Brix & The Extricated feature original Fall vixen Brix Smith-Start
on guitar and vocals, powerhouse duo Steve Hanley on bass and brother
Paul Hanley on drums (‘The greatest rhythm section in rock n roll’ –
Luke Haines), Steve Trafford on guitar and vocals and virtuoso Jason
Brown on guitar, this is a dream line up for lovers of The Fall sound.
Brix Smith Start is one of the few true female rock icons of the indie and alternative era, an inspiration for generations of women, not just those who play music. Her best-selling 2016 autobiography, The Rise, The Fall And The Rise, detailed a hugely eventful life including the years in which she was married to recently passed Fall singer Mark E. Smith and wrote songs and played guitar in the group. Last year she won the hearts of many BBC 6Music listeners when she spent a number of weeks sitting in for Guy Garvey. Brix currently hosts her own bi-weekly show on Boogaloo Radio called The Brix Show.
Steve Hanley released his own acclaimed memoir, The Big Midweek in 2014. It revealed what is was really like to spend 18 years in the Fall, the longest spell of any member of the iconic and influential Salford group.
Paul Hanley, drummer in the Fall from 1980 to 1985, released his book Leave The Capital last year. Published by Route Publishing, the book explores the history of recording in Manchester and puts forward the argument that Manchester's unique musical heritage is directly traceable to the 1960s beat-boomers who started their own studios
Brix & The Extricated will release their new album ‘Breaking State’ on 26th October on Grit Over Glamour Records. They embark on a UK tour from 25th October.
Brix & The Extricated released their debut album ‘Part 2’ last September to critical acclaim. Over the past year they have relentlessly toured the UK and performed at numerous festivals over the summer. Last month they returned to the studio to record their follow up with a plethora of new material ready to go. The resulting album is ‘Breaking State’, upon which Brix & The Extricated have pushed the sonic boundaries set by their debut. While retaining much of what was loved about their first album, this record demonstrates musical muscle and rapid growth of artistic intent. Lead track ‘Prime Numbers’, “Is about sacred geometry and mathematics as the language of the universe. Non physical consciousness and chaos magic.”
While the sonic thread of their time in The Fall is still clearly evident, there are many surprises and unexpected corners throughout the album. From the opening atonal strings of the dark and sinister ‘Alaska’ to the sweeping orchestration and Bowie-esque closing piano of ‘Unrecognisable’, this album has rich harmonic textures, angular rhythms, deep hypnotic grooves and the all so familiar pounding Hanley rhythm section.
This album is packed with seriously infectious choruses and killer guitar work. Each of the ten songs is rifled with the gut wrenching power chords, driving riffs and technical dexterity of Jason Brown’s guitar contrasted against the delicate beauty of Steve Trafford’s moody, atmospheric, transportative soundscapes. Both musicians take you on two separate but intertwined sonic journeys as the two guitars debate conversationally from one song to the next. They play off each other and bait each other, returning to that place where they blend in orgasmic bliss – this is post punk guitar work at it’s best.
Smith Start comes into her own as a vocalist here delivering every word with intent while emotionally engaging the listener throughout. Building on her inspirational work in ‘Part 2’, she reasserts herself as a leading light to women across the generations, swimming against the tide and defying expectations. She brings a message of hope, not just to women but to people everywhere to strive for what is possible. Smith Start again resets the bar of expectation stepping out of preconceived, conditioned perceptions of previously well trodden paths. Vocally we hear a voice that ranges from vulnerable delicacy to the battle cry of a warrior.
The unexpected addition of strings (arranged by Sarah Brandwood-Spencer) add a surprise multi dimensional emotional texture throughout, that seamlessly support Smith Start’s message. At times the strings hark back to the golden age of Hollywood glamour resulting in a wonderful collision where MGM meets post punk rainy Manchester.
Lyrically this album is a metamorphosis and transformation moving from black and white to full blown Technicolour. A deeply personal album, written from truth. ‘Breaking State’ is about breaking out of an emotional hijacking into a better place.
The cover art, advertising campaign and the merchandise for ‘Breaking State’ was designed by the renowned comic book illustrator Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl, 2000AD, Gorillaz, Judge Dredd, Ramones).
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