WARM DIGITS SHARE “BETTER FRICTION” VEO
CONFIRM SPRING / SUMMER TOURDATES
WIRELESS WORLD OUT NOW ON MEMPHIS INDUSTRIES
Warm Digits – the Newcastle electronica duo Andrew Hodson and Steve Jefferis – recently released their third album Wireless World through Memphis Industries. Today, they have shared the video for “Better Friction”.
Its star is a talking head made out of words and shapes. They then went the full 8-bit, adding Acorn computer screensavers and processing them into colour fields.
Jefferis: “Better Friction” argues that no form of power or technology is without its own mythology. “Better Friction, Better Fiction…” Some energies are better than others; some stories can move a mountain or drown an island. In the video, Mia la Metta is rehoused in a BBC Micro graphics card as 8 bit starbursts and flowers unfurl.”
Video Credits: BBC Micro and ASCII graphics by Keith Farquharson. Editing and production by Chris Bate and Andrew Hodson. Thanks to Kathryn Gray.
Warm Digits are on tour throughout spring and summer 2018. Please read on for a full list of dates, and for more information on Wireless World.
Warm Digits live
28 April – Reading, Are You Listening? Festival
04 May – Manchester, Band on the Wall*
05 May – Bristol, The Lantern, w/Vessels
06 May – Glasgow, Stag & Dagger Festival
12 May – Liverpool, The Shipping Forecast*
13 May – Leeds, Brudenell Community Rooms*
15 May – Sheffield, Plug*
26 May – Kent, Alfresco Festival
09 June – London, The Pickle Factory
29 June – Newcastle, The Cluny
30 June – Berwick-upon-Tweed, Holmesfest
01 July – Ayrshire, Kelburn Garden Party
21 July – North Yorkshire, Deer Shed Festival
22 July – Macclesfield, Bluedot Festival
08 Sept – Portmeirion, Festival No. 6
Wireless World is loosely themed around a present-day that teeters between progress and collapse. The band explain: “Our experience of the world and our states of mind are shaped and thrilled by unimaginably exciting leaps in technology, and yet that world will only last for a few moments as we fail to find a way to act collectively on rising temperatures, the failures of democracy and the unstoppable hunger for exploitation of the ground under our feet. This record is our attempt to make music from our experience of this present that teeters between celebration and devastation.”
In addition to Mia La Metta lending her vocals to “Better Friction”, elsewhere on Wireless World there are guest appearances from Peter Brewis of Field Music, Sarah Cracknell of Saint Etienne and Devon Sproule.
WARM DIGITS are the Newcastle-upon-Tyne duo that, in the words of legendary DJ/producer Andrew Weatherall, create “Machine funk kraut-a-delia – it’s rather lovely!”. Their brew of live drums, guitar and electronics betray a love of Neu!, Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, My Bloody Valentine and Boards Of Canada. Motorik percussion, electronic basslines, Keith Levene-style guitar chops and squelchy analogue warmth are accompanied by live visuals in performances that have graced the Psych Fests of both London and Liverpool, seen them support the likes of Goblin, Modeselektor, ESG, St. Etienne, Moon Duo and many more, toured the UK with British Sea Power and blown the audience away at Supersonic and many other festivals. Their blistering live sets of “krautophonic blizzard-wave” have to be seen to be believed.
“Growth Of Raindrops” (feat. Sarah Cracknell)
“The Rumble and The Tremor” (feat. Devon Sproule)
“End Times” (feat. Field Music) video