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Interview with Anthony Kuchkta III (VITRIOL GAUGE)

Reverse Records UK / July 2014

Interview with Anthony Kuchkta III (Vitriol Gauge)

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BAND NAME: Vitriol Gauge

BAND MEMBERS: Anthony Kuchta

COUNTRY: USA

GENRE: Death Drone/Power Electronics/Noise

DISCOGRAPHY:

Binding Ritual (2012) Online Release

Passion Transplant (2013) Online Release

Black Sounds Split Release W/ Obiekt 172 (2013) Online Release

Easily Forgotten Split Release W/ Autumus (2013) Limited Tape Release

Compilations: We Ride Volume 1 (Brainrape Records)

S3CR3T SØCI3TY Volume 2 (Owlcave Records)

2 Upcoming releases in 2014

BAND WEBSITE: Facebook.com/VitriolGauge

OTHER PROJECTS: none (currently)

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RRUK: Let’s start with your band name, what made you choose it for this project?

Anthony: Anyone who has known me for a decent amount of time will tell you that am a bitter person. I also tend to have a pretty bleak, cruel and coldly logical thought process on just about everything. I used to use physical violence at shows or working out to release that pressure, now I try to use creating music to do that….I release that pressure, and a gauge reads pressure. So I combined the two, it sounds good to me.

RRUK: How would you describe your sound and working process?

Antony: As for my sound, I have been described by other people as having a Japanoise sound with Death Industrial or Power Electronics bite to it. Others say its like a harsh drone because some of my stuff doesn’t change to much through out a track. Since I’m not Japanese I don’t label myself as such, I consider myself a combination, So I say Death Drone or Power Electronics. As for my working process…I turn my gear on? I guess I don’t fully understand that question. Although when I turn my gear on, its usually when I’m agitated about something, I don’t usually record when I’m in a great mood, considering the mood of my music, putting a positive energy into it seems weird.

RRUK: About the instruments and technology you use to produce the sound, do you constantly update them, or are old synths and the like still good for your purposes?

Anthony: One of my best musical friends (Richard Kik) is a total gear slut, and he helped set me on my path and taught me a lot. Because of that I will admit I like having a lot, but I tend to use the same tools and occasionally add onto that sound with different effects. My main setup is an analog synth, a sampler, and a simple drum machine. I put those 3 things through any number of effects be it distortion reverb or delay.

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RRUK: Who or what influences you and your sound?

Anthony: I take influences from a lot of things… Life situations, Movies, Documentaries are a big part of it, I am a huge horror movie nut, and a lot of samples come from that stuff. As for musical influences, some of my biggest are stuff like Brighter Death Now, Operation Cleansweep, Converge, and The Locust.

RRUK: With regards to electronic/experimental artists, which band did you discover first? How did you come across them?

Anthony: Well as you can probably tell from the influences I gave, Its a varied answer. I have been into aggressive music since I can remember, I started off by listening to metal, then I moved into the hardcore scene. I dropped out of that around when I was 21 and started to get really into industrial, but I still had that pissed off hardcore attitude that I was trying to fill the void with. Then I found stuff like Brighter Death Now and Atrax Morgue and I have never looked back. There is something about that…just seething dark deep angst that I completely connected with.

RRUK: A lot of “noise” artists tend to release 30+ albums per year. What are your thoughts regarding this rushed approach?

Anthony: I don’t really understand it, I know its a big thing in the harsh noise world, but its not for me. I sometimes think I take to long to release stuff, but everyone has there own pace, and I want to be happy with what I show other people.

RRUK: Do you have a preferred format for your work, e.g. vinyl, cassette, CD, download. And is there a format for which you would never use?

Anthony: I would release on anything really, most of what I have done thus far has been online. I just don’t have the knowledge or know how to do much physical releases at the moment, I would love to do more physical releases, point me in the right direction please!

RRUK: What is your opinion in particular of Power Electronics, Noise, and Japanoise, looking at their main artists like Merzbow, Masonna?

Anthony: I enjoy both Merzbow and Masonna. Not all of there works obviously (because there are to many to bother with). I prefer when people actually use instruments though. Working off of just a laptop, like Merzbow has switched to, really really bothers me. I don’t like people that perform live using merely a computer, its lifeless and doesn’t require much effort beyond the initial creation of the track.

RRUK: I would like to ask you if you are interested in which kind of people listen to your sound, I mean, how do you imagine him/her to be?

Anthony: I don’t think about it to much, I am always happy to hear and learn about the people that do appreciate it but its not something that’s on my mind. I make the music for me first, and for others second. Its my catharsis.

