Propagated by iconic sound manipulator/engineer/former robotics major Tristan Shone, AUTHOR & PUNISHER relentlessly challenges the traditional principals of doom, industrial and heavy bass music. Shone paints traumatic portraits of sonic contortion through mechanical use, abuse and maniacal decomposition.
His latest ode comes in the form of “Women & Children,” the title track of AUTHOR & PUNISHER‘s upcoming fifth full-length, set for detonation this June. In anticipation of its release, the fine mischief makers at Stereogum are offering up an exclusive stream of the tune.
Describes Shone: “‘Women & Children’ is a sullen voyage from the beginning to the end of time, from primordial bliss to devastating chaos. That’s how it feels to me anyway.”
Adds Stereogum: “Shone’s apocalyptic noise blends elements of industrial, doom, and dubstep, and contorts that mass into some chilling, unrecognizable form… We’ve got the album opener/title track for you today, and it’s fantastic: It opens with the sound of electronic cicadas chirping over an empty dystopia, and soon, the low end (synths? bass?) comes to the surface, along with Shone’s distant, distorted vocals. When the track finally explodes – and especially when it moves into its massive final two minutes – it sounds like an amped-up version of El-P’s most discomfiting and narcotic beats, like an invasion or a riot (giving its title an especially morbid undertone).”
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If you missed it, you can still hear “In Remorse” courtesy of Pitchfork HERE, where you’ll also find in in-depth interview with Shone.
Iconoclastic in the truest sense of the word, Tristan Shone inverts the tenets of doom metal completely, relying 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. AUTHOR & PUNISHER has performed with and shown these machines extensively at festivals and exhibitions in the United States and abroad.
Women & Children will be released via Seventh Rule Recordings on June 11, 2013.
“Once again the envelope has been pushed, the box stepped outside of and the tenants of doom and industrial have been refracted through the prism of the mind of a true innovator and they sound all the better for it. There are so few unique and wonderful things left in music, but AUTHOR & PUNISHER truly is one of them.” –The Sleeping Shaman