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Secant

av John Wiese

”Secant” är ett videoverk där duovarianten av grindcore-bandet Sissy Spacek gör en hyllning till den konceptuelle konstnären GX Jupitter-Larsen. Hans projekt The Haters har gjort ökända performance-föreställningar där man sprängt kullar i Kalifornien med dynamit, krossat glas på klubbar och gjort allmänt upprorsliknande events.

John Wiese (f. 1977) är designer, konstnär och kompositör baserad i Los Angeles. Han är en legend inom den underjordiska noise-scenen och har släppt över 150 plattor, singlar och kassetter. Han har gjort mängder av samarbeten, turnerat världen över och är medlem i Sissy Spacek.

Video: John Wiese
Musik: Sissy Spacek och GX Jupitter-Larsen
Curator: Joachim Nordwall

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Polar Visions Amplitude reviewing —

Sissy Spacek – Featureless Thermal Equilibrium

Released on September 4, 2020 by Helicopter

Reviewed format: CD album

Connected listening – there are various ways to order a selection of Sissy Spacek’s further discography. The Helicopter mail-order stocks various Sissy Spacek releases and solo works by John Wiese and associates, you can find it here: https://helicopter.storenvy.com/collections/924915-sissy-spacek

Sissy Spacek’s releases on both physical and digital format are also available from their Bandcamp page here: https://sissyspacek.bandcamp.com/music

For an overview of Charlie Mumma’s solo releases as well as the releases he’s featured on as part of various bands, you can check out Discogs here: https://www.discogs.com/artist/1491175-Charlie-Mumma

In a similar manner, Jay Randall’s solo and band releases can be found on Discogs here: https://www.discogs.com/artist/393304-Jay-Randall

Several solo releases by John Wiese are available on physical and digital format from his Bandcamp page here: https://johnwiese.bandcamp.com

As I mentioned in the previous Polar Visions Amplitude review on this blog, 2020 has proven to be quite a fruitful year for both new Noise releases as well as reissues of classic Harsh Noise albums, mentioning the recent Helicopter / Troniks batch of CD releases and today we’re going to start diving into these with a review of one of the most recent Sissy Spacek albums, Featureless Thermal Equilibrium. Sissy Spacek is a John Wiese formed band which as being one of his most well-known projects not only carries a very prolific discography of a big number of albums, EPs, singles and many miscellaneous releases but is also an ever-changing line-up of extreme music artists and performers from various directions of experimental and contemporary music. This makes Sissy Spacek a rather versatile band with the kind of music / Noise you’re going to get on every release being quite unpredictable at times as this could vary from monolithic Harsh Noise to gritty Noise filled Grindcore to free-wheeling electro-acoustic cut-ups of instrumental and vocal recordings created by John Wiese. On Featureless Thermal Equilibrium we get to listen to Sissy Spacek as a raw power filled anarchist Grindcore unit which is continually blasted through with screechy Noise courtesy of John. Sissy Spacek’s core of John Wiese’s streams of Noise (and vocals in this case too) and Charlie Mumma’s fiery thunderous drums and vocals is strengthened here with Jay Randall (of Agoraphobic Nosebleed and various other terror-filled extreme Grindcore and Harsh Noise themed projects) providing particularly aggressive and appropriately screechy screamed vocals to the general energy-filled chaos that is this 24-minute new album. The album is one hell of a ride of dissonant murky noisy sonic energy that blends John Wiese’s screechy layers of Noise with surprisingly crisp sounding vocals and drums which in the case of this album still have quite a dynamic and roomy sound to them, creating some kind of balance in what in other cases could end up being more of a wall of Noise with all elements blending into eachother. Before we dive into this speedy album, it’s good to mention the neat looking presentation of Featureless Thermal Equilibrium, designed by John Wiese. The CD version of the album comes in a sturdy thick 6 panel digipak featuring some great minimalist artwork. The cover artwork is quite striking with its eerie grainy image of a face (which looks familiar but I can’t quite place where I saw it before) with the name of the band and album title set in some quite classy looking serif type. It has quite the classic LP sleeve look to it which purely based on the cover could suggest that the music contained within would be more like Hard Rock or Metal but its grittiness does express the actual music rather well. Other than the cover artwork the imagery on the digipak and CD face feature mostly grainy undefined composed textures that do very well carry that visualised Noise look that best expresses the crumbling shapes of texture that Noise can often conjure up in your mind when you dive into it and start to notice its many subtle variations. John Wiese’s signature type-writer style typography is looking great on the album’s digipak as always with the spine featuring the more recognisable all-caps Sissy Spacek “logo” with wide spacing and while the extra dirt John applies to the letters to make them look more degraded (again matching the music) can make some text a bit harder to read, especially in the credits listed on the back of the digipak, the design looks excellent and adds to the experience of the album’s raw power in visual form. Besides the artwork itself looking great, I also want to point out that the artwork is also printed in very cool looking silvery metallic ink making all art reflect and shine in a subtle manner, giving it some premium edge and the attention to detail that I appreciate a lot in the design of music releases even when it’s extreme music which often carries a much rougher, dirtier and at times lo-fi edge to it which might make it seems like premium artwork isn’t fitting its aesthetic that much. Now that we’ve looked over the presentation of Featureless Thermal Equilibrium, let’s dig into the album itself.

