Touring has become the primary source of income for musicians in the internet age, and as a result, the industry’s carbon imprint has never been larger. Massive Attack now endeavor to find out exactly how extensive music’s impact is on the environment via a new study they’ve commissioned alongside the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. They expand on the research in their press statement, outlining their goal to “map thoroughly the carbon footprint of band tour cycles, and to present options that can be implemented quickly.”
Ultimately, the only way change for the better can happen is via systemic change within the music industry. Current efforts of re-forestation and carbon offsetting simply aren’t enough give current speeds of climate degradation, according to Massive Attack member Robert Del Naja, who detailed their path to launching the study in an extensive Guardian editorial. The band themselves have also toyed with quitting touring, but acknowledge that this would be a waste unless other performing artists did so en masse. That said, they recognize the difficulty to do so given touring’s economic power: “In a major employment industry with hundreds of acts, this isn’t about to happen.”
The study will be shared across all ends of the music industry—from agents, to promoters, to other artists—upon its completion.
A synth classic of synth-classical, a trip-hop foundational text, and a one-of-a-kind fusion of New Orleans funk and carnival music: These are all things you can now read about thanks to Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series.
Or, at least, you will be able to read about them soon. The publisher has just announced three new books, covering Wendy Carlos’ Switched-On Bach, Massive Attack’s Blue Lines, and the eponymous single album by the Wild Tchoupitoulas.
Switched-On Bach is authored by Roshanak Kheshti, and explores “significance of gender to the album’s phenomenal success,” per the announcement. Order the book here.
Blue Lines is authored by Ian Bourland and tells the story of how Massive Attack’s 1991 debut pioneered “the sonic playbook for an emerging future: hybrid, digital, cosmopolitan, and rooted in the black and immigrant communities who animated the urban wreckage of the postindustrial city.” Order that one here.
And finally, The Wild Tchoupitoulas is authored by Bryan Wagner and covers the album’s adaptation of Mardis Gras Indians’ traditional call-and-response carnival songs over the funk backing of The Meters and production by Allen Toussaint, creating a landmark document in the process. Order it here.
Massive Attack were set to kick off the North American leg of their tour earlier this week, but they postponed the dates at the last minute, citing an illness. The tour, which is a celebration of the 21st anniversary of their album Mezzanine, has already hit Europe over the last couple … More »
Late last year, Massive Attack announced that they would be embarking on a big tour to celebrate the 21st anniversary of their classic album Mezzanine. Cocteau Twins singer Liz Fraser and reggae legend Horace Andy are both joining them on tour to perform their collaborations, and documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis is … More »
Esteemed Bristol trip-hop trioMassive Attack descended upon Glasgow, Scotland to deliver the first live performance of their extended 20th anniversary tour, an effort that pays homage to the group’s cerebral LP, Mezzanine. Although Massive Attack’s Mezzanine-focused 2019 tour is inherently rear-view facing, as the live initiative commemorates the impact of the seminal production, Massive Attack’s first stop of the tour evidences the Mezzanine tour to be a tasteful amalgamation of the classic sound ofthe album and modern technical touches.
Falling under the umbrella of the technological updates that the tour will mesh with time-honored Mezzanine sound is a novel audiovisual production from Adam Curtis. Well known for his past documentarian work, Curtis describes the visual component as a representation “of the strange journey” that Curtis and the members of Massive Attack experienced in the time following Mezzanine’s release. “The show tells the story of…how we have moved into a strange backward-looking world, enclosed by machines that read our data and predict our every move, haunted by ghosts from the past,” Curtis said of his creative contribution.
The sonic aspect of the Mezzanine tour proves to be a tasteful throwback to some momentous musical collaborations and individual album cuts. Liz Fraser of Cocteau Twins notably appeared alongside Massive Attack during their introductory Glasgow show to perform “Black Milk,” “Teardrop,” and “Group Four.” With the mentality of “the more the merrier,” Massive Attack additionally invited reggae vocalist Horace Andy to join the Bristol outfit on stage for “Man Next Door” and “Angel,” as well as one of Andy’s originals, “See a Man’s Face.” Andy and Massive Attack’s live rendition of “See a Man’s Face” marked the first performance of the song since 1998. Massive Attack also pleased crowd members with “Exchange” and “Dissolved,” two of the group’s less common set inclusions. Massive Attack lent their own magic to other musicians’ work as they delivered covers of The Velvet Underground’s “I Found a Reason,” Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” and The Cure’s “10:15 Saturday Night.”
