Purveyors of Satanic Doo-Wop.
Prepare yourself for the advent of Satanic Doo-Wop, a unique sound concocted by Twin Temple, made up of Alexandra James and Zachary James.
The black-clad duo combines the energy of '50s and '60s rock n' roll with their Satanic ideology, i.e. acknowledging Satan while simultaneously indulging in their taste for music from the heady days that turned out artists like Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison.
In the beginning, Twin Temple took a cue from the Antichrist, and released 666 vinyl copies of their debut album, Twin Temple (Bring You Their Signature Sound…Satanic Doo-Wop). The album sold out in the blink of an eye, catching the attention of Rise Above Records, which is preparing to give the album full-release in March.
Since Twin Temple takes off in March, touring with Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Graveyard, Popdust sat down with the Dark Lord's disciples to find out more about their musical backgrounds and what it means to be a Satanist.
The Devil (Didn't Make Me Do It) youtu.be
How would you describe yourself?
What is the most trouble you've ever gotten into?
A year ago we were featured on the front page of the LA Times art section, focusing on our Satanic musical content, lyrics and overall philosophy. This was picked up by extremist Christian hate groups, whose legions of followers left us a bunch of hate mail, including quite a few death threats. They claimed that we legitimately murder babies and that the blood we use on stage is from slain children, etc. Alex Jones also devoted an entire episode of his YouTube show InfoWars on us and the article.
To be honest though, we also get into "trouble" on a daily basis for displaying "female" nipples within our artwork. As practitioners of the Left Hand Path, we exalt the human body, and sexuality, and this outlook constantly gets us into trouble in a society that polices the nude body, sex, particularly women's bodies and sexuality. We had to go through 3 different print houses which refused to print our album cover, and 2 different digital distribution companies to put out our album. We also have been blocked, and have had various social accounts suspended, taken down, or had their reach limited. The hatred and shame towards female breasts is extremely strong in our country.
What's your favorite song to belt out in the car or the shower?
Too many to be named- I (Alexandra) am guilty of always singing in the shower. But this week, it's "Only You (And You Alone)" by the Platters.
Who is your favorite music artist?
Our musical taste is extremely eclectic and wide reaching, we love everything from Jazz, country, doo-wop, rock 'n' roll, blues, classical, recorded rituals, metal, and beyond. However on the whole we gravitate to classic American rock 'n' roll, especially that which deals with the Devil or has a dark side.
What kind of guitar do you play?
An ebony Gibson 355 named Lilith and a bone white 1961 Gibson Les Paul custom reissue named Lucifer.
Why did you become a musician/singer-songwriter? What's the backstory there?
Because it is our True Will.
How, if at all, do your musical influences shape and impact your music?
Our influences extend beyond just music. We love theater, magick, the Occult, vintage horror, and beyond. We incorporate our interests into our music.
What is "Satanic doo-wop?"
Exactly what it sounds like.
What's the backstory on the band? How and when did the band come into existence?
We performed a destruction ritual on Samhain 2016. Shortly thereafter we signed our souls away to the Dark Lord.
Twin TempleAlbum Cover
What's the story behind the band's name – Twin Temple?
Two equals one.
You are Satanists. Is that a religion, or a philosophy, and what does it mean to be a Satanist?
You really could write a book on what it means to be a Satanist; in short, it depends on the individual.
However to briefly address some of the aspects of what it means to be a Satanist …. Historically, deeming someone a "Satanist" or "devil-worshipper" was really just an epithet employed in order to systematically oppress others and generally strip individuals of their power, livelihood, and lives. You saw this throughout history, from the "witch hunts" to the genocide of the indigenous peoples of America, to the demonization of African spiritualities and beyond.
Satanism as it's practiced today, we'd say would probably fall under the more general umbrella of the spiritual tradition of the Left Hand Path. Predominantly it's marked by a certain antinomianism and using and breaking societal taboos in order to embolden workings. It also uses sexual energy, and does not view the body as something to be "overcome" or controlled, but rather part of the human experience, just as the spirit or higher self is.