Just like what I found to be often the case with Grindcore or Grindcore related albums, Featureless Thermal Equilibrium is best to be listened in one go as being one long track as the 13 listed tracks are actually split up into at least 40 separate tracks especially about half-way into the album. It’s pretty much blast after blast after blast of raw and particularly rough power rooted in almost absolute dissonant chaos that with its relentless energy over so many blasts becomes an exhaustive but especially thrilling 24 minute ride that keeps the group on point throughout and proved to me that length doesn’t matter that much with this kind of album as it’s better not to let the band burn out after its first half but keeps things as consistent as Sissy Spacek are here. Amusingly the track titles (Fffff Eeeee, Aaaaa Ttttt, Uuu Rrr Eee) directly seem to reference the choppy nature of the blasts as well as spell out the album title, pointing out how Sissy Spacek themselves also point out that the album is like a continuous 24 minute recording rather than a collection of tracks recorded over several weeks or months (this is also confirmed on the back of the digipak as this album was recorded in a single day). Whilst this album is really best enjoyed by rocking out wildly to the energy blasts the band provides to let it all out, listening to this album on headphones does reveal some nice shifts in the separate layers that make up the bands sound on this album. Let’s start with the Grindcore layers of vocals and drums. The vocals are made up of these murky groaning lava like rumbling screeches with the “lead vocal” (most likely Jay Randall) driving the tracks themselves with rough gravel like screechy grumbling in words that are mostly quite indiscernible though you could guess mostly along the lines of “you motherfuckers” and related aggressive words thrown at us, as I heard. The lead vocals vary in intensity throughout with the shorter blasts being moments when the grumble layers take over at times with the lead vocals quickly returning with further bursts of grit but what I generally noticed from the album as a whole is that they form a bit of a circular pattern, starting off intense, falling a bit in intensity in the middle until rising again the most right at the end of the final track, Equilibrium as being a final screechy Harsh Noise finale to burn up the last remaining drops of fuel into a sparkling explosion. The drums in the pieces are somewhat between rumbling bass layer and an almost Free Improvisation like acoustic edge to the tracks, varying from blast-beats to many different often cymbal filled fills. The first few tracks showcase Charlie Mumma’s tumbling but tight drum performances with some surprisingly clean sounding tom tom and aforementioned hi-hat fills that also literally fill in most of the stereo field within the mostly centred noise and vocals that have a rougher more mono sound to them. The short blasts obviously mostly feature very fast blast-beats but after the lengthy sections of short blasts Charlie returns to the more free-flowing mixture of slower blast-beats and drum fills at the end of the album, but definitely blasting away at the finale of the last track however. The noise layer within the pieces never changes that dramatically, being quite like a gritty hazy mass of extra lava that drives the sonic mayhem forward however it’s noticeable that it does shift from screechy, mid / high frequency focussed sharp lines of Noise to lower rumbling streams during the short blasts until reaching a critical state at the finale of the last track. Interesting to notice is how most of the time the sources of the Noise are pretty hard to discern but within the first few tracks a few notes and even bass tones can still be heard throughout the continuous streaming screeching, giving away how the Noise within is created on this album. In the end I can say that Featureless Thermal Equilibrium showcases Sissy Spacek’s strengths especially in its focussed thunderous dissonant energy and excellent interplay between the performers but also does offer some rewarding subtle variations within the screeching streams of manic gritty sound which make for an enjoyable listen on the performance level too. This is another entry within the ever-growing Sissy Spacek discography of ever-inspired sonic freedom and anarchy, a recommended listen for fans of Grindcore, Noise and Sissy Spacek’s other (noisy) albums and with awarding this album a Polar Visions Amplitude of 90 dB I do recommend this album very strongly.

Featureless Thermal Equilibrium is available on CD and as a download from the Helicopter Bandcamp page here: https://helicopter.bandcamp.com/album/featureless-thermal-equilibrium

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Sissy Spacek
Collateral Dilation
7-inch
Helicopter, H 96
Numbered edition of 25

K2/Sissy Spacek
Bee Slave
7-inch
Helicopter, H 97
Numbered edition of 25

Sissy Spacek
Besiege
CS
Helicopter, H 101
Numbered, stamped, and water colored edition of 33

Sissy Spacek
Prize Closet
CS
Helicopter, H 102
Numbered, stamped, and water colored edition of 53

Available May 1, 2020
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Sissy Spacek
s/t
LP
Helicopter
H 93

20th anniversary edition of Sissy Spacek’s first album, first ever LP edition. Frantic, violent, destroyed music.

