ABOUT BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99
S. Craig Zahler (BONE TOMAHAWK) returns with his sophomore feature, BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99. An exhilarating exercise in analog violence, BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 follows the brutal exploits of a former boxer who finds himself incarcerated after a drug deal goes wrong. Trapped in a maximum security facility, he must fight to stay alive and to protect those he loves. The film stars Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Guiry, and Don Johnson
ABOUT S. CRAIG ZAHLER
Florida-born New Yorker S. Craig Zahler worked for many years as a cinematographer and a catering chef, while playing heavy metal and creating strange theater pieces. His debut western novel, A Congregation of Jackals, was nominated for both the Peacemaker and the Spur awards, and his western screenplay, THE BRIGANDS OF RATTLEBORGE, garnered him a three-picture deal at Warner Brothers and topped the prestigious Black List. In 2011, a horror movie that he wrote in college, ASYLUM BLACKOUT (aka The Incident), was made and picked up by IFC Films after a couple of people fainted at its Toronto premiere.
As drummer, lyricist, and co-songwriter, Zahler makes music with his doomy epic metal band Realmbuilder, which is signed to I Hate Records (Sweden). This followed his foray in black metal with the project Charnel Valley (whose two albums were released by Paragon Records). Zahler’s uncommonly nasty horror western novel Wraiths of the Broken Land came out 2013. The following year saw the release of his transhuman science fiction novel Corpus Chrome, Inc., the publication by St. Martin’s Press of his crime novel, Mean Business on North Ganson Street, and the twenty-one day shoot of his directorial debut, BONE TOMAHAWK.
“Conceptually, I approached each tune much as I would a novel or script by beginning with a basic character—the protagonist. From this seed, I grew the music, working with co-composer and my longtime friend of thirty plus years, Jeff Herriott, a new music composer and music professor with whom I grew up and made heavy metal albums (as Realmbuilder), synthesizer music (as Binary Reptile), and the score to my first film, BONE TOMAHAWK. For these songs, I focused on character first and story second, adding essential, world-building details everywhere. Jeff and I composed, orchestrated, and arranged the core elements of these seven tunes in an intense six-day period, which took place between my marathon editing sessions of the film itself. Some of these tunes were conceived to complement scenes in the movie, and others were written to serve as a direct counterpoint, but all were to be heartfelt journeys from the perspective of the songs’ protagonists.” – S. Craig Zahler
ABOUT JEFF HERRIOTT
Versatile composer Jeff Herriott is equally comfortable and experienced in a range of musical settings, including contemporary classical music, indie rock, heavy metal, and experimental electronic projects. He co-composed the score for BONE TOMAHAWK with S. Craig Zahler.
Recipient of commissions from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the MATA Festival, and the American Composers Forum, Herriott has had his classical works performed by leading soloists and ensembles across four continents. His music, which often includes interaction between live performers and electronic sounds, has been described as “colorful…darkly atmospheric” (New York Times), “hypnotic” (mainlypiano.com
), and “incredibly soft, beautiful, and delicate” (Computer Music Journal). His works are released on the Albany, Innova, New Tertian, SEAMUS, SoundSet, and UKM2 labels.
Herriott’s work in popular and contemporary forms has primarily take shape with the sleepy rock band Bell Monks, whose 2012 album Let the Waves Carry Us (Mine All Mine Records), was named one of Madison’s 10 best and most ambitious of the year (madison.com
), and the metal outfit Realmbuilder, whose three albums have been released through Sweden’s I Hate Records. Herriott frequently performs experimental work as an electronic/ laptop musician and has appeared alongside a range of musicians at galleries and clubs including John Zorn’s NYC space The Stone, Spectrum NYC, Buffalo’s Hallwalls, and the Inova Gallery (Milwaukee).
Herriott is a Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, where he is the coordinator of the Media Arts and Game Development Program and teaches courses in audio, multimedia, music technology, and composition.
released December 22, 2017
JEFF HERRIOTT & S. CRAIG ZAHLER
THE O’JAYS FEATURING EDDIE LEVERT AND WALTER WILLIAMS
Executive Album Producers for Lakeshore Records:
Skip Williamson and Brian McNelis
Director of A&R: Eric Craig
A&R / Art Director: John Bergin
Special Thanks: Lynn Hobensack and Don Smith