Posted By DJ Garrett on 07/18/2011 at 08:15PM
I had the pleasure of checking out Arrington De Dionyso this weekend closing out the final What The Heck Fest. He and the band were absolute writhing filth on fire. If you don't know much about the artist, here is a little bio:
" Arrington de Dionyso (b. January 4th 1975) makes trans-utopian world music for a world that exists in fever dreams and hallucinations. Using performance and visual art, he traverses the nameless territories held between surrealist automatism, shamanic seance, and the folk imagery of rock and roll. Ecstasy vs. Madness.
De Dionyso's most recent project, Malaikat dan Singa, is a trance-punk outfit featuring bass clarinet, guitars, multiple drummers and his trademark wild vocals (multi-spectral harmonic throatsinging combined with grunts, yelps, and barks) -this time, all sung in Indonesian. Malaikat dan Singa translates as "Angels and Lions," and de Dionyso's Indonesian lyrics combine mythology and fantasy with haphazard translations of poet William Blake on the debut Malaikat album. The project, however, ultimately defies a clean translation. Malaikat dan Singa gains power by crossing boundaries -- both linguistic and psychic. On the one hand, the Indonesian language allows Dionyso to communicate on levels more deeply subliminal than those accessible in his native English. On the other, he reaches his growing Indonesian audience with his eccentric brew of ecstatic lunacy and prophetic madness, clarified to perfection during his 15 year tour-of-duty with Olympia's OLD TIME RELIJUN.""
Arrington is currently raising money to perform in Indonesia and is using various tools to acquire the funds. One of those is a kickstarter campaign you can check out here:
He writes: " In September and October of 2011 I will be making my first ever voyage to Indonesia, at the invitation of YES NO WAVE MUSIC and curators involved with the Yogyakarta Museum of Contemporary Art. I will have several weeks’ residency in Yogyakarta where I will be teaching throat-singing workshops and creating murals while also rehearsing with local musicians to create an entirely new version of MALAIKAT DAN SINGA with an all-Indonesian band. In Jakarta we will have use of a recording studio where we will collaboratively compose and record new work."
Another way you can help support his tour is to download this special album of his called Slow Dancing Under The Moon Tonight - self described: "This album was recorded sometime in 2010 using "Songsmith" software. It is one of the most unlistenable and abrasively grating albums ever made by Arrington de Dionyso." No joke. This is some crazy shit.
I personally can't get enough of this album. Microsoft should dump their old promotional video (see below) and hire Arrington instead.