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O))) belt buckle production, Czech February 2019


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And it shall be done.

23 02 2019
#3959

SUNN O))) presents their new album Life Metal


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ALL HAIL LIFE METAL

WATCH THE LIFE METAL VIDEO TRAILER VIA THE QUIETUS

SUNN O))) are pleased to present Life Metal, their first new studio album in four years, due for release on Southern Lord in April 2019. The album will be supported by their first European tour since 2016, including their first ever French tour - dates and details below.

At the very beginning of 2018 SUNN O))) co-founders Stephen O'Malley & Greg Anderson set out on a path toward a new album production. They were both determined to create new music and a new method of working in the studio, without forgetting the long and proud history of production and studio accomplishments forged during their first two decades of existence (and the members' own musical experiences out of the band's). One long term goal was completely clear: to record Sunn O))) with Steve Albini in his Electrical Audio studio. Steve took the call, said "Sure, this will be fun. I have no idea what is going to happen."

Greg and Stephen gathered twice that spring for writing, conceptualising and riff woodshedding in the very building where the band was formed: Downtown Rehearsal in Los Angeles. Sonic cosmoses, flashes of abstract colour (synthetic and objective) and themes emerged from the mastered depths of saturation and circuits between the two players and their mountains of gear. Themes developed in terms of brightness and energy, while visionary cues pointed toward subconscious areas of practice and the pair realised they were exploring other zones of consciousness via sound/time and sound/energy manipulation. In early summer a pre-production session with full backline, as a trio with T.O.S. on Moog, was recorded at Dave Grohl’s 606 studios, Northridge, California.

In July 2018 SUNN O))) spent just over two weeks in Chicago at Electrical Audio (Studio A) with Steve Albini at the helm. The results are astounding: there is breadth and luminosity of colour, it sounds vast. The sessions were impeccably recorded, authentically represented and completely accurate. The spectrum cracked the firmament open in clarity. An all analogue technique was used, they recorded and mixed on tape, providing a creative gateway for SUNN O))) to evolve their production methods into stronger, confident, performance based and a more logical executive process. The album was mastered and lacquers cut from tape in October by SUNN O))) ally Matt Colton at Alchemy in London. The LP version is a AAA album, recorded and mixed on tape via a completely analogue production, from the input of the band's amplifiers and the air coming off the speakers in front of the microphones to needle touching the pressed vinyl on your turntable.

Continuing one of the main currents of the SUNN O))) concept, depth of exploration within collaboration, brought forth Hildur Guðnadóttir to the Sunn O))) constellation. Hildur is a sometime live collaborator of Sunn O))) and a renowned film music composer, former member of the bands Múm, Pan Sonic and Angel. She was a long time collaborator with the composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (RIP). Hildur lent her incredible attitude, as well as her voice, breath and electric cello, and the enigmatic haldorophone to the proceedings, culminating in the epic composition/concerto "Novæ". The cosmos clearly expands. 

Tim Midyett, a close friend of Greg and Stephen since the Seattle days of the early 90s (and member of Silkworm, Bottomless Pit and Mint Mile), joined in a foundational role tying earth to sound with wicked performances on aluminium neck bass and baritone guitars: instruments he helped pioneer playing back in the 90s (alongside Steve and Shellac of course). Dark matter is reality. 

Prolific new music composer Anthony Pateras arranged and recorded an incredible contribution of pipe organ for a piece titled "Troubled Air" (titled after an essay by author Aliza Shvarts, who also penned the liner notes for Sunn O)))’s Kannon) at Schlosskappelle, Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. String theory of space.

The resulting album is titled Life Metal. It is fully realised and completely real. The record was produced by the core of Stephen & Greg & arranged by the greater constellation Sunn O))). Paintings by visual artist Samantha Keely Smithgraciously adorn the sleeve and provide a perfect suitable mask to the proceedings. They collide ideas of 19th century romanticism & late 20th abstract expressionism (mysticism) with Sunn O)))’s approach to metal (via reference points of Arbo, Turner, Delville, Richter, Turrel, Wou-Ki). Photographer Ronald Dick shot them in baths of light colour representing depth of sound pressure in the work.

