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[Event Chat] Bad Timing: Consumer Electronics + Circuit Breaker + lo. batt. - 03/04/16

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Bad Timing: Consumer Electronics + Circuit Breaker + lo. batt.
Sunday 3rd Apr 2016 | Venue: The Portland Arms
Price: £11 adv inc fee/£12 | Time: 8:30-11 | View event details

We've been a bit 'quiet' lately, so ...


Consumer Electronics is a punk / electro / noise duo comprising ageing renegade Philip Best (ex-Whitehouse) and his young American wife, the artist Sarah Froelich. The band's recent releases "Estuary English" (2014), "Repetition Reinforcement" (Diagonal 12", 2015) and new album "Dollhouse Songs" (Harbinger Sound) have cemented CE's reputation as prime movers in the field of avant-garde electronics, twisted beats and apocalyptic performance poetry. Stunningly produced by noise guru Russell Haswell (who occasionally joins the band for live shows), the CE duo are now embarking on a year-long odyssey of live performances the world over.

Quietus said: this is no easy ride, but if you follow Consumer Electronics as they strip bare the caustic facade of modern living, you will find power and, yes, beauty in the dark recesses they reveal.

Dusted said: most striking of the noise albums to grace 2015 was Consumer Electronics’ brutal Dollhouse Songs, which expanded on 2014’s Estuary English with a rampaging diatribe against inequality, prejudice and injustice with the band’s usual mixture of "colourful" language and unrelenting power electronics viciousness. In an echo of some of the above, lead singer Philip Best handed the microphone to his American wife Sarah on two songs, broadening Consumer Electronics’ vision to lead an assault on what has been a turbulent year for the Stars and Stripes.


Circuit Breaker's "My Descent Into Capital" represents the most ambitious recording from this London-based duo to date. Even if they're taking influence from minimal synth, post-punk or early industrial sides, Circuit Breaker are unmistakably contemporary with their delivery. Forging together metallic drum machines, propulsive synth lines and stark guitar degradation into bold , simple and effective songs about isolation, discontentment and the true horror of work. This album transgresses any simple nostalgia for its musical forefathers and showcases a band with their eyes fixed firmly on the future. Any obvious reference points are contorted and stretched to the point where they are transformed into something new. After ten years of obscurity, a refusal to go away, and two well-received records on Tombed Visions, this album is their first full-length album, as-well as their first with abstract-punk imprint Harbinger Sound. The album is receiving positive reviews across the globe and they've even ended up being played on CH4. Having played many shows supporting Sleaford Mods, the duo are about to embark on an extensive tour with new label mates Consumer Electronics throughout 2016 and even more shows later in mainland Europe.

Published by bad-timing at 12:08pm on Tue 26th January 2016. Viewed 3,691 times.
This topic has been edited, last edit at 5:56pm on Wed 30th March 2016.

So long, eardrums

Published by ed____ at 2:59pm on Wed 27th January 2016.

What....? everyone i know is deaf, it's not just me being too quiet

Published by foolscap (not active) at 4:40pm on Wed 27th January 2016.


Published by Silent Rob at 5:50am on Fri 29th January 2016.

Hope the new Portland Sound System can handle it. Remember it cutting out to some of Nochexxx's bass riddims at a gig some time back.

Published by foolscap (not active) at 12:59pm on Fri 29th January 2016.

Interesting -- do you recall when that was foolscap?

Last time I saw CE in 2014 it was in a cool-looking but unsoundproofed half-built office block off Brick Lane. After about 10 mins the gig was ended by the arrival of an angry mob of about 30 residents and the police.

Published by bad-timing at 2:02pm on Fri 29th January 2016.

Published by foolscap (not active) at 5:37pm on Fri 29th January 2016.

This is Sunday, with further electrically themed support from Cambridge-resident lo. batt.

Published by bad-timing at 4:35pm on Wed 30th March 2016.

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