Track By Tracks: Attrition - The Black Maria (2024)

1. The Promise:

“Be silent, Be submissive... speak when spoken to.”

Alia, Vancorvid. Galia, Sin.

A Host of Angels calling us from the far side of Martin's dissonant analog electronic rhythms and drones …

(Discover pleasure, losing...)

There is a reason to stand up. To listen.

2. The Great Derailer:

“Alpha male manipulators..”

A cautionary tale from some place along the Corruption, Perception Index.

Guest vocals from the wonderful Emke of Black Nail Cabaret. Telling a story of state and religious manipulation and control, and ultimate downfall. Tables do turn.

Anni Hogan joins us on grand piano. Steve Clarke and Ian Arkley on guitars, Marietta Fox and Vancorvid play the violins. Martin on electronics. And samples “All our Gods, and imitators...(All entertain you)”

The first single from the album. Remade for now.

3. The Switch:

“There’s a child in the room. With a permanent view...”

The return of original ATTRITION vocalist Julia Waller after a more than 20-year hiatus.

The child becomes a man. And sometimes this child knows more.

“Dissecting the silence, as he isolates you”

Anni Hogan on a grand piano. Martin on electronics. And samples

4. The Pillar II:

The middle pillar. Inspired by the captured machine sounds of the Toronto Underground. (Ossington station to be precise) Blended with electronics. A music concrete. Serenaded by the voice of operatic Mexican chanteuse Elisa Day.

5. The Alibi:

”The second coming of A Girl called Harmony (although a different girl)

“I am the perfect Alibi (If not the perfect bride)”

Yvette Winkler (of Dutch act Vaselyne) and Joanna Wolf join Martin on this story of Love and decay.

Maybe the universal story. Brought to life with Anni Hogan's grand piano, Ian Arkley's guitar, Kris Force, Vancorvid, and Marietta Fox's strings, and Elisa on operatic interludes... Martin on electronics. Samples “I’m crowded by violence, and burning all the bridges (I have tried)”

The new single from the album. Remade for now.

6. The Reprisal:

Be silent. Be submissive... A callback. This isn't going away anytime soon....a timely reminder, with Vancorvid on violin and Kris Force on cello, (and the sound of an industrial Bristol)

Voices and strings weave around Martin's analog electronics.

7. The Zero Hour:

“Forcing you to attempt the impossible...”

Tokyo Rose is talking. From WW2 propaganda to your house now. and tells how everything changes and everything stays the same...

Anni Hogan on a grand piano. Ian Arkley on guitar. Vanorvid on violin. Kris Force on Cello. Elisa Day sings as Rome burns?. A brooding, low drone captures the dissonant mood before the impending onslaught.

Part one was commissioned as part of the Coventry City of Culture Collection 2021

“See you again tomorrow... (those of you who are left to listen)”

8. The Black Maria:

“Like the blind man of Europe... I am the very least, Ascetic Priest”

The Great British Mistake (a personal reflection) Be careful what you wish for.

Julia may be found here again on vocals. Her second return. And Steve Clarke is on bass. And Kris Force on cello. Martin on electronics. And samples “Open the 25-minute window”.

The Black Maria was produced, mixed, and mastered by Martin Bowes at The Cage Studios. Coventry

England. 2017 – 2023.

All lyrics by Martin Bowes. A Two Gods Production.

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