Saturday 2 April 2016, 8pm
Consumer Electronics is the punk / electro / noise duo of ageing renegade Philip Best (ex-Whitehouse) and his American wife, the artist Sarah Froelich. The band's recent releases "Estuary English" (2014), "Repetition Reinforcement" (Diagonal 12", 2015) and new album "Dollhouse Songs" (Harbinger Sound) have cemented CE's reputation as prime movers in the field of avant-garde electronics, twisted beats and apocalyptic performance poetry. Stunningly produced by noise guru Russell Haswell (who will be joining them for this OTO show), the CE duo are now embarking on a year-long odyssey of live performances the world over.
“This is no easy ride, but if you follow Consumer Electronics as they strip bare the caustic facade of modern living, you will find power and, yes, beauty in the dark recesses they reveal.” – The Quietus
“A glorious collision of punk, electro and techno noise ... 'Dollhouse Songs' is the chaotic soundtrack to a country that feels equally as spinning and weird in 2016.” – Louder Than War
Russell Haswell is a restlessly forward-thinking, multi-disciplinary artist, performer and curator. With a background steeped in computer music, black metal, noise, techno and solo improvisation, his practice is renowned for broaching the extremities of visual and sonic arts. He’s performed in noted live and HDJ [hard disc jockey] actions with Aphex Twin, Gescom, Pan Sonic and Masami Akita (Merzbow), among others, and worked with Florian Hecker on Iannis Xenakis’ UPIC system in their Haswell & Hecker duo, whoseBlackest Ever Black LP is widely considered a milestone of modern electronic music composition—and zweikommasieben Magazin has been a fan ever since.
London duo Circuit Breaker are made up of brothers Edward and Peter Simpson. Their music is an synthetically enchanced post-punk which is remeniscent of dark-wave but filtered through a lense of textural and glitchy electronica.
LP ‘My Decent Into Capital’ was out on Harbinger Sound last year, and they’ve most recently shared stages with Sleaford Mods, Ice Age, Uniform and Martin Rev.