We personally use both historical contexts in our own interpretation. We are reclaiming the notion of being an outsider, and heralding it. Being "different" from mainstream society is not something to be ashamed of but something to be celebrated and exalted. It's a way to self-empower. We use Satan as a symbol for freedom, individuality, equality, the pursuit of higher knowledge, and a celebration of all who dare to live outside or question societal norms. There are some strains of Satanists who are theistic, and some who exhibit a certain amount of elitist ideologies. LaVey famously drew from the "Might is Right" texts for Satanic Bible which in our minds display a problematic social Darwinism, and would say that this particular aspect of LaVeyan Satanism is not one that we represent at all, but to consider the history of "Satanism" you certainly have to consider what LaVey added to the conversation, as "Satanism" as an actual religion was not coined as such until his founding of the Church of Satan in the late '60s.
When you decide to write a song about a particular topic, do you make the decision consciously – "I think I'll write a song about that" – or does it just happen intuitively?
A combination of both. We consciously create with the rational mind while also allowing ideas and inspiration to arise from the subconscious.
What is your songwriting process? Do the lyrics come first, or the music?
It depends; each song is a bit different. In general, I (Alexandra) write all of the lyrics and melodies, and Zachary focuses on arrangement and composition. Sometimes I will go to Zach with a song, and we flesh out the arrangement together, sometimes Zach will have a composition finished, and I will add lyrics and melody to that, but it's very much a collaborative process and varies.
What was your inspiration for "The Devil (Didn't Make Me Do It)?"
One aspect of the song, particularly the title, is the fact that The Devil has been used as a scapegoat that releases individuals of responsibility and accountability. We believe that there is no higher power other than the Self, and the Will. We believe that there is no Devil or outside force that "makes" us do things. Everything is a by-product of cause and effect, initiated by the individual. Our greatest successes and our deepest failures are ours and ours alone. The other, more coded aspects of the song, we'll leave for listeners to figure out for themselves.
What's next for Twin Temple musically?
We're really excited to reissue our debut album on Rise Above Records March 1st. We've got a beautiful alternate cover, and will also be creating new vinyl color ways, variants, and expanded formats. We're also beyond honored be touring on the first half of the Uncle Acid & Graveyard North American tour. We are playing the first 9 dates from 3/6 to 3/16. We will also be playing in Europe, at Roadburn Festival April 11th and in London April 12th.
You're off on tour in March. Is there any chance for a video interview when you play The Warfield in San Francisco?
That could most likely be arranged, let's stay in touch.
Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.
POP⚡DUST | Read More..
- Twin Temple Tickets, Tour Dates 2019 & Concerts – Songkick ›
- Twin Temple on Spotify ›
- Twin Temple | Free Listening on SoundCloud ›
- NYLON · Hail Satan: Twin Temple Are Bringing Darkness To The ... ›
- Twin Temple (@TwinTemple) | Twitter ›
- Twin Temple's Satanic Doo-Wop Is Feminist as Fuck - Noisey ›
- Twin Temple - "Let's Hang Together" - YouTube ›
- Twin Temple (@twintemple) • Instagram photos and videos ›
- Twin Temple - Home | Facebook ›
- TWIN TEMPLE ›
The rapper's magnum opus turned 10 years old over the weekend.
It's almost eerie how accurately Kanye West predicted his own fate when he uttered the words "I miss the old Kanye" on 2016's The Life of Pablo.
In my head, and likely in the memories of many others, there are two Kanyes: a then and a now. Both are cocky, self-important, certifiable jerks, but then, he at least still felt a marginal need to continue proving himself.
Now, he's so immeasurably detached from reality that it's a little hard to take anything he does or creates seriously—at this point, I find it difficult to even care. I don't want to explicitly cite a certain presidential election and its aftermath as the dividing line between the Kanye of then and now in my conscience, but...yeah, Kanye rubbing elbows with Trump was pretty much the last straw for me.
"PAIN" is the latest single from the singer.
If an impending second lockdown has you feeling lonelier than normal, King Princess has released an anthem just for you.
"PAIN" is the latest single from the pop starlet, who seems to be wrapping up a follow-up to her 2019 debut record, Cheap Queen. Co-written alongside Nick Long, Shawn Everett, and Tobias Jesso Jr., the piano-driven tune sees King Princess—real name Mikaela Straus—reckoning with an unfortunate pattern of heartbreak time and time again: "You and I just get along / I wonder how I'll f*ck it up," she sings, as if her misdeeds in the relationship are inevitable.
Gian Carano's political views are upsetting and ignorant, but they are not unusual.
