John Robb to conduct in conversation with BO NINGEN & SAVAGES at launch for their NEW COLLABORATIVE ALBUM ‘WORDS TO THE BLIND’ at Rough Trade East store on Nov 18th.
You can also buy the BO NINGEN & SAVAGES NEW COLLABORATIVE ALBUM ‘WORDS TO THE BLIND’ FROM THE 18TH NOVEMBER INSTORE AT ROUGH TRADE EAST event AND COLLECT YOUR WRISTBAND AT THE SAME TIME OR PRE-ORDER THE ‘WORDS TO THE BLIND’ BUNDLE ONLINE.
Savages’ Gemma Thompson…
“Zurich in 1916 and Hugo Ball is instrumental in creating the Cabaret Voltaire – a club which will become central to the performances of the Dada movement, during which the artists would experiment with forms of sound poetry and simultaneous poetry. A movement created through the horror of World War One, it attempts to understand how society has reached such an illogical decision. Through simultaneous poetry begins the attempt to delve into chaos and maelstrom, to find the voice of the individual struggling to be heard. London in 2012 and Savages are recording the debut album Silence Yourself, in a secluded studio in the North West of the city. A few days later producer Johnny Hostile begins to muse over the possibility of two bands playing in the same space at the same time.
Concurrently I am reading about the performances at the Cabaret Voltaire. We decide to approach Bo Ningen with the idea of collaborating on a ‘Sonic Simultaneous Poem’. As the idea begins to take shape in early 2013, we prepare for both bands to rehearse together in a studio with a loose composition based around five chapters. As the musicians of both bands consider how to apply themselves with their instruments to each chapter – revolving, colliding and intertwining with words sang in Japanese, French and English by Taigen and Jehn – we also envisage the physical space in which to perform. We imagine a stage in a large u-shape to contain as much of the audience as possible in the centre. The two drummers next to each other at the ‘bottom’ of the u, then leading around symmetrically (facing each other): guitarists, bassists and singers at the tips of the u-shape. Bo Ningen have a guitar extra, so we hang one from the ceiling to hit as you would a gong. Eventually we fix a date and a space for what we believe is a one-off performance that we name WORDS TO THE BLIND.”
Ahead of their performance at Oval Space, and to celebrate the release of this unique and special collaborative album, this in conversation with Louder Than War website editor & writer, music journalist, author and Goldblade and legendary UK post punk band Membranes frontman John Robb, will delve deeper in to the concept, creation and performance of ‘Words to the Blind’ and the Dadaist idea of the Poetic conversation. The Q&A with members of Bo Ningen and Savages will be preceded by a screening, and followed by an opportunity for audience questions and an album signing with both bands.