Stephen McBean Talks New Obliterations Project

Stephen McBean Talks New Obliterations Project
The spring has been full of Stephen McBean-related news, with the Black Mountain leader having shed details on his long-planned Grim Tower debut, Anarchic Breezes, with Imaad Wasif, while also premiering his new hardcore band Obliterations. The latter made their online debut earlier this month, but McBean now confirms that the punky project will issue some vinyl by the summertime.

Speaking with Exclaim!, the Obliterations guitarist notes that the four songs currently up on Bandcamp will be pressed onto a 7-inch by Outer Battery Records on July 23. According to McBean, though, there are already plans for a follow-up.

"We recorded another six songs two weeks ago," he says, adding that they had tracked the cuts with Icarus Line singer Joe Cardamone at his L.A. studio. While details have yet to surface, McBean expects those songs to be split up between another pair of vinyl EPs.

McBean began the project last year with former Bluebird singer Sam Velde, whom he had met through former Black Mountain bassist Matt Camirand. The pair hit it off while hanging out in L.A., bonding over a love for the Descendents and Hüsker Dü, as well as Krautrock and shoegaze. When Velde asked about starting a group, McBean agreed under the conditions that it be punk-influenced and that they play the house party circuit.

"Punk rock is the first love," McBean says. "It just seemed that with the people involved, it suited it."

Obliterations are rounded out by Saviours' Austin Barber on bass and Flo Schanze on drums.

While Obliterations have yet to play their first show, an L.A.-area live premiere is planned for June, with more house shows and the possibility of small tours on the way.

As for Grim Tower, the band's self-described "new acoustic death folk" record arrives ahead of the Obliterations record on May 21, also through Outer Battery Records.