why the FUCK isn’t anyone talking about how there’s another Holocaust happening in China??? like the fuck???
there are Muslims getting thrown into concentration camps, separating innocent families from each other, kidnapping and murdering them, forcing them to eat pork and forcing them to drink, RAPING THEM AND FORCING THEM TO CONVICT. Idon’t even wanna talk about how they’re conserving their organsfor GOD KNOWS WHAT
you guys, spread awareness of this right now. my friend was beyond pissed yesterday in class because CNN10 skipped over this topic COMPLETELY to talk about a car that claims to have bulletproof windows and in actuality, they don’t
like this, share this, reblog this. hell, copy and paste this word for word on Twitter or Instagram or WHATEVER.
i don’t want clout when I say this, and I may not be a Muslim or live in China, but this is absolutely insane and disgusting
the fact that I learned this from a TIKTOK video and not from the news (let’s not get started on how, so far, the news hasn’t said a syllable about this) is absolutely bogus
alSO, while i’m on a rampage about this, lemme spread SOME MORE shit that I learned from the same tiktok video and not the news
Columbians are getting massacred by their own fucking government
People in Venezuela are suffering (i’m not exactly sure how, since I can’t find anything on Google)
Afghanistan is being bombed
America (my own home) isseparating children from their families? why? patriotism
October 9. Exactly a month later, funny how I work
What’s good, I’m still thriving hope you are too :)
Only a month in and I’ve already had one midterm; I have two more before Friday (it’s Wednesday). Usually I know how well I’m going to do going in; these two? I absolutely do not. It’s mostly because I have never taken classes remotely similar to either before, yet I’ve gone to every lecture, so it’s really just roulette at this point. But I’m rolling with it!
I got a job: I walk dogs with Wag! I get to walk some heckin cute dogs, and my step count has shot up to a daily 15-20k effortlessly. It’s actually been pretty slow this week, but last week I made about $80 which was nice pocket money. I had to spend it all bc I had a few haircare-related emergencies but I plan on using the money I earn from now on to open a Roth IRA before the semester ends, and then after that saving for a nice spring break vacation w my boo. when i said i’m thriving!
also me: spends years studying at the top universities until I graduate and become governor of Michigan, significantly improving the state’s quality of life, GDP, and Stability, and then campaigning for several months until I eventually win over the General Public and Get Elected president just so I can use state budget to flex my Gucci suit and Rolex
An Interview with S.C. Atmospheric Doomers Oakskin
~By Shawn Gibson~Photo by Savannah Juliet Bockus
Continuing our series of interviews of bands in the southern sludge scene, we’re now in Columbia, South Carolina visiting with unconventional three-piece OAKSKIN. As they come ever closer to finishing their debut LP, we take a look at the band’s origins, inspirations, and aspirations in this one-on-one at last year’s Starkfest.
We are at the Sparrow in North Charleston. You guys played with Mode Low and Midmourner tonight. Damn good show!
Midmourner they just like melt your brain because of how heavy they are!
Yeah, for sure!
Phillip: I’m digging Mode Low, too!
Bianca: Yeah, yeah.
Austin: Kinda krautrock, kinda noisey. I dig it.
Yeah, Paisley Adams the bass player just left, she is in Tripping The Mechanism.
Phillip: Tripping The Mechanism, right. I produced a couple of records of theirs.
Austin: They were supposed to play tonight, but there was something with scheduling.
Yeah, I thought the original flyer said “Tripping The Mechanism.” Then it changed and said “to be determined.”
Bianca: That was because they had work or something.
The other two guys in the band were here later on in the show.
Phillip: They’re a great band, really cool.
The first time I interviewed you guys were at the Radio Room in Greenville, South Carolina, at Starkfest in July. I’d imagine you guys have played a few shows in the span of time since.
Bianca: Only one!
Phillip: Yeah this is our third show.
Wow, third show. Your first show was at Starkfest 2018. Now you have some shirts!
