New Noise Magazine is hosting an exclusive advance stream of Brut!, the debut from bicoastal experimental pop collaboration BORTS MINORTS + HUG VICTIM, ahead of the record’s release through Nefarious Industries this Friday.
Veterans of weird and brothers from another mother, BORTS MINORTS (Arizona-based Christopher Carlone) and HUG VICTIM (NYC-based Timo Ellis of Netherlands) come together to create a blistering eight-song eargasm of insanity simply titled Brut!, named affectionately after the 1970s aftershave cologne of the same name. The results are an enchanting and punishing sonic assault of PCP induced anthems that will leave the listener wondering, “… um, what the hell just happened?”
With Brut! about to see release, Carlone writes, “Being a friend of and huge fan of Timo Ellis and Netherlands, my dream was to record the EP at Shame Party Studios. I blasted through all the basic tracks in one super fun day with Timo and left it in his musically masterful and demented hands with the instructions to go apeshit with it. I had a few basic ideas for him but gave him full freedom to do whatever he wanted. When he sat me down for the final listening session, I literally fell out of my seat crying laughing!”
Ellis adds, “BORTS MINORTS is a scorching, freewheeling, hilarious, yet super succinct creative manifestation of Chris’s incredible imagination, and an extremely well-realized, ultra-exuberant fusion of free-jazz, electro-noise punk, and sheer physical comedy. So, when he reached out to me to record, I of course immediately said yes. In my opinion, the combination of Chris’s insanely gleeful abandon and my own (similar) outsider sensibilities and producer chops make this record totally unique and powerful. In the end it’s super sharply executed, and doesn’t have a solitary ounce of fat on it… I fucking love this record!”
Hear BORTS MINORTS + HUG VICTIM’s Brut! in its mind-warping entirety through New Noise Magazine first now at THIS LOCATION.
Brut! sees digital release this Friday, February 25th. Find links to all digital providers and more at Nefarious Industries where the previously issued “Fuckball Johnson” and “Horned God (Give Me The Strength)” videos are playing HERE.
Watch for additional videos and more to post following the release of Brut!
Born into his 63rd life in 2006, BORTS MINORTS creator Christopher Carlone has lived in San Francisco, New York City, and Los Angeles. With two nominations from the SF Weekly for Best Experimental Music among additional loads of glowing press, BORTS MINORTS and his vast arsenal of spandex jumpsuits, musicians, dancers, and homemade instruments ecstatically blend the absolute weirdest structured chaotic musical concepts of The Residents, with the spirit and over the top showmanship of rock legends like David Lee Roth and Iggy Pop.
The mastermind behind HUG VICTIM is none other than vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Timo Ellis, who has appeared on almost one hundred albums in total over the past twenty years. Outside of his own band Netherlands, he has recorded and toured with such artists as Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto, Sean Lennon, Joan As Police Woman, and Spacehog, and has variously performed and collaborated with Mark Ronson, John Zorn, The Melvins, Ween, The Lemonheads, Money Mark, White Hills, and Gibby Haynes. Traversing the realms of rock, metal, funk, soul, and beyond, Ellis’ diverse music is unified by a few constants: impeccable songcraft, blazing technique, quirky experimentalism, and sheer intensity. His solo works have been described with phrases like, “an absolute, burning blur of a song” (CMJ), “overridden-in-the-red propulsion” (Noisey), and “gritty, high energy… rambunctious” (BrooklynVegan).
Coalescing their imaginative expulsions, these two artists present their collaborative album Brut!, and while the album’s eight face-melting jams confuse the listener in barely twelve minutes, more action transpires in that dense span than most albums thrice as long. Carlone provides vocals, drums, keyboards, guitar, pedals, skibass, stumptar, penny whistle, and samples, while Ellis delivers guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, and samples. The record was produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Ellis at Shame Party Studios in Brooklyn and completed with cover art by Erica Flannes.