Today Decibel heaves forth a sequence of twisted live visuals culled from AUTHOR & PUNISHER‘s recent journey supporting Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals. The Technicians Of Distortion Tour marked the first time AUTHOR & PUNISHER architect Tristan Shone incorporated conceptual film footage to coincide with his planet-rupturing slabs of industrialized doom.
Elaborates Shone: “These videos are taken straight from the actual projections at the live performance at The Fillmore in Silvers Springs, Maryland. I think they’re an interesting representation of the live sets we did on this past tour since the visuals were a combination of conceptual/artistic found footage, effects and a live feed from three separate cameras mounted in and around the setup. All of this was handled by artist Will Michaelson, aka Cutmod, who shared the stage with me and live mixed all of the footage every night into a provocative backdrop. It took about two months to figure out to do this with a fairly DIY yet intricate and robust setup. This tour was the first time I have ever played live with video and I think it really enhanced the visceral nature of what I try to do. We will continue to develop this into lights and other craziness.”
“The tour with Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals was one of the best experiences of my life,” Shone continues. “These guys were the epitome of pro and it made us step up our game and attack it every night. I am more energized than ever and I can say for sure there are some gnarly things on the horizon as we continue to dig to new depths of emotion, pain, love, suffering and beyond. See you soon.”
Peel your eyes wide open and watch “Women & Children,” “In Remorse” and “Lonely,” courtesy of Decibel Magazine HERE.
AUTHOR & PUNISHER‘s Women & Children full-length was released earlier this year via Seventh Rule Recordings. Iconoclastic in the truest sense of the word, Shone relies on cold steel and soulless machinery to sonically replicate the despondency of life. Described most succinctly as “industrial doom,” this one-man project utilizes primarily custom designed and fabricated machines and speakers, devices that draw heavily on aspects of industrial automation and robotics and focus upon the eroticism of interaction with machine. The machines are designed to require significant force from the performer, aligning he/she with the plodding doom-influenced sounds that are created.
“…a powerful and chilling piece of music…” – Metal Injection
“Women & Children is a record that wants to hurt you and never stops probing your psyche for a weak spot.” – Exclaim
“Shone’s apocalyptic noise blends elements of industrial, doom, and dubstep, and contorts that mass into some chilling, unrecognizable form…” – Stereogum
“…an all-consuming trip into the realm of mental destruction that amazes with its potent use of musical machinery… Both greatly daring and innovative, the record is destined to be one of the most coveted underground releases of the year.” – Sputnik Music
“…a remarkably bleak and sinister record that explores the depressive and psychedelic in entirely new ways.” – HeavyBlogIsHeavy
“…the perfect blend of man and machine; a musical cyborg locked into a rig that is both dark and twisted. Shone crafts a truly dense and unbridled set of doom and drove-inspired music, all of which is accompanied by a visceral, emotionally-rich live performance…” – Cvlt Nation
“Traces of doom, dubstep, industrial, noise, and honest-to-goodness pop show up within Shone’s best songs. His music is immediate but mysterious, a chimera that’s recognizable but strange.” — Pitchfork
AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s Women & Children is currently available via Seventh Rule Recordings. Order your copy at http://shop.seventhrule.com.