Phillip: Yeah, we’re moving up!(laughs)
You got some merch!
Bianca: We’ve got stickers now!(laughs)
So explain your Oakskin t-shirt.
Bianca: The way our name started was because me and Phil, all three of us were on the porch mulling over what our name would be. We had no fucking idea! It was so difficult. Phil saw an oak tree in my yard and said, “Oak something.” I said Oakflesh, because I am a Skyrim nerd. He said that’s too brutal because our music isn’t that brutal. (laughs) We’re not a fucking death metal band! (laughs) Phil said Oakskin. I said, “Fuck yeah!” Later, we found out it was a spell in Dungeons and Dragons. We just winged it with the shirt design. Twenty-sided die on the shirt.
As soon as I saw it, I recognized it was a twenty-sided die.
Phillip: Who didn’t play D&D at least once?
Bianca: Or at least knows about it.
Or any role playing game requiring multiple sided dice.
Bianca: D&D is the only game using twenty sided die.
Phillip: I’ve never seen a shirt with a die on it.
Bianca: The funny thing coming up with the shirt was like, “Let’s put people under a spell. Well, why don’t we incorporate the whole D&D concept?” It progressed from there.
Austin: It was the easiest decision we’ve had yet.
I believe you guys released a song recently. I got the notification from Bandcamp ‘cause I’m following you guys and shared it on Facebook.
Phillip: Thank you!
Tell me about this song.
Bianca: The song is called “Brood.” The name spawned from my love for cicadas, cause we’re from the South. Not to say cicadas aren’t from all over the world, really. In the South, in particular, you get used to hearing them. That noise that taunts you!
Bianca: You know it!
Phillip: We open the song with that. That’s us sitting on the porch. That song is part of a bunch of songs we are recording for an album. We are taking our time with it. We are not in a rush. We don’t have a label or anything.
That’s probably the best with no time limits and taking your time.
Phillip: Yeah, no deadlines, so we are going to release it when we are 100% happy.
Organic and letting it flow naturally.
Phillip: We haven’t released anything since February because we had these shows. I had that song close to done, mixing it. We decided to put these songs out for these shows. Honestly, what we posted when we first played, they were kind of surprised. They weren’t expecting us to be so heavy. So we were like, “Let’s put a heavier song out.”
Bianca: I love the surprise of us being heavy. (laughs) I do love that, but I think it gives people an idea of where we are going or what we’re trying to do.
Phillip: The band has gotten heavier and darker as we’ve gone along.
I noticed tonight it seemed a little different. There was something like a blast beat in there – whoa!
Bianca: We all love black metal. We all love death metal. We love different kinds of music. I think over time as we progress, we will incorporate all of our interests in all we do. We all love different kinds of music.
Austin: When we started it was in our kitchen.
Phillip: I don’t know if I talked about this last time, but I wrote a keyboard line just for fun. I was thinking about a solo project. Bianca came in and asked, “Do you mind if I sing on this?” Austin came in and said, “Do you mind if I jam to this?” We were all in other bands. I was working on another project.
Bianca: I was in two bands.
Phillip: All of us were working on other projects, but we were like, “This is kind of cool!” The first song we recorded in our kitchen.
Bianca: It literally was recorded in our kitchen.
Austin: I got off work and pulled up to the house and heard the drum machine going. “Damn, someone’s partying, someone’s jamming! That’s some cool shit!” I walked in and it got louder. It’s Phillip and Bianca jamming on some stuff.
Bianca: Me and Austin have worked together before in a couple of different projects that really didn’t go anywhere, but I knew I wanted to be in a band with him because I love him pretty much.
Phillip: So after that kitchen jam and recording I was like, “That was pretty cool. We’ll come out with a name and release it and see if anybody is interested.” People were and we are going to jump on this! Now this is her and mine main band. Austin has put 100% in! Since then, we have been writing as a band and it’s just naturally gotten heavier and darker. It’s just where it’s gone we haven’t tried to control it.
