Factory Floor released their highly anticipated debut album Factory Floor via DFA on 9 September 2013. It is a vivid snapshot of a progressive band, still in the ascendant, smashing through yet another ceiling.
It's the first album-length statement from the band, who earned a powerful live and recorded reputation on the strength of the 'Fall Back' and 'Two Different Ways' for DFA - not to mention their early releases for Optimo Music and Blast First Petite.
Produced and recorded by the band themselves in their North London warehouse space on a vintage mixing desk originally used by Dave Stewart three decades ago to record all of the Eurythmics' early hits, Factory Floor is a fully immersive trip through the bands repertoire. It opens with 'Turn It Up' their most minimal track to date. They are reduced to the core trio of elements: mass, velocity and momentum - mixed in astonishing detail by Timothy 'Q' Wiles, an LA based producer who has previously worked with VCMG and Afrika Bambaataa. It also features a pitched down voice demanding to know: "Where is a good place to start?" The listener should start with the immense volume that the title demands. Good speakers and even better headphones reveal a hidden world of deep listening behind the minimal frame of agitated percussion, dub echo and bass rumble, beneath the framework of the track.
Factory Floor in its current, fully formed incarnation got together in late 2009 when guitarist/vocalist Nik Colk Void joined the dark-hearted, 21st Century rhythm section of drummer Gabe Gurnsey and synth player Dominic Butler.
Within months their astonishing gigs had earned them a rabidly devoted audience. Some of them were as much spiritual guides who heralded a new and singular talent arriving as they were fans.
Perhaps the most unlikely aspect of the band's rise to notoriety has been their versatility. They produce a sound, that even their most ardent of fans describe as punishing, yet they seem equally at home playing raves, alternative festivals, art galleries, cinemas, nightclubs and rock shows; on top of that they're as much at home collaborating with members of Throbbing Gristle and New Order (not to mention Richard H Kirk of Cabaret Voltaire, Simon Fisher Turner and Peter Gordon) as they are with contemporary artists such as Haroon Mirza and Hannah Sawtell.
Label boss Jonathan Galkin explained his love for the trio after seeing them play live in NYC's Mercury Lounge and Knitting Factory: "It had a presence to it that was the same feeling I had when i saw say MBV in 1991 or Black Dice in 2001. It was just... exhilaratingly full and loud and relentlessly rhythmic... sonically it came at you and attacked you."
To celebrate their singular self-titled debut album via DFA, Factory Floor have announced a full UK tour for December. Full details can be found below.
Factory Floor live dates:
Tues 3 December London, Heaven
Wed 4 December Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
Thurs 5 December Liverpool, Kazimier
Fri 6 December Glasgow, Stereo
Sat 7 December Manchester, Gorilla
Listen to 'Turn It Up' by Factory Floor here:
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
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