Mary Byker & Noko present : ‘Am I Dead Yet? - the cinematic album - out now
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The new musical project from Pop Will Eat Itself & Gaye Bykers On Acid frontman, Mary Byker, and Apollo 440 founder-member, Magazine guitarist & long-time collaborator, Noko.
The soundscape is wide-screen retro-cinematic. The mood is distinctly glass-half-empty, with songs lamenting the failure of technology to save us from ourselves. Lead track is the nihilistic 'Joe Meek Shall Inherit The Earth'.
For the first time, Mary sings over a lush David Lynchian laptop orchestra, replete with the sweet vocal harmonies and the sumptuous twang of Noko’s vintage Gretsch ‘White Falcon’, buried deep in a canyon of spring reverb. Like you’ve never quite heard them before…
When Mary met Noko :
To date over 50 Apollo 440 tracks have appeared in Hollywood film & TV blockbusters (‘Gone In 60 Seconds’, ‘Driven, ‘Resident Evil’, ‘The Sopranos’ etc), and the band were also commissioned to record the themes for the ‘Lost In Space’ & ‘Charlie’s Angels 2000’ movies, and the mega-selling video games, ‘Gran Turismo’, ’FIFA 2000’, ’Forza Motorsport’ & ’Spider Man’, alike. Noko’s non-Apollo 440 previous includes work-outs with The Cure (bass), Pete ‘Buzzcocks’ Shelley (bass & guitar), with Howard Devoto in Luxuria & Magazine (guitar), and bass with Japanese superstar guitarist Tomoyasu ‘Kill Bill’ Hotei. Noko has also scored a number of feature films, notably French-language noir thrillers, ‘Une Affaire D’Etat' and ‘La Proie’.
Mary’s previous includes vocalising for psychedelic-grebo giants, Gaye Bykers On Acid, industrial monsters, Pigface, and Black Country indie perennials, Pop Will Eat Itself. He even delivered on ‘Nervous’ with DJ Fresh and took it to #1 in the BBC Radio 1 dance chart. To this day, Mary fronts the Gaye Bykers & The Poppies, and like Noko, composes film scores & TV documentary soundtracks.
Mary & Noko on ‘Am I Dead Yet?’ inspirations & instrumentations :
‘As a 2-piece, I play pretty much all the instruments. Inevitably the computer forms the centre of our sonic universe, though guitar is at the core of it all. I do have a primal love for the bottom-end of a harpsichord though. What I’ve enjoyed playing most on our stuff is the bongos - I got an amazing pair for my birthday last year and haven’t looked back…’
2019 sees the international release of the album on CD and digital formats, on the Wire-Sound label (distributed worldwide via Cargo) plus live shows that reflect the sonic universe Noko & Mary have created. Like you’ve never quite heard them before…
Then eventually, apparently, we’ll all die…
Source Digital Rebel PR
April 29, 2019 1:18pm ET by Digital Rebel PR