Fixmer/McCarthy (UK/FR) + QUAL (UK) + Sydney Valette (FR) + Deleritas
» Fixmer/McCarthy (UK/FR) (EBM)
A project from Terence Fixmer and Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb).
After many years of silence Douglas McCarthy, the legendary voice of Nitzer Ebb, is ready for a new electronic WAR ! ! He has joined forces with Terence Fixmer to create Fixmer /McCarthy - a new project that combines both their strengths…
Terence in charge of the music, bringing his energised analogue sequences, Douglas in charge of the vocals, bringing his own unique energy and powerful voice.
Terence Fixmer, a world renound techno artist , has been involved in the techno scene for more than 10 years. In 1998 he signed to Gigolo Records and has gone on to have many hits such as ‘Electrostatic’, ‘Body Pressure’, ‘Electric Vision’ and the album ‘Muscle Machine’ (voted as the top 3 album of the year for Groove Mag). He also has remixed tracks for amoungst others Sven Vath Dave Clarke and Hell. Terence became famous through his live performance - a kind of mixture of EBM and Techno, i.e. full of energy and power. When you see a Terence Fixmer show you never forget it ! His sound is unique and instantly recognisable as his own. He has played at the biggest events such as I Love Techno, May Day, Nature One, and the biggest festivals such as Pukkelpop, Dour Festival, Benicassim as well as appearing at the best techno clubs all over the world.
In 2002 Mute records asked Terence to remix Nitzer Ebb, and through this Terence got in contact with Douglas McCarthy , the Nitzer Ebb singer.
Douglas McCarthy, already world renound as the legendary voice and founding memberof the band Nitzer Ebb, has taken his time returning to music. Douglas and Terence soon became great friends.
Nitzer Ebb, an avant-guarde electronic band, started in England in 1982 signing to Mute Records in 1986 after releasing a string of instant global club hits on their own label.
Douglas brought the raw power of his voice to the band, along with an amazing stage performance seen all over the world with the brilliant Nitzer Ebb live show that was always full of the tension and rage of hits such as ‘Let Your Body Learn’, ‘Join in the Chant’, ‘Control I’m Here’, and ‘Getting Closer’ – tracks that are still as popular today as then.
Along with Bon Harris, the other founding member of Nitzer Ebb, Douglas perfected his skill as a showman by relentlessly touring the 5 albums they released between 1987 and 1995. ‘That Total Age’, ‘Belief’, ‘Showtime’, ‘Ebbhead’, and ‘Big Hit’ have all given an incredible influence on the electronic scene of today, but it is also the voice of Douglas that is the reference of the alternative scene and make Nitzer Ebb one of the all time top EBM bands.
In 1995 after the last US tour for the final album Big Hit, Nitzer Ebb split.
Bon went on to work with other bands such as Marylin Manson, and the Smashing Pumpkins, and his own project, the LA based Maven.
Douglas collaborated with Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode) for the second Recoil Album ‘Unsound Methods’, but then left music alone while he studied film, and design in Cambridge, England. He moved back to London in 2000, where he works a director, and assistant director in advertising.
Then in 2002 Terence and Douglas decided to work together on a revolutionnary electronic project that brings together the souls of Douglas and Terence with music and voice.
FIXMER/MCCARTHY is the name of the project.
And once again there is an amazing and explosive stage performance!
» QUAL (UK) (EBM)
Septic discharges of cybernetic disease seeps from every orifice. Welcoming a post apocalyptic nuclear winter. With terror and restless chaos cometh the digital age condemned to be digitally transformed. Cometh hybrids, mutated humans a depletion of organics.
Dry woods and fire temples
Modular and mayhem a chant for death and all her joy. Rituals for renewal the infinity of pain and chaos to come. Mechanized doused into illusion the earth has long ended and humans are actually finished. Balance your pagan spirit from years past realize it's not too late for civilization to rejuvenate.
» Sydney Valette (FR) (Minimal Wave)
« How many lives »… can one have within a single life? wonders Sydney Valette from the start of his 5th delivery. Here are the musings of a young soul that managed to stay around for over a decade somewhere between the electro-goth scene and warehouse raves. Somewhat surprised at his own longevity, Sydney sees a kind of musical continuum form as his output grows year by year, and adds yet another 8 tracks to it, fueled by the the same dynamics but within a slightly darker mindset.
A bipolar set, shared between frontal upbeat moments and more withdrawn, brooding ones. The EBM service is provided by urgent cuts such as « I Can’t » or « Rzurekt », that bring on the table the boy’s life-long obsession for synthpunk acts such as Adult. or Kap Bambino. On the pop front, « Space & Time » stands as the climax of the lot, building upon melodic echoes of nostalgia and hopefulness. But on the flipside, the hyperactive crooner slides into muddier territories and shows an inclination towards post-punk moodiness. The guitar-based « Lies » adds a darker shade to the producer’s spectrum, « New Pictures » drifts alone in the distance followed by a haze of doom, and « Back From Mexico » mixes field recording with Carpenter-esque keyboards on a linear journey with a goth aftertaste. As a final blow, a cover of the Sex Pistols’ « Anarchy In The UK » revisits the old revolutionary myths embodied by this archetypal punk anthem, and gives them a « dark ballad » treatment to highlight its underlying disenchantement – old punks giving a tired, tender retrospective look at idealized ghosts of the past.
Maybe more so than in the past, these new songs, unified by a more sensible and stronger production, reflect on Sydney’s enduring inner struggles about daily melancholia and urban isolation, a plight common to most « bedroom producers » of the music underground – or maybe did they upgrade to « living-room producers » by now… But despite the inherent gloom that nurtures his vulnerable charm, Sydney Valette remains a powerful stage personality, and his high-speed live set keeps touring club nights, festivals and notorious music venues alike. This new LP sees him move on two different labels, Catalan imprint Oracula (Boy Harsher), and Icy Cold, emanation of indie French label Manic Depression – an ideal nest for the Parisian cold rave showman with a gentle heart.