Saturday Oct. 5th 8pm at AS220 - 115 Empire St., Providence RI - $8 all ages
featuring (in alphabetical order)
The Vomit Arsonist
select linked artist names for samples and descriptions
Since 1985, Abstinence has created experimental industrial music that follows in the traditions of the Beats, the Dada movement, the Futurists, the raw vision of punk rock, the origins of industrial music, the freedom of the experimental art movement and the eternal global human rights art movement.
Many people have commented about the name over the years. The name Abstinence [to us] means; "abstaining from the redundancy of what people think." This inspires Abstinence to be staunch in a vision that isn't influenced by music/art/technological trends and to maintain a commitment to pure artistic exploration.
Abstinence utilizes tunnels, decommissioned military bases, warehouses, bathrooms, abandoned buildings, basements, freeway underpasses and various indoor/outdoor environments as sound laboratories to create unique soundscapes that coalesce with powertools, a variety of traditional analog / digital instrumentation and bombastic percussion.
Our lyrics and audio/video samples are focused on demystifying the political and societal world in which we live.
Delusions Of Architecture [DoA] (available at the Abstinence website) is an analytical exploration of the way people fail to understand the control structures of the societies, companies, organizations, religions, and communities they hold dear. DoA embraces Abstinence's experimental industrial roots by creating an organic industrial style of composition while using new tools and concepts.
The video is not lip-syncing over the recorded track. Everything you see was actually recorded at that time, including the vocals, which you see being recorded. The objective was to present the most raw version of us creating the performance.
Opening with an introduction of grainy raw footage of Hell & Deftly discussing the the global surveillance apparatus, partially redacted by the International Intelligence Unit, the scene is set for the primary theme of DoA. Once they realize they are not just talking about the plight of others, but themselves, it all becomes hyper-real. The first track "The Back Your Knife Forgot" takes on a third person perspective to examine the many ways we are psychologically betrayed, not by others, but by ourselves. The tracks "If You Aren't Angry - You Aren't Paying Attention" and "Pragmatic Approaches" explore the offensive tactical actions available to those perceived as powerless. The two tracks are also the closest to the energy Abstinence put forth in the early 1990's on Multiple Cross Wounds. "Global Oligarchy Rising," "ThoughtSLAM," and "Screaming into the Void V3" are pounding examples of how industrial music, driven by the original essence that brought Abstinence into the industrial art/music movement in the mid 1980's, isn't retro, but are applicable to the fury and creative tools of now. "Art Crash" and "The Calling" are dripping with funky beats, aggressive keyboards and endless soundscapes that would make Jack Dangers and Chuck D tap their feet. "Judgement Day" brings the raw aggression of the track "Abstinence" [that was on Level 7 in 1987] into the future. "Wearing Injustice" and "Applied Cognition Tactics" bring together the sounds found on the Revolt of the Cyberchrist and Theorem releases of the mid 1990's.
One of our trademarks was to record our own sample archive, which brings the environments we record in directly into the essence of the music. Hell also wanted to create a new compositional style for the project and designed the experiment that had the project recording video samples of studio sessions at HELLlab Brooklyn, bridges, metal scrap yards, an airport, auto repair shops, industrial/factory locations, and other environments throughout the north-eastern corridor of the US, recorded specifically for this project throughout 2011 and 2012. The video is in a quadrant format that will make each viewing a unique experience. In addition, the cd version has additional songs that are not on the dvd.
DoA also features exclusive samples and interviews with people like F.M. Einheit [Einstürzende Neubauten], Harry Allen [Public Enemy Media Assassin], Ann Wright [3rd highest person in the US State Dept. to resign because of the lead up to the Iraq War], Michael Ruppert [investigative reporter and LAPD whistleblower], Cynthia McKinney [former US Congresswoman], Joel Dreyfus [former editor of The Root, Red Herring, PC Magazine, Fortune], Dr. Laura Crary [professor of art history], and Rev. David Dyson [legendary organizer who trained with Cesar Chavez] to name a few. Additionally, there is exclusive s6k footage from the original location of Occupy Wall Street.
Check out choice interviews/discussions from our s6k Media Archive [click here]
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Controlled Bleeding is a prolific experimental music group based in Massapequa, New York. The group was founded by Paul Lemos, the group’s only consistent member. Most of Controlled Bleeding’s released recordings feature two main collaborators, Chris Moriarty and vocalist Joe Papa, who both died in the late 2000s.
