NEW ALBUM ‘BACK TO MONO’ OUT – 29 OCTOBER 2012 & LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED
LISTEN TO A TURN ME ON, DEAD MAN FROM THE NEW ALBUM: http://bit.ly/WHueoZ
Boyd Rice / NON announces a series of dates following the release of a new album, Back To Mono, on 29 October 2012.
The dates, starting in Moscow on 3 November, are the first since Boyd Rice’s performance at the now legendary Short Circuit presents Mute festival at the Roundhouse in 2011.
In London, Boyd Rice presents two very special events – a live show at The Garage (upstairs) on 19 November, with guests to be announced and Dementia – An Evening Of Cautionary Tales at Treadwells bookshop, WC1 on 16 November. This unique event, at one of the last esoteric havens in London includes a rare showing of Dementia (John Parker, 1955) with a soundtrack by Boyd Rice, who will also be performing a spoken word set, signing books and available for a Q&A. A Warning to the Curious will also perform, Nina Antonia and Jerome Alexandre’s spoken word and music collaboration. Tickets are available from Child of The Black Moon at http://bit.ly/TTFPTk
LIVE DATES AND EVENTS
3 Nov – Moscow, Plan B
6 Nov – Helsinki, Kuudes Linja
9 Nov – Wroclaw Industrial Festival, Poland
16 Nov – London – Dementia – An Evening Of Cautionary Tales
19 Nov – London – The Garage (Upstairs)
24 November – Dresden, Germany (venue to be announced) http://bit.ly/T83VnS
Back To Mono is a return to Boyd Rice’s noise roots, and the first new album since 2002’s Children Of The Black Sun.
Back To Mono’s tracklisting encompasses brand new recordings – made with Wes Eisold (Cold Cave), NY producer Bryin Dall (Thee Majesty / Hirsute Pursuit) and long time collaborator Z’ev, alongside unreleased studio and live recordings from the late 70s, plus a cover of The Normal’s ‘Warm Leatherette’, Mute’s first release which, explains Rice, is “the best electronic pop song – bar none. I bought that single fifteen minutes before meeting Daniel. And that meeting changed my life.”
It’s difficult to imagine the pioneering impact that tracks such as 1978’s ‘Watusi’ (here re-recorded by Wes Eisold) and ‘Scream’ (recorded live in 1979 at LA’s Whiskey A Go-Go) must have had at the time, now that noise is a recognised genre.
Says Rice, “I was doing sample-based music about a decade before the advent of samplers, when everyone else was using bass, guitars, keyboards and drums. It has been said that I invented the first sampler. Perhaps I did. At the time I called it the N.M.U. (or noise manipulation unit). It allowed me to essentially sample numerous tracks of noise and mould them into rudimentary rhythms. This was my principle instrument for a good many years and can be heard on Back to Mono, in the late 70’s archival recordings.”
Turn Me On, Dead Man and Turn Me On, Dead Man (Reprise) are both collaborations with musician, artist, poet, dancer and “long time partner-in-crime” Z’ev, who has previously collaborated with the likes of Merzbow, and Psychic TV amongst others
Cold Cave’s Wes Eisold produced and recorded the title track at Cold Cave’s Philadelphia studio.
Boyd Rice / NON’s first release was what is known as the Black Album (1975). “When I started to compose and perform noise music in the ‘70s there simply were no other noise groups.” As noise became more commonplace, Rice moved into more subtle and complex recordings.
Explains Rice, “Back to Mono was my attempt to demonstrate that the genre I created still had room to grow; that it could still be re-imagined.”
BACK TO MONO TRACKLISTING
Turn Me On, Dead Man
Back To Mono
Seven Sermons To The Dead
Obey Your Signal Only
Man Cannot Flatter Fate
Back To Mono (Live)
Turn Me On, Dead Man (Reprise)
Fire Shall Come