The release of his latest album Dumb Flesh in May 2015, and an ongoing European tour have kept the electronic maverick Blanck Mass (aka Benjamin John Power of F*ck Buttons) very busy. The album was solely written, produced and recorded by Benjamin in a number of different locations over the space of a year. As a work of art, Dumb Flesh is a comment on the flaws of the human form in its current evolutionary state.
The follow up is the incredible 33 minute EP, The Great Confuso, recorded at the end of summer 2015. Consisting of the colossal new title track piece, which runs at over 18 minutes in three parts (featuring guest vocals from Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV legend Genesis P-Orridge), and three previously released Dumb Flesh remixes — “Dead Format”, “Detritus” & “No Lite” remixed by Dalhous, Konx-Om-Pax & Geneses P-Orridge respectively.
The Great Confuso EP is out digitally today, and additionally several UK independent shops will be supplying limited edition CDEPs of The Great Confuso with purchase of Dumb Flesh from November 13 through the end of the year. Including; Resident, Normans, Bleep, Piccadilly, Rough Trade East / West, Recordstore, Boomkat, The Music Exchange, Hot Salvation + Drift
Following the cancellation of his previously scheduled 2015 United States tour dates, Blanck Mass is pleased to announce he will be returning to the United States with tour dates throughout March 2016. Itinerary below.
It was once suggested that everything we as human beings have ever achieved is merely the culmination of our refusal to acknowledge, or accept our own mortality: a vain, pathetic grasp at immortality via the fatuous notions of legacy, society, family, tradition, art. Whatever. In the greatest traditions of folklore, Blanck Mass summons forth the entity sardonically named The Great Confuso to embody the taunting cruelty of death, and the unknowable beyond. This is the ambitious and gloriously uncomfortable aural propagation of looming disaster.
Dark, glorious and by turn pulverizing industrial metal and hypnotic synth-wash soundscape, this is Power’s most thrilling work to date. The obsession with human frailty so central to his previous work is focused here on the themes of confusion, anger and surrender. If Dumb Flesh depicted the frailty of the human body, this EP illustrates the fragility of the human mind. Dispassionate and candid, stark and bold, ferocious and tender, The Great Confuso stands as a new electronic masterpiece.
Remaining 2015 UK/EU Tour Dates:
Nov 06 – Barcelona, Spain – MIRA Festival
Nov 07 – London, UK – Illuminations
Nov 10 – Poiters, France – Confort Moderne
Nov 12 – Lorient, France – Les Indisciplinées
Nov 14 – Lyon, France – Le Transbordeur
Nov 20 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Le Guess Who?
Nov 21 – Hebden Bridge, UK – Trades Club
Nov 22 – Norwich, UK – Arts Centre
Nov 25 – London, UK – Heaven
Nov 27-29 – Pontins, Wales – ATP 2.0 Nightmare Before Christmas 2015
Nov 29 – Brighton, UK – Mutations
Dec 09 – Aberdeen, Scotland – Lemontree
Dec 10 – Dundee, Scotland – Beat Generator Live
Dec 11 – Glasgow, Scotland – Stereo
BLANCK MASS 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
Mar 04 – Toronto, ON – The Drake
Mar 05 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz
Mar 06 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Mar 07 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
Mar 08 – Washington, DC – DC9
Mar 10 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
Mar 15 – Austin, TX – SXSW
Mar 16 – Austin, TX – SXSW
Mar 18 – San Francisco, CA – Richshaw Stop
Mar 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Residence