Since their first full-length release in 1983, Controlled Bleeding have released over 30 albums spanning several different genres, many of which were released on notable independent labels. Their cross-genre approach combined with the out-of-print status of many of the group’s releases is reminiscent of the work of other experimental and cross-genre groups of the 80s and 90s such as Coil and Swans. Controlled Bleeding’s latest release is titled ODES TO BUBBLER.
The following videos give a taste of their prolific past but still don't cover all of the many directions CB has taken through it's long history.
Neptune's origins trace to 1994 as a sculpture project by Boston artist/musician Jason Sanford, who forged the band's haphazard guitars and reluctant drums from scrap steel and found objects. Seven lineups, twenty-three releases and hundreds of instruments later, the band continues to wrench its sound spatter on self-built instruments to often confounded audiences around the world. In 2007, they released Gong Lake with avant arbiter Table of the Elements, home to art heroes Tony Conrad, Rhys Chatham and Faust. Neptune has shared the stage with a variety of influential artists such as The Ex, Mission of Burma, Ut, Oneida, Lightning Bolt, The Flaming Lips, Blonde Redhead, Melt-Banana, Charles Hayward, Liars, Black Dice, James Chance & the Contortions, Gang Gang Dance, The Dresden Dolls, Six Finger Satellite, and Wolf Eyes. Sanford and longtime Neptune collaborator Mark Pearson are currently joined by musicians/instrument inventors Kevin Micka and Farhad Ebrahimi, redefining their music and creating new sounds from scratch. Propulsive percussion and sonorous electronics tangle with Sanford's microtonal string creations with a refined minimalism, adding a new chapter to the band's ever-evolving story.
"Immediately drawn in by their energy, I sprinted through the trees and, living dangerously, flew up the steep fire-escape stairs and into the performance space. The energetic trio from Boston bounced around the stage with what appeared at first glance to be weapons but turned out to be electric guitars. One member played a homemade synthesizer assembled from scrap metal, pieces of wood, a power supply taken from a trashed computer, and a few square-wave oscillators. Another played an electric bass shaped like a scythe. Their music fit their name and appearance—other-worldly and slightly terrifying."
- SERGEI TCHEREPNIN, THE BROOKLY RAIL
"Robert Galbraith, previously known for his darker strands of electronics as Codec and the label operator behind now defunct Component Records now reverts to his roots as Raab Codec. Taking elements from a handful of genres including electro, dub, post-industrial, acid, drum’n bass, dubstep, experimental and a slew of analog synth noodling. Bridging mid-90′s melodic pulsars tied to current-era data processing, the whole package feels as raw as it’ll ever get. Diving into each track would be an exercise in futility as they’re essentially soaked in the above-mentioned genres and yet somehow manage to piece themselves together like ashes falling in the night sky. So as these mechanically enriched slabs of utter bass, beat and danceable grooves slither above leftfield terrain, Raab Codec ensures a smooth landing. " -Igloomag.com
The Vomit Arsonist (Andrew Grant) is a death industrial/power electronics performer currently residing in Warwick, RI. Drawing influence from acts such as Brighter Death Now, Navicon Torture Technologies, Steelhook Prostheses, etc., his bleak, depressive sound covers a wide range of territory: walls of noise and ear-shattering feedback, pummeling and mechanical industrial rhythms, beds of blackened ambiance and maniacal, powerful vocal work. Thematically, The Vomit Arsonist is an extremely personal project, deeply rooted in the world of mental illness, suffering, and the loss of hope.
The Vomit Arsonist has also done several collaborations with Theologian, including the album inspired by Lars von Trier's film Antichrist, Nature Is Satan's Church.
"...I would place in the “music for serial killers” category and it is perfect listening for pre or after the act. In fact it is surprisingly chilled and I would be tempted to put this on to unwind after a hard night of dismemberment when all the cleaning up had been done and you just wanted to relax and unwind."
Since 2006, he has released three full length albums-- his most recent being the well-received "Go Without" (preview here: http://soundcloud.com/the-vomit-arsonist/go-without-preview) -- as well as many splits and limited cassette releases.
Besides The Vomit Arsonist, Andrew Grant is a member of the bands The Wolfbane Blues, Bereft, Nau-Zee-auN, TERRORFAKT, White Load, and The Virginal Brides and runs Danvers State Recordings who has produced releases by The [law-rah] Collective, Wilt, Theologian, RU-486, Dissecting Table, and Love Is Nothing among many others.
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