"Coming", the new Dante Vescio-directed music video from PETBRICK — the duo comprising Wayne Adams (BIG LAD, DEATH PEDALS, JOHNNY BROKE) and Igor Cavalera (SEPULTURA, SOULWAX, MIXHELL, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY) — can be seen below. The track, which features a guest appearance by features vocals from Igor's wife Laima Leyton, is taken from PETBRICK's debut album, "I", which will be released on October 25 via Closed Casket Activities in the U.S.
"I've always had a fascination with art being made at places out of the European/USA market," said Igor. "From bands to one of my favorite movie directors Jose Mojica Marins a.k.a. Coffin Joe. When I was contacted by Dante Vescio, that was one of the first things that came to my mind. I love the idea of a video that can be as strong as the music, especially coming from a country like Brazil, which is going through so much turmoil. The photography beautifully contrasts with the disturbing backgrounds."
"When I heard 'Coming', my first reaction was to try and come up with a simple narrative that reinforced the song's powerful and moody feminine presence," said Vescio, a multi-award winning director, writer, producer and editor from São Paulo, Brazil, whose works have been shown in numerous film festivals around the world. "The image of a witch subduing a grotesque male character (The Pig) and finishing him off came to mind. I thought it was a good opportunity to give a character with 'Naz'’ vibes a taste of his own medicine. The fact that PETBRICK's logo reads 'Noise Against Nazi Scum' was also pretty encouraging. I decided to shoot the whole thing in slow motion because I thought it would enhance the song's brutal elegance. I think there's enough music videos with breakneck speed and editing to go around. It felt right to go the other way and shoot something that you can actually look at for a while, creating the sensory experience with the images, not just the speed of the cuts."
As the year 2020 fast approaches, and our surroundings frequently appear to be only a few steps short of resembling the kind of technologically driven dystopia that previously was confined to the realm of fiction, there still exists a peculiar shortage of music spiritually attuned to these treacherous times. Fortunately, a chance meeting between two disparate yet fundamentally akin visions is here to redress the balance.
PETBRICK has arrived at an audial destination whereby electronic experimentation, hardcore attitude, dystopian dread and in-the-red dementia collide and collude to form a uniquely invigorating assault, custom fit for an accelerated age. This debut explores fresh lunacy anew whereby both members' past experience — Wayne in a variety of musical guises ranging from punk to breakcore and gabba, and Igor in a planet-straddling metal colossus whose questing spirit played a crucial role in the music's evolution — is both profitably employed and left obsolete by a resolutely genre-free onslaught whose spirit remains firmly in the here and now.
This meeting of minds initially took place after Igor — these days a London resident — was impressed by a BIG LAD show at Camden Underworld, subsequently resulting in the two staying in touch via e-mail, swapping files of material they were working on, bonding over Eurorack modular synth gear and eventually Igor visiting Wayne's Bearbiteshorse Studio where coffee-fuelled initial jams proved so fruitful that the project took on a life of its own.
"We wanted to do something different than the other projects we were involved in. Making horrible noise was the first concept behind PETBRICK," says IgorWayne.
Indeed, PETBRICK soon began to represent a boundary-free soundworld in which either member could explore whatever musical predilection or peccadillo they were possessed by and come out with something compelling, be it John Carpenter-style soundtrack cadences, Alessandro Cortini-esque synth textures. D-beat-driven punk intensity, or fulfilling a long-time ambition of Wayne's — the sound created by running all of their synths and drum machines through an ENTOMBED-style Boss HM-2 distortion pedal.
The project has also enjoyed its fair share of happy accidents.
"I think the industrial side of things probably comes a lot from Igor's playing," notes Wayne. "He hits hard, really fucking hard, and just goes like the clappers, so mix that with gabber and noise you have instant industrial vibes." Yet rather than being an album with its foot firmly on the accelerator throughout, it's one just as comfortable with the elegiac atmospherics of a track such as "Sect" as the hyperactive breakcore-damaged brew of "Roadkill Ruby".
Moreover, guest vocalists are also on hand to further up the ante. "Basically, all the collaborations on the album come from people whose work we love, and also are connected as friends," says Igor. "It's very important to us, to bring different vibes to the songs."
The result is free to traverse anywhere from full-throttle intensity (as with INTEGRITY's legendary vocal exorcist Dwid Hellion on "Some Semblance Of A Story") to exhilarating melodic counterpoint (Laima Leyton of MIXHELL on "Coming") and stream-of-consciousness lunacy from WARMDUSCHER's Mutado Pintado, whose splenetic tirades on "Gringolicker" valiantly attempt to inhabit the increasingly unhinged persona of Donald Trump.
Paint-stripping and deliriously potent, "I" is more than merely an exercise in the life-affirming flame of oppositional punk spirit scorching all or any musical boundaries in its path — it's an uncompromising soundtrack to a short-circuiting new era. Yet rarely has the sound of global malfunction also been so much fun.
"I" track listing:
02. Radiation Facial (featuring Dylan Walker)
03. Guacamole Handshake
04. Roadkill Ruby
06. Gringolicker (featuring Mutado Pintado)
07. Coming (featuring (Laima Leyton)
08. Jesus Dropkick
09. Some Semblance Of A Story (featuring (Dwid Hellion)
10. Dr Blair