International electronic pioneers MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO (MBM) have announced a very brief but very highly-anticipated East and West Coast tour, kicking off November 19th with a return to NYC's Highline Ballroom (they played to a frenzied, near sell-out crowd in April).
Among the four stops is a headlining spot on Boston's Brainwaves Festival, celebrating avant-garde and experimental sounds that includes festival mates Silver Apples, Matmos, Stars of the Lid, Lichens, and Peter Wilson and Peter Christopherson of Throbbing Gristle's new band, Threshold House Boys Choir. MBM will head back to the West Coast to the last half of the tours coming to Los Angeles and San Francisco with hybrid beatsmith Dub Gabriel.
Known for both their genre-bending, dance-inducing dubstep as well as their electrifyingly intense audio/visual live performances (which will undoubtedly be populated with soundbites from the current political whirlwind), MBM continue to be six steps ahead of the curve. With this their 20th anniversary, the ever-evolving MBM released their latest album Autoimmune early in April 2008 on Metropolis Records.
Heralded by All Music Guide as "an exhilarating aural exploration of the past, present, and future, rampaging across genres along the way," its 10th album is a fascinating foray into the creative force of its mastermind Jack Dangers. At once embracing his past and thrusting himself into the future, he explores new sonic territory in an album that's both familiar yet expansive... or as IGLOO Magazine explains, "it could be said that Autoimmune, while not a drastic departure from the Meat Beat Manifesto sound, is an album worth owning for that very reason."
Those familiar with MBM and its futuristic explorations into the technology of rhythm and melody know that its sensory-overloaded live show is a multimedia extravaganza that's as much a communal celebration as it is a cerebral mindf*ck. As Wired.com describes, "Meat Beat's live show has generated a solid rep for being a surround-sound sensorium, and thumping Autoimmune tracks like 'I Hold the Mic,' 'Spanish Vocoder' and 'Solid Waste' are just part of the equation: Throw in Lynn Farmer's incendiary live drumming and smartass viz from [Ben] Stokes and Consolidated vet Mark Pistel, and you've got a politically explosive multimedia program that's nowhere near as boring as An Inconvenient Truth."
Tour dates are:
Highline Ballroom w/ Excepter
New York City
Brainwaves Festival w/ Silver Apples, Matmos, Stars of Lid, etc
Knitting Factoryw/ Dub Gabriel
Los Angeles, CA
Independentw/ Dub Gabriel
San Francisco, CA
An acknowledged innovator in the electronic music scene, Jack Dangers continues to stretch sonic boundaries and influence new generations of sound activists. As a premiere remixer, producer and sound designer, he has played a seminal role in defining tomorrows' music today.
Past and current Dangers' production/remixing projects include: Public Enemy, David Bowie, Orbital, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Bush, Depeche Mode, Tower of Power, The Bee Gees and DJ Spooky & Dave Lombardo (Slayer). MBM also contributed the track "Suicide" to the top-selling soundtrack to Underworld: Evolution and Jack's remix of Tower Of Power's "What Is Funk?" was nominated for a Grammy in 2006.
Instead of retreading the past, MBM keeps thinking forward. As ReGen Magazine claims about the album, "AutoImmune is the perfect pulse on everything going on in electronic music in 2008... it's one of the freshest, most up-to-date recordings out there right now."