2016 celebrates the 10 year anniversary of John Thill's debut solo album, Heart of Grime. This album was originally released on compact disc by the mighty Shrimper label and we are excited to re-issue it on cassette for the first time in celebration of this monumental occasion.
"I was in a bad place when I wrote Heart of Grime.I was living in a motor home, going through a divorce and feeling like reality was unraveling.For many years after this album was recorded, released, sold on eBay, etc. I could not listen to it.After going through the experience of recording it and patching together all the disparate pieces that make up this record it was like molten metal that I could not touch.Especially as I started to recover from that period of my life, the unhinged and desperate nature of this record would drag me back if I listened to it.
"It is only in the past couple years that I can appreciate Heart of Grime more objectively…And I really like it.It’s amateurish, sloppy, raw, unstable and full of harsh contrasts.But it has emotional power unlike most anything else I’ve ever recorded and it forces you to pay attention.It’s a bunch of little shards of music glued together. It’s what my heart felt like during that time ten years ago.
"This new reissue of the record is a good opportunity to explain a few things about the record and what ties it together.It was an elegiac letter to a time and place: Riverside, CA during the early part of this century, which offered a creative home for myself and several friends and bred bands like Quem Quaeritis, I.E., Whitman, and Child P. as well as two dozen side projects and joke bands.It was an amazing place to be, but also a place with problems; many of which are the subject of this record.What was Riverside?It was dark humor.It was brain addling heat.It was smog so thick you couldn’t see a mile away. It was the heart of grime. The joke went that to someone from Riverside, Pomona seemed like Heaven.
“Riverside I dreamed I’d died and gone to Hell
With all my friends and across the street we’d yell
That we think we see the rainclouds coming in over the hill.”
"For me I have two favorite musical genres: uncomfortable and embarrassing. Heart of Grime has a lot of uncomfortable and maybe a little of embarrassing.I guess that’s why after ten years I love it, even though it still hurts a little.I hope people listening to it today will get something from the visceral rage of ‘Vengeance Song,’ the wistful nostalgia of ‘In May’ and the reckless abandonment of spirit of ‘Destroying Angel.’Frankly, I hope it fucks you up a little bit. If your mental balance takes a hit, then I guess you will be getting something of what I wanted to convey." - John Thill
Released in an edition of 100 pro-dubbed and imprinted cassettes with a full-color cover.
**The digital download that accompanies this release includes three previously unreleased B-sides.
01 Mulberry St. 02 Cynic's Sin 03 Violence 04 You're Dead 05 I Quit 06 Destroying Angel 07 Drugs 08 Heart of Grime 09 Between 2 Hills 10 I.E. Anthem 11 Heart of Grime 12 Riverside 13 I Dream of You 14 Heaven Under 14th St. 15 Get High 16 In May 17 Vengeance Song 18 Victory 19 Freeways and Forests (Bonus)** 20 Infant Sons and Daughters (Bonus)** 21 Two Mountain Ranges (Bonus)**