back in stock as of
may 15th, 2011
first in stock on
may 5th, 2009
|broken flag (uk) #bfv 11 ep|
black rose (uk) #brv 08 ep
ramleh “switch hitter b/w the machines of infinite joy” ten inch single record
- switch hitter
- the machines of infinite joy
|april 2009 release ; first new material from ramleh in over a decade (and in fact the first broken flag release in two ; following bfv 10 :: skullflower’s “form destroyer” lp from 1989) ...|
acting here as a “power” trio w/ gary mundy, anthony difranco, and martyn watts, the band gets to task on channeling their inner rage against the machine (no, i’m not joking) ; the non-ironic “go !!!” shouted a few seconds into “switch hitter” should say it all in regards to ramleh’s titanic legacy vs. their contemporary reality (translation :: i’m not so into this, having something of the buyer’s remorse after stocking up on what was to be the band’s “grand return”) ...
the sound-sample should answer any questions you may have. good day ...
|broken flag press release...|
switch hitter. / the machines of infinite joy.
10” single / 45rpm
cat no: brv 08-1010 / bfv 11
release date: april 2009
black rose recordings and broken flag are proud to present the new 10” single by the legendary group ramleh. limited to 500 with black and white artwork this is their first new material since 1998 and it doesn’t disappoint. powerful droning intensity, motorik rhythms and warped guitar riffs dominate these two songs with one containing ramleh’s distinctive distorted vocals weaving in and out of this inventive chemistry. “switch hitter” could almost be described as a full on dissonant rock track, but ramleh’s desire for experimentation and improvisation lifts it way above the general rock mindset.
ramleh have been active since the early 1980s, first as one of the uk’s pioneering power electronics groups and then towards the late 80s they, along with skullflower, laid the foundations for the uk’s improvisional noise rock scene. in fact gary mundy from ramleh was also one of the founding members of skullflower (there was an overlapping membership of both bands, yet ramleh always managed to retain their own unique identity regardless of musical genre).
they returned to the live scene last year with well received shows in london (one with whitehouse the other with merzbow), and new york, whilst a new album release and planned re-issues from their back catalogue are due late 2009 proving they have not lost any of their energy, excitement and ability to explore all possibilities.