SA: Blanck Mass
with: Violet Grace & Frans Gender + Rosebud
Thursday 5 December 2019
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
£10 in advance £12 on the door
We’re beyond excited to announce the return of Blanck Mass to his hometown.
Ben Power has been making music under the Blanck Mass moniker since 2010. In 2012, ”Sundowner” – the second track from the self-titled Blanck Mass debut – soundtracked the London Olympics Opening Ceremony.
The song was chosen by Underworld’s Rick Smith and performed by London’s Symphony Orchestra to 900 million people worldwide.
Since then, Power has released two albums, 2015 Dumb Flesh and 2017 World Eater on Sacred Bones.
Animated Violence Mild is Power’s fourth full-length as Blanck Mass, and having worked extensively throughout his musical life with dramatics, narrative, and ‘melody against all odds’, these tracks are the most direct and honest yet.
Animated Violence Mild; was written throughout 2018, at Power’s studio just outside Edinburgh. These eight tracks are the diary of a year of work steeped in honing craft, self discovery, and grief – the latter of which reared its head at the final hurdle of producing this record and created a whole separate narrative: grief, both for what Power has lost personally, but also in a global sense, for what we as a species have lost and handed over to our blood-sucking counterpart, consumerism, only to be ravaged by it.
Speaking on the record, Power offers the following statement:
“In this post-industrial, post-enlightenment religion of ourselves, we have manifested a serpent of consumerism which now coils back upon us. It seduces us with our own bait as we betray the better instincts of our nature and the future of our own world. We throw ourselves out of our own garden. We
poison ourselves to the edges of an endless
I believe that many of us have willfully allowed our survival instinct to become engulfed by the snake we birthed.
Animated — brought to life by humankind.
Violent — insurmountable and wild beyond our control.
Mild — delicious.”
VIOLET GRACE & FRANS GENDER
Sugar, spice and absolutely nothing nice, these are the ingredients that make Violet Grace.
The disgrace of Edinburgh that pulls stunts left, right and centre, and has a whole lot of sex appeal and stupid.
Frans Gender is a human dumpster fire and she’s burning with excitement to be performing for you all.
They’re a drag performer that’ll make you scream in anguish and joy all at once.
Get ready for a bumpy ride.
Heavily improvised situationist electronics. Beats. Wails. Howls. Deconstruction and S.W.E.A.T.
Born in Worcester (officially dubbed the UK’s “dullest city where nothing ever happens”), Rosebud have shared a stage with the likes of Ulrich Schnauss, Blanck Mass, Qujaku, Poisonous Birds and many more.
Drawing on a wellhead of Drone, European Industrial, Jeff Mills and the filthier end of Krautrock, Rosebud feed on the visual chaos of The Fluxus and Dada Art movements.
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