James Haitchwai Is Dead
I'm just some dude from the suburbs of DC who got corrupted by punk rock at a tragically early age. Started playing in bands at age 14, and in 2003 started doing this so-low thing initially as a way to get relief from bands breaking up all the time, but somehow it stuck; as of mid-2011, we're talking hundreds of songs, 5 albums, 1 EP, 1 live disc, boxes full of demos that will never see the light of day, dozens of shows throughout the east coast, some of the most scathing reviews I've ever read/heard and some of the most flattering, innumerable day jobs, the occasional nervous breakdown, many sketchy living situations, many thousands of dollars in debt, public assistance, injuries that resulted in permanent damage to my vocal cords, and a misguided attempt at going back to school and "turning my life around" after the constant off-and-on joblessness/homelessness got to be too much for my whiny suburban ass to handle...But f*** that shit. You can take me outta the punk rock, but you can't take the punk rock outta me, so here I am, still doin the damn thing and still having fun. Oh, right, I suppose you wanna know about my music. It's a bastard amalgamation of everything I grew up listening to: from my pseudo-hippie parents' Neil Young and Patti Smith records to the 90's indie/alt thing to punk and hardcore and thrash and grind and doom and weird noise shit. Even if not all of these influences are explicit in the sound, they are at least implicit in terms of attitude and energy. My music has been called everything from beautiful to totally unlistenable, and that's fine by me. The superlatives don't really concern me. What does concern me is making the most honest, unpretentious, uncompromised art that I possibly can, for better or worse. At this rate, it looks like it's gonna stay that way. I'm a lifer. Thanks a bunch for checking out my new EP, James Haitchwai Is Dead. Be on the lookout for tour dates in 2012!