EC8OR’S “DYNAMITE” – One of the Last Digital Hardcore Videos

by JC Gonzo

 

EC8OR was a 2-piece electro-punk band formed under the Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) label, owned by Alec Empire of Atari Teenage Riot. Dynamite was the lead single for EC8OR’s final album, “The One & Only High & Low,” released in 2000 just before the collapse of DHR. EC8OR (comprised of Patric Catani and Gina V. D’Orio) had garnered attention from the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal label, who released the compilation album “All Of Us Can Be Rich” in 1997.

EC8OR – Dynamite

Dynamite is the band’s second and last video, and one of the very few from DHR that was not directed by Philipp Virus. Directed by Sean Ash, the video showcases the band’s odd sense of humor which DHR’s poster-band Atari Teenage Riot lacked. Patric Catani and Gina V. D’Orio enter a convenience store with intention to rob it, but the entire video is structured around waiting impatiently. Anxiety and tension builds as the two set up their plan, the stock boy becomes suspicious, and customers become increasingly frustrating. Ultimately, there is no pay-off as the video ends just as Gina begins to land a punch on the daunting cashier.

I applaud director Sean Ash‘s clever subversion of expectation through smart editing and content. On such a tight budget, he did not fall back on lo-fi video synthesizer effects or distortion which had become a go-to aesthetic for the DHR scene. Sean Ash currently makes commercial fashion videos for Vogue, Dior, Dazed and Confused, and more, as well as music videos for upcoming small acts.

Since the band’s split Patric Catani & Gina V. D’Orio branched out their musical styles with successful solo careers. Gina V. D’Orio released a solo album, a 1960’s pop cover album, and makes up one-half of Cobra Killer. Patric Catani released various solo albums under different names, most popularly as Candie Hank, is one-half Driver&Driver, and has delved into the realm of soundtrack and sound installation production. The two have not collaborated since EC8OR except for a short-lived booty-bass EP under the name A*CLASS, where the two take on the identity of privileged, obedient students.

Patric and Gina did not leave on bad terms,  the two appeared together for this 2009 interview in XLR8R magazine and suggest a reunion. One can only hope!

2 Comments

  1. Mick says:

    Cool. Had two or three of these albums when I graduated high school in 2000; around the same time DHR faltered. Should still have them around here somewhere. They were good, but I don’t remember them being representative of Dynamite here. The two are gorgeous though here. Hats off.

    The world was a totally weird place pre-Napster. I can see how scenes like this would struggle and collapse after being able to get lost in all the music that ever was became a completely inexpensive thing to do.

  2. Mick says:

    PS: Here here (you can never have enough here’s)

    Maybe Mr/Mrs. admin can edit one or two away.

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