AUTHOR & PUNISHER Signs To Relapse Records, European Tour Announced
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Relapse Records is proud to announce the official signing of one-man industrial metal force AUTHOR & PUNISHER. Formed in 2005 by Tristan Shone, creator and sole artist behind the project, AUTHOR & PUNISHER was appropriately named by Noisey as “one of the most prolific acts in aggressive music,” having released five full-lengths in a little over a decade.
AUTHOR & PUNISHER begins a new chapter this year with a self-released EP, Pressure Mine, which Shone describes as “dark and heavy, yet harnessed and restrained, with a focus on rhythm and deep full bass textures from all analog sound machines”. The EP is currently available for streaming in its entirety via Noisey at this location and can be purchased via Bandcamp here.
In addition, Shone has just finished a new arsenal of sound machines called GRIDIRON which he will tour with and begin writing his next full-length for Relapse Records, due out in early 2018. The previous full length, Melk En Honing, released in 2015, via Housecore Records was listed among Decibel Magazine’s Top 40 Albums Of 2015.
AUTHOR & PUNISHER will tour North America and Europe this spring with the new GRIDIRON creation including a performance at the prestigious Roadburn Festival. All confirmed tour dates are listed below.
Tristan elaborated on the signing and his new machines:
“It’s an honor to join the the label that has been providing the soundtrack to most of my adult life. With a new gear arsenal and the backing of one of the kings of the underground, something special awaits.
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.”
Stay tuned for more news and info from AUTHOR & PUNISHER.
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
After leaving a career as mechanical engineer in Boston to focus on art and sculpture, Tristan Shone, the creator and sole artist behind AUTHOR & PUNISHER, moved west to pursue his MFA in Southern California. In the metal and machine shops of University of California, San Diego, Shone forged a relationship with design, sound and fabrication that ultimately yielded AUTHOR & PUNISHER‘s first music and mapped the journey away from traditional instrumentation towards custom made, precision machinery. Shone used his technical knowledge, along with his artistic background to create what Wired Magazine has hailed as his own “special brand of doom metal”, using these custom “Drone Machines”.
All aspects of the AUTHOR & PUNISHER sound begin with physical movement, limbs struggling in unison to coordinate a wall of electronic rhythm and oscillation, ultimately conditioned by an organic and loose quality absent of plastic perfection. AUTHOR & PUNISHER performances are a real amalgamation between man and mechanisms. They are direct, physical, heavy experiences that have amassed praise and intrigue from a wide array of audiences. Pitchfork styled him “immediate but mysterious,” Stereogum described his “chilling, unrecognizable form,” and NPR hails him as “a thrill [who] fires on all cylinders”.
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