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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Irreversible's Jacob Franklin debuts Crucifiction with "It's All Written" (ft. Pöpe)

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With Irreversible having been on hiatus since releasing its Thorn and Plucked Up By The Root EPs on Dec. 20/21, 2012 - the group's nod to the end of times - Jacob Franklin (guitar, bass, vocals) has kept himself busy. "It's All Written (ft. Pöpe)" is his first offering under the name Crucifiction [sic.], and is a harbinger of change for Franklin. Paired up with longtime friend and ex-Big Jesus collaborator Josh Hunter (Pöpe), the two have crafted a decidedly ethereal departure from the post-hardcore tumult of Irreversible. Franklin tells more:

Basically, while Irreversible is on hiatus, the urge to put out music has been increasing for me. Recording feels as mandatory as breathing or sleeping. Josh Hunter and I have been friends for five-six years and since he moved to Oxford, Miss. to finish school, we have stayed in touch as pen pals and made this particular song via email exchange. I would track an instrument and send it to him, then he would reply with an accompanying track and some mixing notes. Our nervousness about singing generated a kind of mutual encouragement, not to mention I could relate to his isolation out there in Mississippi. I have periods of isolation living in Atlanta, despite having friends here, so producing with Josh felt especially meaningful. This felt like the ideal way to kick off Crucifiction - with a friend's help. The misspelled name is an atheist pun, obviously.

Here comes the egg-head philosophizing: I want this to be a self-production project, themed around my love of symbolism, occultism, and Luciferianism, as viewed through the lens of my atheism. "It's All Written" addresses the notion of free will, as Josh and I discussed it. Sam Harris writes on this subject (calling free will an "illusion") in the context of morality, but I've found that the free will question resonates heavily with both my atheism and the writing process. When I write, I can't "freely choose" what comes out; I'm just an interface between my instruments and the recording software. When I mix, the commands I enter into the computer are being directed by my hearing and central nervous system, not my "soul" or "spirit." And I didn't chose my ears, my atheism, my genes, my parents or taste either. I'm permanently acting out the effects of an endless chain of prior causes, and I see no evidence of a spiritual influence behind these events in my own life, so I am an atheist by obligation to my experience. The most spiritual experience I have is the process of watching riffs and words congeal in my head to eventually become audible to other people.

I'm currently working on a 22-song full-length and making lots of progress. I think fans of Irreversible will be able to dig it, if they can tolerate the softer vocals ... And the drum machines.

Crucifiction plays 529 on Fri., May 31 with Satan's Satyrs, Order of the Owl, and Gunpowder Gray. $7. 9 p.m. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.

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