ArcTanGent 2013

Hysterical Injury are thrilled to be playing ArcTanGent festival at the end of this month. It looks to have one of the best line-ups of the Summer, including the pick of artists from our area (Big Joan aside – book ’em for 2014, ATG)…

For full details of all aspects of the festival, which starts in less than a week (eee!), see http://www.arctangent.co.uk

Annie and Tom have made this playlist of some of the acts not to miss if you’re at the festival* – or just to enjoy if you can’t be there with us.

You can buy tickets for ArcTanGent through Hysterical Injury’s dedicated link – and please do, every one sold there helps fund the next album!

*that said, we regret you will have to miss AXES. There’s an unfortunate clash

Visions of Trees – single/live/video launch 30th September-2nd October 2013

Visions_Artwork

“Visions of Trees is a kind of fairytale. A telepathic love story that gets nasty.”
– Annie in interview with GoldFlakePaint

Hysterical Injury are pleased to announce that Visions of Trees, the final single from their debut album Dead Wolf Situation, will be launched at a benefit event for Bristol Rape Crisis on 1st October this year. The event is taking place at Mr. Wolf’s, Bristol and will be followed the next night by a Hysterical Injury DJ set and exclusive screening of the brand new Visions of Trees video at the Cube Cinema.

Visions of Trees was named after the band of the same name, who have produced a remix of the track which will be released alongside it. The brand new ‘Palimpsest mix’ of Cycle One also features.

The video stars burlesque artist Miss Gemma Sheree in a four-minute mystery drawing on films such as David Lynch’s Lost Highway and Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left. In an interview with GoldFlakePaint about the album, Annie explained how Visions of Trees addressed “the idea of re-living your life via what the CCTV has captured, highlighting the schism between the image projected on to you, and your own image of things that happened”

In the build up to the single release, Hysterical Injury are proud to support The Primitives on several dates of their ‘25th Anniversary of Lovely’ tour.

Upcoming live dates:
Sat 31/8 – ArcTanGent Festival
Sat 7/9 – Annie solo in Tartu, Estonia
Fri 20/9 – Exchange, Bristol with Black Pus

The Primitives tour support dates:
Sat 21/9 – Moles, Bath
Thurs 26/9 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Fri 27/9 – Chinnerys, Southend

‘Visions of Trees’ release week:
Mon 30/9 – single release with exclusive remix by the band Visions of Trees
Tues 01/10 – live launch at Mr Wolf’s, Bristol (Bristol Rape Crisis fundraiser)
Wed 02/10 – video screening at The Cube microplex, Bristol with Hysterical Injury DJs
Thurs 03/10 – online video premiere

Hysterical Injury also appear at:
Fri 11/10 – Power Lunches, London (Carousel night launch)
Fri 18/10 – The Redhouse, Sheffield with Big Joan
Sat 19/10 – Carefully Planned Festival, Manchester

Please direct press enquiries (including access to remixes and live shows) to hystericalinjury@gmail.com

Video for Pussy Riot

Hysterical Injury were invited by ShatterJapan to submit a video for the upcoming REVOLUTION: Pussy Riot Sentencing Commemoration Festival on 18th and 19th August.

This is our response:

 

Latest updates from Amnesty on Pussy Riot’s situation, and actions you can take: click here
Full details of the REVOLUTION event:
http://www.shatterjapan.com/pussy-riot-commemoration-festival-in-manchester/
More priority actions from Amnesty: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=1886

Annie’s ‘NME’ installation: a former NME features editor responds

Update: an earlier version of this post erroneously listed New Order as an all-male group, an error that was made in the text of this post by our manager and *not* a feature of Annie’s installation or Susan’s graphs. Apologies for this. Previously The Fall were listed in the ‘all-male’ list, when we should have made it explicit that this was because all of the NME covers in the period in question featured only Mark E Smith, and not other Fall members. Again, this doesn’t impact the central image. If you’re aware of any other errors in this post, please email us at hystericalinjury@gmail.com – thanks!

Update 2: this Facebook page has been made to keep information on the situation bang up to date.

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Back in July last year, Hysterical Injury frontwoman Annie Gardiner took advantage of the acquisition of a large number of back issues of NME to make a point at Bristol Ladyfest.

Annie’s installation For Whatever Reason (Access) simply divided the magazines – which included almost all issues published between 1989 and 2008 –  into 4 piles, according to the gender of the cover stars. They appear in this order: female artists – male artists – both male and female artists – no artist depicted.

The dominance of male artists was predictable but the scale of the disparity was shocking, the ‘male’ pile towering over the others in a way that made them look like afterthoughts.

The image had quite a lot of support from our followers and others, but the artwork didn’t elicit any significant response directly from anyone at NME – until now.

A couple of weeks ago, Susan O’Shea of Factory Acts updated the image into a clean graph form, using raw data of NME covers up to 2011, and also providing an illustration of how things have [not remotely] improved over more than 2 decades up to the present day:

NME covers by Gender

This image was the one that provoked a response from James Brown (a features editor of NME in the first few years depicted in the graph above). Mr. Brown defends his own years at the magazine, contending that there simply weren’t any more female acts around who they could have put on the cover.

