It’s finally here! New Model has officially been unleashed, and despite Perturbator hinting that this was going to be his darkest work to date, I wasn’t prepared for how deep this rabbit hole was going to go. It also serves as a reminder of why he’s one of the best at his craft…Perturbator has managed to forge something the pushes against the edges of the mold while still maintaining a sound that is uniquely his. It’s a tough balance to strike and it’s where the imitators fall flat. In short, Perturbator is back, and New Model is going to serve as a new benchmark for dark synth music for a while, if I had to guess.
So, what exactly makes New Model so amazing? I think first and foremost is Perturbator’s unwillingness to play by the rules defined by genre. This new work carves out its own niche, exploring new avenues of how to deliver synthesized music. Stutter step beats, creeping dread, and the ever present feeling that you’ve stumbled onto something you’d have been better off passing by are par for the course here, and I love that it keeps you off balance.
You can grab New Model right now digitally over at Bandcamp, with pre-sales also up for the cd version. Want to add to your rare vinyl collection? Blood Music has the hook up over at their site with limited edition vinyl (and cd) editions of New Model, and if you know anything about Perturbator, you know these are ALL going to sell out. New Model is also going to be available at the merch booth during the North American tour, so get to the shows early.
As I just mentioned, Perturbator is set to take North America by storm this fall, hitting major cities across the United States and Canada. With a pioneering discography that has helped spawn a genre and hundreds of imitators, this is going to be one of the most exciting tours of the year. By adding a who’s who list of local support to the shows across the country, these Perturbator shows are a guaranteed hot ticket…names like Author & Punisher, FacexHugger, Protector 101, Arcade High, Gregorio Franco, and Glitch Black are just a few of the supporting acts, and that’s just scratching the surface (check your local listing to find out who’s playing in your area).
Echosynthetic is going to be providing full coverage of the Atlanta show at Terminal West on September 23rd. Vimur and Gregorio Franco are providing support at this show so it’s going to be a beast! As of this writing there are still some tickets available so CLICK HERE to come hang out with me!
Alright, now that we’ve gotten all of that squared away, how about a conversation with Perturbator about all of this?
You’re about to embark on a pretty impressive North American tour. What kind of behind the scenes prep goes into an undertaking like that?
A lot of different things, to be honest. Not only speaking for myself but also for my whole crew. There is a lot of gigs on this tour so we all have to make sure we can deliver the best show possible every day. That involves doing things like checking the tech specifics of each venue, making sure we all can work in the right conditions, staying close to our tour budget as well as just normal stuff, like getting enough rest, for example.
Any teasers you can give us about what we can expect at the shows?
Loud aggressive music and an insane light show. New tracks from “New Model”, as well
The Uncanny Valley has a year under its belt! What songs from the album translate best to your live show?
Mostly the fast paced ones. Most people go to shows to get wild so tracks like “Neo Tokyo” or “Humans Are Such Easy Prey” are great to build that sort of tension, and they’re also the most fun to play for me.
For someone hearing you for the first time, how would you describe your music?
Electronic music inspired by science fiction and cyberpunk culture
My introduction to your music was through the Hotline Miami soundtrack. Did you have any idea in 2012 that Perturbator was going to be such a success?
No, I didn’t. But I’m glad things worked out the way it did, thanks to the success of Hotline Miami, amongst other things.
As one of the most recognizable acts in synthwave music, do you have any advice for the new artists out there that are just getting started? Something you wish that you’d be told, perhaps?
The only advice I’d give to any aspiring musician: Just write the music that you want to hear, don’t bother with the rest.
Speaking of synthwave, it’s changed so much as a genre, even spawning its own sub-genres. What’s your opinion on the current state of things and how do you see yourself in that ever growing ocean.
“Synthwave” is a music genre like any other, it has its good sides and bad sides. I just do my best to not get trapped by its codes and restrictions and simply focus on what I want Perturbator to sound like without paying attention to what’s going on around. People can put tags on my music afterward, it doesn’t really matter to me.
Any embarrassing guilty pleasure records hiding in your collection?
The thing is, there is literally no music that I am embarrassed to admit I enjoy. In my music collection, you can find stuff ranging from Hank Williams III and Sinmara to Jamiroquai and Lil Ugly Mane, and I can tell you precisely what I think is great about any of these artists.
Speaking of records, physical media has blown up! I’ve personally bought more cassettes over the past two years than I have in the previous two decades combined. Why do you think vinyl and cassettes have made such a strong comeback?
I don’t know about cassettes but the act of listening to a record on vinyl can almost be considered ritualistic in some ways, It certainly feels more special than pressing the “play” button on your computer. Add to that the fact that they are quite beautiful objects and I can understand why people are coming back to it.
Any parting words before we go?
Thanks and Goodbye.