In this country, you are innocent until proven guilty. When Wrest (a.k.a. multi-instrumentalist and he who is Leviathan, Jef Whitehead) was accused of sexual assault, I didn’t believe it was possible. But Wrest’s silence on the matter was disconcerting for someone who truly loves everything the dude’s done.
Wrest has a new album coming out called True Traitor, True Whore, which will be in stores November 8 through Profound Lore, and spoke to Pitchfork via email about the accusations he still faces. The story also contains a new track from Wrest.
“The true harlot has been revealed,” writes Wrest. “I’m playing O.J. and paying for my freedom. [True Traitor, True Whore] is most definitely an expression of what I’ve been [through] in the past year.”
I wanted to hear this album before reading that quote. Now, I really, really want to hear it.
Wrest also said there is a new Lurker of Chalice on the horizon.
“So wanna make another Lurker of Chalice…intimidated by sophomore curse, a little…got material…when I did that, I’d an amazing muse… she’s left us.”
He also basically called out bands for ripping of Weakling.
“Just heard an impressive band from my neck of the woods, Deafheaven…but they among most nowadays USBM owe John Gossard (Weakling) $$$$$…your plagiarism is…cute… but you’re outed…and need soap, son. Imperial and Judd are two of my best buds.”
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