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21st Nov 2011
A change of direction for Knox? Illustration and design by Jemma Mellor. Narration by Anna O Brien. Based on an original story by God.
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16th Nov 2011
Babylon is Dead Vol#2 just got a nice review. Take a look...
Also, I've been working on a new ABH drumkit.
 

14th Nov 2011
Florent will be recording a free Christmas EP next weekend... Any suggestions? We will see what we can do...



30th Oct 2011
I'm quite excited about the EP The Illusion of Freedom coming out tomorrow. That's hours away.

The world is in such a strange way right now.

I think we're all wondering if the Occupy! movement is going to keep growing towards something, and what that something might be. A lot of people think it'll just get tired and disperse, but I think all that has to go somewhere, right? There's a lot of criticism that they don't have any answers, but it's pretty awful that politicians and the media are so ready to mock the people for at least asking the questions.

Whatever comes of that, I have the impression that our international money troubles won't quietly disperse, and there's all sorts of crazy ideas where that's going.

A while ago I saw an interview with the philosopher Bertrand Russell, from back in the days when nuclear bombs were being brandished between America and Russia. He was seriously contemplating the possibilities of us wiping ourselves out there and then. He said he couldn't bear that thought. But I was thinking, imagine living in a time when people in the West felt so on the edge... It's not like Bertrant Russell was a melodramatic or unreasonable sort.

Maybe we're not in that kind of trouble, but I have the feeling we're in pretty big trouble of some kind.

Anyway, The Illusion of Freedom comes out tomorrow. That's all I really meant to say...

BB

24th Oct 2011


Just before the release of Barrowclough’s ‘My Hyundai’ video, Mr Zang caught up with the video’s reclusive director, Knox Harrington (video artist). From ‘just a friend of Maudie’s’ to a major player in the fast expanding arthouse genre of ‘film sans image ou sons’, Knox proved quite forthcoming on everything from gangsta rap to Tranmere Rovers…

So, Mr Harrington, please introduce yourself to those unfamiliar with your oeuvre.
(a high pitched, wheezy cackle followed for almost a minute that became a feature of our interview)… Well, I began my work with the medium of ‘film’ when I was asked to produce a series of music videos for the German electro-pop group, Autobahn. When was it? Late 80s I think. The video for "Technopop (Wie Glauben)" was particularly successful and led to a short documentary on the group before we fell out for ideological reasons. Since then its been mainly fruit commercials oh, and of course the movies. (More cackling) I almost forgot the movies.

How did you end up working with Barrowclough?
I became familiar with Michaelis Constant when still living in LA. I mean, everyone was bumping Michaelis in 99/2000. They were particularly big with the gangs. Especially the Hispanic gangs. They loved those guys. There were rumours that MC Eiht and Kid Frost were in line to appear on a Michaelis remix, but it never materialised. Actually, not many people back home know this but ‘Gondwanaland’ was initially banned in most US states because the gang link was so strong. The track ‘lifeblood’ was seen as potentially incendiary. Once people cottoned on to the religious angle though, things sort of died down, but for a while, you know, it was kind of crazy.
Anyway, I got a call last year from Jonny and at first I thought he was Tutall. When I found out he was the guy who used to be called Damaj I was a bit reluctant as I’d always thought he was the weak link in Michaelis, but when I heard his solo stuff, it all made sense. Now I listen back to Michaelis stuff and I’m like yeah, I hate penalties too. Not just football penalties, but any sort of negative consequence for things I’ve done. You’ve got to look beneath the surface with Barrowclough. He’s a visionary. A lyrical cantaloupe if you know what I mean. From there it all fell into place.

So how did the concept for the video come together?
I feel that often the genre of the ‘video musique’ is damaged by an over concentration on the ‘musique’. I like to make the video without actually listening to the song and then edit it afterwards. My personal preference is then to eliminate all images and sounds from the final cut but Zang felt this would be a little radical for a first collaboration. Anyway, Barrowclough was a little (how can I put it?) reticent about my methods but went along with it and simply sent me some David Lynch and Jan Svankmajer shorts and said he wanted something like that. I felt that the final piece was true to the soul of both of those directors. And of course amazingly there is the car link which was fortuitous (more cackling. Then some more.)

You’re back living in your home town now, in Liverpool. Do you prefer life in England or America?
Oh, England every time. The art scene in LA was frenetic and Iowa has some nice wildlife but I missed home for every moment when I was abroad. I mean, lots of Americans didn’t understand a word I said. I ended up hanging out with Europeans mostly over there. Liverpool is better in pretty much every way- the food, the pubs, the telly, the footy. I watch the Rovers (Tranmere) play most weeks. They’re the only real football club left in Liverpool. You know what I mean? Real football.

So finally what’s next for Knox Harrington?
Well, obviously I’ve had to lie low for a little while after the furore over the release of ‘Yeti Girl’. I don’t think people were quite ready for that, but its opened a few minds and that’s what I intended. Now, lets see, I’ve been working on some idents for BBC 2. The Autobahn comeback album. Uli and I have made up. Its going to be good. Two new movies in production for 2012. Its busy.

Thank you Knox. Its been a pleasure.


20th Oct 2011
Playing a charity gig at some kind of big sleep-out-in-cardboard-boxes-of-your-own-free-will-to-raise-money-for-street-children-in-Hoduras event this Saturday (22nd Oct).

A better explanation here...

Its outside Coventry Cathedral, and we'll be playing at 10pm ish, if anyone wants to come and join the band...



16th Oct 2011
This is going to be the best Zang Christmas ever...

New sleigh bells

16th Oct 2011
Just a couple of live photos from the Last gig up in Liverpool at The Shipping Forecast.

Florent Live at The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

Florent Live at The Shipping Forecast



13th Oct 2011
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A release date for BABYLON IS DEAD vol#2.

The E.P. will be up for free download here on the Zang site on October 31st.. 

BB
 

12th Oct 2011
Just been looking at all the stuff Zang has coming up and there is a butt-load of stuff. Its all got me very excited! Some of it is already finished...


Benjamin Blower
Fiction Fight
Florent
Barrowclough
The Custodians
Waler
Josiah Gillespie
Greybeard
Bethan Marshall
University of the King
Selina Blakeney
The Zang Productions Ensemble
Ickberg
Vincent Gould