"We wore white when the bands wore black on stage. We didn’t imbibe when others lived to do so. We meditated or recited mantras backstage before a performance. We burned incense and candles onstage. We didn’t do these things to be elitist or different. We did them because it was quite natural for us; and this is how we lived. I think people were interested in the energy and theatrics of the show and also in the members of the band. Maybe they saw us as a refreshing drink in a desert. And, culturally and socially, it was a desert back then. People were curious and wanted some for themselves. The pamphlets that we handed out before shows offered some insight into how to obtain the same for themselves. Many tagged along." --Damon Wallis, Ruin
I play rhythm guitar for the psychedelic punk band Ruin, based in Philadelphia. Ruin was first active from 1980-1986. We played several reunion shows in 1996 and again in 2013 and 2016. We're not quite finished yet.
This December (2016) the super badass, extreme/experimental metal L.A. label Southern Lord Records is re-issuing our albums Fiat Lux and He-Ho. Here's an interview with founder--and guitarist for Sunn O)))!--Greg Anderson. More on that below. First, some images:
Southern Lord Records Ruin page
Piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the 2016 show
Here's an interview with Joseph Gervasi for his Loud!Fast!Philly! project chronicalling the Philadelphia punk scene. (Might have to scroll down.) Here's one with my bandmate Cordy Swope. And here's one with my bandmate Vosco Thom Adams.
Here is an interview with me and my band mates about our adventure in the American punk underground, circa 1980s.
Here's another one, with Cordy Swope, at Seymour Magazine.
Ruin live in Philadelphia, 2013.
Ruin's website. Lots of links to youtube videos and mp3 sound files.
Ruin at Freedom Has No Bounds
Please consider donating to Incite Seminar scholarships (you can read about this under FAQs):
Starting enrollment for public course "Buddhism in the Age of Trump." Begins Tuesday, June 13. Information on Incite Seminars page. Make thinking great again!
New post at Speculative Non-Buddhism by Jonathan Earle: "Only Don’t Know! Reflections on a Thoughtless Life"
"Criticism Matters: A Response to Rick Repetti," my contribution to the new book Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context and Social Engagement (Basel: Springer Publishing, 2016) at Speculative Non-Buddhism.
New essay by Tom Pepper, "Writing With Pencils and Eating Brownies: What Can Enlightened Brains Do?," at the SNB blog.
I recently did two interviews with Matthew O'Connell at the Imperfect Buddha podcast.
A thoughtful discussion of the Speculative Non-Buddhism project at the Imperfect Buddha podcast. Link at SNB.
* Several new posts at Lines of Flight.
* New interview with my Ruin band mate Cordy Swope at Seymour Magazine.