SUNN O)))
Life Metal 
(sunn300, Southern Lord)

1. Between Sleipnir's Breaths
2. Troubled Air
3. Aurora
4. Novae


There is a second more meditative LP titled Pyroclasts, also recorded by Steve Albini in parallel, and which will be revealed in the autumn 2019 (more later) with all music performed by Stephen, Greg, T.O.S., Tim Midyett, and Hildur Guðnadóttir.


SUNN O))) are touring March (EU/France), April (USA), September (USA), October (UK & Europe). They are working toward some special events in London and other cities.


SUNN O))) LET THERE BE DRONE (MULTIPLE GAINS STAGES)
March 2019 Europe part 1

Thu 28/02/2019 DE Frankfurt Mousonturm
Fri 01/03/2019 AT Graz Elevate festival/Orpheum ° ~
Sat 02/03/2019 CZ Prague Divadlo Archa °
Sun 03/03/2019 DE Hamburg Kampnagel - K6 °
Mon 04/03/2019 NL Amsterdam Paradiso °
Wed 06/03/2019 FR Lyon L'Epicerie Moderne ÷
Thu 07/03/2019 FR Nancy L'Autre Canal ÷
Fri 08/03/2019 FR Dijon La Vapeur ÷
Sat 09/03/2019 FR Rouen QuasaRites Day/Le 106 
Mon 11/03/2019 FR Tours Le Temps Machine §
Tue 12/03/2019 FR Nantes Stereolux §
Wed 13/03/2019 FR La Rochelle La Sirene §
Thu 14/03/2019 FR Bordeaux Le Rocher de Palmer §

Supports :
° Puce Mary https://puce-mary.bandcamp.com
÷ Golem Mecanique https://golemecanique.bandcamp.com
§ France https://standard-in-fi.bandcamp.com
~ Robin Fox presents Single Origin


SUNN O))) LET THERE BE DRONE (MULTIPLE GAINS STAGES)
April 2019 USA part 1

Wed 17/04/2019 Cleveland, OH The Agora Theatre 
Thu 18/04/2019 Detroit, MI Masonic Temple 
Fri 19/04/2019 Chicago, IL Rockefeller Chapel 
Sat 20/04/2019 Pelham, TN The Caverns
Mon 22/04/2019 Chicago, IL Rockefeller Chapel (SECOND SHOW ADDED!)
Wed 24/04/2019 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts 
Thu 25/04/2019 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel
Fri 26/04/2019 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall
Sat 27/04/2019 Providence, RI Fete Ballroom
Sun 28/04/2019 Washington, DC The Howard Theatre

Support : Papa M


SUNN O)))’s website/webstore sunn.southernlord.com
SUNN O)))’s album oeuvres online sunn.bandcamp.com
SUNN O)))’s live recordings online sunn-live.bandcamp.com

Tours produced by Ideologic Organ Music
SUNN O)))’s booking in EU by Odyssey / Vincent Royers
SUNN O)))’s booking in USA by UTA / David Strunk

SUNN O)))’s recordings are released by Southern Lord Recordings www.southernlord.com 
www.southernlordeurope.com

23 02 2019
#3958

SUNN O))) LET THERE BE DRONE (MULTIPLE GAINS STAGES) April 2019 USA part 1


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SUNN O))) LET THERE BE DRONE (MULTIPLE GAINS STAGES)
April 2019 USA part 1

Wed 17/04/2019 Cleveland, OH The Agora Theatre 
Thu 18/04/2019 Detroit, MI Masonic Temple 
Fri 19/04/2019 Chicago, IL Rockefeller Chapel 
Sat 20/04/2019 Pelham, TN The Caverns
Mon 22/04/2019 Chicago, IL Rockefeller Chapel ***SECOND SHOW ADDED
Wed 24/04/2019 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts 
Thu 25/04/2019 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel
Fri 26/04/2019 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall
Sat 27/04/2019 Providence, RI Fete Ballroom
Sun 28/04/2019 Washington, DC The Howard Theatre

