Man Is the Bastard

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Man Is the Bastard
Also known as Charred Remains
Origin Claremont, California, United States
Genres Powerviolence, hardcore punk, noise rock, sludge metal
Years active 1990–1997
Labels Gravity Records, Vermiform Records, Deep Six Records, Slap-A-Ham Records
Associated acts Pissed Happy Children, Neanderthal, Bastard Noise, Amps For Christ, Loomis Slovak, No Comment, Cave State, Controlling Land, Low Threat Profile, Dead Language, Pillsbury Hardcore, Refrigerator, Auto Da Fe, Controlling Hand, Cyclops, Frank Booth Youth, Bastard Lounge, Lux Nova Umbra Est, Umbra Vita
Past members Henry Barnes
Andy Beattie
Joel Connell
Aaron Kenyon
Isreal Lawrence
Bill Nelson
Eric Wood

Man Is the Bastard was an American hardcore punk band based in Claremont, California. The band existed from 1990 to 1997, releasing mostly vinyl splits, extended plays, and albums on obscure labels from around the world. By 1997, the group ended and members all went on to do other projects, such as the noise group Bastard Noise, which originally started out as a Man Is the Bastard side project. They're typically seen as part of the 1990s powerviolence movement.[1]

Style[edit]

Musical[edit]

Man Is the Bastard has been described as powerviolence (a term that was created by Matt Domino, a member of Eric Wood's previous band Pissed Happy Children),[1][2] hardcore punk,[3] noise rock,[3] and sludge metal. The band's "set up" included two bass guitars, as well as dual vocals, performed by Wood and Kenyon. The band is also notable for their extensive use of noise, even going as far as creating the noise side-project Bastard Noise, which still actively make releases to this day. This heavy noise influence was brought into the band's sound in part by band member Henry Barnes, who brought his electronics into the band's sound.[2] Man Is the Bastard's recordings are characterized by their thin, raw lo-fi production values.

Lyrical[edit]

The band's lyrics are often political and dark, with common themes being animal rights, violence, misanthropy, torture, police brutality, starvation, and depression. Man Is the Bastard's lyrical violence was balanced by their adamant advocacy of progressive ideals. This record of political activism resulted in their most widely available album, 1997’s split LP with death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Artwork[edit]

Artistically most of their releases had a similar design, with their trademark skull on both sides of the words Man Is The Bastard with the release title underneath in quotations. The band's "skull logo" was originally taken from a medical book that Eric Wood was reading.[1][4] Most of their recordings included simplistic liner notes that briefly explained each track's meanings. When artwork was used, it was typically stark, standing out against a basic layout.

Man Is the Bastard has dissolved but its members are involved with a number of other projects. Wood occasionally performs in the Los Angeles area as Bastard Noise. Kenyon and Connel continue to perform in progressive rock acts such as Frank Booth Youth, Bastard Lounge, Controlling Hand, Lux Nova Umbra Est, and Umbra Vita.

Members[edit]

Original line-up[edit]

  • Eric Wood - vocals, bass
  • Joel Connell - drums
  • Henry Barnes - guitars, electronics
  • Aaron Kenyon - vocals, bass

Later members[edit]

  • Bill Nelson - electronics
  • Andrew Beattie - vocals
  • Israel Lawrence - vocals, electronics

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Details Notes
1991 Sum of the Men: "The Brutality Continues..." First issued as an LP in 1991, later reissued as a compact disc including extra tracks taken from various 7-inch releases
1995 Thoughtless... First issued in 1995 as an LP. Two versions of the LP was released: one pressed on white vinyl, the other released as a picture disc. Gravity Records later issued the album on CD format in 1996. In 2012, Gravity reissued a remastered version of the album on LP pressed on three colors: orange, purple, and black.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album Details Notes
1992 Abundance of Guns
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: S.O.A. Records
  • Format: 7"
First issued through S.O.A. Records in 1992 in Italy on black and red vinyl. DP later released the 7" in the US in 1993 with different artwork on clear and black vinyl. Deep Six Records reissued the recording as a 10" in 2014, this time pressed on clear and green vinyl with the same artwork as the DP 7" edition. Both the DP and Deep Six editions include the extra track "Regression of Birth". The original S.O.A. 7" would later be released in its entirety as a single track on their 2003 compilation album Old Days Nostalgia.
1992 Backwards Species
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Eccocentric Records
  • Format: 7"
First issued through Eccocentric in Germany in 1992, later repressed by Deep Six Records in the US in 2014 on purple, tan, and orange vinyl.
1993 Our Earth's Blood
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Vermiform Records
  • Format: 7"
Released by Vermiform in 1993 in the US.
1993 Uncivilized Live
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Deep Six Records
  • Format: 7"
Collection of tracks recorded live, recorded throughout 1992 at various places: KSPC Radio, Claremount, Ché Café, San Diego, and the Munchies, Pomona. Pressed on green, clear, purple, and pink vinyl.
2015 The Lost MITB Sessions
  • Released: October 16, 2015
  • Label: Deep Six
  • Format: 12"
Features previously unreleased material recorded in 1997. 500 copies were pressed on black vinyl, 400 were pressed on random solid colors, and 100 were pressed as a red/green/orange/yellow mix, or "sunburst".

