Anthony Mehlhaff Photo Column—Cunts

Nov 16, 2019

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A proto/powerviolence band form Los Angeles. The name says it all.

This photo was taken shortly after Cunts and Deadcross lead guitar player, Michael Crain knocked my camera out of my hands and to the ground. In that moment I wanted to kill him but I decided that I was actually imposing on his performance bubble and picked my camera up, backed up half a foot, continued to snap photos, and attempted to not snap a neck.

Since that first May show in that tiny DIY establishment I’ve seen these guys countless times. Every time, the show has a certain amount of power and seems to always have the element of danger, which is lead by the enigmatic Matt Cronk who is a show man through and through, even offstage.

I think of Cunts as powerviolence, but with songs that are regular length. Oh yeah! Good news for me and bad news for my neighbors who have to hear Cunts at 4:30 in the morning as I drive off to dig holes. The music makes me wanna put people in those holes.

I love this pic of unknown women and Matt Cronk because it screams Cunts to me.