Thursday, May 17, 2018

JUSTIN PEARSON + Culture Creature

justin pearson

“Pearson’s lyrics are caustic and sardonic in equal measure (choice phrases include “pissant fries” and “stale dead dog fuck all fuck bag”) – and they’re perfectly complemented by the photocopied zine aesthetic of the book’s layout.” -Culture Creature

Read an interview with Justin Pearson about his new lyric book, The Race to Zero, via Culture Creature, here.

Other praise for The Race to Zero:
“Imagine a belligerent Buddy Rich playing a drum solo for a quarter century. Imagine swapping out the drum kit for a typewriter, but the sound being the same.  Imagine if the Howard Beale character in Network didn't die, but instead started a band, and then many more bands after that.  This is not a book of poetry, it is more a story that reveals itself through the context of time.  It will beat you down while making you smile, and in the moments you relate to it, place you back on your feet again.
-Jesse F. Keeler (Death from Above, MSTRKRFT)

“While a majority of his detractors were still wading in the primordial ooze, Mr. Pearson was on the road, getting his hands dirty. If punk rock is truly a lifestyle, then Mr. Pearson has lived it as few have. Decades of writing, recording, performing and battling to his credit, there seems to be no slowing his relentless and consistent output. His writing, at times blending humor, wit, cynicism, vulgarity and intelligence, is always measured and purposeful. Religion to socio-political issues to science-fiction standards and back again- no topic has been spared, no cretin uncrushed, no challenge unmet by his many years behind the bass, upon the mic or at the tip of his pen.”
– Alexis Marshall (Daughters)

“For years I’ve always assumed Justin’s lyrics were snarky, smart and poignant, reading this collection is proof I haven’t been wrong.”
– Chris Slorach (Metz)

Since his first tour and formation of the band Struggle, Justin Pearson has been bassist and/or vocalist in a slew of subversive and, at times, divisive acts including Swing Kids, The Crimson Curse, The Locust, Some Girls, Planet B, Head Wound City, and Dead Cross. His razor wit and quick retorts have been known to get him both into and out of trouble throughout life, and this casual cleverness, coupled with biting commentary, absurdist imagery, and situationist ideals, are a staple of his writing style as an author and lyricist. The Race to Zero is a collection of all lyrics he has written throughout his extensive career, as well as various examples of short creative vignettes and prose.

The Race to Zero will be made available through Pioneers Press and Three One G Records. Preorder link here.
Layout, design, and cover art by Brandon McMinn.

Other Published Works:
How to Lose Friends and Irritate People, Three One G, 2011
From the Graveyard of the Arousal Industry,  Soft Skull Press, 2010

Justin will also be on tour with Dead Cross in EU/UK this summer:
Jun 03 - Nimes, FR @ Paloma
Jun 05 - Bologna, IT @ Estragon
Jun 06 - Milan, IT @ Alcatraz
Jun 07 - Interlaken, CH @ Greenfield Music Festival
Jun 10 - Donington, UK @ Download
Jun 12 - Esch-Sur-Alzette, LU @ Rockhal
Jun 13 - Munich, DE @ Backstage Werk
Jun 14 - Nickelsdorf, AT @ Novarock
Jun 16 - Cologne, DE @Gloria-Theatre
Jun 17 - Paris, FR @ Download Festival
Jun 19 - Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
Jun 20- Cognac, FR @  Les Abattoirs
Jun 22- Vitoria, ES @ Azkena Rock Festival
Jun 23- Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
Jun 24- Dessel, BE @ Graspop
Jun 26- Eindhoven, NL @ De Effenaar
Jun 27- Hamburg, DE @  Markthalle
Jun 29 - Helsinki, FI @ Tuska Metal
Jul 03- Berlin, DE @ SO 36
Jul 04 - Gydnia, PL @ Open’er
Jul 06 - Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
Jul 08 - Belfort, FR @ Eurokeenes
Jul 10 - Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg

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