by Andrew Sacher
Martin Bisi is an American producer and songwriter. He is known for recording important records by Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Material, Bill Laswell, Helmet, Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop, White Zombie, Boredoms, Angels of Light and Herbie Hancock's Grammy-winning song Rockit. [Wikipedia]Martin Bisi is releasing a new solo record this week (4/15) called Ex Nihilo on La Société Expéditionnaire Records. From the sounds of its two singles, "Sin-Love-Hate" and "The Mermaid Queen," it sounds like Ex Nihilo is gonna be more of the weirdo stuff we've come to expect from Bisi. The latter is a Bowie-ish art rocker with operatic female vocals courtesy of Amanda White, and the former sees Bisi in spastic freak mode not unlike his past collaborator Michael Gira. Check them out by downloading above or streaming below.
Martin will celebrate the new album with a release show in NYC at Glasslands (4/15) the day it comes out. That show has a great lineup all around, with some of Martin's friends including Larkin Grimm, a White Hills side project called (wait for it) Black Valleys, and a side project of Eula (whose members just collaborated with Bisi at Bowery Electric last month) called Parlour Walls. Tickets for the release show are on sale now. Martin Bisi also has a US tour planned for late May and a European tour for early June. All of his dates are listed below.
Martin Bisi - "Sin-Love-Hate"
Martin Bisi - "The Mermaid Queen"
Martin Bisi -- 2014 Tour Dates
April 15 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands w/ Larkin Grimm, Black Valleys, Parlour Walls
May 23 Pittsburgh, PA - 31st st Pub*
May 24 Columbus, OH - Bourbon St Cafe*
May 25 Chicago, IL- The Burlington - Nitetrotter presents*
May 26 Milwaukee, WI - at The Borg Ward*
May 27 Louisville, KY - Dreamland*
May 29 Atlanta, GA - at Club 529*
June 3 Groningen, Netherlands -Vera w/screening BC Studio documentary
June 8 Oslo, Norway -Revolver w/ Girls Against Boys
June 13 Berlin, Germany -NK Project w/screening BC Studio documentary
June 14 Hamburg, Germany -Westwerk w/screening BC Studio documentary
June 17 Prague, Czech Republic -Kino Aero w/screening BC Studio documentary
* - w/ Invisible Things - Mark Shippy of US Maple