Bianca: It’s darker, but light in some weird way.
Bianca: Hear me out!
Phillip: Yeah, I’m going to hear you out on this!
Bianca: The lyrics, if we get them out there, they’re not necessarily dark. The lyrical concepts are light and dark, but the music is so fucking heavy!
Bianca: It’s like pushing the concept forward.
Austin: It all sounds like noise to me. (laughs)
Phillip: We haven’t focused on a concept. We have focused on writing.
Bianca: Each song has its own entity. When we hear people’s input on it, we create its own entity within the song. It makes it unified, to me. We aren’t stressed out about it, where it’s going. We do what we want to do.
I think you’ll have better songs and a better album when you don’t have the pressure or deadlines.
Phillip: I have had to live by deadlines for years, so it’s nice to be in a situation where nobody’s breathing down my neck about it, you know?
Phillip: It’s nice to get it done as it gets done.
Austin: It was two days after Starkfest we had six songs tracked now. We went straight in on the first session and knocked them out – pow, pow, pow!
Phillip: We have been practicing for months. I was like it’s kind of harsh to do that to them, but I was like, “We’ve been practicing these songs for months, let’s go record them after the show! Who knows what work schedules will get in the way? We’re tight so let’s go knock these out while we’re tight.” We went in and knocked the songs out. When we get some more, we’ll knock those out.
Bianca: We have already started on some other songs, too. I love the direction y'all are going in! I come in after they finalize it, oh it’s so good! I fucking love it so much! It’s so weird and great. I really love it! I was like, “Can I come in now?” (laughs)
Phillip: (laughs) She was trying to sing over it and we didn’t have it done yet!
Bianca: Let me sing on it! (laughs) I get really excited. We all get excited in a really weird way. Mostly we all vibe off each other.
Phillip: I think that most bands get excited about what they’re doing or they wouldn’t be doing it.
Bianca: Some bands don’t get excited, because they get big or whatever reason.
Phillip: I understand that whole second guessing thing. I’ve been there: “I don’t know if anyone else will like this or not?”
Bianca: I feel like bigger bands don’t have the time to spend on songs anymore, because they’re pushed to put something out. They don’t get to enjoy it like they used to.
Austin: Well, if your doing two tours a year…
Phillip: You’re touring non-stop. It’s hard to even find time to write. Try to write a little bit when you’re home. That shit gets really hard! Starting a new band makes it a lot easier.
Bianca: Especially with your connections, it makes it easier for us, genuinely.
Phillip: To a certain degree. In all fairness, we are starting right at the bottom like most bands do. Nobody’s been like, “Here ya go!” Play small shows…
…hit the road. Get some merch. Get some gigs.
Phillip: We’re starting out like I’ve started every other band I’ve started. (laughs) I just love playing music ya know? I love playing at any level. There’s certain things like yeah it would be nice to have a budget!(laughs) There are other times it is nice to start fresh and not have any expectations.
Austin: What is interesting to me about this band is Bianca. Oakskin has been together for about a year now.
Phillip: Yeah, about a year.
Austin: Before that, like she said we were rehearsing with some other projects. Until Oakskin she hadn’t been in a band. Not trying to…
Bianca: …no, it’s fine. The other two bands I was in didn’t play shows. It was just us trying to put music together.
Austin: So we have Bianca who is very new to it.
Bianca: This is my third show ever! Playing live, ever. (laughs)
Austin: I have been doing this fifteen years or so now. Phillip’s experienced, he’s been doing it for thirty years!
Phillip: I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have shushed you. I wanted to see where he was going with this. (laughs)
Austin: Well, for me seeing where you [Bianca] have come from and seeing where you [Phillip] have come from. You [Bianca] are still enthusiastic. Phillip and I get down and shit (laughs), because we are grumpy and run down. You [Bianca] are like, “No, we can do this!”
