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DINKED EXCLUSIVE 078

LICE
Wasteland: What Ails Our People Is Clear
(Settled Law Records)

Release Date Friday 8th January 2021
All pre-orders will be dispatched/made ready for collection on that date.

DINKED EDITION 078 £24.99

- Orange coloured vinyl *
- ‘Intonarumori’ print *
- Logo Patch *
- Pamphlet *
- Numbered Edition of 400

* exclusive to Dinked Edition

Tracklisting:
 
A1 Conveyor
A2 Imposter
A3 Espontáneo
A4 R.D.C.
A5 Pariah
A6 Persuader
B1 Arbiter
B2 Serata
B3 Deluge
B4 Folla
B5 Clear

A ‘satire about satire’, WASTELAND is a wild Burroughsian adventure melding science-fiction, absurdism and magical realism, calling
fora revolution against the reductive ‘good versus evil’ narratives of popular satirical music. Arguing that through experimenting with
the form of the song lyric (our most widely disseminated form of creative writing) we can build more nuanced popular discourse
around the implicit forms of bias that ail us, WASTELAND presents complex characters changing their minds–along with their bodies
and places in spacetime. Set in an unearthly liminal space populated by shape-shifters, time-travellers, talking genitalia and
ectoplasmic spectres, the prose text evolves as the characters do: warping into cut-ups, soliloquies and even plays.Created over two
years, the album draws from LICE’s rise in ‘the punk world’ (sharing stages with IDLES, The Fall, Squid, Fat White Family, Girl Band
etc.) and eventual disillusionment with the limits of its prevailing ideas.
WASTELAND is a concept album structured as an experimental short story, taking cues from Brian Catling, William Burroughs and
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Its core argument is that, through reworking the prevailing forms of satirical song lyrics, we can build more

nuanced popular discourse around the implicit forms of bias that ail us–the song lyric being the most widely disseminated and
commonly ‘engaged with’ form of creative writing there is. In this allegory for crises in society and art (from commodification to
ideological state apparatuses), the moral, physical and temporal transformations of its characters are paired with the text’s
transformation: breaking from prose into cut-ups, soliloquies and even plays. In the wild, liminal space of the Wasteland, this story
follows The Conveyor as here lates the schemes of the shadowy RDC and flamboyant Dr Coehn to engineer the human race’s self-
annihilation:introducing us to a cast of time-travellers, shape-shifters, talking genitalia and ectoplasmic spectres.As well as
WASTELAND’s manifesto, this text features notes directing the curious reader to sources, figures or narratives behind the story’s
various arguments.
Musically, the album features a ‘noise intoner’ hand-built by LICE, based on the ‘Intonarumori’ of Luigi Russolo and his early 20th
century circle of revolutionaries The Italian Futurists (whose vicious writings and manifestos about the art-world formed source
material for the album). WASTELAND sees LICE draw influence from Bristol’s vital experimental scene, with the album principally
written at community hub The Old England. Having performed with projects such as SCALPING, Giant Swan andEP/64 (HARRGA),
LICE’s first album sees them reconcile minimalism, prog and industrial in the band’s post-punk framework.

 

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