Split records[edit]

Year Album Details Notes
1991 Pink Turds In Space/Charred Remains AKA Man Is the Bastard First pressing consisted of 1500 green copies in black-and-white sleeves. Second pressing consists of 500 black copies in red-and-white sleeves. Split with Pink Turds In Space.
1992 Dis-Corporation/The Power of Hash
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: DP
  • Format: 7"
The first pressing came in xeroxed sleeves. The second pressing came in a green xeroxed sleeve. The third pressing was a joint release between DP and Deep Six records, which was pressed on purple vinyl. These first three 7" pressings all came out in 1992. Later in 1996, Deep Six repressed the split on green, orange, and purple vinyl. In 2012, the split was reissued as a 10" through Deep Six, mostly on black vinyl, although 70 mail-order translucent pink copies were pressed as well. Split with Aunt Mary.
1992 "The Brutality Continues..."
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: DP
  • Format: 7"
Pressed on black, clear, and translucent yellow vinyl. Split with UND.
1992 Crossed Out/Man Is the Bastard
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Slap-A-Ham Records
  • Format: 7"
First pressing consisted of 2000 black copies, 1000 packaged in blue sleeves, 1000 packaged in red sleeves. A second pressing was made, with alternative artwork that resembles closely to the band's "uniform" artwork style. The second press consists of pink, green, blue, and grey colored vinyl copies. Split with Crossed Out.
1993 Bleeding Rectum/Man Is the Bastard
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: DP
  • Format: LP
First issued as a split LP in 1993 by DP. Deep Six would later repress the album in 2013 on black and blue marbled vinyl. Split with Bleeding Rectum.
1993 >>Under the Surface: Smashed Visions<<
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Farewell Records
  • Format: 7"
Released by Farewell Records in Germany in 1993 as an edition of 2000: 1700 black copies, 300 pink copies. Split with Pink Flamingos.
1993 Sanctity of Oil
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: DP
  • Format: 7"
Released in 1993 by DP as a 7" pressed on black and orange vinyl. In 2013, Deep Six reissued the split as a 10" on brown, green, and orange vinyl. Split with Bizarre Uproar.
1994 Throne of Apprehension/Provoked Behavior
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Theologian Records
    Pessimiser Fanzine
  • Format: 7"
1200 copies had black-and-white cover art, 300 copies had red-and-white art, and an unknown amount of copies came in purple-and-white cover art. Split with Agathocles.
1994 Capitalist Casualties/Man Is the Bastard
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Six Weeks
  • Format: LP
First issued by Six Weeks in 1994. Later repressed in 2009 on black and grey vinyl. The grey edition was limited to 200 copies. Split with Capitalistic Casualties.
1994 A Call For Consciousness
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Vermiform Records
  • Format: 8"
Split with Born Against. Test pressings were pressed on 10" vinyl.
1995 Man Is the Bastard/Sinking Body
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Vermiform Records
  • Format: 7"
Split with Sinking Body.
1995 Our Earth's Blood Pt.2
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: King of the Monsters
  • Format: 10"
Pressed on black, translucent red, yellow/red mix, and yellow. Yellow copies were an edition of 150 and were packaged in alternative artwork. Split with The Locust.
1997 Mumia Abu-Jamal Spoken Word With Music By Man Is The Bastard As well as being a split with Mumia Abu-Jamal, the recording features contributions by Assata Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, Jello Biafra, and Bob Dole.
1997 Nazi Drunks Fuck Off/Native American Life'
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Vibrator Records
  • Format: LP
Split LP with Bastard Noise, a noise project featuring members of Man Is the Bastard. The split compiles various live recordings performed between the years 1994 to 1996. Released in edition of 500 through Vibrator Records in Japan.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Details Notes
1995 D.I.Y.C.D.
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Slap-A-Ham Records
  • Format: CD
Compilation album containing material released on early 7" releases. Later repressed in 2006 by Deep Six.
2000 Mancruel
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: Deep Six Records
  • Format: CD
Compilation containing material previously released on the band's split with Bleeding Rectum and Capitalistic Casualties, as well as previously unreleased Bastard Noise material.
2013 First Music/First Noise
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Deep Six Records
  • Format: 7"
Features tracks taken from the band's splits with Pink Turds In Space and UND. Pressed on black and blue vinyl.
2015 A Call For Consiousness/Our Earth's Blood
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Deep Six Records
  • Format: 10"
Contains material from the band's split with Born Against as well as the entire Our Earth's Blood 7". Pressed on black and green vinyl.
2016 Under the Surface/Smashed Visions/Anger And English/De-Programming The Bigot
  • Released: December 1, 2016
  • Label: Deep Six Records
  • Format: 10"
Pressed on purple vinyl.

