John Carpenter to perform live on Halloween for All Tomorrow’s Parties
Release The Bats
All Tomorrow’s Parties’ Halloween extravaganza Release The Bats is back – and it’s set to be ATP’s most terrifying yet! The Horror Master himself will be headlining the event, which will take place in both London and Manchester.
Next Halloween, John Carpenter will perform – live and in person – a musical retrospective of his horror soundtrack work, his debut studio album Lost Themes, plus brand new compositions. Release The Bats will be held first at The Albert Hall in Manchester on Saturday 29th October 2016, and then at London’s The Troxy on Monday 31st October 2016. Both venues will be transformed Halloween style, and attendees are encouraged to dress up for the spooky spectacular.
Tickets to Release The Bats at The Albert Hall, Manchester are £25 + b/f: buytickets.at/atpticketstore/39520
Tickets to Release The Bats at The Troxy, London are £30 + b/f: buytickets.at/atpticketstore/39496
More acts to follow.
John Carpenter has been responsible for much of the horror genre’s most striking soundtrack work in movies he’s both directed and scored, such as Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Halloween(1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), Christine (1983), Starman (1984), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987) and They Live (1988) to name a few.
The themes that drive them can be stripped to a few coldly repeating notes, take on the electrifying thunder of a rock concert, or submerge themselves into exotic, unholy miasmas. It’s work that instantly floods his fans’ musical memory with imagery of a menacing shape stalking a babysitter, a relentless wall of ghost-filled fog, lightning-fisted kung fu fighters, or a mirror holding the gateway to hell.
Composers before him had used minimalism to create terror, whether it was two piano notes for a killer shark or the stabbing strings of a mother-obsessed psychopath, but it was Halloween’s brilliantly interwoven synth melodies that truly took genre scoring to a new, more sinister level.
In February 2015, John Carpenter released his first solo record of non-soundtrack music, Lost Themes, on Sacred Bones Records, to overwhelming critical success. Recorded with his son Cody Carpenter, and his godson Daniel Davies, The Horror Master proved that not only could he perfectly score his own films — he could also score the movies in your mind.