UPDATE: The White ( /300), Green ( /400) & 180g Black ( /500) variants are now SOLD OUT. You can still purchase the Standard Weight Black vinyl though!
BE ADVISED: This is a record that requires a¬†thorough listening experience.¬†What you hear in the first 10 minutes is completely different than what you’ll hear throughout as it all builds and meanders to complete itself. Just my 2¬Ę!
There’s certainly a lot to be said about Have A Nice Life’s debut release,¬†Deathconsciousness.¬†Originally released in 2008, this record¬†was unveiled to little interest nor critical acclaim. It seemed as though most people, well, just didn’t care. This is the story for a lot of musicians, bands, and music altogether. And sometimes, years down the road maybe, a record seems to grab a strong hold and become something far more potent than the artists may¬†have ever expected. Such is the case for¬†Deathconsciousness. Except it didn’t take years. By 2009, people were demanding a second pressing and they got just that. The problem is, it sold out immediately. Since 2009, it’s not been available on vinyl unless you were willing to shell out $100+ on secondary markets. Well, now you can dodge all those flippers and grab yourself a copy… now on colored vinyl variants for the first time ever!
Founded in Connecticut back in 2000 by members¬†Dan Barrett and Tim Macuga, Have A Nice Life took a while to fully realize their debut release. It is now something of a “cult classic” among the kindred following of interested listeners.¬†Spanning just over 85 minutes,¬†Deathconsciousness combines elements of post-punk, shoegaze, industrial, ambient, and even drone to create a fully immersive atmosphere. This record is truly an adventure with interweaving changes that drag the listener deeper and deeper into the narrative’s abyss of darkness, interspersed w/ moments of energy that crescendo explosively.
Alongside your choice of variants: 300 on White, 400 on Green, 500 on 180g Black, and a standard black (to be kept in print, maybe?), this 2xLP is accompanied by a 75-page booklet, or ‘zine’, detailing “the dark and forgotten history of the Antiochean cult” with which this album follows. And for those of you who are much more interested in the ‘collectible’ aspect of owning early pressings of records… please, take note of this: “This is a much louder and more dynamic cut than the previous issue of the album.”
Check out all the details just below as well as a full album stream¬†via YouTube! Enjoy!!
“The album is rhythmic, primal and expansive and is a gloomy-post-punk masterpiece; a mediation on death, loss and unrequited love. Deathconsciousness feels more fresh and engaging with every listen and has held up as a remarkable piece of art. Fans of Have A Nice Life exhibit both cultic thought and action for good reason. It is perhaps a fanbase as dark and mysterious as the Antiochean‚Äôs, the album itself revolves around.” –¬†The Flenser
“On this album, I feel I wouldn’t be able to sum up my feelings on the countless moments that make this album amazing. Deathconsciousness has a dense, reverby wall of sound and a dense, lofty concept that is opaque and difficult to see through. Moments blend together and amble along for minutes at a time in the swirling mass of ideas that permeates this album. This album is the antithesis of one created by a band like Hot Cross. It is impenetrable and atmospheric, instead of tautly constructed and brittle. Deathconsciousness is an album to be enjoyed on a long car drive or a pensive late night.” –¬†Nick Greer of Sputnik Music
HAVE A NICE LIFE ‚ÄúDEATHCONSCIOUSNESS‚ÄĚ DLP REISSUE PRE-SALE INFO
July 2, 2014
In 2008, Have A Nice Life released their now cult classic Deathconsciousness LP to a whimper and critical non-interest. Six years after its release the band followed up with 2014‚Ä≤s stunner The Unnatural World, Deathconsciousness has become a force of influence and fanatic obsession. Seamlessly blending, with unparalleled depth and weight, shoegaze, post punk, new wave, industrial and noise. The album was originally released by Enemies List Home Recordings founded by HANL members Dan and Tim. The album has since floated in and out of production, with the last instantly out of print vinyl pressing occurring in 2009. Now, longtime HANL collaborator The Flenser will re-issue Deathconsciousness with deluxe packaging, including a lengthy accompanying zine and colored vinyl. Have A Nice Life commented, ‚ÄúWorking with Flenser lets us keep things comfortable on our end, while also pressing enough copies to actually meet the need and not creating an artificially-inflated collector‚Äôs market, as happened with some of our past releases.‚ÄĚ
The Flenser‚Äôs reissue of Deathconsciousness will be accompanied by a 75-page booklet detailing the dark and forgotten history of the Antiochean cult. Blurring the lines between novella, liner notes, and academic text, the zine itself presents an engrossing narrative. The album is rhythmic, primal and expansive and is a gloomy-post-punk masterpiece; a mediation on death, loss and unrequited love. Deathconsciousness feels more fresh and engaging with every listen and has held up as a remarkable piece of art. Fans of Have A Nice Life exhibit both cultic thought and action for good reason. It is perhaps a fanbase as dark and mysterious as the Antiochean‚Äôs, the album itself revolves around. Now The Flenser is honored to rerelease Deathconsciousness a gorgeous and disarming contribution to the modern lexicon for a larger audience.
The album is scheduled for release September 17th. We intend to ship pre-orders by that date. However, delays can happen and the release date could be pushed back. Thank you for your patience.
The reissue of Deathconsciousness will come in a thick case-wrapped gatefold jacket. The jacket features a new layout by Niels Geybels with some additional text by the band. All variations of the album come with the 70+ page zine made from the same files as earlier editions. The lacquers were cut by Dave at Lucky Lacquers. This is a much louder and more dynamic cut than the previous issue of the album.
The album will be released in four configurations:
Standard weight black vinyl
180 gram black vinyl (limited to 500 copies)
Green vinyl (limited to 400 copies)
White vinyl (limited to 300 copies)
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive