Severed Heads will return to Europe at Krakow Unsound, in October. The festival sold out of season passes in a few minutes, but we suspect it’s the fine line up of attractions rather than our own charm. We want to acknowledge that by aligning with our new peers.
These peers are not the ‘industrial dance music’ troops that we usually get lumped with. All due respect to the angry young men in camouflage, but we are middle aged gents, sans gas masks, muscle and hate. We have 30+ years of fine and merry tunes, and surely in there in something suitable.
Just as we did with the Better Dead Than Head tour last year, we ask you to suggest tunes. Please look at the other acts, and give your learned opinion. Note also that the Krakow set will be distinct to any other rumoured appearance (say for example at the Duck and Spoon talent night in Bristol).
UPDATE: A REMINDER TO PLEASE LOOK AT THE OTHER ACTS BEFORE VOTING THANK YOU.
UNSOUND KRAKOW “DISLOCATION” is announced, and Poland is official. What I had not detailed before was “Treasure Map 2” which is a new game engine work that I’ll be maintaining and expanding over 2016-2017.
This is not quite a sequel to HH, which is being a much more challenging thing. It’s a bit like if I was playing Barbara Island live, on a series of (dislocated) islands. You can jump to different islands to get different pieces and versions. To get between places requires looking for certain sounds.
Ideally this work would already be in testing but I am still at my academic post until July, so it may be only a few islands at launch.
I have been testing this as a VR title to be seen on a headset. I am not yet able to provide this and the number of people with headsets is still small, so the first version will be a windowed view, which may be in stereo. Best to get it going then tweak it.
There is more news to come but that will be announced next month.
Most important news is that we’re doing a live to air on FBI on the 26th of May.
You can find further details here. This is the first new music under the name Severed Heads since Op3 in 2007. It’s based on a large number of 78rpm records that I’ve cut, looped and arranged on a portable 24 track recorder (yes, there are such things these days) with some keyboards played very delicately alongside. It is destined to be a 10 inch record cut in Seattle by BUGHLT.
For the duration of the performance the radio station will be moved to Adelaide.
My submission for this years’s VIVID festival is ready to go. It features 20 screens of synthetic skies.
OK so having got a Facebook page underway and learned how to wade through this whole ‘friend’ thing, I’m back here with the more detailed account of what’s up. Things are moving more quickly now and so I’ll start running news items together.
Live performances in North America are POSTPONED. There are quite specific times of year when bands can move around North America. You can get a traffic jam that starts forming as early as the end of last year. With so many bands already announced for 2016 we’ve missed the window to set up something that will work, and better to aim for a clear run in 2017.
Therefore the “Aversion” album (which is specific to the merchandising of said tour) is pushed back, although 5 tracks are now complete and one might appear on the next Coldwaves CD.
European dates have not been been officially announced. We have one definite and several floating and there is some delicacy about who gets to announce first. But you know that Poland Is Not Too Far.
Vinyl on Demand has put out Magneto-Phonics which a large survey of Australian antique underground music. You can see that here: http://www.vinyl-on-demand.com/-1-432-582.htm It’s important to note that this compilation was not organised by Sevcom and Sevcom is not responsible for making it available in other formats, or any other aspect of the release. Don’t ask me, I’m just one of the acts.
The Stretcher 2LP re-issue is now on pre-sale!
An extremely limited number of hand cut acetates of new SH material are being made by BUGHLT in Seattle. Let’s drive Discogs completely nuts, they deserve it.
The follow up to my Rhine album is called Publicist, 4 tracks exist, it’s underway for 2017. As is a collaboration with another old school industrial dude. secret squirrels for now.
* A new 360º stereo VR of the Greater Reward clip is already up on all the usual places.
* Started work on Treasure Map 2, an interactive surround sound exhibition for October. It’s a much expanded version of the Five Beacons currently available on Vimeo (and on the latest Rhine USB sticks).
* I’m submitting a work for Vivid in Sydney to light up a shopping mall, which is code named shopmitter. Submitting is not the same as exhibiting, so wait to hear about it going ahead. Now, a few people will understand what a curious thing this is. My thesis project. At Vivid. Yeah. Let’s just say that sometimes a leaf falls into your hand and you think, ‘what does this accident suggest? Should I follow it and see what happens?” Yes.
VR is hard to envisage, confusing to script, technically complex. Before moving on to new works based around 360 stereo, I’m remaking an old one to learn the ropes. As it’s also an old Severed Heads thing it gets shown here!
Not quite sure how this will get distributed but it will come to some goggles near you soon.
So then, Europe. We are on the way to Poland later this year. True! It is a very long way to go to be in one city. Perhaps you thought Australia is too far away. But Poland, not so far. Get it delivered to you! Maybe you have a nightclub and found some money behind the couch. Maybe you go to an entertainment and know the people that run it. You could say, ‘Poland. That’s Not Too Far’.
‘Here’, you say, ‘I will put some money in the poor box’. And you did.
What do you get? You get 2x Australians, guaranteed fresh, at a severe discount. You get to mock other cities that got none of that. Here is a picture to make you feel warmly about this.
Right now, you could make a difference. Do you want the band to play in your Dinglebeery? Your Apfelboff? Many other such cities? It can be. Make an offer!
We’re back on air. Seemed as if everything was sorted, but it was soon thwarted. So I am back to give a running commentary on all things heads. If you want a more frequent updates with more bullshit then follow the Tom Ellard blog instead.
That stupidly large logo properly belongs on a new batch of custom manufactured thumb drives coming out in 2016. You liked the Rhine stick so I am going to give you USB drives for everything and up the quality. Looks like no one will ever press vinyl past 1986 so this the hardware for us youth!
But if you like old and vinyl then why haven’t you bought this yet?
I know that you may be distracted with life, surviving and all that, so I excuse you. But best to click here and get this sorted.
Just saw on a Facebook page that the Los Angeles gig has sold out. To me this is like the grim reaper popping in the door and saying NO I’M NOT HERE FOR A CUPPA. Grim reaper?
Well look there’s a certain comfort in being a small target, and we have been such a very small target for a long time that it’s been quite cosy. I have no idea why any group of people would be at all interested. But they are. I feel like I am drawn to walk up to people and sob BUT WHY? WHY ARE YOU HERE? WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME? WHY DAMN YOU! Like a bad episode of a British Science Fiction show or something.
(I have to explain I am also pretty sick with fever right now and so running on ‘a different way of seeing’ that I’m going to regret in a day or so).
Anyway we are putting together some merchandise. Look at this:
It’s based on the Australian Hot With Fleas sleeve. Look, the knives go over the edges. Have you any idea how damn expensive it is to do that? I do. We are talking classy. Of course we’ll have a few cheaper ones.
I also want to have a live album. You download it, but you can only get the code at the show. It’s like an Xmas card, but instead of Grandma’s $10 note there’s an access code. I’d love to have a SH snow globe but, luggage, y’know.
Oh yeah the new vinyl too.
Never done merchandise like this before. It feels so authentically USA.