SHAMPOO BOY / SILVIA KASTEL / TARCAR
Blackest Ever Black presents a release show for Shampoo Boy’s new album, Crack, at N.K. in Berlin.
This will be the debut German outing for the Viennese trio of Peter Rehberg (aka Pita, head of the Editions Mego label, and collaborator with the likes of Stephen O’Malley, Jim O’Rourke, Oren Ambarchi, Fennesz and Mark Fell), Christina Nemec and Christian Schachinger. Crack – A powerful alloy of extreme electroacoustic music, noise, luminous ambience and the mineral fundaments of rock and black metal – is the follow-up to 2013’s similarly pulverising Licht, and is due to be released on BEB in mid-April.
Epic in scale, complex in mood and dazzling in technique, the LP is a momentous achievement from three improvising musicians at the height of their powers. A lived-in and emotionally-charged work, harrowing but energising, it digs deep, deep into the underworld to open up new lines of space-time enquiry. Live, they’ll split your skull open.
Support for Shampoo Boy’s brute psychedelia and void-chasing electronics will come from vocalist and multi-instrumentalist SILVIA KASTEL, one half of Control Unit (with Ninni Morgia), whose 2012 LP The Fugitives is a staple round BEB’s manor. Control Unit have worked with the likes of Smegma, Factrix, Gary Smith, Aki Onda and Gate (Michael Morley of The Dead C); their collaborative album with the latter is due later this year.
Hailing from Italy but with a predilection for the bleak and jarring sounds of the UK’s first industrial wave, Kastel’s confrontational yet sensual work incorporates voice, rhythm, synths, tape echo and dub influences. Following a series of 7″ and cassette offerings, many released through own Ultramarine label, she is currently at work on her debut LP proper.
Also on the bill: TARCAR, the Australian duo of Carla dal Forno and Tarquin Manek, playing their first ever show in Europe. Their debut EP of dub-damaged DIY, Mince Glace, came out on Blackest Ever Black in late 2014, and they have a number of further works – both solo and collaborative – coming out on BEB in 2015.
Blackest Ever Black records and merch will be on sale throughout the night, and food will also be available – details soon.