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Album Premiere: Modern Day Privateers (Remixes) by And We All Die

And We All Die - photo credit Darin Johnson
27 March 2018

And We All Die; Photo Credit: Darin Johnson

Today The Big Takeover has the pleasure of premiering the full album Modern Day Privateers (Remixes) by industrial post-punk rockers And We All Die. This remix-based release features contributions from Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, Tones on Tail, Poptone), Assemblage 23, Rodney Anonymous (Dead Milkmen), Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra), Ego Likeness, Mindless Faith, The Gothsicles, The Rain Within, Gost, and Knifight.

And We All Die’s Modern Day Privateers (Remixes) features 10 reworkings of the band’s single “Modern Day Privateers”, a track that was originally released in 2016 on the band’s debut album And We All Die. Exclusively on Bandcamp, the band is also including three bonus remixes or ‘outtakes’.

Daniel Ash’s remix was among those first completed, along with another remix by Ash, which the band also recently released. “When you listen to any piece of music, it’s real or it’s fake…Music or Muzak, this one was the former,” says Daniel Ash.

If you ever were a fan of Nitzer Ebb, Daniel Ash, Assemblage 23, Ministry, or Nine Inch Nails, And We All Die’s music is likely to resonate with you. This is loud and danceable and, much like Rage Against the Machine and Ministry’s latest single “Antifa”, the lyrics of the core track are angst-filled and very effective at getting their point across. All around dark pleasure and interesting to see so many different artists’ different takes on the original track.

Josh Bonati (Cult of Youth, Forus, Zola Jesus) mastered this full length, while Shawn Knight (Childbite, Superjoint Ritual) designed the artwork. The original tracks were recorded, engineered, and produced by Jason Rufuss Sewell of One-Eyed Doll at Nebulost Ranch in Austin, Texas.

And We All Die is a collective of musicians organized by Raymond Burton Estes. Based in San Antonio, Texas and formed in 2000 as a conduit for collaborating with a diverse group of friends and artists, the original idea was to fuse heavy music in the vein of the UK82 punk rock, hardcore, and industrial bands such as The Exploited, Integrity, and Ministry with darker melodic post-punk music by the likes of The Cure, Joy Division, and Sisters of Mercy. And We All Die was also influenced by New Model Army and 108.

Estes and company continue to develop their sound by combining elements of punk, post-punk, hardcore, goth, and industrial music into their sound. Incorporating rock and electronica into their sonic fabric, the band effectively creates post-punk songs with the intensity of hardcore and industrial music.

“This song is about any bogeyman or villain that we and society make up. Today, particularly, in Western societies significant portions of the populations have mistrust in public institutions and private corporations, so Modern Day Privateers may appeal to that sentiment. But really, this is not a protest song, it’s a song about bad guys doing bad things and the sense they’re untouchable and not going to stop,” says Raymond Burton Estes.

Estes continues, “We chose to celebrate this song with remixes by some of our favorite artists as it appeals to audiences across genres and means different things to each listener. Selfishly, we wanted a diverse set of remixers to interpret the song in their styles, as it inspires us to examine our sound and explore new approaches to song writing. As fans of electronic music and synthwave, in particular, this remix by Gost exemplifies the shared intensity and similarities between our post-punk and Gost’s synthwave sounds.”

Modern Day Privateers (Remixes) is available now digitally via online stores and streaming platforms. The special extended version “Modern Day Privateers (Remixes) + Outtakes” releases this week and is available exclusively via Bandcamp

1. Modern Day Privateers (Daniel Ash Remix II)
2. Modern Day Privateers (Assemblage 23 Remix)
3. Modern Day Privateers (Rodney Anonymous Remix)
4. Modern Day Privateers (Ben Weinman Remix)
5. Modern Day Privateers (Ego Likeness Remix)
6. Modern Day Privateers (Mindless Faith Remix)
7. Modern Day Privateers (The Gothsicles Remix)
8. Modern Day Privateers (The Rain Within Remix)
9. Modern Day Privateers (Gost Remix II)
10. Modern Day Privateers (Knifight Remix)
11. Modern Day Privateers (Gost Remix III)
12. Modern Day Privateers (Ben Weinman Remix II)
13. Modern Day Privateers (The Gothsicles Remix II)

The band has also created some clever lyric videos to accompany their new album. Check them out here, along with one for their earlier-released song “Bodhisattva”:

And We All Die


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