Compilation appearances[edit]

Year Album Details Song(s)
1992 Son Of Bllleeeeaaauuurrrrgghhh!
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Slap-A-Ham Records
  • Format: 7"
"Autopsy of Authority"
1992 In the Spirit of Total Resistance
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Profane Existence
  • Format: 2x7"
"Homo Afflictus"
1993 Fear of Smell
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Vermiform Records
  • Format: LP, CD
"Combat Weed"
1993 Revive Us Again: The Voices of Inspiration of a Machination World
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Machination Records
  • Format: 7"
"Funeral For Fargo"
"Goodbye"
1994 Cataclastic Fracture (A Noise Collection)
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Deadline Records
    Lazy Squid
  • Format: CD
"Human Plecostomus"
1994 No Desire To Continue Living
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Farewell Records
    Re-Education
  • Format: 10"
"Chubby"
"Military Prayer"
1995 Golden Shower of 72 Hits'
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Lost and Found Records
  • Format: 2xCD
"...Telephone Call To Lost And Found"
1995 Cry Now, Cry Later Volume 3
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Theologian Records
    Pessimiser Fanzine
  • Format: 2x7"
"Faces of the Men"
1995 Anger And English
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Frame Work
  • Format: 2x7"
"Tomb Ride"
"Mr. Wilson"
"Flying Limbs"
1995 KXLU 88.9FM Los Angeles Live Volume 1
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: KXLU
  • Format: CD
"Slay or Slander"
1996 Reality
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Deep Six Records
  • Format: 7"
"Tomb Ride"
1997 Reality Part 2
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Deep Six Records
  • Format: LP, CD
"Untitled"
1998 Reproach (8 Modern Hardcore Bands Cover Negative Approach)
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Ugly Pop Records
  • Format: 7"
"Dead Stop"
1998 Cry Now, Cry Later Volumes 3 & 4
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Pessimiser Records
  • Format: CD
"Faces of the Men"
1998 Under Your Influence
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Tralla Records
  • Format: CD
"Man Is the Bastard"
1998 Ham Slappin' Hits!
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Slap-A-Ham
  • Format: CS
"Stocks"
"Autopsy of Authority"
2003 Old Days Nostalgia
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: S.O.A. Records
  • Format: 3xCD
The entirety of the Abundance of Guns 7" as a single track.
2009 A Product of Six Cents II
  • Released: April 25, 2009
  • Label: A Product of Six Cents
    To Live A Lie
  • Format: CD
"No Concern For the Inhuman"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Knight, James. "Eric Wood From Man Is The Bastard". www.vice.com. Vice. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  2. ^ a b n/a. "An Oral History of Powerviolence (Interview with Eric Wood)". lioncitydiy.blogspot.com. Lion City DIY. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  3. ^ a b Torreano, Bradley. "Man Is the Bastard Biography". allmusic.com. AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  4. ^ Battan, Carrie. "Man Is the Bastard Accuse Akron/Family of Ripping Off Their Skull Logo For T-Shirts". pitchfork.com. Pitchfork. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 

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