RRUK: Women seem to be a main focus in the noise/PE scene: humiliation and bondage – in the form of album covers, themes, and track titles. Are you interested in deviated or perverted sexual behaviors? If so, what attracts you so much in sexual violence and language?

Anthony: I am guilty of falling into that stereotype. I consider myself a dominant in that area, and have a passion for Shibari. Also I don’t trust women as far as I can throw them…Cant live with em, cant live with out them I suppose.

RRUK: Are you interested in serial killers? Do you think they are a typical product of 20th century society, and what is your opinion about in particular American “serial killer culture” ?

Anthony: Oh yes, I think they are incredibly interesting, I constantly watch programs or read about them. I don’t know how anyone couldn’t find the subject interesting. Bizarre and violent crimes intrigue me. My personal favorite is Ed Gein (not technically a serial killer but, memorable none the less).

RRUK: If you could perform live anywhere in the world… where would it be?

Anthony: I would like to play some place in Germany, I feel I would be well received and I have always wanted to go there.

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RRUK: With regards to other sound projects, is there any country in particular that inspire you more than others?

Anthony: Not in particular, every place has a couple great projects to choose from. Pissed off people are all over the world, you just have to look for them.

RRUK: Do you listen to different types of music? A secret Elvis collection, perhaps?!

Anthony: I grew up in the 90s, I love Ace of Base, Ha! In all seriousness though, I tend to listen to mostly Industrial, Noise, Post-Punk and Hardcore. But if you looked through my hard drive I’m sure you would find a couple “wtf’s” in it.

RRUK: What first, chicken or the egg?

Anthony: Chicken

RRUK: Anything else you would like to add here?

Anthony: Speak your mind, its the only real freedom anyone has anymore, if people don’t like it, they can choose not to listen.

RRUK: Cheers Anthony. All the best with your upcoming releases!
(Be sure to check out the video links underneath / Play it loud)

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Interview: K. Mitchell [RRUK]
2014 Reverse Records UK

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New Releases (July 18th 2014) Reverse Records UK

RRUK001 | KONTROLLE – “Survivalist” | Vinyl CD/Card | Ltd Edition: 350
£8.00

RRUK002 | WHITE WALLS – “Fear And Addiction” Aktion #I” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 250
£7.00

RRUK003 | INHIBITION – “Waiting (Blindfold, Bound & Waiting)” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 60
£7.00

RRUK004 | INHIBITION & KYLIE MINOISE – “Aktion Medical” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 60
£7.00

RRUK005 | DRY GREED / CONTAGIOUS ORGASM / WHITE WALLS / [GONE DARK] BLEACH / KADAVER –
“Aktion Medical II” 5-Way Split Album | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£7.00

RRUK006 | WHITE WALLS – “This Is Not My Face” | CD Digipak | Ltd Edition: 100
£10.00

RRUK007 | INHIBITION – “Dead Spot [Live Aktion #I/II/III]” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 60
£7.00

RRUK008 | WHITE WALLS – “Madness & Murder” | CD Digipak | Ltd Edition: 100
£10.00

RRUK009 | TORTURING NURSE & INHIBITION (A sound assault dedicated to Rudolf Schwarzkogler)
Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 60 |
£7.00

RRUK010 | WHITE WALLS – “Broken” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£7.00

RRUK011 | SATORI – “The Sudden Realisation That All Is Lost” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£7.00

RRUK012 | K2 – “Epilepsy of Democracy” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£7.00

RRUK013 | WHITE WALLS – “Issues” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£7.00

RRUK014 | WHITE WALLS – “Malattia Mentale” | CD Digipak | Ltd Edition: 100
£10.00

RRUK015 | WHITE WALLS – “HOMAGE TO JOEL_PETER WITKIN” | CD Digipak | Ltd. Edition: 100
£10.00

RRUK016 | WHITE WALLS – “A sickness of the mind” | CD Digipak | Ltd. Edition: 100
£10.00

RRUK017 | WHITE WALLS – “Hidden Reverse” | CD Digipak | Ltd. Edition: 100
£10.00

RRUK018 | TORTURING NURSE / INHIBITION / FILTH TURD (Split) | CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£10.00

RRUK019 | ARS A.V.I. & INHIBITION – ‘Don’t Steal My Soul, Lady” (COLLABORATION) | CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£10.00

RRUK020 | INHIBITION – “Nurse Divine” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£7.00

RRUK021 | UNITED ELECTRONICS – “One Empire” | CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£10.00

RRUK022 | INHIBITION – “Homage To Gunter Brus / Kurt Kren” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£7.00

RRUK023 | INHIBITION – “Homage To Hans Bellmer” | CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£10.00

RRUK024 | TRANSGRESSIVE COLLECTIVE | Unreleased Audio & Visual by White Walls / Inhibition / Deutsche Christen / Unit 731 | DVD Steel Box / Including Rare Business Card single track audio by White Walls | Ltd Edition: 50
£15.00

 

Contact: recordsreverse@gmail.com

Thanks to the hidden reverse who have supported my projects/labels over the years….

