Tochnit Aleph & Harbinger Present: THE NEW BLOCKADERS / VAGINA DENTATA ORGAN / DJ JOKE LANZ
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THE NEW BLOCKADERS
30TH ANTIVERSARY OFFENSIVE
VAGINA DENTATA ORGAN
THE MOST FANATICAL BAND IN THE WORLD
DJ JOKE LANZ
THE NEW BLOCKADERS
The manifesto of The New Blockaders from 1982 proclaims, ‘Blockade is resistance. It is our duty to blockade and induce others to blockade: Anti-music, anti-art, anti-books, anti-films, anti-communications. We will make anti-statements about anything and everything. We will make a point of being pointless…’ Everything about TNB entails refusal. The title of their collection Gesamtnichtswerk is important here. It reminds us of Wagner’s dream of the ‘total art work’ – the Gesamtkunstwerk, but the art is replaced by nothing.
Lazier souls than I would place TNB within the pantheon-lineage of UK Industrial, although I see them as a free-standing unit with more in common with the Futurists: Electrical tools, metal, ear-shredding static noise – the very definition of nihilism through sound. They create a true musical sound cluster of destruction to such an extent that their so-called ‘anti-music’ transcends nihilism into positivism/ optimism suggesting new music.
TNB always suggested more than a band or musical project. They are bent almost as much on philosophy and literary ambitions, issuing manifestos and texts and referencing the likes of Debussy and Nietzsche. TNB never set out to be part of a self-glorifying youth movement where pompous, romanticized bullshit dies hard in an endless, capitalistic magic show. Instead, they depict the emotional tonalities of an ambivalent, ambiguous new century with no form and direction.
Their musical legacy offers respite from the fraudulent herd of co-opted streamlined sounds, which masquerade as experimental.
They served as a major influence on legendary Noise pioneers as Merzbow and their influence on the current crop of popular crossover Noise artists such as Prurient and Wolf Eyes is immeasurable.
Collaborations in recent years with artists such as Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore have brought their anti-sound to a younger and diverse audience. The metal-bashing of K2, the awkwardness of Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock, the density of Macronympha and the abrasiveness of Merzbow all owe something to the anti-music of TNB. They, more than any other, define the essence of true Noise music both in art and in act.
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