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December, 2000

Coil are once again searching for two instruments: a Hohner CLAVIOLA which was released about 4 years ago in a limited edition. And also a Hohner HARMONETTA, which possibly dates back to the 70's. Balance says "We will buy them from people or swap rare stuff."

Thighpaulsandra's album "I, Thighpaulsandra" is out Jan 22nd on Eskaton and is a double digipack CD. It features John Balance on text and vocals, Julian Cope, members of Julian Cope Band, and members of Spiritualized.

The Solstice Collection is now titled Moon's Milk (in four phases) and should be out soon. It is being advertised as a "Double CD constaining all the tracks from the now deleted Solstice & Equinox singles, plus new unreleased material." It will aslso come in a numbered gatefold white vinyl edition of 1000.

In addition to all this,... There should be a NEW COIL album in January. One of these sporadic and incidental 'pink-clam-shell' releases we shall be peppering the coming year with. The NEW one will be called "Wounded Galaxies Tap At The Window." It's a WS Burroughs quote! Its a very tripped out 'spacey' workout.

November, 2000

EMRE [Dark Matter] has been released by Source Research and features a new composition from Coil, "Broken Aura." Other contributors on the disc include Andrew Poppy, COH, Cyclobe and Leif Elggren. The disc is distributed through World Serpent.

6th October, 2000

Balance here.

12th September, 2000

Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil. ESKATON24: This new album by Coil deals with the threat of lavishness and responds with noise. It's trial by musick. This intense density of energetic anger explores areas that Coil have threatened to open out into in the past, but rarely have pursued with such hallucinatory ferocity.
6 new tracks still fresh with blood and electronics.

  1. Higher Beings Command
  2. I Am The Green Child
  3. Beige
  4. Lowest Common Abominator
  5. Freebase Chakra
  6. Tunnel Of Goats
It is released to coincide with Coil's 2nd Royal Festival Hall concert this year; an event which Coil are calling Persistence Is All.
Points of reference? Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music, Can, LaMonte Young, Flipper, Butthole Surfers, Supermarket Sweep.
Composed & arranged by John Balance, Peter Christopherson & Thighpaulsandra. Set for worldwide release on September 25th (or sooner!)

16th August, 2000

Back by popular demand and by special request:
COIL are playing their second major concert this year at the prestigious and enormous Royal festival Hall venue on London's South bank complex co-headlining with Jim Thirlwell aka Foetus. On Tuesday the 19th of September 2000 ev. Doors open at 7.30pm and please note that COlL have chosen to play first so don't be late!

The overall title for the event is "Persistence Is All" and there will be new t-shirts, enamel badges and more things available on the night on the World Serpent stall. A limited edition album, in a pink clam-shell, is being recorded and released to coincide with the concert. It's called "Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil". In marked contrast to the recent Time Machines piece this COIL outing will be more extreme, more musickal, more vocal..It will be louder, faster, darker, luminous, poisonous, kinetic, frenetic, energetic, epileptic (?) positively oscillating with deep darkness.

Warning: Please note. There will be extensive use of strobe lighting.

book online here or call +44 (0) 20 79604242

IMPORTANT!!! - please mention it is COIL you are booking for as they tally these things up.

15th August, 2000

Coil are no longer accepting orders for Musick to Play in the Dark, either volume. Please order through World Serpent Distribution.

9th August, 2000

From the World Serpent HQ: MTPITD Volume 1 now gets a full domestic release for the first time; this album was previously only available as a mail order release and came in both CD and vinyl versions.
The second issue is CD only and comes in a different digipak cover than the mail order edition.

1st July, 2000

There will be a special extra limited edition of the double vinyl for MTPITDv2 with one 12" green and the other blue.

29th June, 2000

Subject: Barcelona

The set list was:

Everthing Keeps Dissolving
Amethyst Decievers (version)
The Universe Is A Haunted House
Elves (version)

We had a fantastic time.Wonderful city with gorgeous and great spirited people. we met up wih V/VM people, Matmos, La Bradford.Larry Thrasher and Bryin Dall of Thee Majesty, (avoided GPO himself) Russell Haswell, Autechre.,Vicki from People lLke Us, hung out with Radiohead and Marc Almond. MET STOCKHAUSEN after his performance of Hymnen which started the Festival off. Bill asked if he would be an honourary member of COIL and he agreed.
We'd like to thank all the great people who put so much effort into it. And to the people who came to see us from all over the USA and Europe. Sorry about the near riots to get into the COIL gig. It was massively overwhelmed, beseiged is more the word Im looking for.

Please feel free to harange the NME for the more superficial and non-present review of a great event that I have read in a long time. Arsewipes.Its in the issue dated 1st July. The so called review was by Piers Martin.

