King Dude (aka your's truly) just debuted the first single and music video for Fear is All You Know over at Self Titled Mag. Check it out below... Sufficed to say, it was a lot of fun making this one! People say it's almost NSFW, but since I don't know what that means I won't take it personally.
Also I am taking King Dude on the road starting next week, you can see all the dates are below. We are playing the US in support of Ghost all the way from Sweden, should be a great Luciferian time for sure!
Then we fly directly to Germany to begin about four more weeks all over Europe including Moscow. Holy shit - I am going to Russia. I think it just dawned on me...
Anyways, come out and see us play, buy me a whiskey (not scotch), and give me a high five as we pass through your neck of the woods!
4/18 Stage AE (Pittsburgh, PA) w/ Ghost
4/22 Granada Theater (Lawrence, KS) w/ Ghost
4/23 Boulder Theater (Boulder, CO) w/ Ghost
4/25 House of Blues (Las Vegas, NV) w/ Ghost
4/26 House of Blues (San Diego, CA) w/ Ghost
4/27 The Fonda (Los Angeles, CA) w/ Ghost
4/28 The Observatory (Santa Ana, CA) w/ Ghost
5/1 Emo’s East (Austin, TX) w/ Ghost
5/2 House of Blues (Houston, TX) w/ Ghost
5/3 House of Blues (Dallas, TX) w/ Ghost
5/4 Civic Theatre (New Orleans, LA) w/ Ghost
5/6 The Beacham Theater (Orlando, FL) w/ Ghost
5/7 Revolution Live (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) w/ Ghost
5/9 Center Stage (Atlanta, GA) w/ Ghost
5/10 Track 29 (Chattanooga, TN) w/ Ghost
5/11 Lincoln Theater (Raleigh, NC) w/ Ghost
5/12 The Orange Peel (Asheville, NC) w/ Ghost
5/14 The Fillmore (Silver Spring, MD) w/ Ghost
5/15 Trocadero Theatre (Philadelphia, PA) w/ Ghost
5/16 The Chance (Poughkeepsie, NY) w/ Ghost
5/17 Best Buy Theater (New York, NY) w/ Ghost
5/23 King George (Köln, Germany)
5/24 Vera (Groningen, Holland)
We are Having a Sale This Weekend. 03/27/14
This weekend we invite you to take 35% off everything online store. The sale starts tonight at midnight PST time and goes all the way through Sunday... Use the discount code: CHAINS at checkout to get 35% off your entire order.
Summer in Chains and Warehouse Sale 03/17/14
We just stocked the warehouse with some new designs from our Summer in Chains collection. We got new tees, tanks, crews, and jackets for you over there, check it out!
If that's not great enough news, we'd like to invite you to come by our warehouse this Saturday, March 22nd where you could pick it up in person! In addition to being able to grab yourself the Summer in Chains collection, we are offering samples and past seasons at up to 50% off including hats, leggings, tees, tanks, crews, and more! Plus the first thirty customers will receive a free pair of socks... How sick is that? The sale starts at noon and ends at 7pm. Don't miss out!
A little while ago I (aka King Dude) recorded some new songs with my near dear friend Chelsea Wolfe. Now my record label (Not Just Religious Music) will be releasing those songs on a limited edition 7". Check out "Be Free" below, I hope you like it. We also spent last weekend roaming around the Californian desert filming a music video for Be Free which we will post here just as soon as it's done.
Sync Music Video Fest 02/12/14
This year at SIFF they are having a music video festival and our very own Emily Denton was chosen to show her work. We are so proud of her, in addition to filming all of our look book videos she's been making DIY music videos for a few years now and it's great to see her get some recognition for it. If you are planning to go to see anything at SIFF this year, make sure it's this!
Chelsea Wolfe - Feral Love 02/11/14
Chelsea Wolfe debuted this amazing video for her song Feral Love this week. Check it out, it's the first in a series of Chelsea Wolfe music videos from famed director Mark Pellington all from her great new record, Pain is Beauty.
Never Ending Winter Sale 01/30/14
Hello! We are having a sale this weekend... 35% off everything in our store! Use the code WINTER at checkout now until Sunday February 2nd at midnight Pacific Standard TIme!
New Leggings 01/14/14
We Made New Shit 12/16/13
We've added five brand new designs in tanks, tees and sweaters to the online shop... And the good news is there's even more stuff on the way! Keep your eyes peeled, we've got some shit in the works that is going to blow your minds!
