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EXCLUSIVE: The Dwarves’ Music Video DEVIL’S LEVEL Will Rip Your Eyes Out! [NSFW]

Notoriously twisted shock-rockers The Dwarves have been assaulting ears, eyes, brains and stages for over three decades now — and they’re still embracing that distinctive brand of crazed, grotesque and freakishly fun DIY outsider art that first splattered them across the music map.

That’s why it’s our pleasure to offer you the exclusive online premiere of the outrageously gory video for the track “Devil’s Level,” from the band’s new album THE DWARVES TAKE BACK THE NIGHT. The record is a landmark in itself, as this year also marks the 30th anniversary of the band’s first official tour.

Formed in Illinois as a punk garage band in the mid-‘80s, The Dwarves built a cult following on the basis of anything-goes live performances and controversial imagery (some of their album covers made headlines after being banned from mainstream sales venues), and worked with labels like Sub Pop, MVD, Bomp! and Epitaph (to name just a handful). The band’s personnel lineup has revolved over the years, and has included members of Devo, KMFDM, Queens of the Stone Age and many more.

Over that time, The Dwarves incorporated a vast range of musical styles (including hardcore punk, pop, hip-hop, psychedelic rock and experimental noise), while their fans have seen band members “stabbed, bludgeoned, swarmed, arrested, shut down, sabotaged and even fellated onstage” during tours with major artists from a dozen genres. The band is also infamous for getting kicked off tour rosters and booted from clubs around the world for insane antics both onstage and off.

But that doesn’t mean they don’t offer something for all tastes: for example, Dwarves vocalist and co-founding member Blag Dahlia performed the hit novelty song “Doing the Sponge” on SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS episode “The Chaperone” — although even Spongebob himself was kicked off the stage after his performance of the song led to several characters being injured!

The Dwarves are releasing TAKE BACK THE NIGHT through indie label Burger Records [order it here!] who have developed a cult rep for releasing many of their artists’ material on cassette tapes. The label turned to prolific director Nesto (whose comic sci-fi short GUT FEELING recently premiered at the Portland International Film Festival) to helm the video for “Devil’s Level,” inspired by grindhouse satanic cinema and the eye-gouging artistry of beloved director Lucio Fulci (ZOMBI, THE BEYOND)… who would probably adore all the graphic eyeball violations depicted onscreen in squishy detail.

Remember, this video is totally unsafe for work viewing… unless maybe you work for the coolest boss ever.

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