“weird” could be anything, really
May 15, 2013 6:08 PM Subscribe
The Weirdest Band in the World
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is a blog devoted to singers, musicians, and bands that are crazy
, or otherwise unusual
. Bloggers Andy and Jake write about bands both successful
, whether metal
, or whatever other genre
, always with an unflagging appreciation for what makes these bands unique, and with none of the snark and jeering that often laces articles elsewhere about people doing weird things.
Their Weird Band of the Week
this week is Gulaggh
(or :GULAGGH:, previously :STALAGGH:), who make horrifying, nihilistic albums consisting of the recorded screams and wails of patients in insane asylums, children from youth mental hospitals, and rape victims. The result is arguably not "music" by any stretch, but feels like a brutally raw documentation of humanity's worst pain, anguish, and suffering.
It’s so thick with human suffering and despair that it literally makes your skin crawl. The room seems to get darker the longer you let it play. People avoid eye contact with you for days after you’ve listened to it. It might be the bleakest “music” anyone’s ever recorded.
Most remarkably, Gulaggh always treat the mental patients they work with as willing collaborators, and obtain full written permission from all of them.
We always tell all vocalists who participate on our projects what :STALAGGH: is all about. Most of them agree with our ideology. ... Several of them called recording with us the best therapy they ever had.