Actor and former MMA fighter Gina Carano has once again come under fire for her social media presence.
Previously Carano — best known for playing former resistance soldier Cara Dune in the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian — had received pushback over the summer for liking and retweeting messages attacking the Black Lives Matter protesters as violent and irrational.
- "The Mandalorian" REVIEW Season 2, Episode 4 - Popdust ›
- “The Mandalorian” Season 2: Major Plot Leaks - Popdust ›
Last night, World Wrestling Entertainment bid farewell to one of its most iconic superstars, The Undertaker.
Shawn Michaels<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDgwMjQ1Mi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MzEzMDQyNX0.9Li9RIBQ8NizIkHW31b0lM1ENMieIGc31fyvkMQ1nWs/img.jpg?width=980" id="5f0ad" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="2ad09e076e0b405e5e073e6b1fd7ea72" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>The Undertaker and <a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0382582/" target="_blank">Shawn Michaels</a> were must-see rivals during the <a href="https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1276425-wwe-10-reasons-why-the-attitude-era-will-never-be-matched" target="_blank">WWF's Attitude Era</a>. Their most memorable matches during this time were at 1997's <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0297457/" target="_blank">Badd Blood: In Your House</a> in the first-ever <a href="https://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell" target="_blank">Hell In A Cell</a> match, and their <a href="https://www.wwe.com/playlist/undertaker-creepy-casket-matches" target="_blank">Casket Match</a> at the <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0234629/" target="_blank">1998 Royal Rumble</a>.</p><p>Their in-ring chemistry would stand the test of time. Almost ten years later, they would have classic matches at <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1279975/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Wrestlemania 25</a> in 2009 and <a href="https://bleacherreport.com/articles/343600-wrestlemania-26-match-card" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Wrestlemania 26</a> in 2010. Their 2010 encounter was a <a href="https://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/26/matchphotos/undertakervsmichaels#fid-13956490" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Streak vs. Career</a> match where if The Undertaker lost, it would be his first ever Wrestlemania loss. But if Michaels lost, he would have to retire from in-ring competition. We won't spoil the outcome, but let's just say it was a match to remember.</p>
Mankind<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDgwMjQ1My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2NzgxODMyNn0.z3JPcq4RwjSpfsYwim_AClYFzQ_3PVLRx4P0FGr_PHc/img.jpg?width=980" id="4dbf8" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="2588e70e0578d7191f9699aedea9c612" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p><a href="https://www.wwe.com/superstars/mick-foley" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Mick Foley</a>'s willingness to put his body on the line elevated the level of danger in his matches with The Undertaker. His portrayal of the deranged Mankind made their rivalry both fun and uncomfortable to watch.</p><p>Taker and Mankind's violent feud would span a series of matches. They took part in the inaugural <a href="https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2545068-wwe-classic-of-the-week-the-undertaker-vs-mankind-from-summerslam-1996" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Boiler Room Brawl at SummerSlam 1996</a>, but their most memorable encounter took place at the <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0311996/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">1998 King Of The Ring</a> in a Hell In A Cell match, where Taker tossed Mick Foley from the top of the 20-foot cage, sending him crashing into an announcer's table at ringside.</p>
Kane<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDgwMjQ1NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MDk3MDY3OH0.YFtfTZnq0FXQ6TG4MUwwMwrcV895-F4BWjfmkLlPGNw/img.jpg?width=980" id="ae657" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7de1ee2c8767dd21a57ade725bd441cb" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p><a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0414417/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Glenn Jacobs</a> played a plethora of characters before finding success in the WWF as The Undertaker's "brother" <a href="https://www.wwe.com/superstars/kane" target="_blank">Kane</a>. In 1997, Undertaker's manager, <a href="https://www.wwe.com/superstars/paul-bearer" target="_blank">Paul Bearer</a>, turned against him, revealing his brother—who he believed died in a fire during childhood—was alive and coming for revenge. Kane's arrival took place on the same night as Taker and Michael's Hell In A Cell Match at Badd Blood.</p><p>Their feud gave birth to WWF's first <a href="https://www.wwe.com/classics/the-fiery-history-of-the-inferno-match" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Inferno Match</a>, a match where the entire ring is surrounded by fire and the only way to win is to set your opponent on fire. When they weren't trying to murder each other, Kane and his older brother would join forces. Dubbed The Brothers of Destruction, they would wreak havoc on the WWF/E's tag team division.</p>
