“Violence”! San Francisco powerviolent hardcore punks OBSOLETE MAN release new video; check in with special commentary

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OBSOLETE MAN is a new hardcore / powerviolence band from San Francisco, CA, who released their debut EP “A Short History of Decay” in early March, followed by their first official visualizer for the song “Violence” (watch above). Today, we’re giving you a bit more details about both the band and their work, through a track by track rundown and their special commentary below.

Based in San Francisco CA, OBSOLETE MAN is a hardcore band drawing influences from powerviolence, d-beat, grindcore and crust punk. Established in 2019, the band first got its start practicing in the basement of a parking garage in the Tenderloin. OBSOLETE MAN is Devan Bleyle, Gino Colombini, Scott Wright, and Robby Bancroft. The band was started with Devan, Gino, and Scott around a year ago out of the ruins of a prior project and after vetting for a singer for months with a handful of unsuccessful tryouts, they enlisted Robby from Gino’s previous band, Five Characters In Search Of An Exit.

Comments the band: “The new record – ‘A Short History of Decay’ is our debut EP, five songs we set out to make as sonically searing as possible. Every song was a collaborative effort from every member of the band. Special thank you to Charles Toshio, recording engineer at The Panda Studios, who helped us bring our vision to life.”

OBSOLETE MAN by Kevin Burleigh
OBSOLETE MAN by Kevin Burleigh

Track-by-track commentary:

Ennui: This song was inspired by the daily grind of sitting inside a cubicle behind a computer all day. The slow trudging intro to the album is the last chance to catch your breath before we abruptly cut into chaos and breakneck speed.

Violence: This song was the first song we completed together as a group. The lyrics are mostly about Robby’s battle with a severe sleep apnea diagnosis and the mental and physical effects it causes.

Stoic: This song is probably our most direct tribute to old school California hardcore punk along the lines of the DK’s or Suicidal, but then hybridized with Gino’s technical sensibilities. Part of this song is a big shout out to SF Bay Area Tech Death legends Animosity. Lyric wise, we focused on questioning authority and not waiting our turn to take a stand.

Guilt: This song dives deeper into the mental health battle of overcoming your own inner demons. Like the constant changing shape of mental strength, this song goes through many phases. One of our favorite lines on this record is from this song, “Kindred scism, losing fight, the road to hell is paved with spite.” and is also a nod to another heavy ass band from the Bay.

Defeat: A song semi-recycled from our previous project and the finale of ASHOD. It’s a rigid, unapologetic, almost Ramones-like passage into a cacophony of breakdown, noise, and delay. The lyrics represent the futility of trying to make it in a country that claims it is for everybody, how we are under control of our federal and gubernatorial overlords, and how the life of an artist is mostly condemned to lack of representation and squalor.

OBSOLETE MAN live in Pacifica, CA with DeathGrave, Redacted, and Phobia.

Asked about their current pandemic and its impact on their operations and plans for the future, the band offer the following:

“Due to the coronavirus pandemic and recent Black Lives Matter and police brutality protests, all major plans especially live dates have been postponed until further notice but we are continuing to work on our second EP. Currently we are trying to help spread awareness in our community and promoting BLM organizations.

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OBSOLETE MAN by Kevin Burleigh
OBSOLETE MAN by Kevin Burleigh

π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ πΆπ‘œπ‘£π‘–π‘‘ π‘π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘π‘’π‘šπ‘–π‘ β„Žπ‘Žπ‘  π‘‘π‘’π‘π‘–π‘šπ‘Žπ‘‘π‘’π‘‘ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘šπ‘’π‘ π‘–π‘ π‘–π‘›π‘‘π‘’π‘ π‘‘π‘Ÿπ‘¦ π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ β„Žπ‘Žπ‘  π‘’π‘ π‘ π‘’π‘›π‘‘π‘–π‘Žπ‘™π‘™π‘¦ π‘™π‘Žπ‘–π‘‘ π‘€π‘Žπ‘ π‘‘π‘’ π‘‘π‘œ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘β„Žπ‘¦π‘ π‘–π‘π‘Žπ‘™ 𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒 π‘œπ‘“ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ 𝑠𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑒.

“While many projects have shifted online successfully, the smaller artists and groups are getting left in the digital dust behind their more resourceful and established counterparts. Building interest around a new band is highly reliant on its live performance so it has definitely been challenging not being able to set up and or attend any shows.

COVID-19 has really brought a lot of what has been happening within the scene to a screeching halt. However, there are a lot of great local bands coming up from the Bay Area like Morning Coffee, Rekt, Heavy Stench, No Right, Hands of God, and Urban Sprawl.”

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In closing, bassist Devan Bleyle wants to make sure you know “we digress from this in the light of all the events leading up to May 25th, 2020; The killing of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and the ‘Amy Cooper’ incident in Central Park.

π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ β„Žπ‘–π‘”β„Žπ‘™π‘¦ 𝑝𝑒𝑏𝑙𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑧𝑒𝑑 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑠 π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘’ π‘Ž π‘“π‘–π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘¦ π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘ π‘’π‘›π‘‘π‘Žπ‘‘π‘–π‘œπ‘› π‘œπ‘“ π‘Ž π‘šπ‘’π‘™π‘‘π‘–π‘‘π‘’π‘‘π‘’ π‘œπ‘“ 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑠 β„Žπ‘Žπ‘π‘π‘’π‘›π‘–π‘›π‘” 𝑖𝑛 π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘’π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘™π‘¦ π‘šπ‘œπ‘›π‘‘β„Žπ‘  π‘œπ‘“ π‘‘β„Žπ‘–π‘  π‘¦π‘’π‘Žπ‘Ÿ, π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘π‘’π‘›π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘–π‘’π‘  π‘œπ‘“ π‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘π‘–π‘ π‘š π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘’π‘‘β„Žπ‘›π‘–π‘ π‘£π‘–π‘œπ‘™π‘’π‘›π‘π‘’ π‘ π‘¦π‘ π‘‘π‘’π‘šπ‘Žπ‘‘π‘–π‘π‘Žπ‘™π‘™π‘¦ π‘’π‘šπ‘π‘’π‘‘π‘‘π‘’π‘‘ 𝑖𝑛 π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘ˆπ‘›π‘–π‘‘π‘’π‘‘ π‘†π‘‘π‘Žπ‘‘π‘’π‘  π‘œπ‘“ π΄π‘šπ‘’π‘Ÿπ‘–π‘π‘Ž.

It is time to recognize and utilize our privileged platform as predominantly white male musicians to tear down these systems that no longer serve the people. A message to all police officers: QUIT YOUR JOB.”

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