San Francisco, CA – Seminal electronic band MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO (MBM) is returning to the stage in support of their latest release of IMPOSSIBLE STAR which was released earlier this year in January via Flexidisc distributed by Virtual Label.
Meat Beat Manifesto will be playing San Francisco’s Mezzanine (presented by Bodyshock and 120 Minutes) on June 8with MC 900 Ft. Jesus, as well as September dates in New York City, Miami, Denver and Chicago.
Tour dates are:
June 8 Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA
(w/ special guest MC 900 Ft. Jesus)
Sept 14 Cold Waves VII – Irving Plaza – NYC, NY
Sept 15 The Ground – Miami, FL
Sept 21 The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
Sept 22 Cold Waves VII – Metro – Chicago, IL
Those familiar with MBM’s mind-blowing live performances are fully aware that the visual component combines a sonic electronic assault with their stunning and often political video mash-ups. The visual “battles” waged between mastermind Jack Dangers and MBM partner-in-crime Ben Stokes will undoubtedly be uproariously provocative and incredibly timely with video samples culled from news reports and found footage.
Often using politics and cultural events as a starting point, MBM mastermind Jack Dangers connects the current climate to the creative direction of Impossible Star. “I suppose it would be similar to an MC Escher optical illusion which spirals around and around and never seems to end, which can be used as a metaphor of many current events and other pertinent things right now,” he says.
Minimal, textural and cinematic in scope, Impossible Star follows the music innovator deeper into more experimental territory. From the thick and discordant soundscape of “One” to the cut-and-paste pastiche of “Bass Playa” to the downtempo of “T.M.I.”, Impossible Star is a layered exploration of sounds and rhythms.
“MBM has always gone in many different directions,” Jack explains. “‘We Are Surrounded’ and ‘T.M.I.’ represent the paranoid xenophobic ‘so-called’ fake news cycle we are living in. But seriously at this point, I really wouldn’t know what to say. We’ve entered a world of surrealism which is uncharted territory for me… or maybe it’s territory we’ve been through before in the ’30s? What do I know… Further explorations are in the pipeline!
IMPOSSIBLE STAR Track listing
2 Bass Playa
3 We Are Surrounded
4 Unique Boutique
6 Impossible Star
10 Nereus Rov
11 Synthesizer Teste
13 The Darkness
MBM’s consistent musical invention has led to all forms of electronic musical experimentation over its 30 year history, from jungle to techno to industrial to dubstep to jazz fusion. Its long string of influential futuristic classics includes such groundbreaking tracks as “God O.D.”, “Strap Down”, “Psyche Out”, “Helter Skelter”, “Radio Babylon”, “Edge of No Control” to “It’s The Music”. The single, “Prime Audio Soup”(from the album Actual Sounds and Voices) was featured in the sci-fi fantasy blockbuster The Matrix and on its platinum-selling soundtrack.
An acknowledged and celebrated innovator in the electronic music scene (his remix of Tower of Power‘s “What Is Funk?” was nominated for a Grammy in 2006), Jack Dangers continues to stretch sonic boundaries and influence new generations of sound activists. As a premiere remixer, producer and sound designer, he has played a seminal role in defining tomorrows’ music today. Past production/remixing projects include: Public Enemy, David Bowie, Orbital, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Bush, Depeche Mode, and Tower of Power.