Fan-recorded footage from the opening tour date only further illustrates the strength of Massive Attack’s first live impression on the Mezzanine tour, which will grow in potency with each ensuing date of the tour, spanning Europe and North America.
Massive Attack’s 20th anniversary Mezzanine tour kicked off last night in Glasgow, and the group brought out a ton of rarities and new covers that bodes well for the many, many more dates they have to go. The performances see Massive Attack reuniting with “Teardrop” singer Liz Fraser, who helmed a … More »
A group known for the atmospheric tunes and their seminal 1998 album Mezzanine, Massive Attack announced an anniversary tour for the project at the end of 2018. With the North American leg of the tour starting this March, the duo have shared that documentary film-maker Adam Curtis will be working with them in creating new visuals for the tour.
Curtis has been an esteemed documentarian for decades, having made eye-opening films about the intersection of psychology, philosophy, and politics. However, the Mezzanine tour is not the first time that Curtis and Massive Attack have worked together. Collaborating on an eight-day film festival, Curtis’s film, The Plan, was screened for audiences with music from Massive Attack interspersed throughout. Describing the tour as a “deconstruction of the entire album” and “not a greatest hit show,” the duo seem to be gearing up for a show that is surprising as it is exciting.
Later this month, Massive Attack will head out on tour, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their classic 1998 album Mezzanine. (The anniversary was last year, but nevermind.) The tour seems like it’ll be quite a spectacle. Two major Massive Attack collaborators, Cocteau Twins singer Liz Fraser and reggae legend Horace Andy, … More »
A city with a vibrant music scene and appreciation of electronic music, Mexico City has become a hotspot for touring electronic artists in recent years. Returning for the 2019 iteration of the event, Mexico City’s Ceremonia Festival has announced an exceptional lineup including performances from Massive Attack, Aphex Twin, and more.
In addition to the exciting headliners, Ceremonia has brought an eclectic array of electronic and indie talent to their esteemed festival. Jon Hopkins, Kaytranada, DJ Koze, and Modeselektor will provide a day full of grooves, as rebellious Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot and the unbelievably funky Khruangbin will hold down the fort with live band performances. With acts crossover acts like Yaeji, Rosalía, Ambar Lucid, and serpentwithfeet rounding out the lineup, Ceremonia is bringing a variety of must-see talent to Mexico City this April.
Massive Attack listeners can re-envision the UK group’s celebrated album, Mezzanine, thanks to a new feature on Massive Attack’s Fantom phone application, which enables users to remix tracks from the seminal offering.
Fantom originally made its debut in 2016 as a “sensory music player that remixes and reforms songs unique using a variety of environmental variables including location, movement, time of day, heartbeat, and the integral moving image camera.” Massive Attack member Robert del Naja helped to design the novel application, which allows Fantom downloads to save and share their one-of-a-kind audio-visual creations on social networks and via SMS.
While Fantom is no longer the newbie on Apple’s app store, the application continues to roll out different features, including new “interactive remixes” of Mezzanine inclusions like “Angel” and “Inertia Creeps.” Massive Attack fans can queue up one of the Mezzanine album inclusions and record a video from within the application as the music adapts in “realtime” to what the listener does as the video records. Smiling or singing, for instance, causes the vocals of the chosen song to play, while a Fantom user’s movement of the phone “applies effects on the chords.” The result is an interactive remix of the Mezzanine constituent of the user’s choice. The Fantom application’s remix functionality represents one more eccentric way in which Massive Attack listeners can enjoy the music of the UK group’s iconic album. Massive Attack notably encodedMezzanine into DNA to commemorate the production’s 20th anniversary and later followed the transcription with special edition cans of spray paint that contained 1 million copies of the album, respectively. Those interested can learn more about Fantom, here.