“C is for Cthulhu” now fully unleashed!

Today we have one last announcement and that is that the video is now open for embedding anywhere and you can even download it from Vimeo.  Look, we now even have a YouTube version…

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So share and share away, and thanks everyone – the folks who helped us and the fans who’ve been so kind.  This was a lot of work but well worth it.

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Big Takeover Premieres “C is for Cthulhu”

Big Takeover is a wonderful scrappy zine that has been around for 34 years. For decades, it’s celebrated D.I.Y. in all its wild and woolly forms and so we’re more than honored to have Jack Rabid’s labor of love premiere our new video, “C is for Cthulhu.”  Go and check it out now!!!!






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It’s “C is for Cthulhu” release day!!!

C is ForCthulhu (7", USA 2014)

C is ForCthulhu
(7″, USA 2014)


Yes folks, today is the day you’ve been waiting for!  The day when “C is for Cthulhu” is unleashed into the world.

The 7″ is available now for download on CDBaby, Itunes, Bandcamp, or your favorite music download website.  For you fans of vinyl, you can order a copy on our Bandcamp !!! We only made 310 copies of this so once they are gone, that’s it – poof.   Here have a look-see.  We think they look pretty keen.

7' includes sticker, one red vinyl (sides 1 & 2 shown), playing card, and a download card (not pictured)

7′ includes sticker, one red vinyl (sides 1 & 2 shown), playing card, and a download card (not pictured)


Look for the video release later today!
Cheers and thanks for all your support,
The LP4

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Looking back at the record release and looking forward to tomorrow’s video premiere

Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday.  ’twas fun.
Here are some pics we pulled from folks on the internetz.
Don’t forget to check out the video on The Big Takeover tomorrow.

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Big Announcement! 2014 Tour Dates!!!!!!

For years, you’ve asked us to tour outside of Texas and while we’ve played a few festivals over the years we’ve never really done a big, Big, BIG tour before.  Well that day has arrived as over the next few weeks we will roll our way onto an adventure like never before.  Charlie has been busy preparing maps and pouring over as much material as he can in preparation for this and we think he’s booked us a pretty awesome tour.  The kick-off, of course, is this Saturday at Rudyard’s with Dallas’ epic heavy Wo Fat. From there we’ll have stops in the Dungeons of the Slave Lords, the rustic and charming Keep on the Borderlands, a quick stop to see the Shrine of the Kuo Tua (which is better to see in the Spring when the peonies bloom, but we’re on a schedule), the real happenin’ college town of Ravenloft, the scenic Forbidden City and their enthusiastic Dwellers, the wild and wooly Barrier Peaks, a required stop at the Temple of Elemental Evil (Larry is really into their chili dogs!), the world-famous White Plume Mountain (yes, THAT White Plume Mountain), and then winding up back in Houston for CCSD’s Novembeerfest!  Should be fun!  See you guys soon!

C is for Cthulhu 2014 Tour Dates 

10/25 – Rudyard’s British Pub
10/26 – Dungeons of the Slave Lords
10/27 – The Keep on the Borderlands
10/30 – Shrine of the Kuo Tua
10/31 – Ravenloft
11/1 – Forbidden City
11/2 – Barrier Peaks.
11/6 – Temple of Elemental Evil
11/7 – White Plume Mountain
11/8 – CCSD Novembeerfest

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Watch the “C is for Cthulhu” trailer!!!

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It’s official – The C is for Cthulhu Video is done!!!


Wooooop!  Animated GIF Hi-Five!!!!!

Wooooop! Animated GIF Hi-Five!!!!!


Break out the Champagne, folks!  At 7:09PM GMT today, Clinton was the last to review the “C is for Cthulhu” video and give it a thumbs up!  It’s now 100% official; this huge beast of a project is done!!!

To give you an idea about how big a deal it is, keep in mind that we have been working on this for over a year.  The earliest e-mail that I can find that mentions the video as a storyboard is from August 3rd of 2013:

“…what I have worked out so far is Stevie (as some cross between Ahab and Herzog) leading an expedition to the island.  One of the members gets cold feet and Stevie pulls a gun on him to get him to continue.  The guy refuses and Stevie shoots him.  The rest of it isn’t fully worked out but the expedition continues and they read hieroglyphs or runes on some great door and push it open.   Cthulhu emerges and they flee in panic.  Cthulhu eats Stevie’s crew.  Stevie is cornered into the rocks and jumps into the ocean.  As the songs ends he washes ashore barely alive.”

