Five of the Best – Olivia Neutered John Influences

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Grind is protest – well all know this. But sometimes, other than a vague sense of “society is bullshit” style slogans, it can be unclear exactly what a band is protesting against. That’s not the case with Olivia Neutered John. The London-based project focuses it rage on how society treats women, flipping the typical gendered dynamic of death and goregrind lyrics on their head. Ahead of the release of Complete Castration – a compilation that will bring together previous releases The Toxic OrgyTransphobia Annihilation Squad, and Kill All Men (Starting With The White Ones), and will include several new tracks – we asked mainman Dick Weeks about the five biggest influences on the project. Some might be what you’d expect from a death-grind band, but some are perhaps a bit surprising; yet, within the context of Olivia Neutered John’s sound and lyrical aims, they all make complete sense. Here they are, in the words of the mainman himself.

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2015 Favourites – Top 5

And so, at last, to the final part of my 2015 favourites. These five records are, without exception, ones that I felt were not just my favourites, but ones that I consider to be among the best of their respective genres; whether that be because they nailed the core sounds so perfectly, or because they went beyond, pushing at the boundaries with huge success. As such, I would also argue that, as well as being my favourites, these are what I consider to be the five best releases of 2015. And given this, I feel it’s possible to rank them in a non-alphabetical order. So, here we go…

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G.L.O.S.S (Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit) – Demo

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Label: Not Normal (cassette) / Total Negativity/Nervous Nelly (7″, US) / Sabotage (7″, EU)

And just like that, in 8 minutes, G.L.O.S.S. remind me of exactly why hardcore was such a big part of me growing up, and why the genre continues to mean so much to so many. It’s not just the music – as utterly thrilling and energetic as it is – but the fact that these five songs are about things that matter highlights just why hardcore is so important. In few other genres could you ever imagine coming across a record talking about trans experiences and rights with such passion and honesty. Put simply, this kind of music is important. The songwriting and playing would make it worth your time regardless of lyrical content and experiences of the members, but when paired with something so important, it makes this demo something really worth paying attention to. It may be the most punk thing I’ve heard in years, and it’s incredibly empowering.

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