I feel like this is the best way to experience The Physics House Band - in a live format. All the songs here have a raw, kinetic power that, while not missing from the originals, was less... obvious.
In addition to the way they sound, the band also performs most of their material on this - Death Sequence is performed in full, along with most of Mercury Fountain. They're fiery performances, and all musicians shine. Really dig the wealth of vintage keys, as well.
Favorite track: Holy Caves / Surrogate Head (live).
Fantastic performances, these guys thrive in the live the setting. I love the energy and interplay on this recording! Props to the bassman cuz that bass is slammin on every track. Keep the flame burning, bros!
Favorite track: Death Sequence ii (live).
The Physics House Band present METROPOLIS. A 50-minute mind warping performance recorded live at Metropolis Studios, to a small invited audience. The set brings together pieces from across our diverse back catalogue, weaved together with furious energy. On this record we explore light and dark themes in jazz fusion, prog, noise and electronic music.
We teamed up with world leading product developers, BOSS and Roland to present the sessions, incorporating a diverse range of instruments from synthesizers to a wide range of effect pedals, alongside acoustic instruments such as vintage drums, grand piano and saxophone.
It was incredible to use the Studio 1 live space at London's Metropolis Studios (while Future was recording his new album next door in Studio 2). We were able to experiment with some of the amazing equipment on offer at the studio, and bring along our producer Mark Roberts to direct the session. Also, Arctangent Festival brought along some competition winners to watch the session being filmed and recorded from the control room and atrium over looking the studio space, creating an amazing intimate show setting for the recording.
The Physics House Band is an experimental project made up of guitarist Samuel Organ (Slugabed [live] / Kai Whiston [live]), bassist Adam Hutchison (The Go! Team), drummer Dave Morgan and saxophone/pianist Miles Spilsbury. The four create avant-garde compositions that capture everything from jazz fusion to prog to psych to doom-metal, all combined together with a furious energy transcending to their mind-bending live shows. The group have received critical acclaim from BBC, The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times, NPR, Anthony Fantano, and collaborated with the writer and comedian Stewart Lee. They've also toured and performed notable shows alongside Alt-J, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Mono, 65daysofstatic, Django Django + more
released May 8, 2020
Adam Hutchison (Bass Guitar & Additional Synthesizers)
Samuel Organ (Lead Guitar & Additional Synthesziers)
Miles Spilsbury (Saxophone, Grand Piano & Additional Synthesizers)
Dave Morgan (Drum Kit)
Recorded live at Metropolis Studios, London (2019)
Engineered & Produced by Mark Roberts
Artwork by Samuel Organ
Photography by Tom Rowland
Special thanks to:
Vince Solazzo, Matt Knight, Jamie Dawe,
Jamie Franklin & Kaname Okada (BOSS / Roland)
Goc O’Callaghan (Arctangent Festival)
Gavin Newman & Nick Mills (Metropolis Studios)
Joby Sessions, Will Seelig & Lee Precious (Camera Crew)
Tracks 1, 3, 4 appear on Death Sequence (Unearthly Vision)
Tracks 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 appear on Mercury Fountain (Small Pond)
Track 7 appears on Horizons / Rapture (Unearthly Vision)
Unearthly Vision is a record label run by The Physics House Band