TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM, 'VEBLEN DEATH MASK,' ON MAY 5th
March 14, 2017Kill Rock Stars is excited to announce the release of Veblen Death Mask, the debut album from Philadelphia, PA noise-punk supergroup Taiwan Housing Project, on May 5th, 2017. The album is available for pre-order now on LP, CS, and digital formats. You can listen to the track "Authentic Alien Perfume" below...
"For buildings, there are zoning laws. For automobiles, traffic ordinance enforced by police officers.
For aircraft, there’s air traffic control and for industry, patent laws, labor laws, etc.
Despite all the regulations, scofflaws are common and people “break the law” constantly.
The world of rock ’n’ roll bands is different. Though it prides itself as a libertine anarchy where all is permitted, unspoken rules are in place which nearly none dare transgress. In the modern era, these regulations are as strictly enforced as in any gulag.
Political statements must consist of kitsch platitudes, the music a rote recitation from the nostalgia file. Appearance must be mundane and performance a tame approximation of a half remembered snore-fest from the golden age of “mTV unplugged.”
Any deviation will be punished —monetarily and critically— and rebels are banished to the kingdom of no-one-cares.
Faced with such prospects, conformity in “indie rock” is ABSOLUTE.
On the outskirts of this work camp though, is one notable rule breaker … a group of delinquents with outlaw values: style, ideas, physicality, vivacity … when turned to the “on” position, they resemble a terrifying power tool or downed “live wire.”
Who is this group that never got the memo to manifest mediocrity? TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT: A band powerful enough to exorcise its audience of the degenerate culture which is poisoning them: Popular radio, mini series, political idiocy, toxic architecture, Hollywood film, and graphic design… stimuli created explicitly to numb and retard its victims, and to tame any deviant impulse.
Who are the members? TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT was formed by KILYNN LUNSFORD (Ex-LITTLE CLAW) who, onstage, performs like a reborn Little Richard. Fur clad, ax wielding, slashing, tearing, “flame on.” MARK FEEHAN (ex-HARRY PUSSY) flanks the stage, picking and grinning like a loosed convict with a taste for vengeance. These two began the band as a experiment in perversity but it quickly transformed into a way of life, a hope bringer, a font of joy for them and their devotees. More members were added (Pat Ganley, Adam Cooper, Kevin Nickles, and Kevin Boyer of groups such as TYVEK, DAN MELCHOIR, WRITHING SQUARES, TICKLEY FEATHER, et al), shows were played, a 45 was released (on the excellent M’Lady’s imprint) and now ….. a debut ALBUM on KILL ROCK STARS RECORDS, called “VEBLEN DEATH MASK.”
“Sometimes you gotta burn the village to save it” is THP’s philosophy, and in keeping with that, their live style is a take no prisoners, destroy the stage, ecstatic orgy of sound.
BUT — cleverly concealed under the noise and abandon, TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT play bewitching pop songs which could bubble up comfortably in a reform school disco or European youth hall.
“Multidimensional Spectrum”, and “Authentic Alien Perfume” are hit parade material. If the hit parade took a detour through a Hieronymous Bosch painting.
Spin this record — the VEBLEN DEATH MASK LP — and join TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT in resisting the rules of the gulag."
- Ian Svenonius
TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT SIGN TO KILL ROCK STARS
November 10, 2016Kill Rock Stars is beyond excited to announce that we’ve signed Philadelphia, PA noise punk supergroup Taiwan Housing Project. The band came to our attention earlier this year with a face melting live set on The Liz Berg Show on WFMU and when we heard the band’s Three Song Record (originally released on the excellent M’Lady’s Records in 2015) we fell even more in love.
Taiwan Housing Project began as a weird lo-fi fake pop recording project between Kilynn Lunsford (Little Claw, Tyvek) and Mark Feehan (Harry Pussy, Trash Monkeys). After a while of playing exclusively as a duo in a bedroom with two cats they enlisted Pat Ganley (Casual Viking, Dan Melchior) and Adam Cooper (Tickley Feather, Hanging Tounges) and started playing in a basement with three cats. Taiwan Housing Project's hip shaking white hot noise has been met with drunken enthusiasm and dismissive shrugs from friends and foes alike.
Click here to stream Three Song Record on Bandcamp
Click here to stream Three Song Record on Youtube
11/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Space 1026 w/ Ursula and Hit Bargain
12/09 Allston, MA @ The O’Briens w/ Major Stars
12/16 NYC @ The Glove w/ Silk Purse & PC Worship
12/17 DC @ TBA