It's time once again for our most epic Black Friday Sale. Starting this Friday November 29th at midnight PST and lasting until Sunday December 1st at midnight PST we are putting EVERYTHING in our online store on sale!
Use the code: BLACK13 to take 50% off EVERYTHING!
We are restocking the shop with tons of stuff as we speak in preparation for this sale, so don't worry - We got you covered.
Oh and I almost forgot, the first 250 orders will receive a FREE gift from us here at Actual Pain. It's a surprise so don't ask me to spoil it, but trust me it's awesome and you will love it.
OK, good luck, happy hunting, and don't forget... Long Live Death!
New Actual Pain Socks! 10/15/13
Los Angeles Duo Youth Code are raw, punishing, industrious electronics built from the seeds of hardcore and early Wax Trax. Ryan William George and Sara Taylor blend chaos with catchy dance undertones to create a sonic fury paralleled to none. Formed in 2012, Using all hardware to perform, Youth Code have already proven their path with being the first band outside of Psychic TV to be put out by PTV’s own label ” Angry Love Productions ” as well as a full length LP on the flawless Dais Records roster due out this summer.
“Night Sins is aural proof this side of the Atlantic that life does not walk so dark all over Europe alone. Emerging sometime around 2010 under the oppressive skies of Philadelphia, these overcast malcontents are fitly connected to a city engrossed in shadow-soaked vices and dilapidated architecture. Not to imply that there isn’t a comforting sort of gloominess in this musical malaise, as Night Sins frolic down the musical path originally cut by The Sisters of Mercy and Clan of Xymox with enough hints of The Mission and extensions into 80′s darkwave to produce memorable songwriting that stands on it’s own. Bass and drums punch through the mist thick as thieves, guitar lines circle like falcons overhead, minimal synths street clean some of the residual dirt, and singer-songwriter Kyle Kimball’s vocals confidently press into the intimate fog. There is a brilliant light in the midst of dimness, and Night Sins is carrying the torch.” -Dean Troxell
Mark Mitchell: Burial 09/20/13
Mark Mitchell: Burial | Performance
King Dude (the musical extension of my love of Light) will be headed out again on tour across the western United States of America, playing a whole lot of cites for the very first time! Come out and say hell-o! You can buy me a whiskey, or if you are really nice let me buy you one... You can never tell with these things.
I will not be bringing any Actual Pain clothing (ha ha) but I will have plenty of new King Dude merchandise for sale at these shows, including (but not limited to) my new seven inch single for Born in Blood out on my brand-spanking new record label Not Just Religious Music.
Hope to see you all there!
And for more music from your's truly, you can listen to just about everything I've ever recorded over at the King Dude on Bandcamp.
Endless Summer Sale! 08/22/13
The end is here! Well the end of summer at least... Although it feels like it will never end. So to get you through the last sun drenched days which lay ahead we've decided to have a three day, 35% off EVERYTHING sale!
Our sale starts tomorrow Friday August 23rd (really at the stroke of midnight tonight PST) and goes until midnight on Sunday August 25th. Use the code: END35 over at our SHOP to save 35%!
Check it out, we've added three new hats to the online shop and they're only available from us directly. Quantities are limited of course so don't wait too long, before you know it they'll be gone... We've also restocked the Pyramid Logo leather and duck cloth hats in black or cream as well as our Blank Leather hats.
All of our hats are made right here in the USA from 100% sturdy black duck cloth cotton and Napa Valley lambskin and are of the finest quality hats in the world. Shop our hats online to see more!
New Jewelry In Stock Now! 07/24/13
We've added three new pieces of Jewelry to our shop, available for the first time ever directly from us! They are all produced here in Seattle Washington using the "Lost Wax" method of casting and are of course in limited quantities. Shop all of our accessories to see more!
Hey guys, look what showed up at our door this morning - Just in time for 4th of July! New America Pocket Tees, Tanks and Crews are now in stock at our online shop only. They're very limited so go get em' while they last! God Bless America! Now, go blow something up.
Seattle, you are in for a hell of a dance party... We teamed up with Bodyshock, San Francisco's excellent New Beat and EBM focused dance party to bring some of our favorite DJs from the West Coast (and beyond) together into one massive party. Who knows, if all goes well we may convince them to do a monthly here?
Dangerous Boys Club (PDX, DAIS) will perform a live set and local EBM group Butcher will support them. With special guest DJs: Black Rainbow (LA, she curates an incredible night there called STALKER), Crackwhore (SF founder of Bodyshock), Luna Violenta (Brussels) and more, this night will prove to be legendary!
