Category: Noise

Suicide flyer, 1972.

Alan Vega, 1938-2016

Few bands fused dream and nightmare as succinctly, brutally and, yes, elegantly as Suicide, the stripped-down synth duo widely considered pioneers of No Wave and punk. (The band used the term “punk music” to describe their sound on a flyer for a 1970 gig at OK Harris gallery; it marked the first known use of “punk” to describe a burgeoning creative movement.)

Alan Vega, the band’s singer, died peacefully in his sleep yesterday. He was 78.

1970 flyer for Suicide show at OK Harris Gallery, NYC.

Punk music by Suicide: Flyer or 1970 show at OK Harris Gallery. Via From the Archives.

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Dial Ready ‘Noise Opera’ + Bandcamp Reissues

Dial’s latest release is NOISE OPERA (2016).

Experimental noise group DIAL release their latest, NOISE OPERA, on Bandcamp.

Dial, the experimental noise rock band of Jacqui Ham (UT), Rob Smith (ex-God) and Dom Weeks (Furious Pig, Het) will release a new album Noise Opera on their own Cede record label on March 15th 2016 through Bandcamp.

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Lightning Bolt at the Roundhouse, London, Spring 2015.

Taking On Providence’s Wunderground

The October issue of Take Magazine fixes its lens on the weird, many-headed hydra that is the Providence noise scene.

Writer Phil Eil (formerly news editor of the much-missed Providence Phoenix, where I also cut my teeth) admits straight away that the multivalent topic “could be a book,” and that the “scene is complex and unclassifiable — but important to acknowledge.” [The piece is print-only, but Eil has written a colorful intro here.]

With only 2,400 words to pin down a multidisciplinary, slippery beast, he makes the canny decision to present discrete moments in time — snapshots in Technicolor.

I talked to Phil for the piece, and did my best to paint a picture of how the scene “was just a balance of chaos and community,” as AS220’s Dave Dvorchak puts it.

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