LYDIA LUNCH RETROVIRUS
ALGIS KIZYS – BOB BERT – WEASEL WALTER
IBR016 LTD RED VINYL LP on Interbang Records
Release date: nov 2013
LYDIA LUNCH RETURNS WITH A BLISTERING
LIVE DOCUMENT FROM HER RECENT TOUR
WITH AN ALL-STAR CAST OF SONIC BRUTARIANS
IN A NO-HOLDS-BARRED SURVEY OF HER
MUSICAL OUTPUT FROM 1977 TO THE PRESENT.
In November 2012, Lydia Lunch toured select cities across North America with a monstrous unit dubbed
RETROVIRUS, featuring guitarist Weasel Walter (The Flying Luttenbachers, etc.), bassist Algis Kizys
(Swans, Foetus) and drummer Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Chrome Cranks). The set consisted
of a quasi-chronological display of musical raw power, ranging from material by Lydia’s classic units
Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 13.13, 8-Eyed Spy and Shotgun Wedding as well as touching on her
solo debut “Queen of Siam” (ZE Records, 1980) and various other projects up to the present. The reception
to these hour-long sets of bloodyminded sonic bullying was uniformly rapturous. To quote V. Vale, of
RE-Search infamy: “That was the most intense show I’ve seen you do, Lydia.” Intense it was, and the
smoldering intensity of that tour is trapped on this ripping new release.
As one will hear on this compact disc, RETROVIRUS is a well-oiled monolith of a unit: Scathing guitar
shrapnel strafing ominously massive bass slabs, hurled forward by pulverizing drum thunder and topped
by Lydia’s signature perma-scowl vocals. This is no county fair cover-band – RETROVIRUS is a totally
modern take on the atrocities of the past and present, devoid of simpering nostalgia, bristling with a scoriatingly
modern sheen of violence and momentum. Now is the time for people to get INFECTED.
THE RETROVIRUS BAND IS AN ONGOING PROJECT AND WILL PERFORM AT EUROPEAN
FESTIVALS DURING 2013:
19/08 LONDON – BORDERLINE
21/08 BERLIN – WHITE TRASH
22/08 HAMBURG – KAMPNAGEL
23/08 MALMO – FESTIVALEN
24/08 STOCKHOLM – DEBASER
The vinyl will be available at these shows.
CD version available here: http://www.ugEXPLODE.com
A multi-camera promo video of the song “3X3” from this CD can be veiwed at:
TRACK LISTING: 1. Red Alert 2. I Woke Up Dreaming 3. Mechanical Flattery 4. Love Split With
Blood 5. Ran Away Dark 6. 3X3 7. Afraid of Your Company 8. Burning Skulls 9. No Excuse
10. Meltdown Oratorio 11. The Gospel Singer 12. What Is It
A harrowing cross section of aural schizophrenia ranging
from No Wave skronk to bludgeoning Hard Rock and sleazy
Jazz Noir to propulsive Psychedlia
Lydia Lunch has spent decades trolling through the sub/terranean sick-home black & blues creating a schizophrenic musical legacy which loops from shrill No Wave to bludgeoning Hard Rock, from smoky Jazz Noir and illustrated word to macabre Psychedelia.
With RETROVIRUS, Ms. Lunch has assembled a gallery of veteran musical rogues to help plummet her extensive back catalog and showcase a harrowing cross-section of her multiple sonic approaches. The result promises to be an aurally diverse display of merciless live performances including material from Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 8 Eyed Spy, 1313, Shotgun Wedding etc.
Algis Kizys is renowned as one of New York’s most ferocious bass players having provided a thunderous savagery for Swans, Foetus, Glenn Branca, Alex Hacke, Pigface, Bag People, The Termites, Prowers, Carla Bozulich, Nels Cline, Daniele di Picciotto, The Hallicrafters and Of Cabbages and Kings. Mr. Kizys has also crafted songs and soundtracks for film and installation for Gus Van Sant, Eve Sussman, Simon Lee, Matthew Barney with Jonathan Bepler and numerous other luminairies.
Bob Bert has pounded the skins for Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Chrome Cranks, Knoxville Girls, fronted his own group Bewitched and has provided a unique rocking voodoo backbeat on over 30 albums. A stint in print making at Warhol’s Factory helped inspire him to create the highly lauded music, art and literary magazine BB GUN.
Weasel Walter is best known as the founder of the cult punk jazz/no wave/brutal prog band, The Flying Luttenbachers. Mr. Walter has ?also worked with other experimental rock groups like XBXRX, Behold The Arctopus, ?Burmese and Lake Of Dracula. As an improviser, Mr. Walter has performed with Evan Parker, Marshall Allen, Elliott Sharp, Peter Evans, Henry Kaiser, Mary Halvorson, Nels Cline, Jim O’Rourke and Vinny Golia.