Subliminal Impulse presents Eric Random & Scissorgun
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Eric Random post punk, electronic experimentalist first began working as part of the
rather short-lived Tiller Boys. A name still seen today on the iconic Factory posters
designed by Peter Saville. Apart from being recognised for his solo work and with his
band The Bedlamites, he is also known for his numerous collaborations with Cabaret
Voltaire. Throughout the eighties Eric also toured extensively as part of Nico’s [Velvet Underground] backing band. Since his return to recording and performing in 2014, he has concentrated once again on his electronic roots. With a number of releases on Austrian label Klanggalerie plus an album with LA and Berlin based label Sleepers Records. Most recently Eric is back to collaborating, writing two tracks for the recent Mark Stewart [ The Pop Group] Versus album. Plus, imminent release of two EP’s one solo and one with Cabaret Voltaire’s Stephen Mallinder, all of which will be released through Emergency Hearts in the US.
Scissorgun were formed in August 2016 in Manchester. They are an electronic trio
comprised of Dave Clarkson (synths, rhythms, tapes, percussion), Alan Hempsall
(vocals, treated guitar, samples, loops) and Adrian Ball (light show and projections).
The musical scope is varied, one minute pastoral dreams, the next crashing swathes
of noise chased down with a dub twist.
To date they have released three albums ‘Assault Two’ (2017), ‘All You Love Is Need’
(2020) and ‘Psychological Colouring Book’ (2021).
What the critics say:
“Scissorgun create Northern electronic shanties and sound collages that feel like
snapshots of a city at night, moving from drunken chaos to minicab grime reveries
to a new dawn, electronic beauty” – Mojo
“Stop dreaming of wires and feel those rivets” – Electronic Sound
“Full of power and beauty, the ideas are varied and clever.” – TQ Magazine
“If they unearth a chunk of portentous Black Mirror outtakes any time soon, you
wouldn’t bet against Scissorgun being the main soundtrack protagonists.” – Flipside
“Subverting expectations.” – Gated Canal Community