BLACK DICE, the dub motorik sonic sprites who came blasting out of Rhode Island before the turn of the century with awe-inspiring drone-percussive mantras such as “Endless Happiness”, are back in the rung, gloved up, with a new album entitled Mod Prog Sic due on a new label, FourFour Records, at the start of October. And of course, of course, there’s a deeply odd new track to delight in: we’ve got the sweetly hallucinatory, pranksterish, cut-up motorik of “White Sugar”, embedded for you below.
“White Sugar” is, at heart, a pop song, but one which has been shattered and fractured in vocal chopping, retro tonal squelch, rhythmic glee; pop right out at the dark edge where, say, Animal Collective are caught at play in the depths of Cabaret Voltaire’s chambers. They’ve picked the song apart and refused to put it back together again as it was.
New label generalissimo Jonathan says FourFour Records is intended to “… seamlessly continue with the artistic, creative work I did for the past 20 years, plus sign artists who I have been eager to work and collaborate with.
“Black Dice’s Beaches & Canyons was the first full length album released on DFA, and there could be no more appropriate band in which to launch my new label.”
The North American tour dates run from late October into November, and are as follows; click on the venue hyperlink for more information.
Tuesday, October 26th, San Diego, Soda Bar;
Wednesday, October 27th, Los Angeles, Zebulon (UPEND);
Thursday, October 28th, San Francisco, The Chapel;
Saturday, October 30th, Portland, Holocene;
Sunday, October 31st, Vancouver, The Biltmore;
Monday, November 1st, Seattle, Substation;
Tuesday, November 2nd, Boise, Idaho, Neurolux;
Thursday, November 4th, Denver, Hi-Dive;
Friday, November 5th, Lawrence, Kansas, Uptown Theater (Encore);
Saturday, November 6th, Minneapolis, Turf Club;
Sunday, November 7th, Chicago, CoProsperity Sphere;
Monday, November 8th, Toronto, Adelaide Hall;
Tuesday, November 9th, Montreal, Bar Le Ritz;
Thursday, November 11th, Boston, The Middle East, and
Friday, November 12th, Brooklyn, New York, Knockdown Center, record release show with Xiu Xiu, Hair Bone and more to be announced – an early bird ticket bundle is available for this show until July 7th.
Tickets for all other shows go on sale this Friday, July 2nd.
Black Dice’s Mod Prog Sic will be available on vinyl and digitally on October 1st and is available to pre-order now, here.