CONSUMER ELECTRONICS, Circuit Breaker
Braw Gigs Presents:
A punk / electro / noise duo comprising ageing renegade Philip Best (ex-Whitehouse) and his young American wife, the artist Sarah Froelich. The band’s recent releases “Estuary English” (2014), “Repetition Reinforcement” (Diagonal 12″, 2015) and new album “Dollhouse Songs” (Harbinger Sound) have cemented CE’s reputation as prime movers in the field of avant-garde electronics, twisted beats and apocalyptic performance poetry. Stunningly produced by noise guru Russell Haswell (who occasionally joins the band for live shows), the CE duo are now embarking on a year-long odyssey of live performances the world over.
Russell Haswell is now playing with Consumer Electronics at the show here now, he’s kinda a big deal in improv and noise so this is great news!
“This is no easy ride, but if you follow Consumer Electronics as they strip bare the caustic facade of modern living, you will find power and, yes, beauty in the dark recesses they reveal.” – The Quietus
“Most striking of the noise albums to grace 2015 was Consumer Electronics’ brutal Dollhouse Songs, which expanded on 2014’s Estuary English with a rampaging diatribe against inequality, prejudice and injustice with the band’s usual mixture of “colourful” language and unrelenting power electronics viciousness.” – Dusted
“A glorious collision of punk, electro and techno noise … ‘Dollhouse Songs’ is the chaotic soundtrack to a country that feels equally as spinning and weird in 2016.” – Louder Than War
”My Descent Into Capital” represents the most ambitious recording from this London-based duo to date. Even if they’re taking influence from minimal synth, post-punk or early industrial sides, Circuit Breaker are unmistakably contemporary with their delivery. Forging together metallic drum machines, propulsive synth lines and stark guitar degradation into bold, simple and effective songs about isolation, discontentment and the true horror of work.
This album transgresses any simple nostalgia for its musical forefathers and showcases a band with their eyes fixed firmly on the future. Any obvious reference points are contorted and stretched to the point where they are transformed into something new. After ten years of obscurity, a refusal to go away, and two well-received records on Tombed Visions, this album is their first full-length album, as-well as their first with abstract-punk imprint Harbinger Sound.