“Probably the world’s first plunderphonic grindcore record. Although in this case all of the plundering is self inflicted and self directed as they record their own blasting grind record and attack it with a razor blade and spit out a garbled, sputtering, stuttering no-wave masterpiece. Think Oval, if he only scratched Drop Dead and Crossed Out CDs. Nice.” —Aquarius Records

Sissy Spacek
Scissors
2×7-inch
Helicopter
H 94

20th anniversary edition of Sissy Spacek’s second album, first reissue since it’s original release. Incomprehensible, discombobulated.

“This four-track explosion of sound had my jaw agape from the first note to the last. With minor
percussive breaks between sizzling hard-wired damage, this wasn’t at all what I expected. Instead John Wiese has offered tracks that intensely re-align your senses for their fifteen minutes of “insane”. It’s not until we get to the final track “Please Don’t Sleep While We Explain” that the wash of colorful collision is tempered and muffled to conclusion. It’s a scream-fest, jazz jam with fire to spare. Not for the weak hearted.” —TJ Norris

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Warren, MI

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Sissy Spacek
Crypto-Termination b/w Predator Capitalist
7-inch
Mistake By The Lake
Release date: November 13, 2019

Mike Du Bose/Chris Goudreau/Charlie Mumma/Jay Randall/John Wiese

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非常階段 x SISSY SPACEK
COLLABORATION ALBUM “エントロピック”
2019.9.4 ON RELEASE!!!!!!

‪OOO-37
HIJOKAIDAN x SISSY SPACEK
“エントロピック”
CD/4tracks/Japanese Edition/1800JPY+TAX

1.Amok Time (非常階段 x Sissy Spacek) 11:42
2.Seven Directions (非常階段 x Sissy Spacek – テンテンコ参加) 04:47
3.Necro Ton (Sissy Spacek) 29:16
4.Live at Akihabara Club Goodman (非常階段) 29:50

“KING OF NOISE”!今年結成40周年を迎えた世界を代表するノイズバンド・非常階段と、昨年[…]dotsmarkのマネジメントにより初来日を果たしたUSブラー・グラインドSISSY SPACEKの初のコラボレーションアルバム。昨年のSISSY SPACEK日本滞在時に録音された非常階段とのコラボレーション、秋葉原GOODMANで行われた両バンドにテンテンコも加えてのセッションに加え、同日の非常階段のソロライヴ、SISSY SPACEKの未発表ソロ音源も同時収録。US盤とは異なるトラックリストで日本盤の登場です。8Pブックレットには坂口卓也氏によるライナーノーツ収録。

[…]dotsmark直営オンラインショップCULTURE discs& tapes他一部店舗では購入特典としてステッカー付き。

**非常階段 / HIJ0KAIDAN **
JOJO広重 / JOJO HIROSHIGE (Guitar/Vocal)
T.美川 / T.MIKAWA (Electronic sound)
JUNKO (Voice)
岡野太 / FUTOSHI OKANO (Drums)

1979年に京都でJOJO広重と頭士奈生樹によって結成された、世界最初&日本最初のノイズバンド。大音量+即興演奏という基本コンセプトのもと、長きに亘ってノイズ演奏を続け「キング・オブ・ノイズ」という異名で国内外に名を知られている。1980年に頭士脱退後、現在もメンバーであるT.美川が参加、ほかにも多数メンバーが参加し、1980-1982年頃はステージで破壊的なパフォーマンスを展開するライブを行い、国内外に知名度をあげることになる。幾度かのメンバー変遷後、80年代にJUNKO、2009年に岡野太がメンバーとなり、現在の4人が正式ラインナップとなっている。ゲストミュージシャンとしてナスカ・カー・ナカヤ(Electronics)が参加するバージョンもある。1982年に発表されたアルバム「蔵六の奇病」はインディーズ史上の名盤であり、ロングセラーを続けている。海外でのライブ公演も多く、イギリスやアメリカ、イタリアなどからも作品のリリースもある。2019年、結成40周年を迎えた。

SISSY SPACEK (シシー・スペイセク)

