Reykjavík maverick Henrik Björnsson is due to release Good Sick Fun, his 11th album under the Singapore Sling project, on 25 September via Fuzz Club Records and BSM brings you the premiere of the first track to be taken from it, ‘Sickin’ Street’ – an exercise in mechanical drum-machine, piercing tremolo-heavy noise and sinister vocal harmonies.
Inspired by goth-rock, dub and big-band jazz on top of the usual fuzzed-out rock’n’roll touchstones that are seared into Henrik’s work, the latest Singapore Sling full-length is as perversely hedonistic as they come – and that’s not without competition by any means. On the new single Henrik recalls: “‘Sickin´ Street’ was initially called ‘Tremolo Madness’, for obvious reasons. The beat is inspired by a big band intro and the tremolo drives the song. Tanja of the group Russian.Girls sings on it. I instantly heard her voice in my head when writing and recording. Axel from Pink Street Boys also provides some guitar noise on the track, too.”
Arriving off the back of the 2019 Killer Classics LP, Henrik says of the new album: “Old rock´n´roll is the main influence on this record, as on most of my records. When I release a record it means rock´n´roll has saved my life, my mind and my soul once again. And it does that quite frequently. Sometimes I start running astray, getting sucked into pointless garbage and thinking it actually matters. Then I realize that it´s absolute garbage and that nothing matters but rock´n´roll so I go and make a record instead.” He continues: “I started recording this record in February. After rediscovering ‘Bird-doggin’’ by Gene Vincent I knew just what to do. Early Sisters of Mercy and dub have also influenced these last two records, and discovering Cecil Taylor and rediscovering my love of big band jazz might have had an influence as well.” An invitation to “rejoice in doing wrong”, in Henrik’s own words, ‘Good Sick Fun’ is the latest morbid and characteristically-depraved addition to a back-catalogue spanning nearly two decades from the cult Icelandic band.
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