Thanks to the hidden reverse who have supported my projects/labels over the years….

Jennifer (Kitty) Lubert | Steve Bacon (Stark) | Jeff Vincze | Lalle Jäderstrand | Alexander Simon | Christian Burmester | Steffen Torge | Kimihide Kusafuka (K2) & Saori (Koyubi) Takano | Junky / Shu Ride / Youki and all of Torturing Nurse | Michael Z (Kadaver) | Edel Braun (Dry Greed) | Philipp Strobel | Antonio Landa | Calvin Chan & Eddie Chan (Other Musick) | Stephan (BlackTrax) | John Roth | René Rousseau | Greg Zilla | Gx Jupitter Larson | Sophie Tristesse | Sia Sia | Ryukei Ito | Gruffallo Paul | Jason B Bernard (Peripheral Records) | Mike Finklea (Striations/Nefarious Activities) | Jim Breedveld | Zebra Mu (Quagga Curious Sounds) | Fecalove | Nana-Rape Blossom | Ulex Zane (Streicher) | Spike Vincent | Keith G Finna (S.T.A.B. Electronics) | Rolf OxDx (Orgasm Denial) | David E Williams | SHIFT (Unrest Productions) | Sektion B | Christopher Groves | Lynn & Mikey | Trevor Brown | Matt Scott | Alex & Natasha (Ambassador 21) | Vice Martyr |(Hateful Abandon) | Romain Slocombe | Kristian R Carter | Sin Die | Hiroshi Hashimoto (Contagious Orgasm) | Patrick Mackay | Jennifer Wallis | Anthony S Kutchta | Martin Bladh | Roger Karmanik (BDN) | Tim Drage | Rupert Bell | Dolorism | Domina Obscura | Alice Kundalini | John Westerhof | Sonia Dietrich | Modular Lazvig | Wooly Woolaston | David Vercruysse | Gerald Tan (4IB Records) | Fe Male Fou | Pete Hope | Richard Ramirez (Black Leather Jesus) | Trev Ward (Grey Wolves) | Levy Daal | Lee Howard (Iron Fist Of The Sun) | Carmen Gomez |Scott Ferry & Ammut Aisilinn | Eldar Industrial | Dave Kirby (Satori) | Robert W. Scope | Akihiro Shimizu (Third Organ) | Rosemary Michelle Malign | Hikiko Mori | Ryan Tomasello | Derek Cozier | Mario W. Gacy | Hiroshi Hasegawa (Astro/C.C.C.C) | NRYY | Tomoaki Soma | Roger Rotor | Lea Cummings (Kylie Minoise) | Viktoriya Natoloka (3Music) | Ros A (ARS A.V.I.) | Paul Kavanagh | Clark Bongiovanni | Marushka Kudla | Joey Perez | Thomas Fastforward | Isomer | Vertigo Neogama | Katsuyoshi Kou (Incapacitants) | Thomas Havales | Richard Martin | Yuen K. Wa | Zirta Val | Chav Stabber | Flithy Turd | BBBlood | V.I.K.I. | Cum Function |

+ And thanks to anyone I may have missed out….

- Keith Mitchell
| RRUK | Final Trauma Recordings | WHITE WALLS | INHIBITION | DC | KONTROLLE | UNIT 731 | UNITED ELECTRONICS

Current Releases | Reverse Records UK (WHITE WALLS, SATORI, K2, TORTURING NURSE, KYLIE MINOISE, INHIBITION, DRY GREED, KADAVER, CONTAGIOUS ORGASM, [GONE DARK] BLEACH, KONTROLLE)

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(Image featuring RRUK releases 001 – 009)

 
RRUK001 | KONTROLLE – “Survivalist” | Vinyl CD/Card | Ltd Edition: 350
£8.00

RRUK002 | WHITE WALLS – “Fear And Addiction” Aktion #I” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 250
£7.00

