Why don’t I give an update. The main news, I suppose, is that Liturgy is going into the studio in August. We’re going to make a studio recording of Origin of the Alimonies along with a new album. I’m very excited about this. This past Thursday we played at St. Vitus in Brooklyn, and we performed four of the new tracks. I find that, especially with this project, you don’t really know how to play a song until after you’ve performed it live, ideally more than once. Anyway, the show was really wonderful. I hate being sentimental or kind when communicating publicly, because I hate the culture industry and false tribal identification with pseudo-values and so on - but - that said, I am so appreciative of Liturgy’s fans. The energy at this show, and also at our show in May at the Glove (also in Brooklyn) was just incredible. We’ll perform in Baltimore in a few weeks, and then in Boston on our way up to Providence to record the new LPs at Machines with Magnets.
Philosophy has somewhat taken a back seat during this time. I led a reading group on Reza Negarestani’s Intelligence and Spirit that began in January and ended a few weeks ago; quite an important book, I think. Really something special. Beyond that I’ve been reading some Evola here and there along with Rowan Williams’s book Christ: The Heart of Creation. I’ll definitely have a tight account of my Transcendental Qabala system ready to publish in time for some activity this fall (which I guess I shouldn’t say too much about yet). But the most notable item regarding philosophy during the past six months is actually how much less time I’ve been devoting to it than usual. I have the sense that I don’t need to read much more. Oh, I almost forgot that I was developing an interest in the red-pilled fringe philosophy culture on Twitter during the past few months, especially during the time that the “Nina Power scandal” was unfolding. There’s definitely a lot of interesting and rigorous thinking going on out there in the dregs, and a lot of it connects with interests of mine like black metal theory, cyber-Catholicism, entrepreneurial Marxist religion and so on. I don’t really feel comfortable interacting very much, because there is so much crossover between this world and genuinely incorrigible Alt-Right thought. But I do think it’s really cool that there’s a kind of steamy, transgressive philosophical energy somewhere in the world that has its own infrastructure cut off from academia.
I’m inching towards developing an online philosophical presence, which means releasing philosophical videos, launching a Patreon and perhaps a podcast. I’m quite aware that very few people are aware of this site, and they typically have no idea that I have a system of concepts that means a lot to me and has been incubating for many years. Anyway, there will be more soon there.
Also, my new band with Dion Olivier and Tyler Thacker have played a few shows now, and we put a track called “Seraphim” up on the internet. We’re called Ideal. I’m looking forward to doing more with this band, it’s a really enjoyable collaboration.
Maybe the main ‘thing’ I have to say right now is that I have a renewed sense of commitment to majestic, sincere, disciplined ecstasy. I love Liturgy so much, and I respect the uniqueness and power of this music more than I ever have. I firmly believe that it is an important energy to be sending into the world, and the musical dynamic among the current lineup feels kind of sacred. The career of this band has been so turbulent, but I don't currently wish it to be or have been any different. As I’ve been writing the new record, I find myself with little interest or curiosity about breaking new ground or exploring cultural fault lines. I just want to make more music that sounds like Liturgy, and that sounds better than ever.