bitter fictions // red noise
smiling buddha (basement), toronto on, 16/08/14
photo by jesse locke
upcoming BF shows:
Montreal, QC - Aug 20th - Brasserie Beaubien
Montreal, QC - Aug 24th - La Plante
maybe Edmonton at the end of the month? workin on it…
Calgary, AB - Sept 11th - Broken City
bitter fictions // red noise
Listen/purchase: Tape Decay Works (winter/spring 13/14) by D.F.
gtr feedback drum machine + tapes by devin friesen
Additional tape decay pieces from D.F., about half recorded during the same period as the Snowshell record, and half in the spring afterwards. These six new pieces, along with the three original lathe tracks, will be included in the forthcoming Snowshell (expanded) CD.
Thick guitar feedback stretches across the horizon, muddied by analog decay processing and cheap cassette mixing. Drum machines leave further mildew stains on “Down Way Low” and the weighty “Return of the Raiders”, while otherwise lighting the way through bleak stretches of “Bamboo Murder City”. It’s ‘dance music for being totally empty, just a hollow drag’, sez D.F.
Bitter Fictions summer tour dates. I’m hanging out in Montreal until the end of August, so get at shakingboxmusic (at) gmail.com if you want to help set something up in yr town.
SBM011CD: an expanded reissue of Devin Friesen’s gtr feedback & tape decay release “Snowshell”, originally issued in a quickly sold out edition of twenty-five lathe cut records earlier this year. This collection includes the three lathe tracks and adds six more; a full extra LP’s worth of material.
Full digital/CD release coming mid-August from Shaking Box Music.
I’ll be away from Shaking Box HQ all summer, and won’t be back in Calgary until the end of August. This means the following:
- Direct mailorder is discouraged for the time being — however, all of our releases are currently stocked and available at Wyrd Distro, including the last remaining copies of the D.F. 10” lathe.
- If you live in Eastern Canada and want to see/can help set up a performance for Bitter Fictions in August, please get in touch (shakingboxmusic at gmail.com). Currently working on appearances in Toronto and Montreal.
We have some exciting new releases coming up in the fall - more on those soon…
Started putting together monthly e-mail updates for the goings-on here at Shaking Box HQ. If you’d like to be added, subscription info is at the link above. You’ll be among the first to know about our new releases, tour dates, get first dibs on new lathe cuts, etc.
in other news, Bitter Fictions will be opening for Merzbow this Thursday, May 22nd at the Palomino in Calgary, AB. Holzkopf & Botfly are performing as a duo as well. See you there!
SBM013: Friesen/Waters - 2: Cool as Ice
The second meeting between saxophonist Nate Waters and guitarist Devin Friesen, recorded in the Library Basement on January 2nd 2014, when Nate was in Calgary for the holidays. An extension of the critically acclaimed debut release FW, this tape finds Waters switching from alto to tenor saxophone, with Friesen reigning his feedback drift and extended practice into truly dream-woven backings. A deep relaxer recorded live to Tascam 244, laptop, and a portable sony walkman, mixed by Friesen throughout the spring.
50 pro-dubbed & ink-screened tapes coming May/June 2014.
- SBM011: D.F. - Snowshell
- Limited to 25 copies on clear 10” lathe cut records
- Recorded & decomposed by D.F. in the Library Basement, Calgary AB, through the earlier half of November 2013
- Stream/purchase: Bandcamp
A snowshell, a coat — a snows hell, chapped. On the Snowshell EP, Devin Friesen (of Bitter Fictions) continues his parallel foray into tape decay + concrète sounds under his given initials, refining the process of last year’s Pitch Dark cassette into more concise pieces. This is music borne of & for snow: three pieces recorded in the dead of a prairie winter, ready for headphone trudges across ice and/or a contemplative night trying to warm up at home. The initials remain as an appreciative nod to M.B. (Maurizio Bianchi), though Snowshell finds Friesen exploring analog tape decay on his own terms, from the throbbing snaps of “Candlewax” to the drum machine hangover of “Exhaust,” all back to the strange warmth of the title exploration.
Sample from SBM011: D.F. “Snowshell” 10” lathe. 25 hand-cut copies, out very soon. For preorders/reservations, e-mail shakingboxmusic (at) gmail.com