A Collection Of Curses

by Dave Phillips

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    divergent and transgressive oddities, rarities and unreleased psycho sensory soundbites, recorded between 1994 and 2004, 31 tracks just under 80 minutes.
    mastered by Tom Smith.
    Digipack featuring outright collage-artwork by Jürgen Eckloff.
    released by Blossoming Noise.

    REVIEW courtesy of Spency Grady/The Wire (March 2007):

    Dave Phillips is an integral cog in Switzerland's Schimpfluch collective, a group dedicated to continuing the extremist traditions and aesthetics of the Viennese Actionists who rose to prominence during the 1960's. The word Schimpfluch translates as 'abuse' in German, and there is undoubtedly a violent current worming its way through this collection of abstracts and outbursts which reach across the last decade of Phillips's career. A Collection Of Curses is crammed full of phlegmatic gurgles, porcine grunts and the sounds of numerous intimate bodily functions - celebrations of animal nature, both theirs and ours. These are punctuated by eviscerating shards of noise and banshee screams that are equal to anything issued recently by Wolf Eyes and their ilk. The results are often unsettling, putting the spooks up anyone who listens too intently. It is the presence of the organic suffocating amidst the synthetic wreckage that truly makes the skin crawl.
    But it is on the homeward stretch, with “Fog Scrub” and the “Hermeneutics” series, that the collection really hits its stride. Sourced from tracks by his old hardcore group, Fear Of God, Phillips teases and morphs the material into something even more brutal, creating the kind of blitzkrieg that brings to mind Bay Area train wreckers like Spazz, No Comment and San Diego's almighty Crossed Out.

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released January 1, 2006



Dave Phillips Zurich, Switzerland

dp re/searches & ponders existences & behaviourisms and the greater connectivity. sound as a language, a conscience, a tool of metaphysics, opposing the restriction and reduction of life, activating primordial shared emotions. ritual protest music, sonic activism, therapeutical, cathartic & liberating sound communications. ringing in the era of humanimal. most dimensions are yet to be explored. ... more


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