundated by the divinity of his infinitude. Alas, his love for beauty is all-consuming. This great 10th dimensional point Is, and it is the same singularity that he Was and Is on a lower dimension at the end of his life. So Xane reincarnates as a mayfly, living in one day only to have sex and die, facing the black hole again."



"What Do You Want?" The album, recorded at Metro 37 Studios in the Fall of 2013, is a conceptual, science fiction album with a personal depth and a transcendental message. It is scheduled for release in December.

A human life ends, and the protagonist, Xane, realizes that he is a black hole, swallowing the remnants of all he was and becoming all that exists.

The main character is a pseudonym and nickname in dedication to a late, close friend of the band's frontman, Alex Brown, and guitarist, Andrew Zerbo. Xane was living with Alex and would frequently listen in on his private practicing. From Bowie and Bosquiat to Slint, Sarte, and Siddhartha, over the 11 years they knew each other Alex was exposed and transformed by countless groups, books, movies and artists that Xane had shown him. Andrew was finishing his degree in Music Production when Xane began working with him.
I know that we are going to be friends because you look exactly like Dim from A Clockwork Orange, Xane said after walking up to him directly, with a soft enunciation of the O in orange.
Well, I can tell that we are going to be friends, so I'll let you know that you look like Pontius Pilate Replied Andrew. They became quickly acquainted.

Before even introducing Andrew and Alex, Xane would often urge for them to collaborate on music. He consequently got Alex a job at Uptown Grille. All three of them worked together for three months, sharing a steady exchange of wit and music. Soon after this introduction, the death of Stephen Xane Woods came with great misfortune.

Jake Van Loon had been developing guitar parts and song ideas to form a progressive group for a long time. In the summer of 2012 as things began to culminate, he started working out his ideas with Vince Monte, the band's drummer, and the rhythmic spine of the group was established. In the fall Jake asked Alex if he had any interest in doing lead vocals, bass guitar, and arrangement for the project, looking to add a more experimental direction and a melodic bass atmosphere to his song structures. As his friend passed, Alex's other group fell into hiatus, and he was very avid to pour himself into the aspirations of this new band.

The trio came up with a name and began to extrapolate upon the framework of the first album. Alex presented the group to Andrew, who offered to produce their first demo as a favour. After a few new guitar overlays were recorded, Andrew began playing second guitar to expand the live sound and provide more written counterpoint.

The band has a definitively unique sound, incorporating a wide array of interests without mimicry or pretense. Jake's guitar style is distinctively post-hardcore, reminiscent of Thomas Eraks heavy lead tones while aspiring for the dissonant writing style of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. He takes rhythmic influences from math rock, notably from groups such as Don Caballero and Tera Melos. Andrew's devout, experimental blues style contrasts with Jakes guitar work, stimulating the writing process and adapting inimitable harmonies while maintaining a love for classic rock n roll. While playing a fretless bass, manipulated with analog effects, Alex uses the amenity of a trained voice to capture raw emotion in conjunction with bizarre lyrics about time-travel and string theory. Vince is a master of interesting counting patterns while hiding complexity with close attention to his fellow musicians. Cohesive with Alex's bass grooves; they disclose a shared passion for polymeter and polyrythms.

Live shows are energetic performances that keep audiences receptive, interactive, and utterly transported.
The atmosphere of the band is entrancing and thoroughly entertaining, forwarded here in an intimate concert setting by local, amateur journalist, Jacob D. Sasser:

"Alex dances about the stage in a funky pair of skinny jeans that appear as though fresh from 1978. The passion in his eyes is burning hotter than a beat up car burns oil. Andrew Zerbo caresses his guitar like a highschooler would his date at their first homecoming. Vince and Jake are in a deep state of concentration in an attempt to ensure that every chord, every beat, is played with the utmost proficiency. The next song begins with the complex and highly mathematical plucking of an American Fender Stratocaster via Van Loon. Then comes Vince with a hard-hammering, violently enamoring beating of the drums, and the rest of the group soon follows. An angry, painful, bemusing heavy rock sound begins to emerge. The precision is absolutely remarkable, but the emotion remains fully intact."

http://www.reverbnation.com/pulpculture

released 30 January 2014
Recorded at Metro 37 Studios by Matt Dalton and Joey Hall. Alex Brown (Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar), Andrew Zerbo (Guitar), Jake Van Loon (Guitar), Vince Monte (Drums).
Featuring Josh James on "The Wait" (Alto/Sopr. Saxophone), Josie Mollohan on "Through the Vortex" (Cello), and Andrew Allen on "Eighth Dimensional Blues" (Cello). 
























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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2014 at 12:35
Good find, I would think Eclectic fits well
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 02 2018 at 16:15
With it's dark soundscape followed by power swing starting at 1'41, Embers of Remembered Dismemberment is an excellent doorway to their musical world. This band's style, as far I know about indie popularized sound, I'd say sounds like avant-indie prog, achieves some amazingly energized moments.

I'd be very glad to see it added here !

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 02 2018 at 19:17
Taken to the Eclectic Prog laboratory for analysis.
There is no act more pretentious and self-indulgent than labeling another's art as pretentious and self-indulgent.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 13 2018 at 21:26
Pulp Culture has been rejected by the Eclectic Prog team.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 14 2018 at 05:38
Too bad I'd better have anticipated this and kept you from checking... I can only hope listening to it meant no waste of time then – Sorry if it did ! Thanks the more
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 14 2018 at 05:44
their reverbnation page classify them as progressive post hardcore.

prog metal team maybe check them out?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 14 2018 at 15:43
Metal they aren't, we can listen at the HP team
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 14 2018 at 21:14
Originally posted by jayem jayem wrote:

Too bad I'd better have anticipated this and kept you from checking... I can only hope listening to it meant no waste of time then – Sorry if it did ! Thanks the more

No problem at all. It certainly wasn't an easy evaluation and even if we don't feel they belong in eclectic prog, it's still always exciting to discover music from a new artist. Plus from the post above it seems like the heavy prog team might be interested, so thank you for the suggestion all the same. Thumbs Up
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on charts for heavy
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