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LES Punk Band DAMEHT ‘Exiled’ from NYC, Fled to Los Angeles

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LES Punk Band DAMEHT ‘Exiled’ from NYC, Fled to Los Angeles

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After Taylor Swift was named NYC’s “Global Welcome Ambassador,” Lower East Side punk collective DAMEHT fled to Los Angeles. This motion, which the band calls, “DAMEHT In Exile,” is a performance art protest against Swift’s glossy campaign, depicting a fantasy New York—one that’s only reality for tourists and billionaires.

DAMEHT created a fictional storyline, claiming NYC exiled them after seeing their collaborator Clayton Patterson’s viral response to Swift’s official appointment. While in LA, the band has been forced to adapt to a foreign, Californian way of life, which they’ve been documenting in a series of hilarious YouTube videos. We asked DAMEHT to document their entire excursion across America. This is their story:


The Road: 

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The road west across America is long and hard, but there’s promise of gold at the end.

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Before you make it west, you must survive rest stop boredom. 

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And ghost towns along historic routes.

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Progress is made with daydreaming of heisting UPS trains like a modern-day Western. 

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And keeping your eyes on the prize through treacherous conditions.


Life in LA:

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Melrose Avenue at Sunset. We Made It.

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Soon, we realize LA is much like NY. Loitering around with friends like Bradley Soileau.

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Life in LA gets surreal. Roman taking a drag.

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Warhol: I really regret saying everyone is going to get their 15 minutes of fame in the future.

Dali: I am drugs and I can’t feel my body.

Warhol: Same.


Work:

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 In the studio with Bilal the Chef. Little secret: We use iPhone speakers for our very professional productions. 

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Riv writing songs in the comforts of the studio. 

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 Studio meditations with the production guru DVLP.

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Hammer filming Charlie in the first episode of ‘DAMEHT in EXILE’

Showtime:

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Riv giving Lucas a haircut before a show. Not shown: Brazilian waxes.

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Roman making sure the DAMEHT Foot Clan is ready for battle. 

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Rivington getting ready for another sold out show.

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DAMEHT on the marquee at legendary venue The Viper Room.