Don't miss out! Get your tickets here!
We've extended our Memorial Day Weekend Sale for one more day! Now until midnight PST everything in our webshop will be 50% off! Thanks everyone!!!
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SALE! 05/21/13
We may only have two sales a year but we always make sure to go big. Starting this weekend Friday May 24th through Sunday May 26th everything in our webshop will be 50% off! Thanks for your continued support of Actual Pain, we love you guys!
We are beyond pleased to be bringing back Cut Hands to Seattle on June 7th! For those of you who don't know, Cut Hands is the latest project from William Bennett of the legendary power electronic group Whitehouse. If you were lucky enough to see his performance last year at Decibel Festival, you know it is not to be missed. Bennett seamlessly combines the harsh tones he crafted to an art from in Whitehouse with the unpredictable poly rhythms of Afro-Beat creating some of the most original experimental dance music we've ever heard.
We will have a limited number of these hand screened posters for sale at the show.
Also along for the ride is Blackest Ever Black cohort (and legend in his own right) Black Rain from NYC for his first ever live performance in Seattle. Black Rain is Stuart Argabright, founding member of Ike Yard and producer behind the cult dance group Dominatrix. Argabright's been making experimental music since the 70's and his music in Black Rain could easily be an alternate score for any 80s cyber punk movie. It conjures the landscape of an industrial future, where the concrete jungles have given birth to tribalism and all laws have been left behind. It's music fitting the futurism of Blade Runner only further down it's entropic path towards humanities inevitable collapse and it sounds really fucking cool.
ACTUAL PAIN PRESENTS:
DJ'S - ACTUAL PAIN & SH6RL6S6
Friday, June 7th
1325 E Madison
$15 ADV - 21+
We are proud to present Killing Joke next Tuesday April 30th at Neumos here in Seattle. It sounds like from the name of the tour, The Singles Collection 1979-2012, Killing Joke are planning on sticking to the hits... Tickets are almost sold out though, so don't wait, go get your's now. Here's the official tour press release:
It’s been a long adventure for Killing Joke since their conception in 1979. Since then, the band has gone through numerous internal conflicts and line up changes, the only two constant members being Jaz Coleman (vocals, keyboards and arrangements) and Geordie Walker (guitar). Last year, all founder members were finally reunited. Until meeting at the funeral of Paul Raven, former bassist for Killing Joke as well as Ministry and Prong, Jaz Coleman and Paul Ferguson (drums) had not spoken for nearly 20 years. Their reconciliation meant plans were hatched for a new album as well as for a worldwide tour which kicked off in Tokyo last September. The tour saw the foursome delivering critically acclaimed performances at sold out shows to loyal fans and new devotees alike. Notorious for their use of inflammatory imagery, a backlash against a world they perceived as ever more materialistic, unjust and conservative, Killing Joke, railed against the establishment and created a unique sound from their very conception.
Crop Tops, Restocks and Dethbook! 03/26/13
We made Crop Tops for all your human bodies. They are super soft, loose fitting and available in very limited quantities - So don't wait... These are sure to sell out fast!
Also we just released the second issue of our own fashion/photo magazine Dethbook! We've doubled the size of the magazine since the first issue (it's now 160 pages) and printed it on 110# paper (which is really fucking nice) and it looks incredible!!!
Last but not least, we've restocked plenty of sold out designs like Philosophy of Wolves, New America, Acid Wolf, Sixth Seal,Pyramid Logo, I Am Magical, Immortal Mouse, Marilyn, and more in tees, tanks and sweaters... Check out the shop over here.
I am sure at this point you all know that in addition to making clothes for your bodies, I also make music for your ears under the moniker King Dude. Starting at the end of the month we'll be embarking on a west coast tour with our good friend from Copenhagen :OFTWATM: and Seattle based experimental band A Story of Rats. Some of us from both King Dude and A Story of Rats will be performing songs with :OFTWATM: and we couldn't be more excited! Hope to see you all there!
We've restocked our leggings! 01/29/13
The opening of FEAR is tomorrow, my first art show that I've done in a LONG time! Please come by The Belfry Oddities tomorrow and check it out, I'll be there from 6pm - 9pm!
The Belfry Oddities - 309 3rd Ave S. (near the Union St train station)
Going on tour with my sister's band, Chelsea Wolfe. We will also have these posters for sale in limited quantities at the shows, hope to see you all there!