The recent/ current WIRE review of Musick To Play In The dark vol 2 was a short, dissapointing and confused affair as well.Ken Holling mixed up the Queens Of The Circulating Library official CD with the free Festival Hall set CD.Again feel free to e-mail them. c/o

To recap and clarify:

we are not accepting any more orders for the vinyl or CD of Musick to Play In The Dark vol 1 or 2. World serpent will be selling CD copies of both these from now on. Marked as a second edition and with a revised textured cover.We will be honouring any previous orders. Vinyl copies are going out daily. It is a very heavy double vinyl set and postage to the USA is 9.00.At our cost. So we are loosing money on the vinyl this way but hope to make up with the CD re-issues. PLEASE be patient.

27th June, 2000

All the copies that Coil have are no longer in stock so please hold on to your money. Sorry for any inconveniences.

Sonar pictures have already started circulating. Check out the photos Derek Leep has taken and scanned in at Thanks Derek!!!

15th June, 2000

Sonar Fest 2000:
The Coil/Time Machines performance in Barcelona will consist of Jhon Balance, Peter Christoperson, Thighpaulsandra, and Bill Breeze. The set list will include everything at the last live show PLUS a new (unnamed as of yet) song, AND "Elves," from Backwards.

29th April, 2000

Dark Details:
The vinyl version of will Dark, vol. 2 will be on 3 sides (with an etched image on the remaining side) and will contain the same music as the CD. The track listing is as follows:

  1. Something
  2. Tiny Golden Books
  3. Ether
  4. Paranoid Inlay
  5. An Emergency
  6. Where are You?
  7. Batwings (A Limnal Hymn)
Have you collected all the Eskatons?? Word from the Coil camp is that Eskaton 022 is the Time Machines Watch, a.k.a. Coil, "Backwards." and Eskaton 023 was the live gig at the Royal Festival Hall.

7th April, 2000

Coming out of the dark:
Musick to Play in the Dark Vol 2 has been finished since Feb, and the free CD for early orders has now been dispatched to the pressing plant. Says Coil, "We expect to receive finished copies by the first week of May and we will begin shipping orders as soon as we get them. Copies will be sent out in the order we received the orders (ie: those that ordered last year will be sent first)."

Please stop emailing Coil about where their CDs are, THEY ARE COMING SOON!

Photos are starting to come in from the live event and are currently being stored in the /images/live directory for future use. There will most likely be a new page added to the site devoted to live events and appearances featuring images, reviews and possibly even sound samples.

In case you didn't know, Balance is on the cover of the April issue of The Wire. There's an in-depth interview and some excellent photos taken on the shores of Brighton.

6th April, 2000

The show was a success. Thanks to everyone who showed up. Some of the special merchandise is being sold through World Serpent.

Now available is the "Queens Of The Circulating Library CD." Thighpaulsandra's mother Dorothy Lewis (a trained opera singer now retired) recites the lyrics especially written for her by John Balance; and for mothers everywhere.
This was released on April 2nd for mother's day and for the Coil show at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Synthesized by Thighpaulsandra and John Balance. Part one of a continually mutating series of circulating musickal compositions. Anyone can become a Queen Of The Circulating Library. Just Plant A Tree. The CD comes in Pink coloured plastic C Shell packaging.

Also released at the show was Eskaton 21, "Some Head" ep by Thighpaulsandra, featuring John Balance on vocals.

22nd March, 2000

Danny Hyde speaks - and we were there to listen. Check out his mucho updated biography page now with a picture, his CV and the cover of the last album he had pressed up (in limited quantities).

Andrew Shires has submitted some more photos from that in-store event at Rough Trade.

21st February, 2000

Many thanks to Craig Joyce for the pictures from Coil's in-store event at Rough Trade.

Says Craig, "here's some pix from the Saturday instore at Rough Trade for you. My wife's camera action was a bit on the ordinary side that day so these are the best of the bunch. There were plenty of fans there so you may have more luck from some of them in getting some better pictures.

Coil came into the store at about 2:40pm and were playing from about 2:50 to 3:50. The store was stinking hot because of the amount of people in it and British heating, but as the set progressed more people moved to the back of the room (or out altogether) and anyone could have taken the opportunity to have a chat to John and Peter at will.

Quite a nice selection of tunes were played. I was surprised how much the set they put in sounded like a David Thrussell (Snog, Soma et al) radio show set.

John and Peter were very approachable and amiable. They signed a ton of records / CDs for all present and were very excited about their upcoming live show (which I'll be in fucking Australia for).

It was really nice to meet them, and it was even nicer to find them to be *nice* people."

18th February, 2000

Balance sounds in expanding on the official news of events:

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