Monday, 13 October
Noise fans unite, it's a new Whitehouse disc and the followup to the absolutely destructive 'Asceticists' album from last year. The omnipresent and always challenging duo of William Bennett and Philip Best seem to be on a roll right now, what with having the back catalogue finally issued on vinyl and new albums bleeding out left right and centre, so with any luck there should be a new generation of noise aficionados waiting eagerly to join the (un)happy throng. The pummelling African-style percussion that pushed 'Asceticists' into stratospheric heights of inventive noise is still evident here,… Read more
"Museum Of Love is the musical project of Pat Mahoney (founding member of LCD Soundsystem) and Dennis McNany (Jee Day). Long-time friends in New York, McNany and Mahoney found a similar sensibility and a shared vocabulary for interpreting surroundings, something that began with their remix of Battles’ 'My Machines’ (featuring Gary Numan) and extended into their creation of a full length record together…"
The album that followed on from 2003's Bird Seed album, Asceticists 2006 was the culmination of three years of obsessive sound tinkering by William Bennett. The album revealed a bold - or more accurately, terrifying - sound to it, full of noise and ear-shredding bombast, with incredible vocals, rasped in the most anarchic and hair-raising intonation on brilliantly titled tracks like 'Ruthless Babysitting' and 'Dumpng The Fucking Rubbish'. Amazing stuff, but it'll leave you a bit bruised.
So you’re into noise music are you? You’ve had your ears caressed and lacerated by Wolf Eyes, Prurient and Hair Police so now it’s time (if you haven’t already) to get two hands on one of the most important noise acts of all time – Whitehouse! ‘Birthdeath Experience’ was the band’s first album, recorded in 1980 and using only an effects pedal, two synths and a tone generator. The recordings are raw and unpolished and the trio of William Bennett, Paul Reuter and Peter McKay use their equipment to belch out a Throbbing Gristle inspired noisy, pseudo industrial slop. Crackling stat… Read more
Nearly ten years since original release, Whitehouse's uncompromising 'Bird Seed' is available on vinyl once again. It's later period Whitehouse, some 20 odd years into their oeuvre, with William Bennett producing and Philip Best ranting. It's also the point at which the African and voudun rhythms which inform William Best's scintillating Cut Hands project really take hold, from the incredible roil and noise slaughter of 'Wriggle Like A F**king Eel' in original and mighty extended instrumental version, to the bone-snapping digital/analog torque of 'Munkisi Munkondi'. Heavy heavy wares.