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14 Fri 23.00h

RIVOLI Understage

7.00€ • 50min • >12

Understage

Blanck Mass

Music
Co-production with Lovers & Lollypops
United Kingdom
Understage - © DR

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Blanck Mass is the solo project of Fuck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power and he is be back in Portugal to present his latest album Animated Violence Mild (Sacred Bones). Having worked extensively throughout his musical life with dramatics, narrative, and ‘melody against all odds’, this record is probably Power’s most direct and honest work to date. These eight tracks are the diary of a year of work steeped in honing craft, self-discovery, and grief - the latter of which reared its head at the final hurdle of producing this record and created a whole separate narrative: grief, both for what Power has lost personally, but also in a global sense, for what we as a species have lost and handed over to our blood-sucking counterpart, consumerism, only to be ravaged by it. Speaking on the record, Power offers the following statement: “In this post-industrial, post-enlightenment religion of ourselves, we have manifested a serpent of consumerism which now coils back upon us. It seduces us with our own bait as we betray the better instincts of our nature and the future of our own world. We throw ourselves out of our own garden. We poison ourselves to the edges of an endless sleep.” But more than an exasperation groan, Animated Violence Mild is actually a moment of pure catharsis. And like the sadness it communicates, the sound we discover here is not entirely linear, surprising us at every moment with distinct and well executed arrangements that go well beyond all the influences we may encounter.