Edition 01-70/70: 2 x 7“ Single w/ original drawing, signed & numbered (01-200 / 200). Unique copy of Trousers w/ painting signed & numbered (01-70/70)
Edition 71-200: 2 x 7“ Single, signed & numbered (71-200 / 200)
The Berlin based artist is well know for his wild performances, his Grand-Guignol-esque films,complex installations and futuristic speeches. John Bock in essence a one man living work of art. An artist constantly attempting to overcome himself and his work. Born in 1965 in the small German town of Gribbohm has also dedicated himself to challenging the conservative norms of northern Germany.
For those who had the pleasure to encounter his show at Temporäre Kunsthalle in Berlin in 2010 got a pretty accurate impression of his wide range of influences (from Pawel Althamer, Sergej Jensen, Paul McCarthy, to Franz West and Martin Kippenberger) and how fed into his own strategy of mix, copy, paste, overlay and most of all: constant creation.
The Cologne and Berlin based musician Aydo Abay has been stretching
melodramatic guitar music to its limits for close to two decades now. Starting out in 1997 with his rock outfit ‘Blackmail’ (who recorded eight albums together), after their eventual split in 2008 he concentrated on his solo project ‘Ken’, before creating his new label imprint Abay.
From Fieber with Love
The first interaction of John Bock and Aydo Abay took place back in 2006 for the theatrical play „Medusa“ at the Berliner Staatsoper. Abay remembers this as “a twenty day Doom-Opera, in which space and time switched positions."
In 2010 they joined forces once again for a fashion show titled „Die abgeschmierte Knicklenkung im Gepäck verheddert sich im weissen Hemd“ in the World Culture House in Berlin.
Given these previous artistic collaborations, we decided to ask John Bock to go further and join Adyo Abay for a real studio session working on songs together. And so we are very happy to announce four songs which leaded to the Edition Fieber double-vinyl-single, each one presented in a John Bock designed artwork (and for those lucky enough to get one of the 50 special “Trouser-Editions”: each sewed in individual pieces of old trouser fabric.
And so the music. Bock and Aydo take the already broad-ranging world of Art Rock and stretch into psychedelia. But they’ve no intention of falling into the modern day bourgeoise trap of tidy, easily defined musical genres. Oh no, for theirs is a mission of focus and sobriety, and their ambitions are built on desire, lust, and teenage dreams.
Irritation too, as John Bock references Detroit rockers Kiss as his main inspiration for these Edition Fieber sessions. You might not spot this on first listen, but, honestly, who cares about comparisons? Seconds into the music you’ll be following the voice of John Bock as he opens chapters of books you shouldn’t definitely shouldn’t be fishing about in. These two figures are gonna get a bit clown-in-Steven-King’s-horror-classic “It” on you, particularly on „Toter im Kleckermatsch“ and „Kuhstall“.
The Bock/Abay words and music approach is a doorway for time travellers but is it the Parisian Grand Guignol theatre or a Herrschell Gordon Lewis American horror movie set that we’ve ended up in? It ends in the brutality of silence.
„Kuhstall“ also opens up with a bubbling, ghostly sound – the tonal equivalent of the Edgar Allen Poe or the opening scenes of a Vincent Price Hammer films production. Abay conjures these feelings with an inspiring mix of drone music and experimental metal eruptions, broken up into an endless stream of roaring sound, his route to the uncanny valley.
John Bock doesn’t trade in certainties. Brutality is happening, it is just a question of time – and then the victim will lay in front of us, fragmented and with eyes hanging loose, the legs and arms crisscrossed. This is the work of a real master of destruction. A butcher who carves with his „Diagrammhandschuh“ (what a fascinating word for a instrument of pain).
John Bock & Abay
John Bock “Toter im Kleckermatsch“
John Bock “Kuhstall”
Abay “Into the sun”
Abay “Into the sun” (Lambert Rework)
- 2 x 7“ Single w/ original drawing, signed & numbered (01-200 / 200)
- Unique copy of Trousers w/ painting signed & numbered (01-70/70)
- 2 x 7“ Single, signed & numbered (71-200 / 200)
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