New Blessure Grave Video – “Open Or Shut”

As reported via the Outsiders a few months ago, goth-inflected San Diego duo Blessure Grave did a split 12″ with Crocodiles and Cold Cave (amid a zillion other releases). If you wanted a tighter aesthetic triangle, though, you’d do well to put them opposite Cold Cave again, then toss Former Ghosts into the mix. Or, looking backwards, as I said then:

Think Death In June, Sex Gang Children, Psychic TV. These are all groups that could be linked to Cold Cave, too, but Wesley Eisold inserts more OMD and then the “transgressive” lit of Peter Sotos, Dennis Cooper, etc. Much like Cold Cave’s interest in (and connection to) Prurient and other noisy fare, Blessure Grave mention old timers Discharge and TSOL and do a cover of “City Lights,” by one of my early (and all-time) favorites, the Shadow Ring…

You should be able to pick out a lot of that in this appropriately dramatic and insular Adam Grabarnick-directed video for a song from the forthcoming Judged By 12, Carried By 6 LP. Dig through the rubble.

Grabarnick Notes:

Blessure Grave’s low-fi approach allowed me to indulge in my recent
nostalgia towards the first generation of digital video.

Judged By 12, Carried By 6 is out in December via Release The Bats. BG has a few upcoming dates with Entertainment, a group from Georgia you should also check out:

11/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Kimo’s #
11/08 – Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman %
11/12 – San Diego, CA @ Music Trader ^^
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Silver Factory #

# w/ Entertainment
% w/ Entertainment, Swann Danger, and New Thrill Parade
^^ w/ Wet Hair, Talk Normal, and Entertainment

Bonus: You can download Blessure Grave’s mixtape of goth, post-punk, and darkwave at Actual Pain.