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War on Despair

from Hospice Chorale by David E. Williams

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    Although conceived as a return to his early days of lyrical nihilism and musical minimalism, Williams' 7th full length release serves more as an old fashioned revue of his strengths and idiosyncrasies, from the gallows cabaret of "The One Who Doesn't Die" through to the vocal-free power electronics of "Catholic Nihilist.

    Curious and inventive textures abound, but old fans will still feel warm and fuzzy within the confines of these preternatural songs of innocence --"Someday I Will Live My Life as a Horse"-- and experience -- "Thailand? (Why Can't All the World Be)."

    Guest performers include:
    Bain Wolfkind (solo, Nova Homo, Der Blutharsch), Jerome Deppe, Tony Cesa (Destroying Angel, Signls), Albo Sudekum (Apibus), David Talento (Music for Isolation Tanks), Jane Elizabeth (Tesco USA).
    From beyond the grave appears the great American crooner Bing Crosby, in a sampled monologue of unmitigated cruelty.
    The release was mastered by the renowned James Plotkin (Khanate and many others).
    The CD cover is a magnificent painting by American artist Bill Rutherfoord.

    1. The One Who Doesn't Die
    2. War on Despair
    3. Someday I Will Live My Life as a Horse
    4. Vinegar Stew (workstation vers.)
    5. Lillian Awoke
    6. A Prostate in Autumn
    7. BDA 30
    8. Brazen, Ablaze
    9. Thailand? (Why Can't All the World Be)
    10. The Coughalong Song
    11. Suicide Skyline (Method II)
    12. Catholic Nihilist
    13. Workplace Homicide


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I’m a bit of a cripple
and I’ve been since I was four.
My daddy threw me down the stairs
and I didn’t walk right any more.

But walk away I did
through the decades without fear.
They let me drive the slaughter car
because I knew how to steer.

And I’ve been winning the war on despair
by attrition.
Winning the war
on despair.

Let me tell you about this homeless girl
who used to fuck with me every day.
She laughed at my limp
and called me a gimp
every single day.
So I gave her junky boyfriend
some cash to strangle her dead.
Fifty bucks up front
two hundred at the end
was the deal that we set.
He was kind of a good guy
knew a lot about baseball.

Come out of your closets.
Come out of your graves.
Come out of your sleeping bags
and your toothbrush holders.
Come out of the inside.
Go in to the outside.
It’s time for your swan dive
into the river of flame.


from Hospice Chorale, released July 12, 2017


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David E. Williams Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

DAVID E. WILLIAMS has released numerous recordings of his demented chamber pop for over 3 decades, but he has also collaborated with other artists, such as Rozz Williams (Christian Death), Deathpile, Jerome Deppe, Naevus, Thomas Nola and Andrew King. He was also a fulltime member of The Muskets and Destroying Angel. ... more

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