Iconic musician, poet and visual artist Alan Vega was an uncompromising visionary. His work proved informative in the invention of industrial, synth/post punk and his rousing lyrics were always a mirror of the times over the course of his six active decades.
‘Fist’ is taken from his forthcoming lost album Mutator, out 23 April via Sacred Bones Records. It is the second piece to be unveiled from the Vega Vault. Of the single, frequent collaborator and partner Liz Lamere reveals, “Fist’s relentless forward movement of the music coupled with Vega’s battle cry lyrics makes it a powerful call for action to the people to muster their power, come together and Make One Nation. The message is timely, the impact timeless.”
Vega’s close friend and confidante, Jared Artaud who helped mix and produce Mutator tells, “Alan Vega was an architect of sound. ‘Fist’ reveals the album’s archetypal sonic framework of balancing intensity with calm. Music you can meditate to or blast during a protest march. Vega was a champion of the underdog. His lyrics inspire strength for the individual to rise up and destroy those destroying us. Fist sets ‘Mutator’ into motion with Vega’s ‘no notes’ mantra and blistering poetic truths that balance a dark vision with hope.”
The track is pure Vega from the opening to closing beat; raw, no holds barred and a poignant sign of the times it was created and a tantalising look back into the past.