Collapsing Scenery share their new video "Straight World Problems" (directed by Richard Kern) today via Purple. You can watch and share it here. The band's Reggie Debris explains that the track is about "the awful frequency with which new regimes and new systems mimic the worst qualities of those they replace." The single is available digitally and on 12" vinyl with remixes by Oliver, Tom Of England, Chris Holmes, Certain Creatures and Henri.
Collapsing Scenery will also be playing a series of California dates this month. This Saturday, the band will be guests of Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch for a special performance at 14th Factory in Los Angeles. The 14th Factory is a monumental, multiple-media, socially engaged art and documentary experience conceived by Birch who has transformed the space into a series of micro-exhibitions meant to take viewers on a “hero’s journey,” a reference to Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth. You can find more info on the venue here.
TOUR DATES 5.20 - Los Angeles, CA- 14th Factory (Doors 7:00pm, Performance 8:00pm) 5.22 - San Diego, CA- Blond Bar 5.24 - San Francisco, CA- Brick & Mortar 5.25 - Oakland, CA- 1234 GO!
Collapsing Scenery’s music and creative process represent the world as the band wishes the world were: playful, polyglot, intense, committed, politically engaged, free, open, and without boundaries or hierarchies.
The band formed in the terrible autumn of 2013, under a pall of paranoia and disgust, as predator missiles rained on Middle Eastern heads and each day brought news of further surveillance of innocents and more aggressive pursuit of those who had the nerve to inform us about it.
Against this backdrop, erstwhile collaborators Don De Vore and Reggie Debris put aside the stringed instruments on which they’d first learned to play music and on which they were comfortable and versed, and assembled an impressive pile of analog electronics: samplers, step sequencers, synths and drum machines, all supplemented by effects pedals usually applied to guitars.
From the largely improvised sessions, many accompanied by drummer Ryan Rapsys, the seeds of songs began their germination. Lyrics that Debris had been amassing over years of political rage and frustration began to find their homes when paired with ad-libbed instrumentals. Melodies and cadences alchemically emerged as the words settled into their natural rhythmic patterns.
These elements create dizzying music that by turns touches on punk, industrial, techno, hip-hop, free jazz, soul, disco, folk balladry, and whatever other spirits happen to inhabit the recording studio at any given moment.
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