Meat Beat Manifesto gears up for U.S. Tour
Seminal electronic band Meat Beat Manifesto (MBM) is gearing up for their U.S. tour supporting the the release of Answers Come in Dreams via Metropolis Records (released October 12, 2010). Widely hailed for their groundbreaking live performances, MBM propels their electronic music into both a mesmerizing aural and visual dimension. “The live performance has become an integral component of my sound and production,” sound sculptor and music innovator Jack Dangers explains. “The question is how to do it better than last time.” Kicking off in Seattle, WA on February 2, 2011, Dangers and his live cohort Ben Stokes will travel across the country, bringing their mindblowing live performances that combine a sonic electronic assault with their stunning and often provocative and political video mash-ups to the masses.
Minimal, textural and cinematic in scope, Answers Come in Dreams follows Dangers into more experimental territory. An artist who sees the very fluid connection between audio and visual, Jack created videos for each of the twelve tracks on the record which have been debuted on WIRED.com, URB.com, ElectronicMusician.com, PopMatters.com, among many others, hinting at what’s in store for the live show.
Self described half-snarkily as “sub harmonic colonics… schadenfreude with extreme prejudice on those disbelievers of 7Hz,” Answers Come in Dreams is just that – a mind-flushing reboot of the current state of music. From the downtempo soundscape of the opening track “Luminol” to the appropriately-titled submerged beats of “Waterphone,” Answers Come in Dreams is a fascinating pastiche of sonic textures and electronic rhythms that fans of MBM’s past work will find alluringly comfortable while new listeners will find alluringly intriguing.
MBM’s consistent musical invention has led to all forms of electronic musical experimentation over its 23 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.
Feb 2 – Seattle, WA EL Corazon
Feb 3 – Portland, OR Peter’s Room Under Roseland
Feb 4 – Vancouver, BC Venue
Feb 9 – Los Angeles, CA El Rey
Feb 11 San Francisco, CA Mezzanine
Feb 15 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Feb 16 – Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Feb 19 – New York, NY Santo’s Party House