Boomkat Product Review:
F*ck Fundamentalist Pigs is Stephen O’Malley’s crushing, personal and intensely emotive retort to the fascists and fundamentalists who undermine his and our sense of personal liberty and freedom, particularly in the wake of attacks suffered by Charlie Hebdo magazine and the residents of Paris during late 2015, and the countless poor souls who’ve suffered in the Middle East, Kenya and North Africa.
The material itself is just staggering - appearing a mere couple of weeks after Sunn O)))’s Kannon and once again displaying the intensity of O’Malley's immersive, uncompromising aesthetic, congealing tarriest waves of sub-harmonic drone and bad-handed chord changes into a glaring expression of sustained, paranoid tension and jawing, cathartic blows.
The original recordings were made only days after the Charlie Hebdo attack at the start of 2015 and intended to be released under this title as the start of a trio of live recordings thru iDEAL in spring 2016. However, in light of the recent 13th November attacks, he felt it was only right to bring forward this release to “offer a small sense of solace in the time, even for the few hundred who hear them.”
Here’s what O’Malley himself says about the album:
“On 8 January 2015, the day following the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris (the city I have called home for the last 8 years), I started a week long tour of Norway. During this jaunt I faced the toxic reality daily of the horrible blossoming events intermittently via television. These sense of distance was both fortunate and painful … a fortunate sense of partial detachment both welcome and shameful. The Trondheim concert on 9 January (depicted here) happened on a particularly intense day in this timeline … and was personally a true example of the purging power of immersion in music.
Through a web of emotions resolving distance, disintegration, the intense power of the moment and the brutal fundamentalist, cultural and psychological aspects behind … And today the recent horror of 13 November in Paris we experienced… to say many of these thoughts intensified is an understatement. The seemingly basic outrage of the title I chose for this album seemed more apt as a cry of liberty, a small, crude attempt at the spirit of Darkthrone’s timeless statement « With my art I am the fist. In the face of god. » . Like most of us I have also sometimes fallen for the constant baiting toward anger, outrage, paranoia and fear in the daily life, often but not always misdirected, but it is not debilitating by any means.
It’s clear that as an experimental guitar player I have absolutely no political power (or even ability to articulate in those forms) but it’s important to take the opportunity to say « fuck you » in these situations. To the facist & fundamentalist movements. To the absurding of the worst sides of monotheistic belief systems. And not only the perpetrators behind these events but also on other sides including the reactive and opportunistic. Those with most to gain are the underlying authoritarians in our own societies who have opportunities to implement and increase their control even further for their gains. The « security » changes we face in fact may also result in yet further increase in the loss of liberty and freedom.
The reactions aimed toward increased separation of cultures, xenophobia, nationalism, and especially racism are highly regrettable. I hope these recordings offer a small sense of solace in the time, even for the few hundred who hear them. I know they (and this text) are ultimately useless but … I am moved and shaken. I sincerely hope my point of view evolves out of what I have written above. For the concert on this record we had a massive backline with beautiful vintage Hiwatt amplifiers, and two PAs (including a Funktion One) in the small venue Blæst, the night hosted by Nymusikk. Immersion. Bliss. This record is actually the third part of a trilogy of live solo guitar records we intended to be released on iDEAL during spring 2016… but we were able to fast-forward due to the timeliness and by personal request.
I recommend an interesting editorial, much more clearly expressed, around such topics : http://bit.ly/1lTNCR8
All profits on this release will be donated to the French Red Cross. Know that by purchasing this record you are in turn donating to that charity.”
Stephen O’Malley - December 2015.