Helot Revolt But Love

Jack Curtis Dubowsky


Helot Revolt "But Love"


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HELOT REVOLT
"BUT LOVE"
FIRST NEW RELEASE IN 32 YEARS
 
Drops June 7, 2024
 
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ABOUT

Jack Spittle drags himself out of retirement to lay down this new Helot Revolt track. "But Love" had been an idea floating unrealized in the ether for over 30 years. After De Stijl Music digitized Helot Revolt videos from 1991-93 and posted them on YouTube, it seemed time to record this queer metal bonbon. (Original Helot Revolt materials are now in Dubowsky's archive in Special Collections at the Oviatt Library, CSUN.)

Helot Revolt grabbed national attention in 1991 with a transgressive combination of music, sexuality, performance art, activism, and spectacular live shows. Music press praised Helot Revolt's 1992 CD, In Your Face / Up Your Butt, with write-ups in RIP, BAM, Details, Billboard, as well as in many zines that promoted the counterculture of the period. Helot Revolt coincided with the homocore and queercore movements, but had its own unique, polished, metal sound.

Producer, songwriter, lead vocalist, and mastermind Jack Curtis Dubowsky was working in Los Angeles as a recording engineer with Kiss, Bob Ezrin, Megadeth, Max Norman, Warrant, Beau Hill, Tom Werman, Ron Goudie, and many hair metal bands and producers of the day. This immersion influenced what would become the Helot Revolt CD.

For live shows, Jack assembled a performance art troupe that played benefits for ACT UP, Queer Nation, City of Angels Hospice, and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Helot Revolt shows were spectacular performance art extravaganzas with slide projectors, tape machines, costumes, dancers, and sing-alongs. Alex Meconi directed a rockumentary about the band: Helot Revolt the World's Greatest Faggot Heavy Metal Band or They Were Out of Bette Davis so I Got This (1993, 27 minutes).

For more information, visit https://destijlmusic.com/helotrevolt/

CREDITS

Jack Spittle: Vocals
Stevie Garcia: Guitars
Jack Curtis Dubowsky: Bass, Keyboards, Programming, Drums.
Produced and Engineered by Jack Curtis Dubowsky
Music and lyrics by Jack Curtis Dubowsky

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