PMM Interviews Renaissance Man William Control: AKA Wil Francis of Aiden

Renaissance man. That is how I would describe Wil Francis AKA William Control. He’s a writer, producer, engineer, performer and as his press kit puts it, “a willing ambassador to the outside world for black sheep everywhere”.
Stepping outside of his role in Aiden, Wil takes on the alter ego of William Control to bring the electronic dark wave that is reminiscent of New Order, Bauhaus, Gary Numan, and Depeche Mode. Although this genre of music is not my first choice on my iPod, while listening to Control’s latest effort “Silentium Amoris”, I was deeply impressed with the lyricism and the respect and reverence with which Wil pays homage to his influences. But don’t let those influences that you assume stop at 80’s synth pop and New Wave. Wil grabs from Sinatra to Cash to Sabbath.
Silentium Amoris has a thematic bend to it, (a) “journey about finding a voice in
the rubble of a broken world…a stepping-stone in the development of a protagonist who is seeking revenge. It is proof that one can come to his senses through otherwise unconventional means – pleasure and pain – and come out better able to fight through the obstacles set in his path. London, Paris and Berlin serve as the gritty backdrop for this utterly unwholesome romp, intertwining fantasy with harsh reality”.
Wil’s performance at The Altar Bar was an extremely high energy romp that had the dark tone and atmosphere of a Lord Byron party on ecstasy. The sold out crowd ate up all that Wil threw at them and at times the high squealed screams of the girls (and some boys) was overwhelming.
Check out our interview with Wil where we discuss Morrissey, Black Sabbath, writing poetry and lyrics, capitalism and music, the book he is writing, and much more…

William Control backstage at Altar Bar with Editor in Chief Alan Welding
William Control backstage at Altar Bar with Editor in Chief Alan Welding

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STELLAR CORPSES PREMIERE NEW HALLOWEEN EDITION VIDEO

Santa Cruz punk rockers Stellar Corpses are premiering an all-new Halloween edition video for their debut single “Vampire Kiss,” today at AOL’s Noisecreep! Recently filmed in Hollywood at a raucous house party, by director Jared Sagal (Rockerrazzi Films), check out the band performing the track singer Dusty Sheehan tells Noisecreep “is a tribute to the greatest vampire movie of all time, The Lost Boys, filmed in our hometown of Santa Cruz.” The band also recorded two webisodes full of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews to accompany the video.

Stellar Corpses’ new studio album Dead Stars Drive-In was produced by multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Joe McGrath (AFI, Morrissey, Green Day, Blink-182, Alkaline Trio). Blending a musical amalgamation of punk, rockabilly, hard rock and melodic rock, thrown in for good measure, Dead Stars Drive-In defies musical expectations. In support of the release, Stellar Corpses have recently been on tour supporting Tiger Army, punk rock legends TSOL, Nekromantix, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and classic horror punk rockers The Misfits. The band recently added a new slate of Southern California live shows, with additional tour dates to be announced.

With musical influences ranging from Elvis, Black Flag, Social Distortion, Stray Cats, and Bad Religion, to Black Sabbath, The Misfits, Danzig, Rancid, Sepultura and Megadeth, it’s no wonder Stellar Corpses chose to work with producer McGrath pouring everything they had into a stellar first album. Dead Stars Drive-In features special guest turns from Hunter Burgan and Jade Puget from the revolutionary goth punk band AFI, and Michale Graves of The Misfits.
Dead Stars Drive-In covers all sorts of subjects beginning with the title track, an ode to the dark side of Hollywood and how some of its brightest stars eventually burned out. “But to this day, their lights shine as bright as ever, and we will go on loving them always,” Sheehan explains.

Stellar Corpses, which literally means “dead stars” in astronomy (Grave’s idea from studying astronomy in college), have become a fixture in the Santa Cruz hard rock music scene over the years. They are by no means an overnight success story. The band met in high school and have been around, playing clubs, building their fan base one-by-one with their dynamic and interactive live shows.

Stellar Corpses is Dusty Sheehan on vocals and lead guitar, Dan Lamothe on upright bass and backing vocals, Emilio Menze on guitar and backing vocals, with Kyle Moore on drums.

STELLAR CORPSES CONFIRMED LIVE SHOWS:

DATE VENUE CITY/STATE
October 30 The Viper Room Los Angeles, CA
November 1 The Hood Palm Desert, CA
November 2 Bar Eleven San Diego, CA
November 3 So Cali Studio Los Angeles, CA
November 4 Slide Bar Fullerton, CA
November 10 The Cosmopolitan/Sunset Sessions Las Vegas, NV
November 30 The Alley Sparks, NV
December 01 Oakland Metro Oakland, CA
May 25, 2013 Tucson Rodeo Grounds (Hot Rods and Horror Festival) Tucson, AZ

* additional dates TBA

JERMAINE ROGERS Prize Pack Contest Featuring Led Zeppelin and Foo Fighters Art

CLUTTER MEDIA GROUP and CLUTTER MAGAZINE once again team up with an amazing artist to bring their fans/collectors opportunity to expand their collections with specialty items, toys and artwork. This time, CLUTTER MEDIA GROUP and CLUTTER MAGAZINE are in cahoots with famed artist JERMAINE ROGERS for a very special FACEBOOK CONTEST, running now until Friday May 25th, 2012. The winner of this contest will be chosen at random and will receive a special limited edition (1 of 40) print by Jermaine Rogers that celebrates the anniversary of Led Zeppelin 4, as well as an Allepin Sane vinyl bust, created from a poster he designed for the Foo Fighters and produced by Plastic City Toys.

Jermaine Rogers is recognized as one of the pivotal artists in the modern resurgence of Gig/ Pop poster Art. In the last 15 years, he has created nearly 900 commissioned works for a variety of artists, including Radiohead, David Bowie, Tool, Deftones, Morrissey, The Melvins, Neil Young, The Mars Volta, Public Enemy, The Black Keys, Queens Of The Stone Age, and hundreds of others. His artwork has been featured in various books and publications, and is in the permanent collection of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Since 2003, he has also been a player in the Western Vinyl and Art Toy movement. His vinyl projects include Dero, Squire, and Veil: Specimen 129, among others. These works, as well as his various collaborations with Jamungo, KidRobot, StrangeCo, etc, have received critical praise within the industry and are collected worldwide.