Stephen O’Malley shall tour the UK this April with the French trio ALUK TODOLO in support. His solo material is inevitably familiar, expanding on the O))) principles, yet inexplicably different – revealing a more sculptural and angular direction.
The extended solid and geometric aspects of the guitar and amplifiers, sound pressure, volume and temporal structure are ambiguous and solitary. ALUK TODOLO’s music is a methodical exploration of the powers of musical trance. Part occult black metal fiend and part snide kraut menace, the band conjures rabid obsessive rhythms and abyssal disharmonic guitars, subliminal spiritualist vibrations and bizarre, magick summonings.
Tuesday 8th – The Arts School, Glasgow
Wednesday 9th – Deaf Institute, Manchester
Thursday 10th – Gateshead Town Hall, Gateshead
Friday 11th – Shoreditch Church, London
Saturday 12th – The Old Coroners Court & Morgue, Bristol
Sunday 13th – Green Door Store, Brighton
You can hear Stephen O Malley’s solo concert at the Dread Exhibition opening in Haarlem, Netherlands: www.soundcloud.com/stephen-omalley/live-at-dread-exhibition, you can also listen to ALUK TODOLO via Bandcamp: www.aluktodolo.bandcamp.com
In addition to founding several groups (including Thorr’s Hammer (1993), Burning Witch (1995), Sunn O))) (1998), Khanate (2000), KTL (2005), Nazoranai (2011), ÃÃNIPÃÃA (2011) and others), Stephen O Malley is a frequent collaborator of many outsider musicians, artists and composers in various formations, in concert and studio settings. Within Gisa Le Vienne plays, he has created the music for Kindertotenlieder (2006), This is How You Will Disappear (2010) and LAST SPRING: A Prequel (2011) and The Pyre (2013) in collaboration with Peter Rehberg (with whom he founded the band KTL) and also for Eternelle Idole (2009). O’Malley has also worked together with film makers and visual artists in gallery installation work, notably with the American sculptor, Banks Violette on several pieces between 2005-2008.
ALUK TODOLO are an instrumental power trio performing Occult Rock since 2004. ALUK TODOLO reduces psychedelic improvisation to a bare, telluric instrumentation, in which dry, spare percussion grievously mines the scrapes, shrieks and shimmer of mutated guitar and bass. The band’s sound is monolithic and stabbing, hypnotic but unpredictable, minimalist yet teeming: a dangerous, noxious coil of all things black. The name ALUK TODOLO was brought back from a mountainous region of South Sulawesi in Indonesia, it’s an ancient religion with animist beliefs meaning ‘the Way of the Ancestors’.