So, assuming I wrote that not long after working out the first storyboard…let’s call it August 1st… Jeez!  That’s one year, two months, and 10 days from start to finish!!

And that’s not even counting back when we were just talking about crazy junk like this one idea we had where Cthulhu would attack railroad cars, pick up a Lone Star Beer  tanker, and drink it which would set Stevie into a rage that would make him grow 500 times bigger and get into a Godzilla fight with Cthulhu.  Wow!  Actually, come to think of it, that was a pretty boss idea!

Anyhow, it’s done with the local premiere happening at Rudz on October 25 and the world premiere happening on The Big Takeover’s website on the 28th.  Thanks everyone who helped out.  Here are some pics to recap this whole insane process.


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7″ and Video Release countdown – (Part 3) In which we describe the madness of Clinton Heider and the true story of “C is for Cthulhu”



Steve keeping a safe distance from Clinton and the double neck.  Photo by Francisco Montes used by permission from the Houston Press

Clinton and his double neck. Photo by Francisco Montes used by permission from the Houston Press

We found him in a horrendous state.   Plagued as he was by fetid, corrosive dreams that consumed his fevered mind, Clinton Heider writhed in his sleep as if vainly attempting to escape the cold embrace of death…or perhaps racing towards its arms in a futile escape from something much more terrifying.  He awoke, grabbing each of us with such strength that his fingernails pierced skin through clothing.   With eyes that burned – consumed by an incomprehensible madness – he shouted, “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!”  These words meant little to us when uttered but, as time passed, we came to understand that his words were not borne of hysterical delusions but a result of his having seen beyond our realm and into the true, unimaginable horror that lies hidden underneath the waves.

Slowly, as the brise-filled shroud pulled away from his consciousness, Heider’s jaundiced hand took to his guitar to banish the demons that plagued his soul for those many weeks. “C is for Cthulhu” is not simply a metal song with a truly awesome drop-C metal riff, it is a baleful cry – an exorcism on vinyl – of the horrors to come when the Great Old One rises.


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Test Pressings Approved. Filming Complete. Holy Crapola! It’s actually all coming together!

The test pressings from A&R!

The pink(!!!) test pressings from A&R!

Behold the test pressings for “C is for Cthulhu” in all their pinkish glory, fresh from the A&R Records plant in Dallas.  Clinton listened to all five copies and gave them all a thumbs up which means we are on track to get these by the record release show!!!!  Yeahyuss!!!  Clearly the faeries and magical woodland creatures have been working overtime.

If you are wondering why they are pink, A&R was running a large order for someone and our test pressing were thrown in somewhere during that run.  The final versions we will receive will be in red but it’s kind of neat to get colored test pressings.

Oh but wait that is not all the good news from last week…

on the video front…Victory!


Celebrating the final shot of the film at Rudz.

Yes we shot the final, Final, FINAL scene of the video last week.  Actually it was anti climactic – just a simple shot of Stevie writing in a diary at Rice University – but the fact that we were able to finish and move entirely into post was awesome.  The shoot was somewhat funny as we seemed to have picked a spot frequented by walking tours.  So when you see the shot of Stevie writing in his diary, just know that there is a whole gaggle of tourists just off frame.

RenderingAfter a couple celebratory rounds at Rudz, it was straight back to the Mac to knock out as much as possible that evening. I’ve been doing post on the rest of the video over the last few months so this was largely dropping in the new scene and the text that went along with it.  By 1 am, I had a pretty solid cut and uploaded it to get folk’s feedback and within a few days, I’d say we are 99.99% done.  I simply have some credits to add or update.  (Admittedly, there are two scenes with some minor keying issues but they aren’t ones I can really fix so they will simply have to stand.)  Long story short, the whole epic will be ready to go in less than a week which means we are on schedule for this as well!!! Double Yeahyusss!!!

