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Collapsing Scenery

April 26, 2017


LISTEN & SHARE: Collapsing Scenery – “Straight World Problems”

“drawing on urbane post-punk references like Cabaret Voltaire and A Certain Ratio… one of 2017’s wickedest grooves”BlackBook

NYC/LA-based duo Collapsing Scenery shares new track “Straight World Problems” via BlackBook. The band’s Reggie Debris explains that the track is about “the awful frequency with which new regimes and new systems mimic the worst qualities of those they replace.” The single will be available digitally + on 12″ vinyl on May 18th, along with remixes by Oliver, Tom Of England, Chris Holmes, Certain Creatures,  and Henri. Collapsing Scenery will be holding a music video screening event in NYC tonight (4/26) at Cafe Henrie (116 Forsyth St), where they will preview their video for “Straight World Problems” (directed by Richard Kern). They have also announced new tour dates, listed below:

May 19- Single Release Party @ The Friend – Los Angeles, CA
May 20 – 14th Factory – Los Angeles, CA
May 22 – Blond Bar – San Diego, CA
May 24 – Brick and Mortar – San Francisco, CA
May 25 – 1234 GO! – Oakland, CA

Collapsing Scenery’s music and creative process represent the world as the band wishes the world were: playful, polyglot, intense, committed, politically engaged, free, open, and without boundaries or hierarchies.

The band formed in the terrible autumn of 2013, under a pall of paranoia and disgust, as predator missiles rained on Middle Eastern heads and each day brought news of further surveillance of innocents and more aggressive pursuit of those who had the nerve to inform us about it.

Against this backdrop, erstwhile collaborators Don De Vore and Reggie Debris put aside the stringed instruments on which they’d first learned to play music and on which they were comfortable and versed, and assembled an impressive pile of analog electronics: samplers, step sequencers, synths and drum machines, all supplemented by effects pedals usually applied to guitars.

From the largely improvised sessions, many accompanied by drummer Ryan Rapsys, the seeds of songs began their germination. Lyrics that Debris had been amassing over years of political rage and frustration began to find their homes when paired with ad-libbed instrumentals. Melodies and cadences alchemically emerged as the words settled into their natural rhythmic patterns.

These elements create dizzying music that by turns touches on punk, industrial, techno, hip-hop, free jazz, soul, disco, folk balladry, and whatever other spirits happen to inhabit the recording studio at any given moment.

“Collapsing Scenery is the Voice of L.A.’s New Underground.” –Bullett

“a perfect storm of creative forces combining dope sounds with just the right amount of weirdness.” – Milk

“a throbbing slab of fuzzed-out drone-funk that’s in the same orbit as, say, early-’90s hip-hop-influenced Sonic Youth.” –Brooklyn Vegan 

“Think of a transcendentally twisted fairy tale from hell in beautiful chaos, and you’re right there with Collapsing Scenery” –Flaunt

“[Metaphysical Cops‘] accompanying video, realized by Collapsing Scenery’s multi-instrumentalist and sound artist Don Devore, reflects the tension within the song through visual abstraction and disorientation.” –Purple

“[Metaphysical Cops] opens with an 8-bit feel that could serve as a dark backdrop for an early ’90s fighting/adventure game with Debris’ smooth, breathy vocals sitting on top. Then things get trippy, becoming much more ambient and chaotic with huge atmospheric sweeps and whomping sequences. Get ready for a hell of a ride.” –Stereogum

“Weird, wonderful and occasionally creepy.” – Noisey

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