Black Dice "REPO"
Paw Tracks PAW 26 cd/double lp/digital
300 dpi jpeg of front cover:
300 dpi jpegs of the band by jason frank rothenberg with art by black dice:
300 dpi jpegs of the band by jason frank rothenberg:
Live photo by Frank Siringo:
is the fifth album by Black Dice. The
Brooklyn, NY-based trio has never worked harder at crafting a set of concise,
sonically battering, or flat-out bizarre tunes than on this collection of
fringe-surfing tone bombs. Yet a new
roadhouse blues-band philosophy has simultaneously emerged, allowing the group
to loosen up and toss off a record packed with blurry hooks and zoomed-in riffs
as casually as a grizzled denizen of roadside dives might spew out aural alchemy
in-between a few brews.
Eric and Bjorn Copeland and Aaron Warren have spent the better part of 10 years
in daily contact, touring the world over, and sculpting their saw-toothed sound
balloons under circumstances most reasonable people would wretch at.
The resultant hive mind occupied by the three is an inevitable
consequence of so much shared experience, both musical and simply day-to-day.
Their communal consciousness is as packed with garbage as much as it is
concerned with making catchy tunes, and often the songs pouring out of it
contain equal parts bombastic infectious rhythm and chaotic detritus.
REPO is the sound of a
disciplined group of cosmic jokers setting out to reclaim the landscape popular
culture would have us believe we cannot afford.
The record irreverently mulches the sounds and images of radio, TV and
internet into a fertile compost pile squirming with new, raw life.
Publicity by Forcefield PR
College Radio Promotion by
Full North American tour this
CD and Double LP both feature
20 page booklet with exclusive art by the band
Recorded at Brooklyn’s Rare
Hand-crafted music video by
the band in the works
Visit Black Dice online at www.blackdice.net
1. Nite Creme 2. Glazin 3.
Earnings Plus Interest 4. Whirligig 5. La Cucaracha 6. Idiots Pasture 7. Lazy TV
Buddy 9. Ten Inches 10. Chicken Shit 11. Vegetable 12. Urban Super Mist 13. Ultra Vomit Craze
14. Gag Shack
Release Date: April 7th, 2009
Black Dice Biography
Black Dice is an
explosive, radical, and viciously unique rock & roll band.
Based out of Brooklyn, NY, the trio is fiercely independent, doggedly
disciplined, and uncompromisingly DIY in approach.
Brothers Eric and Bjorn Copeland and Aaron Warren have spent over a
decade recording, touring, and unleashing their bizarre musical doctrine on
audiences the world over. Starting
as a loud, chaotic mix of early-eighties-inspired thrash and harsh noise, the
band has transformed itself with each record and every era of performance.
The music currently retains elements of noise and proto-industrial
experimentation, while at the same time organically suggesting minimal,
electronic, hip-hop, and psychedelic ideas as well as those of punk, tropicalia,
and dub. Consistent to every era and
all of their material is an irreverent, aggressive, hand-made aesthetic that
simultaneously revels in and reconfigures the whole of popular culture.
Black Dice formed during the spring of 1997 in Providence, Rhode Island. At the time, Bjorn Copeland (guitar), Hisham Bharoocha (drums), and Sebastian Blanck (bass) were students at the Rhode Island School of Design while Eric Copeland (vocals) was still attending high school in Maine. Early shows seldom lasted more than fifteen minutes and were characterized by violent performances where injuries were often sustained by the band and audience alike. Live sets mixed structured songs with improvised sound manipulation, and shows differed from night to night.
In the summer of 1998 the band relocated to NYC where Eric was going to college. At an early New York performance the band met current member Aaron Warren who had recently moved from Los Angeles to attend NYU. In the spring of 1999 Sebastian left the band and Aaron joined the group.
It was around that time that the emphasis shifted from conventional song structures to more open-ended sonic investigations. Shows of this era maintained an equally physical presence through the use of high volume levels and an extreme range of frequencies, and violent performance became less frequent. The music bore more resemblance to crude first generation industrial music or contemporary power electronics than straight noise or hardcore.
By the fall of 2001 live shows had grown in length to almost five or six times of the earlier sets, with the occasional song reaching 45 minutes. An emphasis on signal processing provided a broader sonic palette. While volume and physical presence of sound remained crucial, melody and repetition became key compositional elements. The shift in focus introduced a new gentle and tuneful quality to the intense, brash music.
In spring of
2004, the band parted ways with longtime drummer and friend Hisham Bharoocha.
Though a trying transition, the band continued writing, recording and touring as
a three-piece. Metamorphosed once again, Black Dice emerged as a tight
compositional unit, with little emphasis remaining on improvisation or long-form
songs. A near-pop sensibility was embraced, with shorter and catchier
tunes bouncing forth.
Visual art has been a key counterpart to the music, with all record-sleeve design made by band members. Artists Ara Peterson and Danny Perez have made videos for songs, and Mr. Perez has contributed a live video mix to the band's live set since fall of 2005. Recent releases include limited edition posters, and in summer 2005, the group released its first non-music object; a 128-page book of collage art made in collaboration with photographer Jason Frank Rothenberg. In 2007, the band made their first video with “Kokomo”, a visual mash up of images culled from television and the internet.
The band has toured America and Europe dozens of times, and has visited Japan twice. In 2005, the trio recorded an album in Byron Bay, Australia following a tour. In 2006, the band played in Brazil and a live set was captured on national television in Lima, Peru. Virtually any and every type of venue has served as the backdrop for Black Dice shows; from basements and warehouses to art galleries and museums, from house shows to gigantic outdoor festivals or formal seated theaters. Placing the music in a context contrary to the average show remains a compelling inspiration for unique performances.