This is an important point about Annie’s installation which perhaps it is easy to misconstrue: of course, the installation is a window onto something bigger: the NME is just one part of the mainstream music media which its covers reflect. It could certainly be argued that the magazine is also a major player in influencing music culture – that the fact of an artist not being covered by the magazine might well in itself mean that we’re far less likely to remember them nearly quarter of a century later. A friend of ours took this a little further, making the point that this statement from Mr. Brown –

– “the period I was features edit[or] there were very few female acts emerging in [the] industry” – is a bit like saying, ‘when I was CEO, there were very few women getting promotions'”.

One also might think that a relative paucity of female acts might encourage an editor to feature those he or she did encounter that bit more often, if only for the sake of a bit of variety. Not so. Over the years Mr. Brown asked us to look back at, 1988-1991, Shaun Ryder took as many covers as Sinead O’Connor, Bjork, Kate Bush and Sonic Youth combined. The Wonder Stuff (nothing against them) featured on seven covers – Fuzzbox, Neneh Cherry and My Bloody Valentine got two each. Because male artists don’t just have four times as much chance of making a magazine cover – those who do are also many times more likely to get a second one, and many times more likely to get another one after that. None of the acts with female members had a fourth cover in this period, so we can’t count past that. In fact the top 8 all-male acts over these four years – Happy Mondays, The Wonder Stuff, Morrissey, The Pogues, REM, The Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets and James – took as many covers and more between them as every female artist in the world combined.

After that there was still room for The Charlatans, EMF, Carter USM, The House of Love, Pop Will Eat Itself, Pet Shop Boys, The Wedding Present, Simple Minds, The Cure, Birdland, The Cult, Frank Black (without Kim Deal), Mark E Smith, Bernard Sumner, Primal Scream, The Farm, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Nick Cave, Terence Trent D’Arby, U2, Hothouse Flowers, Public Enemy, The Mission, KLF, Billy Bragg, Teenage Fanclub, Def Leppard, Elvis Costello, The Proclaimers, INXS, The The, Fine Young Cannibals, The Triffids, Stevie Wonder, Youssou N’Dour, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Danny Wilson, Tone Loc, Beastie Boys, Echo and the Bunnymen, De La Soul, Revenge, Lloyd Cole, Depeche Mode, Motorhead, Carl Andrew O’Brien, Jazzie B, Lenny Kravitz, Slash, Billy Idol, They Might Be Giants, Northside, The Beloved, Flowered Up, Paddy McAloon, Electronic, World Party, Adamski, Pet Shop Boys, The Waterboys, Soup Dragons, David Bowie, Donovan, Jesus Jones, The Clash, Johnny Marr, Gary Clail, Neil Young, Erasure, Anthrax, Ice-T, Blur, Metallica, Chapterhouse, Nirvana, Renegade Soundwave, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Sting, Bomb the Bass, Madness, Iron Maiden, Napalm Death, [the other] James Brown, Nasty Rox Inc, Derek B, The Housemartins, UB40, Roddy Frame, Pink Floyd, The Psychedelic Furs, That Petrol Emotion, Zeke Manyika, Todd Terry, Bros, Gary Glitter, and a few non-musicians like Tony Wilson, John Peel, Harry Enfield, Reeves & Mortimer, John Barnes, and Liverpool Football Club.

James Brown challenged us to name another female act that they might have featured. We feel that was the magazine’s job at the time, not ours now. And quite a few acts we can think of who might have featured in this time, like Madonna or Laurie Anderson, actually took one of the (equally rare) female covers just before or after the 1988-1991 window he asked us to consider. But, as it happens, James thought of one himself before long:

…not like any of the acts listed above then!

Most importantly of all – did Bjork and Sinead change the fact that there were ‘very few female acts emerging in [the] industry’, anyway? You wouldn’t know it from the cover of the NME. Nothing changed there.

Emergency Absolution

A couple of months back, during the seemingly Narnian winter (is it over yet?), we put one of our earliest tracks up on our Soundcloud. It was a snowy day. ‘This is for anyone who didn’t get snow and wanted it’, we said. It was just a little aside. A few people shared it and commented (thank you all). Then we forgot all about it.


‘Snow’ was recorded back when Lee Stone was on drums, and is still one of our favourites to play live.

Fast forward to the present and the Injury seems to have acquired some supporters at the energetically enthusiastic Emerging Icons site. They find ‘Snow’ sitting at the top of our Soundcloud page… ask us to send it over for their purposes… and the next thing you know, it’s pick of the week on Pete Donaldson’s Absolute Radio show.

Which is nice.

You can read an exclusive interview with Annie, a fabulous review of the band, and hear ‘Snow’ being introduced to the nation in Pete Donaldson’s beautiful North-East accent… (which makes it sound very much like ‘Snore’…) right here:

Insanely good… you really won’t have encountered a band quite like this before…”

Kollaps #3: Your Future in Pieces

This weekend we’re joining the bill at the latest instalment of Big Joan‘s club night, Kollaps. Bristol boasts many exceptional adventurers in noise; for evidence of which look no further than the recent bolstering of the line-up at ArcTanGent, where we also play – but even amongst them, Big Joan stand out as inspirational, and we’re honoured to have been added to the roster of acts they’ve invited.

On Saturday 16th March 2013 we’ll be joining –

Queer’d Science:

Antoni Maiovvi DJ (this is his remix of our own track ‘Vex‘, available now with the ‘Icebreak’ download single):

The Divided Circle:

and Big Joan DJs.

Kollaps 3 front

Kollaps 3 back

 

You can declare attendance and invite friends here.