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Thursday 15 November doors 7.30pm | £12 adv / £14 door | BUY TICKETS
Mayuko Hino resumed her music activity in 2011 after a pause of 10 years for the study of Chinese medicine.
Prolific as a live performer, Hino is most well-known for forming C.C.C.C. (Cosmic Coincidence Control Center) in 1990, together with Hiroshi Hasegawa, Fumio Kosakai and Ryuichi Nagakubo. In its early phase, the band grabbed attention by combining noise music with Hino’s sadomasochism performance using bondage ropes and dripping candle wax. She has since been a member of Mne-Mic, DFH-M3, and Transparentz. Digipak.
Hino experimented with the function of noise music as an trans-disciplinary media, and tried to break the boundary between counterparts surrounding performance art : urban structure against man, art againstnon-art, activity versus rest.
‘Lunisolar’ is the second solo album from the ‘Queen Of Japanese Noise’, Mayuko Hino. ‘Faintainhead’ unleashes swathes of densely layered noise, undulating in intensity and ferocity. Although claustrophobic throughout, there are moments of gentle metallic percussion, punctuating the raging vibrations beneath. ‘Astral Travelling’ offers no such relief, featuring unrelenting, piercing electronics throughout until the final few minutes of psychedelic comedown. In addition to self-made instruments, Hino plays noise with her six-theremin oscillators (in bright pink) – the one and only in the world, specially made by Ryo Araishi (a.k.a. ichion).
Lunisolar is only Mayuko Hino’s second solo release, but her track record speaks volumes above that number. Her tenure with C.C.C.C. is worn on her sleeve here, and her influence within the group is well displayed. Brutal at times, spacey at others, and often times a bit of both, Hino’s latest release is a treat for the ears. Sit back, spin this, and drift off through the galaxy.” (Musique Machine)
“There’s a sense of momentum to be found in Hino’s noise; it’s rarely static… At the hands of Hino it seems astral travelling is as much out-of-this-world as it is an out-of-body experience… on Lunisolar she continues with the ever evolving atmospheric and psychedelic sound that energised the noise of C.C.C.C..”(Compulsion Online)
“日野繭子 makes no bones about her wide-ranging noisician flexibility here, nor her honored place in the contemporary Japanoise scene… Unlike a bevy of artists who just make ear-splitting sonic somersaults, Hino’s sound is more impressionistic and staggered in its delivery, incorporating a yin/yang of the industrial and environmental.”(Tone-Shift)
“Ramleh are a key UK underground group. They stand at the juncture of disparate modes of transition, inheriting currents from early Industrial, freeform and 20th Century avant garde traditions while projecting various embryonic forms towards the future: power electronics, avant rock and modern Noise. Most of all they function as the central transmission point for Noise into Rock, for the infection of rock forms by viral electronics, inflating rock’s emphasis on implosion, destructions and renewal, its incessant devouring and rebirthing of itself.” David Keenan, The Wire, July 2009
RAMLEH are a British Power Electronics and Noise Rock group. Their single minded determination to push the boundaries of what can be achieved in music has seen them hailed as one of the most influential and groundbreaking underground groups of the last 25 years.
Originally formed in 1982 RAMLEH was the flagship band for the legendary BROKEN FLAG label. Between 1982 and 1984 RAMLEH recorded some of the earliest and heaviest examples of Power Electronics, with many releases and live performances.
Subsequent releases marked the development of a new sound, fusing psychedelic guitars with electronic noise. Throughout the 1990’s RAMLEH pushed further into the realms of Noise Rock producing albums such as “Homeless”, “Be Careful What You Wish For” and “Boeing”. In 1998 the group went on a long-term sabbatical.
In 2003 the group reconvened in a recording studio in London and continued with the line-up of: Gary Mundy (Guitar, Electronics and Vocals), Anthony Di Franco (Bass Guitar, Synths, Vocals) and Martyn Watts (Drums). In 2015 Stuart Dennison rejoined the band on drums following the retirement of Martyn Watts, and he now forms part of the three piece version of the band. The group has continued recording and releasing records and have performed live in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan.
RAMLEH operates in two modes concurrently: both as a Rock three-piece and in a Power Electronics two-piece line-up. Now, as ever, the group refuses to recognise the boundaries between musical styles and instead treat their chosen musical terrain as a playground of absolute freedom.
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