Back in the 80’s, through his previous work as a journalist and rock critic, S3 has met hundreds of famous musicians and artists. Among those, there are some with whom he has kept in touch in a “pen pal” way (friendship is a big word). Recently, he has exchanged some mail with JOHN ELLIS, a guitarist and extremely creative musician, having worked with THE VIBRATORS, PETER HAMMIL, PETER GABRIEL and THE STRANGLERS. After getting back in touch with him, and exchanging links about each other’s musical releases, John Ellis has expressed the wish to play on one track of the next nEGAPADRES.3.3. album “Binche”. This is course was a news that made us jump in the air. That someone as creative as John would take interest in our music brought nothing but pride and amazement. Further more the sole idea that nEGAPADRES.3.3 would “share” a musician with Peter Gabriel and Peter Hammil is a fantastic gift. Tracks will be exchanged across the English Channel within the month of June, for final mixes due for July or August, and a fall release.
nEGAPADRES.3.3. has finished the basic recording of TWO new albums. One, so far untitled, is to be released on the famous American label TOURETTE RECORDS, a collection of songs in a very different style than Exstrophy of Amphigouris. The second, based on the folkloric music, will be titled “BINCHE” and will be released on HERMETIQUE Records.
nEGAPADRES.3.3. will collaborate with Texas-based industrial musician Richard Ramirez (Black Leather Jesus and various other) for a future collective album, which might be released on Richard’s own label Deadline Recordings. Richard Ramirez’s first official release came in 1990. Black Leather Jesus work/art has been inspired by the gay S&M/Bondage scene. Over the years, Black Leather Jesus has released many vinyl, cd, cd-r, cassette products. Founder, Richard Ramirez, also runs the experimental-noise label, Deadline Recordings. Ramirez is also involved with several side projects, including: Werewolf Jerusalem, Priest in Shit, S-21, Crash at Every Speed, Last Rape, Release Helen Rytka, Anal Drill, Battery Suspects, An Innocent Young Throat-Cutter, Anatomy of a Blackout, Last Rape, S.S. Electronics, Baptist Skin Communiti, Private Mouthpiece, Meat Shop Rapist, & others.
nEGAPADRES.3.3.47 photos from the Berlin concert have also been posted on Flickr, check them out here…
nEGAPADRES.3.3.47 have appeared as forelast band at the Berlin Bruit festival on August 30th 2008. nEGAPADRES.3.3. played in fifth order, just before the headline Sutcliffe Jugend.
The stage featured a large screen on which was displayed a movie by JCS@47 eHPOTSIRHC-nAEJ, and four wooden stands holding dead sheep heads. Two more sheep heads were used by J@3 sEUQCAJ during the performance. S@3 eVETS was present on stage in the shape of a fake dead parrot, in a box.
The gig featured old nEGAPADRES.3.3. (formerly also à;GRUMH… mystical style tracks) prepared by S3 and J3, plus basis added by JCS47, such as Ganja, Ommado-Weeeii, Rebirth, Negakristus, Transe Ov Exstrophy and several new tracks.
The concert was a total length of one hour, during which the audience was very participative and interested, dancing in transe and staying very focused and connected.
A video recording of this gig was made with two cameras, and should be available at some point. Sadly, the main source of audio recording suffered a technical problem and will not be usable. Enjoy these few photos of this memorable gig.
nEGAPADRES.3.3. have agreed to appear at the Berlin Bruit festival on August 30th 2008. Other acts include ZEV, Column one, Werkbund, Last Dominion Lost and Stucliffe Jugend. The event also features performances and live exhibition.
There will be a festival-only compilation LP for the Berlin Bruit festival. This record will not be for sale anywhere but only be part of the entrance tickets that night. Each person entering will receive one. The album will include one unreleased track from each band, that will be exclusive to the Berlin Bruit compilation. The tracks will be professionally mastered and cut & pressed in Germany.