Support : Papa M


SUNN O)))’s website/webstore sunn.southernlord.com
SUNN O)))’s album oeuvre online sunn.bandcamp.com
SUNN O)))’s live recordings online sunn-live.bandcamp.com

Tour produced by Ideologic Organ Music SAS
SUNN O))) booking in USA by David Strunk / UTA
SUNN O)))’s recordings are released by Southern Lord Recordings www.southernlord.com www.southernlordeurope.com

 

 

Formed in March 1998 Sunn O))) have been challenging the ways we think about music in the twenty years since. A synthesis of diverse: drone, metal, minimalism/maximalism verging on the edge of pure sonic ecstasy, meditation and trance through the power, beauty and colour of sound pressure emanating from their legendary Sunn O))) backline and their earth shaking tectonic compositions of existence, dedicated to the mysteries of life and the cosmos.

O))) has two core members : Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson, supported by a tribe of collaborators. From 1999’s The Grimmrobe Demos to 2018’s Downtown LA Rehearsal/Rifftape; from their now classic albums Black One (2006), Monoliths & Dimensions (2009), Soused (2014) & Kannon (2015) to their forthcoming to-be-revealed-but-recently-completed two 2019 album epics, founders Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson have forged paths and connections between the worlds of Metal, contemporary art, drone, new music, jazz and minimalism with startling results while remaining true to the eternal principles of volume, density, elasticity of time, blossoming of saturation viable only to the disciples and fetishists of electric guitar, synthesis, multiple gain stages and some of history's greatest pure valve amplification.

The current concert line-up extends around duo of Stephen O'Malley (Guitar), Greg Anderson (Guitar) aside selected special guest. Together they relentlessly pursue their exploration and elaboration of Sunn O)))'s legendary experiments with the physicality of sound in instrumental based live performances with remarkable events at some of their favourite venues, as well as concerts in singular events and spaces such as Italy’s impressive cultural complex Labrinto Della Masone, Germany’s Ruhrtriennale Festival of Arts, Royal Festival Hall & The Barbican in London, Bergen's Dømkirke and Manchester International Festival being a few emblematic examples.

Rejoin them in their glorious pursuit of the monumental heaviness.

23 02 2019
#3957

ALERT! French experimental guitarist Nina Garcia on tour


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ALERT! My friend Nina Garcia is on tour coming up. She is a kick ass experimental guitarists and I recommend checking out her live and on record! 

 

Parce que la bamba n'attend pas les beaux jours ! 
Parce que la bamba est en chacun de vous !
Parce que la bamba n'a pas de carence en vitamine D !
 
>> CONCERTS
ça se passe par là en février et mars avec mamiedaragonmariachimaria bertel et camille émaille.  
 
22.02.19 Mamiedaragon Accueil Froid Nuke AMIENS
23.02.19 Mamiedaragon Ateliers Claus BRUXELLES
27.02.19 Mariachi Café de Paris PARIS
02.03.19 Duo w/Maria Bertel Oor ZÜRICH
03.03.19 Trio w/Maria Bertel & Camille Émaille Jazzwerkstatt Festival BERN
07.03.19 Mamiedaragon Entre Pots ST ÉTIENNE
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09.03.19
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Mamiedaragon
Embobineuse
mtk
MARSEILLE
GRENOBLE
29.03.19 Mamiedaragon Canadian Cafe TOURS
30.03.19 Mamiedaragon Capital Taboulé RENNES
 
>> A LIRE
En outre, un article écrit par Michel Henritzi dans Revue & Corrigée au sujet de mon premier disque solo "MARIACHI" (sorti en octobre sur no lagos musique & doubtful sounds).
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