Since 2005, Author & Punisher's Tristan Shone and his custom-designed "drone machines" have been chipping away at the boundaries of extreme music, and now, twelve years in, eardrums across the world are more receptive than ever to his wholly mechanized industrial nightmare loops. Relapse Records certainly are—the label has just announced a new partnership with Shone, who will release a new full-length via the venerated indie powerhouse in 2018. In addition, a slew of North American and European tour dates have just been released, including a stop at Roadburn.
To celebrate the good news, Shone is releasing a surprise EP today (which you can hear in its noisy, uncomfortable entirety below). Pressure Mine sees the project explore a variety of genres—industrial, shoegaze, noise rock, doom—and is intended as a showcase for the latest machine to join Author & Punisher's man-made orchestra: GRIDIRON. As Shone explains,"2016 and 2017 have been very unique for Author & Punisher retooling mechanically and sonically. In the pipeline for years but only now coming to life, the latest machines, GRIDIRON, are made up of a number of reconfigurable manual/physical units, each intended to couple with a separate piece of analog gear, and give unique control over it."
"The force feedback from the interaction of machine components and materials, coupled with the integrity and quality of scrutinized analog sounds, is meaningful and powerful. Whether harshly rhythmic or dissonant, these are relatable in ways that programmed sequences often aren't. This new exploration is an attempt to work with one foot within rhythmic framework of existing analog drum sequencing, while dragging a tire iron on the railroad spikes."
Listen to Pressure Mine below, and purchase the EP (as well as myriad other A&P goodies) on Bandcamp.
AUTHOR & PUNISHER TOUR DATES:
Mar 24 Vancouver, BC The Astoria
Mar 25 Portland, OR Ash Street Saloon
Mar 27 Seattle, WA Barboza
Mar 30 San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside *
Mar 31 Oxnard, CA Oxnard Club Fallout
Apr 01 Los Angeles, CA The Complex *
* w/ Sanford Parker and Bruce Lamont
Apr 07 Brussels, BE AB
Apr 08 Antwerp, BE Het Bos
Apr 09 Utrecht, NL dB's
Apr 11 Cologne, DE Underground
Apr 12 Dresden, DE Chemiefabrik
Apr 13 Berlin, DE Droneburg
Apr 14 Hamburg, DE Droneburg
Apr 15 Manchester, UK Fat Out
Apr 19 London, UK Underworld
Apr 23 Tilburg, NL Roadburn Festival
Apr 24 Paris, FR Espace B
Apr 25 Clermont-Ferrand, FR Raymound Club
Apr 27 Bologna, IT Freakout Club
Apr 28 Milano, IT Ligera
Apr 29 Rome, IT Acrobax
Kim Kelly has been pals with Tristan for a long time and is being very proud of him on Twitter.