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The Complex Dialect

Seattle’s 8-Piece Progressive Outfit Complex Dialect – “Change”

Photo: Hanna Stevens

The Complex Dialect is an 8 piece progressive outfit homegrown from Seattle contributing an array of sounds engulfing the listener in a full blown musical experience. When it comes to their new release “Change” they hold back no punches not only expressing their inner selves musically but lyrically as well.

“Change” addresses problems (Side A) we face in our current political and societal atmosphere while also offering a solution (Side B) side to these issues we are plagued by. The Complex Dialect is a diverse group of individuals who touch on matters such race (Radar), the 1% (Capitalism), addiction (Fall), and inner struggles(No Man’s Land). These dilemmas mentioned are the main focus of (Side A: Problem) giving listeners a copious amount to absorb and process given the circumstances we are presented today.

 “Capitalism” is a track that guitarist Earnie Ashwood describes:

“Capitalism is about living in an economically unforgiving society that is controlled by corporations and the top 1%. The song calls out the external conditioning that creates said economic state while at the same time draws attention to the personal decisions we make that contributes to our own social economic oppression. The brands we buy, how we spend our currency (the most important currency being time), and how we constantly have our financial status on our minds are large contributors towards a system that strips away many of the qualities that make up our very humanity. The song is about taking a step outside of oneself and challenging the personal ignorance of the unwilling contributions one makes to their own personal subjugation.” – Earnie Ashwood

On the release of Change, he further states:

“Words will never be able to express what it means to us to be able to complete and share this album. From the beginning it has been our goal to provide a realistic perspective of where the world stands, and to provide connection and comfort in knowing that we all are not alone in facing challenging issues. It is our sincere hope that this album brings a sense of collective bonding, while providing a safe space for inner reflection and true personal change.” – Earnie Ashwood

The beauty of their album is they not only address problems and then leave the listener hanging, but they come together on (Side B: Solution) and give different  perspectives on how to bring the change we seek. The theme of oneness reigns supreme in “One Constellation” showing that differences can be set aside when we realize we all are from the same source. Side B reflects on the importance of our interactions with others and within ourselves.

The Complex Dialect displays the problems and solutions over a musical landscape infused with Rock, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Alternative organically producing an inventive sound.

Stand-Out Tracks:

“Rude”, “Looking For A Friend For The End Of The World”, “One Constellation”, “Radar”

You can purchase Change LP at: http://www.thecomplexdialect.com/store

21 Years of Lies? Review: Kurt Cobain Documentary “Soaked in Bleach”

For over 21 years, the death of Kurt Cobain has struck controversy for people worldwide. Following the release of the film, Montage of Heck, which can certainly be described as a montage of, well, heck, came the release of documentary, Soaked in Bleach.  With the help of Tom Grant, private investigator, with a background in law enforcement, who was hired to find Kurt Cobain by Courtney Love, the film was able to be conducted. Benjamin Statler, director of the documentary, provides the facts on the Kurt Cobain apparent suicide. Within the film, viewers are provided with details of the mishandling on the investigation into the death of Cobain. We find Seattle police ruled it a suicide within 54 minutes with no investigation and even destruction of evidence. Though, it doesn’t stop there! From the moment he met Love, red flags sparked within Tom Grant.

The story we were told was the “truth” is that Kurt Cobain shot himself after he’d injected three times the lethal dose of heroin. Looking deeper into it, many thought, “how is that even possible?” Scientifically proven, we find that with the intense amount of heroin in Cobain’s system, he wouldn’t have been able to move! Not to mention, the shotgun wasn’t checked for fingerprints until May 6th, 1994, about a month after his body was found.

Diving deeper into the film, we learn Love’s devious control over the media, false reports to the police, and even the fact there was no suicide note! In fact, as evidence shows, it was about quitting the music business. The short paragraph to daughter Frances and Love has made everyone skeptical, including several handwriting experts and even Rosemary Carroll, Love’s own entertainment attorney and close friend to the couple. Love even claimed Cobain had been suicidal, but multiple friends and family confirmed he wasn’t, despite drug addiction, lyrics, and his health problems, such as his major stomach pains.

Following the release of Soaked in Bleach, it took a huge hit from both directions, good and bad. Statler had multiple lawyers of Courtney Love sending over cease and desist against the film, what seems to be to scare off those releasing the movie. In addition to that, there are those referring to the idea of murder as a conspiracy. In argument, Grant defines a conspiracy theory as, “an agreement between two or more persons or to perpetrate an illegal act” and that conspiracies are very real. His definition goes into depth on the website, www.cobaincase.com as well as the facts on the case.

Even with the negativity the film received, it had taken a great amount of positivity. It has given dedicated fans and experts an opportunity to speak the truth. It was taken into the hands of Dana Dandy from Prague to start a petition on change.org to re-open the case of Kurt Cobains death. As of now, the petition has over 3,000, with a goal of 5,000. Through her dedication, she has striven to get to the bottom of the case and has even been in contact with the Seattle Police Department Chief, Mrs. O’Toole. By re-opening the case, Dandy, along with thousands of others, believe that it will serve justice for Kurt Cobain, as well the 60 plus copycat suicides after the death of their inspiration.

To sign the petition, go to: https://www.change.org/p/seattle-police-department-reopening-the-case-of-kurt-cobain-s-death

Overall, we can all agree to disagree on the beliefs of Nirvana front-man, Kurt Cobain’s death. There is always more to the story. In conclusion, Soaked in Bleach hits us hard with evidence. It’s up to us to take those facts into consideration.

You can find Soaked in Bleach at Vimeo, Google Play, Amazon, iTunes, and more.

"Soaked in Bleach" official poster

“Soaked in Bleach” official poster