September 2002Some brand spanking new updates from Steven Stapleton:
"Salt Marie Celeste" is the next full-length due from Nurse with Wound. It's the full realization of what was 'Salt' on the "Music for the Horse Hospital" CD. With any luck it should be out before the end of the year.
"Inception and Silence Undivided," by Irr.App.[ext.] has been on World Serpent's new release tickler file for the last three months. Hopefully that release should be out by the end of October.
"Melchior" by HNAS will not be released through World Serpent and United Dairies at this point due to the release by DOM.
The next full-length Nurse With Wound album after "Salt Marie" is untitled at this point but is in the hands of Jim O'Rourke for some additional work.
"Automating Volume Three" has been compiled. It's eight tracks long and should be out some time early next year.
"Lumb's Sister" may also be out next year as well.
Stereolab are planning to reissue "Simple Headphone Mind" and Steve might be able to give more remixes for that release.
There has been talk about the Aeolian String Ensemble release "Lassithi"/"Elysium" on Robot. Steven Stapleton didn't play on this despite being involved with an Aeolian String Ensemble track, "Sucker for a Soft Sob Story," from the compilation, "Journey To The End Of Night," released on cassette by Auricle in 1984.
And finally, three tracks have been recorded with Aranos for an upcoming release.
July 2002From the World Serpent web site :
"' Automating Volume 2 ' is the second volume of compilation tracks of Nurse With Wound , compiled between the years 1981-1985. It contains some of the best and most adventurous NWW music of the period. Highlights are the multi-dimensional 'Strange Play of the Mouth' and the Adolf Wolfi interpretations taken from the legendary outsider music project by Graeme Revell. All the original vinyl compilations containing these tracks by NWW are now extremely collectable because of the inclusion of NWW. The CD has been remastered from the original analogue tapes and comes in a superb digipak format with all-new artwork from Steven Stapleton." The bonus track on this version is "A New Dress" originally from the 'Bead to a Small Mouth' compilation.
June 2002There's a Nurse With Wound Primer in the July issue of The Wire Magazine (with Keiji Haino on the cover). Loads of interesting tidbits about various recordings are shared. The primer was written by David Keenan, whose biography of NWW, Current 93 and Coil, "England's Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground" is due out next year. More information on that is due.
May 2002Man with the Woman Face is now available on vinyl from World Serpent . The LP comes in a clear plastic sleeve with 2 full colour inserts by Steven Stapleton. The whole album is then housed in a resealable clear polypropylene bag.
March 2002Limited release to coincide with art exhibit
Current Ninety Three and Nurse With Wound are issuing a 2CD set to coincide with the exhibition of artwork by Steven Stapleton and David Tibet at the Horse Hospital gallery in London. Limited to 1000 copies, on the PanDurtro label, it is presently available only from durtro.com .
Each group has contributed an album of newly recorded music; the 2CDs are packaged in a double-sided full-colour cruciform sleeve with insert. This double album will be available at the shows by Current Ninety Three in London, and the Horse Hospital, as well as from Durtro Mail Order.
The album costs £20 plus postage and packing. Please note: copies of the album will not be shipped until April 8, when the exhibition opens.
February 2002Man with the Woman Face
After two years the eagerly awaited follow up to the acclaimed ' An Awkward Pause ' album by is here. ' Man With the Woman Face ' is a full length, all new studio album and comes housed in a colorful digipak sleeve featuring three new twisted artworks by Steven Stapleton. Nurse With Wound, now stripped down to just Steven Stapleton and Colin Potter offer a return to the mad sonic sound sculptures that have made Nurse With Wound such a cult. This will be the first of a number of releases due this year.
The Chamber Of Pop Culture presents David Tibet & Steven Stapleton: April 8th-May 4th
Exhibition runs 12-6 daily, Monday to Saturday
Forging a mutual artistic bond in 1983 lasting to the present day, Tibet and Stapleton create coherent yet separate visions, in turns destructive and beautiful, both demonic and childlike.
Utilising collage, ink, watercolour, enamel paint, crayon and household paint, Stapleton blends influences from Roland Topor and Max Ernst, whilst Tibet's pastel drawings move from Enid Blyton to Louis Wain.
This inaugural exhibition displays new and old 2D and 3D works comprising of a selection from a vast 20 year body of work both on paper and in sound, including original album cover art, with two new site-specific sound installations by the artists.
World renowned as recording artists Current 93 and Nurse With Wound, Tibet and Stapleton initially grew as seminal lights of the UK post-punk experimental and underground scene to latter production of their huge swathes of musically apocalyptic folkscapes and surreal visions of unsellable pop music.
Issuing both their own and others' contemporary work, as well as part forgotten gems of artistic endeavour from folk musicians to decadent authors upon their Durtro, United Dairies and United Durtro record labels, as well as the Durtro and Ghost Story press imprints, Tibet and Stapleton fiercely champion independence, operating as both cult and cottage industry to their selves; proffering an umbrella and expression for the aesthetically unique.
For further details and pictures, please contact James BL Hollands: The Chamber of Pop Culture, The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1HX. Tel +44 (0)20 7833 3644. E-mail . Web .
January 2002Things to look forward to for this year:
There are three brand new [as of yet untitled] albums in the works. The first is a full-length follow-up to An Awkward Pause . The next started out as an EP, but has now stretched to around 38 minutes. Also be on the lookout for a double CD of Lumbs Sister, a soundtrack for the Chris Wallis film (still in progress) which features music which has previously appeared on various 12" and split LP releases, "How to Destroy Angels," plus some unreleased material. Furthermore, Automating Volume 2 (with a bonus track) and a Volume 3 have been compiled, but there's no scheduled release or time frame for either. "Melchior" by HNAS, originally released by United Dairies on LP back in 1986, should also see a CD release at some point this year. Also due for release is "Inception and Silence Undivided," by Irr.App.[ext.]. This release is Californian Matt Waldron's own personal reinterpretation of his favorite release, Insect and Individual Silenced , which Steve says he burned the master tapes from less than a year after its release. "It was the biggest mistake ever," Steve says about releasing that album. Don't count on it ever being issued on CD in its original form.
If you've noticed a trend of digipack CD releases (the most recent jewel box was Acts of Senseless Beauty from 1999), the official word is that NWW will continue to release CDs like this. Once World Serpent run out of albums they have in stock, re-presses will be issued on digipack. There's no predictability, however, which titles will be next or the order in which this will happen.
World Serpent has announced a vinyl release of Bright Yellow Moon , which includes the tracks from Purtle . The 2xLP set is limited to 1000 copies and is due for release this month.
A brand new untitled track is in rotation over at Mark Logan's NWW Radio Station . The only information we know about this mysterious song is that it's 8 minutes 37 seconds long and from the forthcoming untitled NWW album bearing the catalogue number UD0202. The track repeats itself roughly every six hours, so stay tuned!