Stone Cold Steve Austin<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDgwMjQ1Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNzYzMTI3M30._D2EJV0715tkwauBIt4ho4bQKIplLLHzodIRlDWEZH0/img.jpg?width=980" id="f4e56" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="880434b020a5309255b1c35c9b4e4108" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>WWF's Attitude Era also saw the rise of the most popular wrestler in wrestling history in <a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0042524/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Stone Cold Steve Austin</a>. Austin's edgy character was more in line with the WWF's core demographic at the time. He would break in the mold of the traditional "good guy" in pro wrestling, a trope created by characters like <a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001356/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Hulk Hogan</a>.</p><p>While Austin was becoming the company's top good guy, The Undertaker was in the middle of his run as the resident evildoer and head of the faction called The Ministry of Darkness. Their collision course consisted of Undertaker sacrificing Austin, trying to inject him with embalming fluid, and a <a href="https://www.thesportster.com/wrestling/every-first-blood-match-wwe-history-ranked/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">First Blood match at 1999's Fully Loaded pay-per-view.</a></p>
Triple H<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDgwMjQ2Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMTUzMDIxNX0.M7jyC5yzYqPChrMbstiuOaDUg7eipRLrTMfSlu7Or-Y/img.jpg?width=980" id="ecf28" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="5a3df56db94e1297981a2324dad39fa4" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>The Undertaker and <a href="https://www.wwe.com/superstars/triple-h" target="_blank">Triple H </a> had matches at the height of their popularity, but their best matches came towards the end of their runs as full-time wrestlers. Much like his best friend Shawn Michaels, Triple H had back to back classics with The Deadman at <a href="https://bleacherreport.com/articles/655207-wrestlemania-xxvii-recap" target="_blank">Wrestlemania 27</a> and <a href="https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1128143-wwe-wrestlemania-28-results-a-match-by-match-breakdown" target="_blank">28</a>. The match at 28 was known as the <a href="https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1129324-wrestlemania-28-truly-the-end-of-an-era" target="_blank">"End of An Era" match</a>. Shawn Michaels was the special guest referee, with the match stipulation being one Michaels and Taker made famous...Hell In A Cell. </p>
Brock Lesnar<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDgwMjQ3MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NDY2MDIyNn0.oZer7j-t-rOWoByCRvrmzyNMzGNBNwW6wBB5gAYkYAE/img.jpg?width=980" id="21ef8" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="aa62abf37f3f32c05dda7bf8e6270a04" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>Much like The Undertaker, <a href="https://www.wwe.com/superstars/brock-lesnar" target="_blank">Brock Lesnar</a>'s presence and resume made him as feared as he is respected. He was WWE's fastest rising star before leaving the company back in 2004 due to his dislike of the rigorous travel schedule.</p><p>Upon his return in 2012, Lesnar would dominate the same way he did when he first debuted back in 2002. His path of destruction would lead to <a href="https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2019410-wwe-wrestlemania-30-results-winners-grades-recap-and-highlights" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Wrestlemania 30</a> in 2014, where Brock would be the 22nd opponent to face Undertaker at the premiere event. Many had Taker pegged as the winner because this was an event he dominated for 20 years. </p><p>But on this night, the world came to a standstill. Brock would accomplish the impossible and beat The Undertaker.</p><p>The shocking victory made Undertaker's record 21-1 at the Showcase of the Immortals.</p>
Life is pretty stressful right now, and if you're like much of the rest of the world, you've turned to the Internet for solace.
Some of us find escape in video calls and games, others in Netflix and music, others in endless scrolling. But if you're looking for a new, relaxing, visually stimulating way to ease your frayed nerves, perhaps consider watching videos of slime, soap-cutting, or any other form of "oddly satisfying" content.
The world of "oddly satisfying" content is large and undefinable. There are thousands of different types of content optimized to satisfy and relax you—from ASMR to binaural beats to zit-popping, the list goes on and on. The Reddit thread "oddly satisfying" is a hotbed of these types of posts, as are YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.
For the purposes of this article, we'll stay away from auditory ASMR, instead focusing purely on visual content. This is your invitation into the safe, magical, fanciful world of colorful paint, billowing slime, and deliciously skilled workers doing their jobs well.