Actual Pain always seems to make me tilt my head, sigh, and say in a soft, loving voice “You complete me.” The Seattle-based label always kills it with their cheeky, occultish clothes, but this year they’ve truly outdone themselves. Borrowing more from pop culture than ever, their Spring 2012 collection is entitled ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ and features some of the best blackened and reconceptualized art yet. I’m particularly in love with the ‘Devil Television’ shirt, a necessary selection while watching the new season of Beavis & Butthead. Though my aesthetic eye might gravitate towards high fashion, my grungy body and its associated pizza stains will always crave clothing closer to this. Because really, how will your life ever be complete without a pentagram weed leaf shirt?
Listening to Chelsea Wolfe’s music is a religious experience. Seeing her live is a revelation. – more
We love listening to Tearist, and we love wearing Actual Pain. Combine the two and it’s a whole lotta love….soaked in bad vibes, of course. The LA band, infamous for their confrontational live shows and brutal synthpunk sounds, have crafted a fantastic mixtape for the Seattle label. With artwork by Denver’s SHAMS, the mix not – more
Shoutout to Pendu‘s Ekstatic Vision for hooking us up with a few of these rarities. I saw Salem and Gatekeeper play a show for him in early ’10 and it was sick as hell. Promoters need to understand that these are bands that you can’t just stick on any old stage. They need confined space, – more
King Dude may be busy stocking (and perpetually re-stocking) his wonderful Actual Pain store, but he hasn’t been slack releasing new music either. The charismatic Seattle singer, TJ to his friends, has just released a brand new LP called Love, previously released only as a limited cassette to celebrate his recent European tour. Celebrate your – more