AUTHOR & PUNISHER ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM MELK EN HONING,
UPCOMING ON HOUSECORE RECORDS 29TH JUNE
Author & Punisher is the sole inhabitant of a new league of unwieldy heavy music and live performance. Tristan Shone, the creator and sole artist of A&P, combines an impressive background in mechanical engineering and conceptual sculpture to create what Wired Magazine has hailed as his own “special brand of doom metal,” one that is kinetic and utterly original.
Abandoning the typical guitar and drums set up, Author & Punisher makes aggressive rhythmic and oscillatory soundscapes from his own custom fabricated and precision machinery. Designed by Shone himself, the instruments of Author & Punisher are custom devices that begin mostly as big chunks of aluminium and steel that are worked into all manners of wheels, throttles, pedals, and masks to manipulate sound in to menacing audial threats live, capable of inspiring fear merely through their formidable appearance.
Author & Punisher’s newest album entitled Melk En Honing, produced by Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual, and more) and due out Summer 2015 via Housecore Records, is a melange of his various drone machineries employed together with multiple physical rhythm machines, some synth and the new electromechanical masks that began to appear in A&P performances across the U.S. and Europe in 2014. After a year of heavy touring and festival appearances, the goal with this album became to try and capture the live dissonant power of the A&P experience. The combination of Anselmo’s persistence, expertise and some of Shone’s new experimentation with various vocal devices, this is a vocal-prominent, bass heavy album that combines A&P’s signature elusive drone sequences and hard hitting rhythms with unexpected terrains of melody and musicality that sustain Shone’s reputation as an unorthodox innovator in a class all of his own.
High fidelity drones piston in to existence from Shone’s machines, so thick and pulsating they lay a sonic lead blanket waving over your core, although experimental passages linger only as long as needed, regrouping or intensifying with pounding rhythms and stripped-back demonstrations of mechanical monstrosity. The sound builds anxiously up to monumental levels, but always rewards with a hint of hope in the form of powerful sonic phrases distantly related to choruses, leaving you feeling exhausted but satisfied.
For further background please read on…
After leaving a career as mechanical engineer in Boston to focus on art and sculpture, Tristan Shone created Author & Punisher while getting his MFA in Southern California. In the metal and machine shops of University of California, San Diego, Shone forged a relationship with design, sound and fabrication that ultimately yielded A&P’s first three albums and mapped the journey away from traditional instrumentation towards custom made, precision machinery that he calls Drone Machines, Dub Machines and now his series of Masks.
All aspects of the A&P sound begin with physical movement, limbs struggling in unison to coordinate a wall of electronic rhythm and oscillation, ultimately conditioned by an organic and loose quality absent of sequencing and plastic perfection. Author & Punisher performances are a real amalgamation between man and mechanisms. They are direct, physical, heavy experiences that have amassed praise and intrigue from a wide array of audiences. Pitchfork styled him “immediate but mysterious,” Stereogum described his “chilling, unrecognizable form,” and NPR hails him as “a thrill [who] fires on all cylinders.” Shone’s electromechanical arsenal and physical approach to live production are to heavy music what Survival Research Laboratories was to live, unscripted performance art.
“Tristan Shone is the epitome of what Housecore Records stands for, and looks for in musical expression: absolute originality and innovation. It is our complete pleasure to facilitate such a fantastic, artistic mind and expression of bombastic works. There is no pigeonholing this man’s art. He tours the earth, destroying everything in his path, yet fits no preconceived, hipster, “in” bullshit, plastic wares the music world sees so much of in today’s realm of so-called ‘Extreme Music’. Author & Punisher is one of today’s leaders of the Housecore Anti-Music Campaign. Fucking perfect!” – Philip H. Anselmo