White Hills newest and most energized recording to date is bursting with raw energy packed into their most concise songs to date. Fear not long time White Hills fans, there is still loads of killer guitar work and fuzzed out psychedelia on Frying on this Rock. Their highly sought after and deluxe vinyl editions as well as the super limited CDR and 7″ releases have made them a band who get talked about as much in reviews as they do on social networks. Their boundless live performances, especially the higher profile ones at ATP New York, Supersonic and several Roadburn Festivals, or their dates with the Flaming Lips and Sleep have established White Hills as one of the most talked about space rock bands currently performing. Their 2011 H-p1 album topped several UK end of the year lists including one of the world’s most influential record stores, Rough Trade.
White Hills is guitarist Dave W. and bassist Ego Sensation. They are joined on this recording by frequent sonic collaborator Antronhy (drummer for Julian Cope) on treatments, synths, and backup vocals, and touring/recording drummer Nick Name.
“Frying on this Rock” was recorded in the fall of 2011, when White Hills dug in at BC Studios in Brooklyn with the help of recording engineer Martin Bisi (Brian Eno, Sonic Youth, Swans, Herbie Hancock, Boredoms). Unlike many previous recordings that focused on spontaneity, the band brought new songs to the studio that had been honed on recent European and American tours. Bisi brought his technical expertise to achieve the band’s desire for a more separated sonic recording.
The end result is an invigorating deep space rock album. An album that is at once able to channel the energy born of a collective anger into a swirling psychedelic, brutalising musical statement that mainlines the thrill of defiance straight to the listener’s heart.
Mamiffer is Faith Coloccia and ex Isis-Mastermind Aaron Turner.
Mamiffer travels between moments of minimalist tone worship, choral meditations, syncopated funeral marches, elaborate odd-time classical passages, and deconstructed doom metal. At its core, it’s a melancholic and occasionally vengeful exploration of texture and melody. It’s a sonic journey, a dynamic, living, breathing experience, a labor of love, and a bold new language.
Menace Ruine began in 2006, following several other collaborative projects between the Montreal-based duo of S. de la Moth and Geneviève.
Over the course of four albums and an EP they have forged a unique and idiosyncratic sound, constructed from vast, distorted,
yet always melodic textures and the imposing voice and songwriting of Geneviève.
A new Menace Ruine album is to be released Fall 2012 on vinyl by Sige Records and on CD on Profound Lore.
The album promises to be their most elaborate recording to date, combining the graceful melodicism of 2008’s ‘The Die is Cast’ with minimalist,
yet forceful arrangements, elaborate structures and powerful rhythms.
Arena Vienna / adv 12 € / small hall / 20.00 h