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YOUTH NOVEL // “Turned Around Abruptly Beside a Mirror and Jumped at My Own Reflection”
Ann-Arbor based Youth Novel dropped a new EP with four brand new tracks. If you miss the sound of the late 90’s screamo wave (ala Orchid, Neil Perry, Joshua Fit For Battle), this EP is a grand example of what they would sound like if they were still around today. They’re one of the few great bands playing Bled Fest tomorrow; don’t miss out.
Benjamin König (b. 1976, based Upper Bavaria, Germany) - Untitled
Who It Is: Whorecough – Demo; Quiet Year Records (2014)
What It Sounds Like: A gentler Perfect Pussy, female-fronted punk noise
Harrisonburg, Virginia’s Whorecough may not be for everyone, but if you’re one to appreciate abrasive, punk noise layered with high-pitched female vocals, Whorecough is perfect. Last winter, I attended a small, folk-punk show to support one of my friend’s bands (Stufy, The Sidekick) and also to see Ghost Mice for the first time. Though it was a folk-punk show, one band, Bernay’s Propaganda, hailing all the way from Macedonia, was the epitome of punk without a hint of folk. Whorecough reminds me so much of Bernay’s Propaganda that I desperately wish I could toss that name around in comparison, but I feel like not too many people are familiar with a Macedonian punk band.
Karloff, Boris - Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Ouroboros, Greek for ‘tail swallower’ is depicted as a snake in circular motion swallowing it’s tail - on occasion, it can be seen in a lemniscate shape (as seen above).
It originated in Egypt to symbolize the sun; in terms of Gnostic beliefs, it is a referral to the solar god Abraxas, signifying infinity and the soul of the earth.
To those of alchemy it represents the spirit of Mercury (a substance that pervades all matter) and continuous renewal, life and death and the balance of opposition. A double Ouroboros (two snakes swallowing one another) reflects volatility, and spiritually it conveys the harmony of upper and lower natures.
It’s common symbolism that the snake represents being reborn, as it sheds it’s skin.
The Ouroboros is consistent throughout various cultures and settings - for example, the serpent Jormungandr of Norse legend encircled and protected the tree of life, or Yggdrasil. The Aztec snake god Queztacoatl was characterized similarly, and Chinese alchemical dragons share relative qualities both physically and in meaning.