|my MJEML bandmate, Rachel Blumenthal
caught this awesome moment
Nate Greenslit (of HUMANWINE) and Vessela Stoyanova (of Goli) just launched their brand new project, Bury Me Standing with a month-long residency at the Lizard Lounge. I liked the band name before I knew what it meant, and I liked it even more after I found out that it’s an old Gypsy saying, “At least when I die, bury me standing, because I’ve been on my knees all of my life.” They played, in their words, a set of “Balkan folk music, thrash metal, and psychedelic avant-pop.” I was honored to have been asked to sing a cover of System of a Down’s “War?” with them. The next week, Mali Sastri of Jaggery sang the same song with them. It was really cool to see how we each approached the song – which is very heavy/screamy with some weird vocal rhythm stuff. I walked around for a full week just repeating the lyrics to myself!
Here is the videographic evidence:
and Mali singing it the next week (I love the extra scream she added in between chorus lines):
I also got a couple of other videos of Bury Me Standing: link; link; and here they are singing Happy Birthday in the mind-bending time-signature of 19/8; and another video of Mali singing with BMS.