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JUST ADDED: Blood on the Wall joins lineup
“[Black Dice is] one of the most conceptually inscrutable and sonically inventive bands currently in existence.” —Stylus Magazine
“Bucking the trend of indie heavyweight wankery, this marriage of German glitch-poppers Notwist and Anticon avant-hoppers Themselves [13 & God] isn’t masturbatory (Trans Am vs. F***ing Champs), boring (Tortoise vs. The Ex), or half-assed (Jello Biafra vs. anyone).” —CMJ
Black Dice’s latest release, Creature Comforts (DFA Records), reveals subtle infections of several terms employed to describe this Brooklyn three-piece band’s evolving sound—no-wave, art rock, post-noise, avant-psych—but is forged in an undeniably modern composition style. Tightly orchestrated but leaving ample room for unexpected shifts during live performances, their minimalist take on symphonic noise is laced with propulsive beats, swooping guitars, and a near-shamanistic frenzy of sonic textures that is at once transcendent and brutal. Germany’s electronic futurists the Notwist and the Anticon label collective’s notorious hip-hop philosophers Themselves con-verge as supergroup 13 & God. Complementary and distinctive, lush melodies meet chaotic free rap—idiosyncratics for a new age. Blood on the Wall host a rock and roll revival with brother/sister team Brad and Courtney Shanks (vocals, guitar, bass) and drums by Miggy Littleton (White Magic, Ida).