RRUK003 | INHIBITION – “Waiting (Blindfold, Bound & Waiting)” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 60
£7.00

RRUK004 | INHIBITION & KYLIE MINOISE – “Aktion Medical” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 60
£7.00

RRUK005 | DRY GREED / CONTAGIOUS ORGASM / WHITE WALLS / [GONE DARK] BLEACH / KADAVER –
“Aktion Medical II” 5-Way Split Album | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£7.00

RRUK006 | WHITE WALLS – “This Is Not My Face” | CD Digipak | Ltd Edition: 100
£10.00

RRUK007 | INHIBITION – “Dead Spot [Live Aktion #I/II/III]” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 60
£7.00

RRUK008 | WHITE WALLS – “Madness & Murder” | CD Digipak | Ltd Edition: 100
£10.00

RRUK009 | TORTURING NURSE & INHIBITION (A sound assault dedicated to Rudolf Schwarzkogler)
Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 60 |
£7.00

RRUK010 | WHITE WALLS – “Broken” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£7.00

RRUK011 | SATORI – “The Sudden Realisation That All Is Lost” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£7.00

RRUK012 | K2 – “Epilepsy of Democracy” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£7.00

RRUK013 | WHITE WALLS – “Issues” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£7.00

RRUK014 | WHITE WALLS – “Malattia Mentale” | CD Digipak | Ltd Edition: 100
£10.00

 

 

CONTACT: RECORDSREVERSE@GMAIL.COM

 

To place an order simply send a message to recordsreverse@gmail.com Include the release number “RRUK002″ for example. Plus your postal address. We will get back to you the same day, and your order will be sent out within 3 working days. T-shirts within 7 days.

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New Releases: WHITE WALLS | SATORI | K2 (June 22nd – 2014) Reverse Records UK.

New releases for June 2014….

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RRUK010 | WHITE WALLS – “Broken” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£7.00

RRUK011 | SATORI – “The Sudden Realisation That All Is Lost” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£7.00

RRUK012 | K2 – “Epilepsy of Democracy” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£7.00

RRUK013 | WHITE WALLS – “Issues” | Mini CD | Ltd Edition: 100
£7.00

RRUK014 | WHITE WALLS – “Malattia Mentale” | CD Digipak | Ltd Edition: 100
£10.00
Photo’s and further info to be added over the coming days…

To place an order simply send a message to recordsreverse@gmail.com Include the release number “RRUK002″ for example. Plus your postal address. We will get back to you the same day, and your order will be sent out within 3 working days. T-shirts within 7 days.

ALL RELEASES AVAILABLE HERE:  http://recordsreverse.wordpress.com/released/

RRUK006 | WHITE WALLS – “This Is Not My Face” | REVERSE RECORDS UK | DEATH INDUSTRIAL | COLD POWER ELECTRONICS | GLITCH | HARSH NOISE ASSAULT

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RRUK006 | WHITE WALLS – “This Is Not My Face” | CD Digipak | Limited Edition: 100
(Each copy is handmade, hand numbered,  and signed by White Walls)

>>>DEATH INDUSTRIAL | COLD POWER ELECTRONICS | GLITCH | HARSH NOISE ASSAULT<<<

Price: £10.00 [GBP]
Contact: recordsreverse@gmail.com
PayPal: finaltrauma@googlemail.com

 

 

To place an order simply send a message to recordsreverse@gmail.com Include the release number “RRUK002″ for example. Plus your postal address. We will get back to you the same day, and your order will be sent out within 3 working days. T-shirts within 7 days.

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RRUK005 | DRY GREED / CONTAGIOUS ORGASM / WHITE WALLS / [GONE DARK] BLEACH / KADAVER – “Aktion Medical II | REVERSE RECORDS UK | DEATH INDUSTRIAL | COLD POWER ELECTRONICS | INDUSTRIAL

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RRUK005 | DRY GREED / CONTAGIOUS ORGASM / WHITE WALLS / [GONE DARK] BLEACH / KADAVER “Aktion Medical II”  5-Way Split Album | Mini CD | Limited Edition: 100

>>>DEATH INDUSTRIAL | COLD POWER ELECTRONICS | INDUSTRIAL<<<

Price: £7.00 [GBP]
Contact: recordsreverse@gmail.com
PayPal: finaltrauma@googlemail.com

 

 

To place an order simply send a message to recordsreverse@gmail.com Include the release number “RRUK002″ for example. Plus your postal address. We will get back to you the same day, and your order will be sent out within 3 working days. T-shirts within 7 days.

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