BLACK NEEDLE NOISE Premieres New Song/Video For “Social Media Disease” via Ghettoblaster

Photo credit: Candice Ghai
Featuring Legendary Producer JOHN FRYER
(Cocteau Twins, Depeche Mode, Love and Rockets)
Premieres New Song/Video for
“Social Media Disease” via Ghettoblaster
Known mostly for the moody melancholic soundscapes swathed in mist and glittering strokes from his musical palette, legendary producer / artist John Fryer of BLACK NEEDLE NOISE has premiered his newest song/video for “Social Media Disease” via Ghettoblaster this week. The song features Austin, Texas based singer Betty X on vocals and has a more aggressive and hardline techno edge in contrast to his other recent songs. The intense track is the latest in a series of singles that Black Needle Noise has been releasing consistently via Bandcamp “Social Media Disease” is now available on Bandcamp.
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Showcasing thunderous drums and breakbeats, “Social Media Disease” features scathing lyrics criticizing the dangers of social media and a fiery vocal performance from Betty X. These elements make the track a true standout in John Fryer’s illustrious catalog. It’s accompanying is appropriately claustrophobic and eerie, perfectly matching the chaotic vibes that the track exudes.
Black Needle Noise featuring Anna X – Social Media Disease
When speaking to Ghettoblaster about the new song, Fryer says that “I always saw this as a ‘Post Punk Distorted Dream Pop song and it needed a little bit of aggro in the vocals. I thought Betty X would be perfect for this and, as you can hear, she is.”

Betty X meanwhile says that, “The fast-paced techno beats served as the perfect vehicle for a diatribe on America’s obsession with social media, technology, and fame. It’s a cautionary tale of being self-absorbed with these things. It’s an unhealthy addiction… a social media disease.”

Black Needle Noise’s other tracks previously released that features a diverse who’s who of alternative vocalists such as Mimi Page (Delirium), Jennie Vee (bassist, Hole), Ana Breton (Dead Leaf Echo), Omniflux (Puscifer), Kendra Frost (Kite Base), Andrea Kerr (Colt), Sivert Hoyem, Antic Clay, and ZiaLand, among others. “I like to keep people guessing as to what will be released next, not only with sound but now with what language the song will be in,”explains Fryer about his revolving door of vocalists.

John Fryer started his career in 1979 at London’s Blackwing Studios (London) and soon began working with seminal bands on the 4AD, Mute, Rough Trade and Beggars Banquet record labels, including Depeche Mode, The Wolfgang Press and Cocteau Twins. His achievement in helping develop the latter’s pioneering ethereal and ambient sound ultimately led Watts-Russell to recruit Fryer as his partner for This Mortal Coil.

He’s produced many other groundbreaking artists, including PRAYERS, Love and Rockets, Swans, H.I.M., Cradle of Filth, Clan of Xymox, Nitzer Ebb, Dead Can Dance, Yaz (Yazoo), Xmal Deutschland, Fields of the Nephilim, De/Vision, Stabbing Westward, Kristin Hersh, and many others. Over the past two decades, John Fryer has also produced several film soundtracks, including Se7enClerksJohnny MnemonicMortal Kombat,Faustand Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

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