1999年ロサンゼルスで結成されたブラー / グラインドユニット。実験音楽家John Wieseによって設立され、ノイズコア、コラージュ、テープミュージック、フリーインプロビゼーション、ラージスケール・アンサンブル、そしてそれ以外にも、様々な要素を取り入れながら、グラインドコアのバンドして多彩な音楽シーンを超えて活躍を続ける中、多くのメンバーたちが、何年間も経つ間に、バンドに加わり、そして去っていった。このバンドは、数多くのジャンルをまたぐ、そして数多くのメソッドを駆使した30枚以上のフルアルバムを、すでにリリースしている。過去10年間のシシー・スペイセクは、ライブパフォーマンスで地獄から来たようなグラインドコアの演奏を容赦なく観客に叩きつけるとともに、幅広いジャンルのレコードをリリースし続けている。2018年には2013年からの編成であるCharlie Mumma (ドラム、2008年よりボーカル) とJohn Wiese (ベース、エレクトロニクス、ボーカル)のデュオで、結成20周年を記念し初の来日を果たした。

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Sissy Spacek/Smegma
Ballast
CD
Helicopter, H 88

Ace Farren Ford, Dennis Duck, and Ju Suk Reet Meate (three original members) are joined by Rock ’N’ Roll Jackie (35 years in the band), John Wiese (approximately 10 years), and a cast of others form the current third phase Smegma. Personnel of this album, “Ballast”, consists of this line-up plus Charlie Mumma, a member of Sissy Spacek since 2008.

The source material of “Ballast” was recorded at home and on the Los Angeles radio station Dublab, but what we hear is not exactly Smegma and Sissy Spacek performing together as a live group. Wiese’s production of the recording is a kind of un-doing of the live group playing, forging it into a new collage of sound. It reminds us of genome editing which results in diversity, and sometimes in mutation, of organisms.

The title of the album, “Ballast”, refers to a weight on a ship which improves it’s stability, but it is also a term for an electrical component that regulates electricity so as to not destroy the other components. It’s double meaning fits between the cover art and the collage process which is constantly partitioning and interrupting the elements of sound.

—Takuya Sakaguchi, from the liner notes

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Hijokaidan/Sissy Spacek
Entropic
LP/CD
Helicopter, H 87

On the verge of their 40th and in the midst of their 20th anniversaries, respectively, Hijokaidan and Sissy Spacek merge in Tokyo for their first collaboration, featuring Jojo Hiroshige, Junko, T. Mikawa, Charlie Mumma, Futoshi Okano, Tentenko (guest), and John Wiese.

Hijokaidan formed in 1979, marking the first wave of groups in Japan exploring extreme noise. Sissy Spacek formed in 1999, often playing in large ensembles of players, and frequently exploring grindcore as a base for creating extreme music, often while eschewing the notion of music altogether.

During Sissy Spacek’s 20th anniversary tour in Japan, the recordings of “Amok Time” and “Seven Directions” were made with Hijokaidan in collaboration. While Hijokaidan’s sound has been described as a continuous climax of your entire progressive rock collection, Sissy Spacek’s “Twenty-Five Fragments” is a sequence of peak chaos from their 2018 tour, recorded on walkman for maximum effect.

Additionally, the CD edition contains Hijokaidan’s full live set at Akihabara Club Goodman.

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The Haters/Sissy Spacek
Multifactorial Dynamic Pathways
CD
Helicopter, H 83

Despite many collaborations among these artists over the years, this album represents the first proper meeting of The Haters and Sissy Spacek. Often stuttering around a particular sound source or technique, the tracks on this collaboration are partitioned into precise 10-minute increments for an orderly shifting palette.

Formed in 1979, The Haters have explored many forms of entropy over their span, continuously broadening their approach through various mediums including recorded works, conceptual performances, radio, and video. In 2019, The Haters celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Sissy Spacek (comprised of Charlie Mumma and John Wiese) celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2018, touring extensively throughout the United States and Japan, with a number of releases expositing their broad range, including a new grindcore album on Nuclear War Now! Productions, and experimental works on labels such as Gilgongo Records, New Forces, Dotsmark (Japan), and Daymare Recordings (Japan). They begin their 21st year with a series of collaborations with longtime friends.

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Sissy Spacek
Freaked With Jet
LP or LP+DVD
Gilgongo Records
GGGR-097

No guitars and fuck two-second gaps. A collection of six 7-inches (Gutter Splint, Fortune b/w The Eyes Of Men, Epistasis, Vacuum, Vanishing Point, and the split with Agathocles). Performed by Mumma/Ronnau/Wiese. The only band to make a Milton and a Mentors reference on the same album. Silk screened cover.

Edition of 100, or
Numbered edition of 50 with DVD.

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Sissy Spacek “Pitched Intervention” LP
Recorded in Los Angeles in February 2018 and consists of two sessions with Don Bolles (The Germs) and Mitchell Brown (Gasp), and one session with Mitchell Brown and Joseph Hammer (Solid Eye, Joe & Joe, LAFMS). CD edition is long sold-out!

Mailorder:
https://sissyspacek.bandcamp.com/album/pitched-intervention
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Sissy Spacek at Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Katz

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