Written by: Mike Dimitriou
San Antonio’s …And We All Die’s new album is absolutely fabulous.
Their Modern Day Privateers (Remixes) LP holds 13 remixes of the specific title song which was initially included in the band’s S/T record back in 2016.
For the uninitiated, A.W.A.D. is an industrial punk moniker who offered their song to 10 different artists, musicians and bands who are well noticed by the media over the years and worshiped by their fans forever.
Let me explain: The song was reworked by the likes of Daniel Ash (yes, that Daniel Ash from Bauhaus, Tones On Tail and Love And Rockets), Assemblage 23, Rodney Anonymous (Dead Milkmen), Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra), Ego Likeness, Mindless Faith, The Gothsicles, The Rain Within, Gost, and Knifight. Our friends A.W.A.D. have talent in writing and producing songs that hook and nail the listener with pure energy and and industrial punk-oriented truth, which they blend with the beloved rude blow of deathrock.
A.W.A.D. work as a collective of musicians organized by Raymond Burton Estes, collaborating with a diverse group of friends and artists. The original idea is to fuse heavy music in the vein of the UK82 punk rock, hardcore, and industrial bands like The Exploited, Integrity and Ministry with darker melodic post-punk music by the likes of The Cure, Joy Division and Sisters of Mercy.
In a press release, Daniel Ash explained his reaction to the track: “When you listen to any piece of music, it’s real or it’s fake…Music or Muzak, this one was the former.” Inspired, Ash decided to twist the song toward a minimal noise rock route where the word groove cannot really measure the size of his work. Ash’s remix is extraordinary but for comparison, I’m sure that you definitely want to hear the original to contrast it with. So, you may hear the song as it was originally published here and then switch to the Daniel Ash Remix II as it is included in the new LP.
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