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"Veblen Death Mask" Available in the following formats:
• Lavender Swirl Vinyl LP*
• Black Vinyl LP*
• Cassette Tape
• Digital Download (Full album download delivered on release date of 5/5/17)
*First 75 Vinyl LP Pre-Orders include a free copy of Taiwan Housing Project's self-titled 7".
1. Salt Sugar Fire
2. Authentic Alien Perfume
3. d'Arc Eruptions
4. Multidimensional Spectrum
5. What It's All About
6. Ideal Body Alignment
7. Eat or Be Eat
8. Luminous Oblong Blur
9. Subterranean Pedigree
10. Veblen Death Mask
"For architects, there are zoning laws. For automobiles, traffic ordinance enforced by police officers.
For aircraft, there’s air traffic control and for industry, patent laws, labor laws, etc.
Despite all the regulations, scofflaws are common and people “break the law” constantly.
The world of rock ’n’ roll is different. Though it prides itself as a self-policing anarchy where all is permitted, strict unspoken rules are in place which none dare transgress. In the modern era, these rules are as strictly enforced as in any gulag.
Lyrics and political statements must consist of kitsch platitudes, the music a rote recitation from the nostalgia file. Appearance must be mundane and performance a tame approximation of a half remembered snore-fest from the golden age of “mTV unplugged.”
Any deviation will be punished —monetarily and critically—- and rebels are banished to the kingdom of no-one-cares.
Faced with such prospects, conformity in “indie rock” is ABSOLUTE.
On the outskirts of this work camp is one notable rule breaker … a group of delinquents with outlaw values: style, ideas, physicality, vivacity … when turned to the “on” position, they resemble a terrifying power tool or downed “live wire.”
Who is this group? TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT: A band powerful enough to cure its audience of the degenerate culture which is killing them: Popular radio, mini series, political personalities, toxic architecture and graphic design, made explicitly to numb and retard its victims.
Who are the members? TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT was formed by KILYNN LUNSFORD (Ex-LITTLE CLAW) and MARK FEEHAN (ex-HARRY PUSSY), intended as a fungal experiment or chemical agent. More members were added (Pat Ganley, Adam Cooper, Kevin Nickles, and Kevin Boyer of groups such as TYVEK, DAN MELCHOIR, WRITHING SQUARES, TICKLEY FEATHER, et al), shows were played, a 45 was released (on the excellent M’Lady’s imprint) and now ….. a debut ALBUM on KILL ROCK STARS RECORDS, “Veblen Death Mask.”
“Sometimes you gotta burn the village to save it” is THP’s philosophy, and in keeping with that, their live style is a take no prisoners, destroy the stage, ecstatic orgy of sound.
BUT — cleverly concealed under the noise and abandon, TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT play bewitching pop songs which could bubble up comfortably in a reform school disco or European youth hall.
“Multidimensional Spectrum”, and “Authentic Alien Perfume” are hit parade material. If the hit parade took a detour through a Hieronymous Bosch painting.
Spin this record — the “VEBLEN DEATH MASK” LP — and join TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT in sweet delinquency. “
- Ian Svenonius
PRE-ORDER CUSTOMERS: Orders are expected to begin shipping Week of May 5th, 2017. Any items purchased with this pre-order will not ship until Week of May 5th 2017 as well. All items are mock ups and final product may vary slightly.