We know we’re in the middle of a fancy Matmos tour of Europe with “Perfect Lives” right now but we are also, occasionally, a record label called Vague Terrain. It’s mostly a vanity label but every so often we hear something completely gobsmacking and feel that we MUST share it with the world and this is one of those times. To wit, there’s an album called “Defy A Thing to Be” by BULLY FAE and in just 22 minutes it lays waste to queer poetics with sick flows and abstract noise-chops and tight creepy smiles. If you search in the aesthetic Bermuda Triangle between Nicki Minaj’s bars on “Monster”, Ariana Reines, and a Ryan Trecartin character, you will find Bully Fae. You can buy the album on Bandcamp as of TODAY. We’re deeply stoked to say that Bully Fae will be appearing LIVE with Jeff Carey and MATMOS on our West Coast tour this December. For a short sharp taste of their tight-yet-abject style, check the video for “Elevator Pitch” linked below. Yeah it’s NSFW but c’mon you never let that stop you before.
Those of you who live on the Western Coast of North America, see what we do with our washing machine, live! The West Coast performances are opened by our friend, soundman, mastering engineer, recipient of prizes, Danish-educated in Sonology, comfortable and appropriate playing with death grind, but also with Matmos: Jeff Carey.
Matmos Plays ULTIMATE CARE II
December 4 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg [TIX]
December 5 – San Francisco, CA – Gray Area/Grand Theater
December 7 – Portland, OR – Holocene [TIX]
December 8 – Vancouver, BC – Western Front [TIX]
December 9 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project [TIX]
Matmos plays this insane festival, not, however, playing the Ultimate Care II :
December 17-18 – Houston, TX – Day for Night Festival ^ [TIX]
Matmos performs 3 acts from Robert Ashley’s opera about life, death, reincarnation, the Corn Belt, Giordano Bruno and Buddy, the worlds greatest piano player with a string section, back up vocalists, and bespoke video work. This is a major event for us, and we hope that you join us for it.
15/10/16 Paris Centre Pompidou France
20/10/16 Krakow (PL) Unsound Festival Poland
23/10/16 London Milton Court Concert Hall United Kingdom
26/10/16 Lisbon (PT) Teatro Maria Matos Portugal
29/10/16 Nantes (FR) Le Lieu Unique France @ SOY Festival.
We’re not sure about this crowning glory business, but The West has been described as…
…a sun-bleached prairie-bound fandango, the San Franciscan duo of Drew Daniel and M C Schmidt pooled together traditional tropes and instrumentation for 1999’s The West. It remains the group’s crowning glory and closely follows the cross-pollinating template laid out by Chicago’s Gastr Del Sol on their wondrous Camoufleur album, released the previous year. …
“Daniel and Schmidt have always been fascinated by texture, and here they focus on it intently, exploring dozens of ways that water can fall, slosh, churn, or hiss. During calmer interludes, drones move past as if floating through an amniotic sac.” -Pitchfork
Or, perhaps you live in Whitefish, Montana, where I am not sure there IS a record shop. In which case you may order this artwork (and let’s keep in mind that 18 dollars is a pretty good price for an artwork) from
IN other news, we will be doing a short tour of the eastern half of the United States, and later Europe. But we’d like to say, that although you SIMPLY MUST come to these shows, what we really do best is make recorded sound works. The album is the important thing (to us). This is the experience we would like you to have…everything else is gravy. Enjoy our record.