Psychic TV // NYC // Friday Dec 7th 12/06/12
Stoked to be playing with Psychic TV tomorrow in NYC! If your in NYC come say hello - Get your tickets here!
LUXE RIOT SALE 12/03/12
This Saturday we are taking part in Luxe Riot's annual holiday sale! Come check out their printshop and studio on December 8th from 10am to 6pm there's gonna be lots of stuff from a lot of great brands, should be a good time... We ourselves have tons of samples from various seasons, some never seen before, all discounted and limited of course!
We will also be selling a brand new design which you can have printed before your very eyes! Do not miss out on this!
MTNS // Shrill Eyes - New Video 11/28/12
Black Friday Sale 11/19/12
SO STOKED!!! Get your tickets here before they sell out!
Here's the latest collection from us - ACADEMY OF HOLY LIGHT. Our shop is stocked to the teeth with a ton of new tees, tanks, and crews that we feel are some of our best yet. We've also made new leather hats which we are very excited about. And did you see we finally made denim jeans? They're perfect and all made here in the good ol' US of A. Available in our shop now while supplies last, our seasons are limited as usual.
That's all for now folks, expect some new legging designs on the way soon and remember - "We don't die... We stay high!"
My new record Burning Daylight is available for streaming over at Stereogum today, check it out! The vinyl and CDs are available from Dais in the USA and Ván Records in Europe and I'll be putting it up on my Bandcamp page later on today.
Also check out this video Emily shot for Holy Land at our friend Amber's church in the middle of nowhere. It was pretty rad of her and Brendan to let us use their baby Amelia in the video - I am sure they regret it now.
We're stoked! Local (Spokane) buds Black Ceiling and (seemingly local) buddy Mascara will be performing at Second Sight this Friday! It's gonna be heavy and dark. Just like a black ceiling... See you all there!
Black Marble Made A Mixtape For You 10/03/12Click the cover to download the tape...
Black Marble - Pretender (The Kolour Kult Beach at Dusk Remix)
Total Control - The Hammer
Thomas Leer and Robert Rental - Day Breaks/Night Heals
Prefects - Faults
Chris & Cosey - October Love Song
Solid Space - Contemplation
Rosenkopf - Burning Spirit
Los Microwaves - Radio Heart
Flux of Pink Indians - Tube Disasters
Thurston Moore - Psychic Hearts
We like Black Marble. Not just floors and countertops made of black marble, we also like the cold wave duo known as Black Marble. So it makes sense that we had them make us a mix tape. Check out their excellent video for the song Backwards and get their new record A Different Arrangement over at Hardly Art on October 9th.
Upcoming Actual Pain Shows 08/14/12
We are super excited about some shows we have coming up, check it out...
Then on Friday September 14th we have Veronica Vasicka, founder of the label Minimal Wave Records in town to DJ our monthly party Second Sight at Electric Tea Garden! If you aren't familiar with Minimal Wave Records yet, do yourself a favor and get into it. This one is surely not to be missed!
And come November 9th... PSYCHIC TV! YES. Tickets are available here but don't wait - they're selling really fast!
As you all may or may not know, we love posters. Real posters that are hand screened, really big, and awesome. So when our pals at Broken Press asked us if we would ever make posters for Actual Pain with our designs we couldn't believe we hadn't thought of it sooner. Here we have four of our designs, each hand screened on matte black paper and limited to 50 prints each. Each poster measures in at 18" X 24", is hand numbered in the bottom left hand corner and embossed with the Pyramid Logo on the bottom right hand corner - For authenticity of course! They're already selling really fast so don't wait, these will not be reprinted!
Actual Pain X Radd Lounge 08/06/12
We are stoked to finally have our Radd Lounge collaboration in stock! If you didn't know already, Radd Lounge is our favorite store in Tokyo, and have stocked Actual Pain for years now. They style almost everything they get in some of the most original and interesting ways and we love them for it! Available online from us, but hurry, it already sold out in Tokyo!
Sympathy For The Gods - Summer 2012 07/17/12
I'm pretty stoked about this. My band King Dude is headed to Europe again to spread some more Haunted American Gospel to all the strange folks out there. Should be a great time.
But before we hop the pond, we are going to play a show on July 5th at Glasslands with Røsenkøpf and Italian Horn! That's gonna rule. There are DJ sets from Ryan Martin of DAIS records and Pieter Wierd of Wierd records. Should be a grand time!