December 9, 2013

Euro Tour Report

The trio tour in September was great fun. It already seems very long ago.. not as far back as, say, the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, about whom I have been educating myself this past two weeks, but long ago. By the way, about those ancient Egyptians: I’d always assumed that tomb and pyramid building culture was obsessed with death, but it turns out they were probably more obsessed with going on living, because life was so darned great along the super-fertile Nile in 2600 BCE. Their metaphysical ideas also turn out to be much more complicated and interesting than I thought. For anyone curious for a quick idea, check out this link (it’s only a tourist site, but still can offer you a pretty cool 60 seconds of wondering).

Anyway!

In Bern we spent a bucolic two days in the calm B&B Im Klee, and despite a slightly bumpy first show at Cafe Kairo, had the usual fun hang with the lovely staff there.

We played in Ilanz for the first time and discovered a tribe of dedicated culture vultures up there near the snowline, centered on the architectural award-winning cultural outpost, Sil Plaz. We met a huge cast of amazing new friends, played atop a high stage, danced madly until dawn, and were taken the next day touring in the beautiful mountain passes and parks by Martina and Ramun.

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Michael drove us from Switzerland to Berlin in one day to share the stage with louche cabaret master Paul Wallfisch at venerable indie squat-turned-landmark Schokoladen. At the show, Anton got tossed upside down in the air and caught again by Herculean local restauranteur Tommy. We found old expat friend Tony. We were treated afterwards to a late-night hang in the rarely seen studio in the catacombs underneath the club.

Returning to Zurich, we tried a lot of new material out on the charmingly jaded crowd of Helsinki Klub, who have seen everything, and still succeeded in surprising a few of them. We think.

In Basel a show at the riverside oasis Cargo Bar found us facing strangely sideways on stage, and we were treated afterwards to a bar crawl in the back streets by our knowing old friend Sandra.

We took two days to visit old friends in Amsterdam (including phantom society king and official tour-guide voice of Purgatory J.C., and local pop star Nicolette) and take lots of photos. Gina got new boots.

In Liege, Joel (and co.) welcomed us back to the really great L’An Vert for an extremely fun night and some excellent spaghetti.

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In Antwerp we were thrilled to play a show in the spooky abandoned ancient stock exchange of Antwerp, now inhabited by artists and other denizens of the Twerpeen demi-monde such as Michael and Carina. We loved meeting everyone.

Our tour climaxed with a show alongside our old friends the adorable garage-popsters the Skatebirds in Metz: after an outdoor banquet at an immense table we enjoyed the natural reverb of the Opera-Theater’s rococo ballroom… and much later, Catherine’s amazing quiche.

You may find yourself in the picture collage somewhere. You may also notice a mini-theme of Gina appearing alongside totemic animals.

September 3, 2013

Tour Poster/Dates – Europe Fall 2013

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April 20, 2013

April Update: New Party-Show, New Track

Little darlings, it’s been a long, cold lonely winter, and I’ve let things lapse. Now we’re awake and back.

New Show

First and foremost: The next Anton Sword show worth going to is Saturday April 27 at The Church, the sporadic loft party on the Williamsburg-Bushwick border (142 Manhattan Avenue, between Montrose and Meserole, quite accessible by subway). If you haven’t come before, come now, because Sword & Slave (Anton, Gina on bass & Michael on guitar) will be joined by fabulous adorable Skatebirds, who are returning from France to sing their garage-pop songs about life in Lorraine and visits to our ‘hood. The legendary Sans Culottes will also play at the end of the night, as well as the excellent local band Discovery, and there will again be spectacular psychedelic back projections by the video-keyboard playing B.A. Miale. Preceding the night is an Art show in the same space. You can therefore visit this hall of culture heavenly and hellish at 7 pm and have your various needs satisfied without ever leaving until 4 a.m. Yeah there’s only one bathroom, but you’ll be so entertained and happy you’ll forget you’ll need to go.

Here is a link to the Facebook event for those of you who are on FB:
Time Bender’s Ball Sat April 27

New Track

In the meantime there is a new track – actually an old song,  written decades ago but only recently recorded in NYC and then mixed by the fabulous and adorable Ingo Krauss at Berlin’s Candybomber studio. We don’t claim it will change the world or much of anything, but it is something. There will be more to come througout the spring and summer.

Play ‘Leading To The Ledge (Candybomber Mix)’

(The lyrics are below, at the bottom of this post).

Sometimes an old tune has to get finished, even though it may not represent the most current vision. It’s clogging the channel, and needs to get done just to make room for other, newer stuff waiting to emerge. Personnel on this track: me on vox, keys & programming as always; Michael Lawson on guitars; Gina Marie Rodriguez on bass. Recorded in NYC by me, with special help from the golden-eared Carl Barc; mixed & mastered by Ingo Krauss at Candybomber, Berlin.

New Gear

What else? During the winter I partly occupied myself acquiring and exploring a lot of new equipment, hard and soft. Know what I mean? Here’s some hard:

for many questions, the answer is simply MORE KNOBS

for many questions, the answer is simply MORE KNOBS

despite the predominance of the Moog logo, my favorite right now is that square semi-modular synth-box, which is called a ‘Dark Energy.’

In the soft realm I also acquired a plug-in that’s called the ‘Voice of God’. It looks like the black monolith from ‘2001: a space odyssey’ and its purpose is to give one more control of low-frequency resonance. Between the Dark Energy and the Voice of God a new universe may very well be created, but it will probably take until mid-summer at least. But enough Sonic Theology!

New Misc

MEYLENSTEIN, Berlin-based multi-media designer extraordinaire, has been busily making a video for ‘The Air’ (from last spring’s ‘Here in the Hurricane’ release). It should be ready soon!

Here are two pix from the last Sword & Slave show at The Church:
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New Fall Europe Tour

And it looks like we’ll be returning to Europe in late September if we cobble together enough shows. If anyone wants us to play a particular place, we’ll gladly consider whether it fits the tour schedule, so just contact:  earworm@antonsword.com.

That’s all for now. Oh, here are the lyrics to ‘Leading To The Ledge’. They date from the days I was still writing obsessively in couplets:

Our love’s a combination lock set in an ancient safe
We work the picks and the cylinders until our fingers chafe
Kneeling there together sweating underneath our masks
We both got so tired of questions we never even asked

Partners in crime, our treasure is unhoardable
What’s yours? What’s mine? The portions are unsortable
We bit the dust and tried to split the take to escape
But all our dynamite couldn’t put the wine back in the grape

Our secret names all blew away in dead confetti mail
And all our dreams in bottles from the belly of the whale
They spilled out across the flood but could not make a bridge
No they just rolled out a thin red carpet leading to the ledge

Love is a word with a hole punched in the center
The silence may hurt but it lets the pleasure enter
Still upstairs in the bedroom dresser in the back of the bottom drawer
There is a crumpled paper ball that won’t unfold anymore

(repeat the chorus).

Copyright 2013 Anton Sword/Fugue State Music.