Volume III in a series of UK-European-US and Japanese artists’ tributes to the pioneering UK Noise group The New Blockaders including exclusive tracks by Z’ev, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Alan Courtis, Controlled Bleeding, Plethora, Macronympha, Prurient, Richard Ramirez, Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, Carlos Giffoni, AMK, Aaron Dilloway, Wolf Eyes, Idea Fire Company, Mnortham, Thurston Moore, Jim O’Rourke, Damion Romero, The Haters, Emil Beaulieau, Lockweld, Daniel Menche, John Wiese, Broken Penis Orchestra, Jason Kahn. Artwork by Richard Rupenus (TNB).
The New Blockaders are a group who, more than any other, define the essence of true Noise music both in art and in act. Their influence on the current crop of popular crossover Noise artists such as Prurient and Wolf Eyes is immeasurable. Emerging at the beginning of the 1980s alongside the Industrial grind of Throbbing Gristle and the harsh, abrasive Power Electronics of Whitehouse, TNB stood out through a purity of vision.
Their first record, 1982’s Changez Les Blockeurs, is noise in its most rudimentary form: metallic grating sounds and analogue feedback redefined what could be classified as music. Its abstract form and Dadaist construction challenged all that had appeared before. It’s anti-music approach presented a recording closer to the theory-driven work of Einsturzende Neubauten than their supposed contemporaries.
They would appear rarely and when they did it would be in anonymity. The records would emerge even more infrequently with little information and in tiny runs.
Collaborations in recent years with artists such as Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Merzbow have brough their anti-sound to a younger and diverse audience. The metal-bashing of K2, the awkwardness of Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock, the density of Macronympha and the abrasiveness of Merzbow all owe something to the anti-music of TNB. They can truly be credited as pioneers of Noise music as we know it today.’