Billy Bao - CommunisationDOWNLOAD
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Billy Bao with Taku Unami, Alberto López Martín, Xabier Erkizia, Mattin,
Mikel Xedh, Elena Aitzkoa, Bimbab, Ainara LeGardon, Loty Negarti, Iñigo
Telletxea, Iker Albisu, Mikel R. Nieto...
Recorded at MRB|AMM III,
Arteleku, Donostia, 8 August 2012
Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker
Images by June Crespo
Thanks to everybody who
participated in MRB|AMM III
This is literally a fucked up record. Here you have all the classics
traces of a Billy Bao record (freaky punk, digital fuckery, conceptual
disturbances, anger and desperation) but pushed so far to the point that
it generates physical destruction: at the end of side A there is a
digital sonification of the economic flash crash that was provoked by
high frequency trading on the stock market in 2010. Its negativity has
been inscribed into the actual situation of making this record as this
sonic transcription burned the head of the cutter while the lacquer was
being cut. Who knows? Perhaps this is Billy Bao's way to improvise with
the means of production! If on side B you can hear the results of
cutting this record with a fucked head (the weird high pitch, for
example), there is also the sound of a music emanating from a group of
people who will not let market forces dictate their future,including the
great Tokyo based musician Taku Unami imagining the sound of
self-abolition. Out of the ruins of destroyed rock, some other kind of
irreputable music emerges in order to roughen the surface of a contested
On retrouve ici les traces classiques d’un disque de Billy Bao (punk
barré, bidouille digitale, désordres conceptuels, colère et désespoir)
mais menées si loin qu’elles atteignent la destruction physique : à la
fin de la face A se trouve une sonification digitale du crash économique
provoqué en 2010 par le trading à haute frequence. Sa négativité a été
inscrite dans l’acte de fabrication de ce disque quand la transcription
sonique brûla la tête de gravure pendant la préparation de la lacque.
Qui sait? Peut être est ce comme ça que Billy Bao improvise avec les
moyens de production!
Si sur la face B on peut entendre le résultat de cette gravure avec une
tête foutue (le pitch bizarrement haut, par exemple), c’est aussi le son
qui émane d’un groupe de personnes qui ne laissent pas les marchés
dicter leur futur, y compris le musicien de Tokyo Taku Unami qui imagine
le son de l’auto-abolition.
Sur les ruines du Rock détruit, une autre forme de musique méprisable émerge qui vient rudir la surface d’un présent contesté.
Blow Up Magazine (Italy, December 2015)
yellowgreenred (1 February 2016)
Like some of
you I’m sure, I was a little surprised to see some new Billy Bao
records coming out – I figured Mattin had basically exhausted this
guise, from pounding, harsh anti-punk to empty field recordings, but it
looks like he’s recharged his batteries and is ready to go. I was
fearing another slice of unlistenable noise/silence, but was taken aback
to hear Billy Bao at his punkest here. This EP is great – “Debt: The
Crisis To Come” is gnarly as can be, somewhere between Couch and
Kilslug, with a plethora of irritating sound effects piling on top
(perhaps in the same manner as our national debt?). Pretty much peak
Billy Bao, if you ask me. “Communisation” is the flip and works more as a
collage of plucky minimal synth, unhinged bashing ala a live Harry
Pussy recording and various stretches of found-sound (read: boredom),
but it flips through scenes fast enough that I find myself entertained
by Billy Bao’s scatterbrained approach. It’s like as soon as you are
finally over him, he comes back with just the right cut of belligerent
rock music to suck you back in…
KFJC (California, 3 February 2016)
45 on one side, 33 on the other!
Noisey screaming feedbacky percussiony explosion.
They are Alberto L. Martin, Billy Bao, Mattin, and Xabier Erkizia.
A lot of volume and channel fluctuations. Very dynamic album, doesn’t
just stay in one place for a whole side, it’s a shifting wild ride.
First track references a Spanish woman who killed herself after being
evicted which fueled protests regarding home foreclosures in Spain.
– Billie Joe Tolliver
Fucked by Noise (USA, Thursday, 18 February 2016)
Review by Joe McManamon-Simon
Genre/s: Noise Rock, Industrial, Power Electronics, Noise
For Fans Of: Cosmonauts Hail Satan, Premature Ejactulation, Twin Stumps, Skullflower
Everyone at FBN is a huge Billy Bao fan, I'm talking geek status; so
when I saw Mattin sent us an email, giving us a heads up about the new
12" (which I actually knew about, as it was one of my most anticipated
and favorite releases of 2015), I practically jumped out of my chair. I
actually wanted to post this when it came out in December, but couldn't,
because it wasn't up for free download -- but now we've gotten the
green light, so here we go.
Those of you who know Billy Bao should have an idea of what to expect;
on Communisation, they are doing what they do best. Those who don't,
you're in for a ride. Billy Bao is notorious for their ability to create
some of the most jarring and uncomfortable noise and noise rock, by not
only combining the most abrasive elements of both instrumental and
electronic noise; but also by turning those combinations into horrifying
sound collages though the use of musique concrète techniques to play
around with their mixes. Communisation sees them utilizing this style
over the course of two tracks. The first is somewhat in the vein of
their May 08 LP; it's 10 minutes of noise rock interspersed with power
electronics and occasionally random instrumentation, field recordings,
piercing tones, and sounds that make you think maybe something is wrong
with your speakers (or headphones or whatever). The second reminds me of
their Urban Disease LP; the track is a 20 minute sound collage which
focuses on field recordings, tape loops, power electronic, and
occasional instrumentation (mostly percussion). Trust me, it doesn't get
boring at all, it's fucking terrifying and it's fucking awesome. This
LP is a great addition to their already fantastic discography (which I
obviously highly recommend).
Here's the short version: if you want noise -- and I mean more than just
power electronics or monotonous repetition, I mean shit that is
genuinely challenging and out there -- then Billy Bao should be your
first stop. Smash that download button and get fucked up.
1. Debt: The Crisis To Come
2. Communisation: The Revolution Of Our Times
At War With False Noise (Glasgow)
Absolutely impossible to tie down to any one sound, this latest record
from Billy Bao starts off with a side of repetitive, raw
AmRep-via-Brainbombs punk and is soon interjected by electronic bursts
and frazzled tones. The 20-minute second side begins like a disco party
and soon succumbs to what sounds like some sort of industrial
experiment in a prison yard. It's completely unfathomable and pretty
contains only two compositions, Debt - The Crisis to Come (10:00) and Communisation - The Revolution of Our Times (20:14). The former is deranged voodoobilly with psychotic crooning with a noisy coda. The latter is an unfocused collage of found sounds and found voices.