Whirlwind noise-grinders ANAL CUNT (A.C.) will release a posthumous two-CD collection of all their earliest works entitled "The Old Testament" on November 22 via Relapse Records. The last completely authorized A.C. release showcases the band's earliest and most forceful work. In addition to the infamous "5,643 Song EP" and the bands early split releases, "The Old Testament" includes A.C.'s first demo (from April 1988) and last session in 1991, neither of which have been heard by anyone outside the band. It also contains liner notes penned by charismatic founder and songwriter Seth Putman shortly before his death, as well as an epilogue from original A.C. drummer Tim Morse, tons of never-before-seen early photos, and much more.
In a June 2011 interview, Putnam stated about the collection, "The recordings from 1988 to 1991 represent the older A.C. sound.
"When the band started, the goal was to be the fastest, noisiest band around and to have absolutely no trace of musicality at all no lyrics, no song titles, no music written for the songs. Over time, some musical parts were added here and there.
"The original A.C. influenced countless other bands, and was the only band [of its kind] that actually toured and played out regularly."
Added Morse, "The releases this year have turned out to be far more important than anyone ever could have imagined. They officially mark the end of A.C., forever. The band [Seth] started 23 years ago became our lives. And as we all know, all things, including lives, must end. But as a memorial to both Seth and A.C., we are all blessed to have had experiences as amazing as this."
A.C. courted controversy and melted minds with its unique brand of noise for over twenty years. Love them or hate them, the outrageous outfit built a cult following worldwide and became one of the most talked about underground bands of our time.