“…ain’t about laundry day…” – Decibel Magazine
Decibel Magazine is hosting a new video for “White Sheets Blowing In The Breeze,” from Nashville, Tennessee-based powerviolence/hardcore duo THETAN. The song is found on the band’s new LP, Grand Ole Agony, out now on Anti-Corporate Music.
Since forming THETAN in 2011, Chad L’Eplattenier (drums, theremin) and Dan Emery (bass, theremin, vocals, mountain dulcimer) have been proactive force in the punk and metal scenes, while also crossing over to work with iconic hip-hop emcees such as Kool Keith, Ultramagnetic MC’s, and LIL B. Mixing early hardcore with West Coast powerviolence and sprinkling in the dark musical sensibilities of 1990s European black metal, THETAN has created a crushing brand of hardcore that grinds and devastates listeners before plunging them into nerve shattering psychedelia on their Grand Ole Agony LP.
Grand Ole Agony unloads thirty-five minutes of THETAN’s uncompromising sonic abuse, delving into the depths of the human psyche, loss of companionship, and the death of a solar system, while a cast of guest contributors helps craft the record’s expansive sonic spectrum. The album features a monologue by legendary Tennessee rap icon Crunchy Black of Three 6 Mafia, trumpet from highly decorated jazz/pop trumpeter Mac Gollehon (noted for his work with David Bowie, Blondie, Onyx, among thousands of others), soundscapes and vocals from David Brenner of avant-garde experimental entity Gridfailure, harmonica from Benjamin Tod of Lost Dog Street Band, and haunting string accompaniments from Leslie Fox-Humphreys a.k.a. Americana/folk soloist The Bandit Queen Of Sorrows and Ashley Mae of Lost Dog Street Band.
Grand Ole Agony was recorded by THETAN, with all post-production including mixing, mastering, and an animated etching on the vinyl version of the album handled by Emery at his Black Matter Mastering bunker. The album is completed with cover art by Kristen Ferrell and photography by Ericka Poore and Joseph Wyman.
The video for “White Sheets Blowing In The Breeze” was filmed and edited by Ryan Lewis. Dan Emery reveals, “This is a very personal song. It was written about my uncle who was a horrible human being. A racist, abusive, waste of human existence. There is a person like him in everyone’s life. A person who defies your personal convictions and tries to wedge themselves into your existence by some superficial ‘blood of my blood’ bullshit. You don’t owe these people your presence. You are allowed to never forgive people. Some people deserve nothing more than to be eradicated from one’s life. Kill them in your art, and let fate finish them off in person.”
Decibel writes, “Just to be clear, this new video from Tennessee hardcore bass-drum duo THETAN ain’t about laundry day. The ‘white sheets’ in the title are a reference to (presumably) the Ku Klux Klan, if the invective expressed in the lyrics is any indication.”
Watch THETAN’s “White Sheets Blowing In The Breeze” video now at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.
Grand Ole Agony is out now on Etched LP, CD, and digital platforms through Emery’s Anti-Corporate Music at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE, and watch the previously issued “Note To Self” video HERE.
THETAN continues to play frequently throughout their home region. Following recent shows with King Parrot, Ringworm, and others, the band has several local shows in December with the likes of Skeletal Remains, Act Of Impalement, The Dwarves, Mutilatred, Torsion, and more. Expect regular live updates into the new year with more widespread touring expected in 2024.
12/07/2023 The End – Nashville, TN w/ Skeletal Remains, Act Of Impalement
12/10/2023 Nashville Punk Rock Flea Market @ East Side Bowl – Nashville, TN w/ The Dwarves, more
12/10/2023 Drkmttr – Nashville, TN w/ Mutilatred, Sugarplums, Torsion, more