J3 sEUQCAJ and S3 eVETS have started composing and mixing new tracks for an upcoming nEGAPADRES.3.3. album, and also for another project, an album based on the music from folklorical groups “Les Gilles” from the Binche region. These bands use musicians who are mostly drunk all the time, making it sound between Emir Kouztourica’s band and a hundred of elephant-seals. Based on the locally famous “musiques de Gilles”, S3 and J3 are building a whole album of industrial tracks that will be called “Binche” and whose tracks will all be named after a suburb of the city where the “Gilles” appear every year.
“Exstrophy of Amphigouris” has received excellent reviews in most industrial/alternative press organs. The ratings are always the maximum and contain all kinds of superlatives, to the point that the band members themselves are blushing a bit (but not too much). In Aural Pressure, the following review was printed:
Their music is a slow burner. One that requires time to become acquainted with. …/… By track three ‘Seegooyull’ they are going places and using sounds in a totally original and perplexing way that defies convention. And so it goes on. Track four ‘Absinthe a la Guinguette de I’Espadon’ even sounding like the evil sister piece to ‘What a day’ by Throbbing Gristle. There’s far more to unearth but I’ll leave that for you to discover yourself. When I tell you they utilise the sounds of Concorde warming up, Tasmanian Devil nuptial parades, Cicadas, Water, dog howling amongst others and add in a variety of samples culled from varying sources then you’ll suss that “Exstrophy of Amphigouris” is no run of the mill release. What at first appears to be a very cold and sterile mess of a release becomes, over time with repeated plays, an adventurous journey into the absurd. That’s a compliment by the way. For nEGAPADRES.3.3. tease and cajole the listener into a musical realm which they’ve never before become acclimatised to. They challenge convention and come out grinning the other side. …/… “Exstrophy of Amphigouris” is the musical equivalent of the ‘Da Vinci Code’. A massive puzzle requiring patience to get the best from it. …/…
It’s the same thing for the n.3.3. track on Hermetiques’ compilation “A reassuring voiuce on television”, where the n.3.3. track is reviewed as the most surprising and accomplished song on the cd. Extract from the review from Jean-Henri Maisonneuve in Keyboard magazine:
“…/… Mais le vrai choc de la compilation, c’est le titre de nEGAPADRES.3.3., des ex à;GRUMH (combo belge EBM des mid 80’s), remix de leur nouvel opus incroyable « Exstrophy Of Amphigouris ». Idéal pour la torture mentale des néophytes, « Transelow » apporte une jouissance intense aux oreilles averties avec son répétitif lancinant redoutable. Roger Karmanik, boss de Cold Meat Industry, recommande chaudement cette sélection de très grande tenue. Comme lui, succombons sans limites aux charmes vénéneux de ces atmosphères si délicieusement angoissantes! “.
And in his review of the album, the magazine GONZO CIRCUS didn’t hesitate to print:
“…/… Maybe already at the half of 2006, can we speak about the comeback of the year” !
We couldn’t agree more. With humility, of course.
“Exstrophy of Amphigouris” has been officially released this week by the french label hERMETIQUE. The final product is very beautiful. Under a transparent DVD case, the cover layout is superb, and inside a glossy print booklet gives all the information about the album as well as more exclusive designs. The CD itself has an esthetical print of black and silver, which contibutes to the quality of this release. A complete web site is dedicated to this release (with full trailer, wallpapers, listenable extracts etc) and can be found at hERMETIQUE where the album can also be ordered. The album is also distributed all through Europe in specialized record shops.
“A Reassuring Voice On The Television” is the first official compilation released by the burgeoning French Label Hermetique. Press says that “having impressed dark ambient and industrial music fans with previous releases from Propergol, Dusk Of Hope, Radiodrama and Post Scriptum. “A Reassuring Voice On The Television” stays true to the mission of Hermetique as well as the labels aesthetic offering seven exclusive songs by established Hermetique artists as well as new comers Sea-Green Series, Old Iron Fence”. The compilations also includes one exclusive track from nEGAPADRES.3.3. The track entitled “Transe Low (Magyar Dwarf Mix)” is a remix of the band’s latest album track “Transe ov Exstrophy” about 14 minutes long. The track announces the official release of nEGAPADRES.3.3.’s new album “Exstrophy of Amphigouris” on hERMETIQUE later this spring.