Band Plans to Shake a Sound System to Death. Literally.

The guys in Napalm Death aren’t exactly shy wallflowers.  They’ve blow up their share of PAs over their career, but never quite like this.

Next Friday, ND has a gig at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London that will incorporate a sound system made entirely of ceramics by artist Keith Harrison.

The goal is to play so, er, enthusiastically, that the PA will literally disintegrate during the performance. On purpose.  From Metal Storm:

Mark “Barney” Greenway, vocalist of Napalm Death, states: “Sound as a weapon – or a weapon of change – is a very interesting concept and I think that the whole process of our sound gradually degrading clay sculptures is captivating. The noise element of music should never be understated and this exhibition at the V&A will hopefully demonstrate that music can do interesting things beyond the realms of clipped production techniques.

“On a personal level, particularly of interest to me is the fact that the sculptor Keith grew up around the very same area as me in Great Barr, Birmingham, and basing his sculptures around the tower blocks in that area brings back a lot of quirky memories mixed with the impressions of shameful deprivation in some of those places.”

Cool, huh?  Nothing like seeing a grindcore band grind something to oblivion.  That’s art, man.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Band Plans to Shake a Sound System to Death. Literally.

  • March 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    This makes me happy. I've seen Napalm Death a couple of times, and their shows are intense to say the least! Will be cool to see if their idea works.


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