In preparation for the cool new stuff we’re letting out of the bag tomorrow, I glanced through our older videos and revisited this piece of insane brilliance. I am a huge, huge fan of Los Angeles based guerrilla filmmaker Damon Packard and his magnum opus Reflections Of Evil. A few years ago, I reached out to him to commission a couple of videos for songs from House With A Curse. It took many months and he never was able to film any new footage (or complete the second video) but finally he gave me this clip for “Skeleton Smile,” the song that kicked off side two of HWAC and had guest vocals from Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, one of my favorite singers on the planet. The video begins with some random footage of cats fighting then descends into pure insanity with clips from Packard’s Reflections Of Evil and bits from Grizzy and Three On A Meathook, both directed by Louisville-born 70’s exploitation champ William Girdler, as well as sections from Packard’s Grizzy Redux, his extended and enhanced psychotronic re-edit of Girdler’s original film. All of this comes together to form one of my favorite pieces of Coliseum history that ties in some great past and present Louisville figures, truly gonzo filmmaking, and our music splayed out on top. Long live Damon Packard.

In preparation for the cool new stuff we’re letting out of the bag tomorrow, I glanced through our older videos and revisited this piece of insane brilliance. I am a huge, huge fan of Los Angeles based guerrilla filmmaker Damon Packard and his magnum opus Reflections Of Evil. A few years ago, I reached out to him to commission a couple of videos for songs from House With A Curse. It took many months and he never was able to film any new footage (or complete the second video) but finally he gave me this clip for “Skeleton Smile,” the song that kicked off side two of HWAC and had guest vocals from Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, one of my favorite singers on the planet. The video begins with some random footage of cats fighting then descends into pure insanity with clips from Packard’s Reflections Of Evil and bits from Grizzy and Three On A Meathook, both directed by Louisville-born 70’s exploitation champ William Girdler, as well as sections from Packard’s Grizzy Redux, his extended and enhanced psychotronic re-edit of Girdler’s original film. All of this comes together to form one of my favorite pieces of Coliseum history that ties in some great past and present Louisville figures, truly gonzo filmmaking, and our music splayed out on top. Long live Damon Packard.

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RYAN PATTERSON is a graphic designer and visual artist from Louisville, Kentucky, known for his dense, instantly recognizable collage-based artwork. Patterson utilizes digital and physical tools to create hypnotic imagery with a proclivity for symmetry and a fixation on the dark and mysterious aspects of popular culture. Inspired equally by the cut-n-paste, photocopied aesthetic of early punk/hardcore and the cluttered kitsch of '60s and '70s exploitation film posters, Patterson blends elements of both in his work.

Patterson is perhaps most recognized for his role as the founding member of the band Coliseum, where, in addition to his position as singer, guitarist and songwriter, he is responsible for the band’s acclaimed album and t-shirt art. He has designed countless records and shirts for bands across the globe, including Avail, Tim Barry, Converge, Doomriders, The Exploding Hearts, From Ashes Rise, Kylesa, Mono, Red Sparowes, Russian Circles, Torche, Trap Them, Victims, and Young Widows, among many others. Patterson is also a member of the bands Black God and Whips/Chains.