Hello punk rockers well its been a bloody while everybody hasnt it, well whats brought me back to blogging you may ask? Well its news that the great Keith Levene is releasing another LP this straight after his collaberation with Jah Wobble on Ying And Yang!
whats that saying you wait years for a bus then 2 come at once!
Heres the press release i was given
“For immediate release – December 17, 2012: Clash/Public Image Ltd. founding member, Keith Levene, will release his digital album entitled Search4AbsoluteZero via a process which he describes as his “virtual skateboard.”
Levene devised this internet-based concept while recalling the manner in which he distributed the bootleg version of Public Image, Ltd.’s unfinished fourth studio album, Commercial Zone, in the streets of New York City for a few months in the late 1983/early 1984 timeframe.
Back then, the fiercely independent composer/musician’s principal distribution channel was primarily comprised of a red-wheeled skateboard which he employed to travel from one place to the next in the Big Apple.
“I’d skate up to the pressing plant and pick up about 10 boxes of records which I wheeled back on the board. After that, I’d physically bring a box of LPs to the purchaser via my skateboard. I’d have to dodge cars and taxis and negotiate the streets in whatever weather until the last box was sold. Then I stopped.” Levene recalls.
Search4AbsoluteZero, which Levene describes as “the parity release” to the recent Jah Wobble/Keith Levene LP Yin and Yang, wraps up unfinished business of Public Image, Ltd.’s highly acclaimed second album the Metal Box. This unfinished business was largely focused around a series of “Metal Box in Dub” shows in Europe and Japan featuring Levene, Public Image, Ltd.’s original bassist Wobble, singer Nathan Maverick, drummer Marc Layton-Bennett, and trumpeter Sean Corby.
“Like the Metal Box, Search4AbsoluteZero was done in one take, off the top of our heads,” Levene explains. “Search was recorded in a similar way, not by design, but it worked out that way. It’s the way I compose all my work. Nothing is ever planned or contrived. The music just seems to flow out of me. It’s always been that way.
Levene is “very, very happy with Search4AbsoluteZero. I wouldn’t release it otherwise. I just couldn’t do it.”
Search4AbsoluteZero contains Levene’s original artwork, a video, and nine tracks, including the title tune which was co-written by Layton-Bennett. The title tune is a haunting instrumental, which is comprised largely of a solitary guitar, drums, and an electric piano. Also included in the digital release will be a recent interview of Levene by Tony Dale, the legendary “long haired hippy roadie” of Fodderstompf fame.
Levene states that the digital version of Search4AbsoluteZero will be available for a very limited period of time via his virtual skateboard, just as Commercial Zone was delivered through his actual skateboard. ”
I for one am really looking forward to hearing this as anyone with an interest in music and Pil will be im sure,it was Keiths guitars and musical abilities that forged the original PIL sound!
Ive chatted with keith a few times on twitter and for me to engage so easily with one of my heroes is really great!
thats it for now!
If anyone is wondering where ive been since July, ive been falling in love!