Phillip: That is true.
Phillip: I think one of the funny things is yeah, she is starting fresh and I’m kind of old and grizzled. It’s like I see everything ahead of me that’s going to go wrong. This is going to wrong! This is going to go wrong! This is going to go wrong!
Bianca: I have bright eyes about everything. Everything is great, ya know? (laughs)
Phillip: It’s been fun, I will say that.
Bianca: I love doing music with y'all, for real!
Phillip: It’s being done for the right reasons. It’s really nice.
Down the road, you guys will release a full-length proper, right?
Phillip: We were going to do an EP and then we were like, “Let’s just keep going and make an album.”
Bianca: We have at least three more songs to write and we’ll have an album.
Nice. Can’t wait!
Bianca: It will come out whenever we feel like it!(laughs)
Austin: It will be four gatefold 12" LP’s!
It’s going to be a double live album! (laughs)
Phillip: In reality, it will be a Bandcamp download! (laughs)
It was good catching up with you guys and seeing you live again.
Bianca: Thank you for coming to see us. Genuinely, thank you!
Is there anything that you guys would like to plug or push?
Well it depends on when this comes out!
Right on! Fair enough! I still need to put the Starkfest interview out there. Guilty as charged!
Phillip: That was not a dig.
It’s fine. I really want to get that one out there.
Austin: We have a show in Atlanta in two days.
Bianca: Yeah we are playing SlaughterQUE.
Hell, yeah. I saw the post for that on Facebook. It’s two days right?
Bianca: If you would have liked, commented, and shared you could have won two free tickets!
Bianca: Only fifteen people did that.
I think I shared it. I saw it.
Phillip: You forgot to like it. (laughs)
Bianca: We had very strict rules about it.
Yeah I was smoking in the boys room when you were talking about the rules! I’ll share it, but I’m not going to “like” it. I like those guys and everything! (laughs)
Phillip: We have a couple shows coming up.
Austin: Next month.
Bianca: Our video was adorable, because we had a lot of cats. Our cats are very cute, too!
Phillip: If anything it was a statement: “We don’t give a fuck!” (laughs)
Bianca: And also we love cats.
Phillip: Love cats, yeah.
Bianca: We love Halloween and cats.
Phillip: That is a true statement. Our house has a ridiculous amount of cats right now.
Bianca: We don’t have like thirty or anything. We have four.
If you get over fifteen cats, you have to get the crazy cat lady action figure. (laughs) I’m not sure, I will check the handbook.
Phillip: One of our cats got stuck in a tree.
Bianca: To be fair, this cat’s name is Siren. He never shuts up. He is constantly meowing.
Phillip: So Siren gets stuck in a tree. We couldn’t find him.
Bianca: The way we found him was because he is so loud, the neighbors behind us heard him.
Phillip: Here’s the funny story. The tree the cat got stuck in was at a cat person’s house. They had over thirty cats!
Austin: They were rescue cats.
Phillip: Lucky for that cat he was way up there.
Bianca: 25 feet up in the tree!
Phillip: We were calling people to get him out and none of us could afford that.
Bianca: That guy had a tree climbing friend.
Bianca: That cat is so lucky! We’re so broke. You have to pay the fire department two hundred and fifty dollars to get a cat out of a tree.
Phillip: I had no idea our neighbor had that many cats!
Bianca: That cat does not want to go outside anymore! So anyways we love cats. (laughs)
Well, that will make a great shirt, some Oakskin stickers maybe. Huh?
Phillip: The next shirt will be a cat stuck in an oak tree.
Austin: That’s wilder than a cat going up a tree.
Bianca: Austin knows all these southern sayings. Phillip and I are from the south and we don’t know what he’s saying.
Austin: No one has ever heard all the sayings I know.
I am from the south, as well. I had a book of old southern laws and some of it was ridiculous, some very bizarre. Thanks a lot guys! I appreciate it!
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