Krank! It! Up!One of Australia's most well-known industrial bands, Angelspit is a unique industrial act that have been destroying sound and music alike for years. The group began in the early 2000's, when Karl Learmont and Amelia Tan met on an online zine forum. Together, they worked on Amelia's zine distro, Vox Populis, eventually turning it into the largest zine distro in the Southern Hemisphere. From there, they started making their own zines, and finally started making music. The band's name comes from the Sonic Youth song 'Orange Rolls, Angel's Spit'- both are fans of the band. Having created the stage names 'ZooG' and 'DestroyX' for themselves, Angelspit began to draw attention through their unconventional style of music, their 'we don't give a fuck what you think' attitude, and their awesome mode of dress. They released their first EP, Nurse Grenade in 2004, and continued on, releasing their first album, Krankhaus, in 2006. Having closed the distro to focus on their music, they then released a music video for their song 'Vena Cava' that pretty much defined their schtick.Their music is glitchy, distorted and nothing like conventional music whatsoever, and it's a huge part of why they are so unique. Their lyrics, however, range from endorsing cannibalism, murder, torture and all that wonderful stuff to railing against stereotypes, traditions, modern society and the like. Their music videos, in contrast, generally have nothing to do with the songs but will give you nightmares (and always have amazing outfits in them). In another contrast, the band themselves are incredibly lovely people both online and IRL. In 2011, they added three new members: Valerie Gentile (formerly of The Cruxshadows and Black Tape For a Blue Girl) on guitar, Matt James (replacing Chris Kling, the original drummer) on drums, and The Liar as their video manipulator. It's still the same old music, though.Discography:
Nurse Grenade (2004, EP)
Krankhaus: Surgically Atoned (2007, remix album of Krankhaus)
Blood Death Ivory (2008)
Black Kingdom Red Kingdom (2009, remix album of Blood Death Ivory)
Hideous And Perfect (2009)
Larva, Pupa, Tank, Coffin (2010, remix album of Hideous and Perfect)
Carbon Beauty (2011, second remix album of Hideous and Perfect)
Hello My Name Is (2011)
The Product (2014)
Angelspit provide examples of the following tropes:
Album Title Drop: Blood, Death, Ivory is mentioned in "Homo-Machinery" ("Blood, death, don't forget the ivory") and Hideous and Perfect is a line from the track "Sleep Now ("What foul magic is this? Hideous and perfect, drowned out by children singing.")
Larva, Pupa, Tank, Coffin is another line from "Sleep Now" ("I was not born, I was hatched. From larva, to pupa, tank to coffin.") and Surgically Atoned is from "Wreak Havoc" ('Made real, put into action, surgically atoned to perfection').
Carbon Beauty is a line from "Ditch The Rest" ("Torch the whole fucking nest, take the queen, ditch the rest. Carbon beauty, shred the lips, take the queen, ditch the rest.")
The Alcoholic: Together, Angelspit manage to drink more on a daily basis than an entire university.
"Alcohol! Ten thousand dead vocalists can't be wrong."
All There in the Manual: The video for "Vena Cava" is explained in their secret site, which concerns a secret society known as... Krankhaus. The site is shown in the video, and pictures from the video are shown on the site.
"We don’t want to write another whiny goth song about pill induced love…fuck knows there’s enough of them. The only love song we wrote was MEAT – which is about cannibalism." DestroyX, in this interview.
Brick Joke: The line "Falls from grace with a wallet full of HATE" from "Jugular" doesn't really make much sense until a few lines later, with "Revolt! Here’s your change, have a nice day".
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: ZooG's Facebook and Twitter pages are full of his philosophical comments, most of which tend to be quite profound and thoughtful... if you can understand what the hell he's talking about.
Buffy Speak: On Twitter, ZooG refers to his Facebook page as his 'page thingy'.
Careful With That Axe: "Wreak Havoc", "Wolf", "Vena Cava", "Fuck The Revolution", "Toxic Girl", "Catatonic", "Monkey Byte", "Sleep Now", "Hyperlust", "Twenty6Hundred"... the list goes on.
The video for "Toxic Girl". The previous videos ("Vena Cava", "Fuck the Revolution" and "Sleep Now") were, on the whole, mind-screwy but not actually horrific. "Toxic Girl" was pretty much a horror movie with added sex.
Dark Is Not Evil: Despite the appearance and lyrical content, Angelspit have a strong reputation as absolutely lovely people.
DestroyX teamed up with Blood On The Dance Floor to make 'Mercy', a... very interesting song indeed.
Dye Hard: DestroyX, who is constantly dyeing her hair. The most common version is black and white; presently, it's black and green.
ZooG too. Once he dyed his hair pink.
