WELCOME TO LIME LODGE – Angelo Harmsworth Launches New Alternative Publishing House

by JC Gonzo

Angelo Harmsworth

This Summer saw the launch of a new independent label, Lime Lodge, the concept-child of artist and musician Angelo Harmsworth, who’d after having had several releases on various labels decided to start his own. “I felt like my work belonged in a certain inaccessible place, so I decided to create my own structure for my work to exist in, though not solely, it extends to other artists too,” Harmsworth explains. Harmsworth’s first line of releases include artists Christian Michael Filardo and Chinese harsh-noise provocateur Torturing Nurse. “By putting a harsh-noise record by Torturing Nurse out alongside Christian Filardo’s academic synth work—both subgenres typically exclusive to themselves—totally shifts how we hear it. I wanted to take [Torturing Nurse’s] aesthetic and re-frame it with different artwork and a different mindset that what he usually brings to the table. Something more objective in presentation, nothing giving away what he thinks about his own work. Perhaps he thinks his work is nihilistic or angry, so a lot of the artwork leans towards violence and the grotesque. But I wanted to present it in a neutral fashion, like a whiteout, like a heavy metal band playing in a white wall gallery as opposed to a dungeon.”

Torturing Nurse

Torturing Nurse – Collapse / Ikiru

Harmsworth along with label mate (and longtime friend) Christian Michael Filardo are in the midst of a cross-country tour starting in temporary homebase Santa Fe, New Mexico and ending in Colorado after playing the North East. The tour is to spark attention to Lime Lodge and the two’s unique take on music distribution. “A vinyl record is a sculpture, the closest medium we get with sound to translate in an archival, structural object. Cassette tapes have a complex mechanical element with their moving parts and CDs are too abstract in its reliance on digital technology. The vinyl record is a physical phenomenon whose purpose and function are apparent. The end goal with Lime Lodge is definitely the physical object.” All three records currently on Lime Lodge are available either digitally or as vinyl records. “This is not in opposition to digital media, don’t read this as anti-digital,” he cautions. “There’s a lot of work being made that’s being supported by the Internet, but could do really well to be immortalized in the physical realm.”

 

Christian Michael Filardo

Christian Michael Filardo – Justice

Harmsworth is particular in his description of Lime Lodge, a self-declared publishing house. “Even if I only release records, it’s still a publishing house. A record label implies music, that’s sort of nebulous for me. Avoiding anything to pin it down is great. I would like to do some print editions, art books, or some sort of print matter.” This is a fitting mindset, as Lime Lodge’s name is borrowed from the Harmsworth legacy reaching generations prior. “Lime Lodge was the name of my family’s estate in England. They ran a radical newspaper exposing political bullshit. My great grandfather Desmond Harmsworth was very wealthy, he met up with a lot of writers in Paris like James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, and others… He did these small etchings and editions of these writers, being very much into micro-publishing. There’s a letter that was sold from James Joyce about how he couldn’t publish anything, asking my great grandfather Desmond if he would. I look up to Desmond. He was hooked into this limited run shit. There’s some strange resonance going on there.” It was Harmsworth estate being sold that funded and thereby continued the Lime Lodge moniker. “It’s dead now, but the money for this launch came out of its destruction.”

 

Angelo

Angelo Harmsworth – Cerillos Disco

What else can we expect from Lime Lodge? “I can imagine releasing photo books as well as records. I see a label as curation. I will buy everything from certain labels knowing they’re providing a discerned space, housing a specific consciousness, awareness, taste… It can be a way for people to digest their engagement with work. For Lime Lodge, I span eras by releasing older work, new work from the old and the young. I showcase it in a clean, objective environment with emphasis on physicality and a photograph or two. This extends beyond aesthetics into a mind-set, a uniformity. Having a diverse range of content that is structured by this. Receiving the work through an object like a record grants the user an experience. That’s partially what I’m providing.”

Go to Lime Lodge to purchase Angelo Harmsworth’s unsuspecting ode to the Southwest, Cerillos Disco, as well as Torturing Nurse’s Collapse/Ikiru, and Christian Filardo’s Justice, deemed “an alternative to music and art, entirely.

Catch the boys on tour, check dates here.

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