Old Time Relijun 2012

Old Time Relijun 2012
For those not familiar with their gospel, Old Time Relijun are a three-piece sect intent on moving your pelvis to their raw, dirty post-punk-meets-funk swagger and freeing your mind with flaming poetry overflowing with potently unconventional and unsavoury imagery. Lead singer Arrington de Dionyso plays a squonk sax solo like nobody’s business and barks out his sermons Beefheart-ily over the drum n’ bass ka-chug under him. 2012, their seventh album, is the second in a trilogy that began with last year’s Lost Light. The title refers to December 21, 2012, the date the ancient Mayans’ long-term calendar ends, and the day many believe natural life as we know it will cease to exist. Pretty depressing stuff, but it couldn’t feel as true as now. But just like everyone else, Old Time Relijun find ample reason to feel the bass and celebrate, as stand out funk dirges like "Chemical Factory,” "Your Mama Used to Dance” and "Burial Mound” work out in raw worship. De Dionyso’s caterwauling grunts of ecstasy and pain might not please all ears, but the rhythm’s primal groove could move a corpse to wanna fuck.

Any guesses as to what might go down on December 21, 2012? I don’t think it’s just one big thing that’s gonna happen on that day. It’s just a marking point in like the whole transition period, which is already happening right now; it’s just that may be like an apex point for it.

Do you feel civilisation is headed for certain collapse? Yeah. Civilisation has kinda built itself up on some really wobbly legs and you know, people go on and on about how the earth and all that is out of balance and what have you. It’s not really something I’m too worried about in terms of the long-term. It’s out of balance in a way that it just has to correct itself someway, but the problem is that to correct itself it might have to turn completely inside out or upside down or move backwards in some way. For a while it’s gonna be a calamitous ride for anybody who’s in the middle of that, and I feel that music and art are really wonderful means of preparing ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually for the kind of rapid changes we’re going to be facing in society. (K)