Everything Is an Instrument: They love this trope. They've turned random things (ranging from bowls to poles) into instruments and once built their own instrument and destroyed it so they could record the sounds it made. During the making of "As It Is In Heaven", one of their synths died, so they recorded the sounds it made and threw it in.
Evil Makeover: The Angelspit remix of "Making Money". Both versions begin the same, but "Making Money" continues on with slow, dark music while the remix has music that sounds like a horde of pissed-off demonic bees.
Eye Scream: ZooG on the cover of Hello My Name Is.
The Faceless: The Liar's face is obscured in most pictures/videos.
The cover of Blood Death Ivory has DestroyX's face obscured by a cross as a comment on image.
Fractured Fairytale: "Paint Hell Red", "Wolf", and "Walking In The Woods", which are Angelspit's take on Little Red Riding Hood.
Idiosyncratic Album Theming: Every CD has at least one song that mentions or is about cannibalism. Every CD (excepting Black Kingdom, Red Kingdom (and now Hello My Name Is) has DestroyX on the cover and every CD has the colour black somewhere in the art.
The DestroyX pattern has now been broken with Hello My Name Is, which instead features ZooG.
There's also the chorus of "Juicy", which goes in the later part of the song, "I'm feeling... lips/I'm feeling... cherry/I'm feeling... ripe/I'm feeling... (lickin', suckin', fuckin')/I'm feeling... juicy."
"Defibrillator" has 'Lets go to la la la la la la and get naked/buy me a diamond pony and get uncensored'.
Logic Bomb: They were voted worst new artist and best new artist simultaneously in Ritual Magazine's 2007 Reader Poll.
Lyrical Dissonance: "Defibrillator" is a bright, peppy pop song with vicious, acidic lyrics about the club scenes and New York City.
OOC Is Serious Business: The fanbase was very curious as to why the band decided to tour with Blood On The Dance Floor, a crunk band (they wanted to do an all-ages gig, but due to the R-rated nature of their music, the only way was to tour with another band headlining. Well, that and BOTDF asked them (they're fans of Angelspit).)
"Crash made! Built to fade! Fuck! The! Revolution! The money's real, but the blood is fake! Fuck! The! Revolution!"
"Wolf", which has DestroyX and ZooG screaming 'Destroy! Destroy, fuck! Destroy, fuck me! Destroy, fuck me up!'
"Don't get mad! Get even!"
"You! Will! Obey me! You! Will! Become me! We! Will! Control you! Time for your medicine, baby!"
"As! We! Watch the sunrise!"
Rockers Smash Guitars: On Twitter, Valerie briefly wondered whether to smash her guitar on stage on the last show of the All the Rage tour, or sell it. (She sold it.)
Rouge Angles of Satin: ZooG has misspelt 'vicious' as 'viscous' at least twice (once on the band's Twitter bio, and once on the official lyrics for 'Devilicious') and both times it's bloody hilarious. The guy needs to learn to proof-read.
Shout-Out: "Bang bang, silver hammer" from "Jugular" is a Shout Out to The Beatles. DestroyX has also said that ZooG's outfit from the Hideous and Perfect album artwork/"Fuck the Revolution" video was inspired by A Clockwork Orange.
Slasher Smile: The subliminal shots in the beginning of the video for "Fuck the Revolution" are ZooG smiling such a smile.
Stage Names: ZooG and DestroyX's real names are Karl Learmont and Amelia Tan, respectively.
Step Up to the Microphone: Most songs have both ZooG and DestroyX singing, or DestroyX alone. There aren't that many songs where ZooG is the primary singer ("Sleep Now", "Juicy", "Violence", "Sunrise" and "As It Is In Heaven"), but they're brilliant just the same.
"Toxic Girl", "Glitchbomb" and "Like It? Lick It!" are the only songs that have Valerie and Chris singing. OK, screaming.
Surreal Music Video: All of them. All of them. None of them have anything to do with what the songs are about, all of them are works of art, and not a single one has a chance of not giving you nightmares.
Take That: A lot of their songs criticise something, whether it's fashion, governments, conformity or current policies.
What Could Have Been: In a recent forum post, ZooG said that both he and DestroyX try singing songs still in the creation process, and they usually decide whose vocals will be on the finished product later- so there exists a version of "As It Is In Heaven" with DestroyX's vocals, and a version of "Skinny Little Bitch" with him singing.
They recorded a video for "Let Them Eat Distortion" that never got released. This troper never heard the reason why, but it apparently involved Angelspit's best photoshoot to date and a specially-built guillotine.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Two videos were meant to be released with Carbon Beauty- "Toxic Girl" and "Ditch The Rest". "Toxic Girl" has been released, but nothing has been said about "Ditch The Rest". It's like everyone forgot it existed.