Oh and did I mention that The Big Takeover will have the honor of premiering the video on-line? Well, they are!  Tuesday 28 October 2014 is the date so mark your calendars.   Of course, if you happen to attend our release show on the 25th you’ll get to see it a few days earlier.

So all in all, the whole plan is coming together quite nicely.  Cross you fingers that our luck holds.  And a big thanks to all who have helped out in this big mess.



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7″ and Video Release countdown – (Part 2) In which we discuss “My Desire” and the awesomeness of the Pain Teens

We’re posting our weekly press releases here as we countdown the weeks until the record release show. This week, it’s all about the B-Side…



The Pain Teens (1991)

The Pain Teens (1991)

There were a lot of Pain Teens shows I’d seen over the years but one always stuck in my head. It was sometime in the late 80’s or early 90’s… I can’t recall.. but it was your typical night at the Axiom – a room filled with sweaty kids bobbing their heads to one of Houston’s most revered bands as Scott Ayer’s twisted guitar lines bounced off the walls and Bliss Blood commanded the stage in full-on dominatrix mode. She reached back and cracked her whip and when it came down, it hit some poor sod square in the face. Horrified, Bliss broke character and bent down at the edge of the stage saying, “Oh sorry! Are you OK?” It was funny in a way but also charming to see and for me it perfectly captured what made the Pain Teens so admirable; they weren’t simply phenomenal musicians and performers, but they were also good and real people. You still can catch Scott playing around town rocking with with The Electric Knives then switching hats to play some country tunes in Dead Cowboys. Meanwhile, Bliss has been doing some amazing work of her own in New York City with the Moonlighters, Delta Dreambox, Bliss Blood and Al Street, and… well she’s so busy it’s just easier to just direct you to http://www.blissblood.com/. In short, they’ve never stopped creating and challenging themselves.

But back to the Pain Teens. Often they are simply described as an industrial noise band but they never rested on their laurels. They constantly played with and refined their sound by drawing influences from all over. Sure, with Scott Ayers’ distinctive guitar and Bliss Bloods’ unique voice and lyrics the band could never NOT sound like the Pain Teens but consider the range they did play with:

Noisy experimental music, swimming in bonkers guitars, tape loops, and churning rhythms:
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Fucked up Gothic industrial:
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Insane instrumental rockers:
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Shoegazy songs with pretty guitar lines:
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Hell, even a James Bond movie theme…
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and straight up pop:
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They were definitely a big deal for a reason. Funny enough, given the band’s sophisticated experimental nature, my favorite song is actually one of its simplest – “My Desire.” It’s a pounding, primal song by Bliss that manages to give no quarter and simply beats the crap out of you with just two notes (E and A#). Now, here is the thing about “simple” songs; they’re hard. It’s so much about feel, texture, energy, tone, and conviction that just learning how to play the notes is never enough. Here, check this live performance of the song and try to tell me you aren’t pinned to the wall by how many Gs of heavy they are dealing!



Which brings me to the B side of the upcoming 7″….

CisForCthulhu-RecordReleasePoster-WebSee, a while back Ralph Armin (another tireless Houston music adventurer ) was putting together a Pain Teens tribute comp and I immediately jumped up and down to do “My Desire!” We got dibs but but of course that was met with a horrible realization, “Oh shit! Were doing My Desire!” It’s a doozy of a song to get right and I was honestly worried if we could pull it off but auxiliary member Carol Sandin walked up to the microphone at the studio and belted Bliss’ lyrics like her life depended on it and, at that moment (while I would never suggest we could surpass the original), I knew that we could at least come out with a pretty damn good version that tipped its hat at the original while still delivering the Texas Psych/ knuckle dragging/ chimp rock thing we kind of do and in the end, everyone had a blast at the recording session. Unfortunately, the anthology fell through and we had to sit on this track for a while. When we decided to release “C is for Cthulhu,” it just seemed like a perfect compliment to the A side. So there you have it.

Did we succeed? Did we fail? Well that’s for you, the listeners, to decide when you hear it. What I CAN tell you is that not only will Carol Sandin join us on stage to perform the B-Side but Scott Ayers himself will be sitting-in to play guitar at the record release.

I won’t lie to you; as a guitarist and a fan of his work, I am both thrilled and terrified by this.

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