MIXTAPE: ‘Low For Life’ (An Introduction to Vilecore)

Posted on 26/11/2011



There are times in everyone’s existence when work/ your shitty love life/the general tediousness that is the routine has got you down. Food has no taste, you haven’t washed your jeans for weeks and you spend your days staring, bleary-eyed, at the clock. These are times where you don’t want to fight the system and revolt, but collapse in a pathetic pile of your own filth and frustration. More significantly, these are times when your normally righetous, oh so motivating punk records just don’t hit the spot. With that in mind, I have taken the liberty of compiling the perfect soundtrack to such wearisome occasions, a collection of the most lewd, sweaty music in existence. Ladies and gents, I present to you: “vilecore“. Much of the music included on this compilation is, of course, hateful. However, while a fair few of these songs can be described as ‘intense’ (Gaza, Trash Talk, Psychic Limb…), my conception of what vilecore truly is leaves little room for grandeur and epic declarations of self-loathing, such pretense does not translate well. Some of these bands play sluggishly, in a manner, but that’s not to say their music is any less visceral… quite the opposite, in fact.

As I see it, there is no one, true definition of what vilecore is, but there are, nonetheless, several uniting factors that bring the songs included here together. Common vilecore themes range from general apathy, low-level despair and failure and an unwillingness to cope with the mundane, to physical and mental exhaustion, shitty drugs and dull considerations of depression. Vilecore can be described as dissonant, harsh, even jarring. A hugely significant element of vilecore is the vocals. It is the vocals that can make or break what would otherwise be a perfectly scummy, acceptable v-core song, in order to truly qualify they can convey anything from mouth-foaming rage (Ceremony, Nails) to complete, anguished lethargy (Harvey Milk, Flipper). For a more relatable description, I’d point to the following quotation, from an excellent Blastitude interview with Pissed Jeans vocalist Matt Korvette.

“The idea was to start a different kinda punk band focused on dead ended carnal cravings, sexual depression…that sort of thing. Mainly we just wanted to bludgeon the listener with dull, monotonous droning rock music that just sucks the energy out of you, the musical equivalent to watching a toilet flush.”

This comp features classic cuts off seminal records like My War and Dopesick (arguably two of the most unpleasant records in existence) by, respectively, Black Flag and Eyehategod, to implicit vilecore bands like Pissed Jeans and Dystopia, as well as younger challengers like Throats (RIP) and, naturally, Fag Cop; with every song included being guaranteed to suck the life out of the room in the best possible way. I’ve included 25 of the finest, most slovenly punk/hardcore/doom/etc. songs like, EVER, and y’all better recognise the significance this collection holds. Life got you down? I can guarantee you this mix will make you feel much, much worse.

Tracklisting (Alphabetical):

1. Admiral Angry – ‘Bug Vomit’

2.  Black Flag – ‘Beat My Head Against a Wall’

3. Ceremony – ‘My Hands Are Made of Spite’

4. Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire – ‘Made of Coal’

5. Cult Ritual – ‘Holiday’

6. Drunkdriver – ‘Fire Sale’

7. DRY-ROT – ‘Points of Force’

8. Dystopia – ‘Leaning With Intent to Fall’

9. Early Graves – ‘Give Up’

10. Eyehategod – ‘Peace Thru War (Thru Peace and War)’

11. Fag Cop – ‘Tunnel of Love’

12. Flipper – ‘Life’

13. Gaza – ‘I Don’t Care Where I Go When I Die’

14. Harvey Milk – ‘Plastic Eggs’

15. Hatred Surge – ‘Black Box’

16. Nails – ‘Obscene Humanity’

17. Neon Blud – ‘Neon Anxiety’

18. Pissed Jeans – ‘Dream Smotherer’

19. Psychic Limb – ‘Untitled 11’

20. Pussy Galore – ‘SM 57’

21. Sex Vid – ‘New Low’

22. Slices – ‘Coping Mechanism’

23. Throats – ‘Comedown’

24. Total Abuse – ‘Sex Pig’

25. Trash Talk – ‘Destroy’

Low For Life: An Introduction to Vilecore

Download: (Mediafire)

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