19th October, 1997
News from the Horse's Mouth:
Paul at Twin Tub and Beaver lets us know:
They are no releases until the New Era now as World Serpent work
that way. In the Spring there will be the New ELpH album. An ELpH 7"
picture disc. A limited vinyl release of Transparent. The Spring Equinox
COIL single which was recorded this last Spring Equinox. There are to be 4
singles to be released a year after they were recorded and then the
material is also being worked on for an album release.
C93/COIL/NWW/Bone album is due out in January. Its called "Foxtrot" and is
on a label I've set up especially called Great God Pan. (GGP) All tracks
are previously unreleased except for Heartworms which also appears and has
been redically remastered.
We will be editing the Nothing album for a Late Spring release. I have NO
idea what I am calling it. I have confused myself with all the things
flying round in my head.
A compilation album called "Eschatology" is being compiled for next year.
I have decided that Eskaton can be spelt Eschaton as well. We thought
long and hard about the spelling when we devised the name and have
loosened up about it now.
We met up with Labradford at a secret gig they performed in an abandoned
synagog in Whitechapel, East London and rekindled the idea of working
together as yet another project.
Eskaton are releasing an album project originated by John Everall of
Sentrax Records. Its called "Doctrine of Signs" by ALOGON. The line-up of
Alogon is John Everall, Theresa Mills, James Plotkin, Little Annie
(Anxiety), Karl Blake and John Balance. The album was mostly recorded in
New York around the time of the C93 gigs with additional material added
later including my contributions.
We are working with Chris and Cosey towards a track or two on a
forthcoming CORE project.
Vicki Bennett,our friend and sometime Mailorder person and Queen of Easy
Listening cut-up madness group People Like Us was hit and seriously
injured by a car in Brighton a few weeks ago. Despite multiple breaks and
fractures she IS OK and we wish her all the very best in her recovery. She
is in for the duration. If anyone wants to send her cards or anything to
cheer her up and keep her mind occupied please send to. Vicki Bennett.
Level 10. Royal Sussex County Hospital. Easton Road. Brighton. BN2 5BE UK.
Transparent is of course out now and
available through World Serpent in finer shops world wide.
"The only confirmed info on the Coil release on Twin Tub and Beaver is that
it will be a 10" limited to 333 copies, 300 on colored vinyl in picture
sleeves and 33 on a different color in special packaging. The tracks will
be previously unreleased but their titles are not know yet."
14th July, 1997
Balance restored - John Balance has returned after treatment of
his alcoholism and is doing fine and passes on love and blessings to all
fans and friends and has passed along the following info:
10th May, 1997
- A new ELpH album is due early fall.
- "Heartworms" is being released as part of a mini-album/long single
with tracks by Current 93, Nurse With Wound and another Pete Bog/ Steven
- Blue Rats is being put out as a single by a label called Twin Tub and
- The original COIL / Zos Kia tape "Transparent" is being released as a
CD His-Storical re-issue.
- A CD called Time Machines is due for release on the Eskaton label.
John says, "This mysterious and extremely minimal release has been lined
up for some time while we mused and pondered its place in our lives."
- John and Peter still have to edit the new Nothing album, which has
been held up for countless reasons. They are working out and negotiating
with various remixer friends and aquaintances to do stuff for the remix
album we hope will spin off from the Nothing album, as well as they are
thinking of sticking with and using the title "International Dark Skies"
for this project. "I'm not letting a bad TV program change my
vision of the world."
- And then there were four... Bill Breeze has joined COIL as an
official member. Mr Breeze astounded Coil with his electric viola playing
when he came and recorded a piece with us the day after the London Current
19th April, 1997
- OUT NOW finally is Unnatural History volume
III (Joyful Participation in the Sorrows of the World). This new compilation
is out on Threshold House via World Serpent in the UK and can be ordered through various
on-line stores. This
collection compiles 10 tracks, from songs as recent as "Lost Rivers of
London" and as old as the Commercial Music tracks from Hellraiser.
- John recently appeared on stage at Current 93's concert in London on May
3rd. Here, he both read a passage
before the concert and played his Chapman
Stick Bass durin "Christ and the Pale Queens".
- Coil page co-writer Jon Whitney has just returned from London and from an Interview
with Coil, which will shortly be posted here in its entirety.
Current projects in the work are a single titled "Sex with Sun Ra" and a full
length disc from Wormsine. Still no word yet on a Nothing release. Talks
15th January, 1997
- OUT NOW from World Serpent is "Terra Serpentis", a double CD with exclusive
tracks from all current World Serpent artists. The Coil track for this
compilation is "Heart Worms".
- Sleazy just recently shot a video for the Belgian group K's Choice.
- Unnatural History 3 is apparently in the process of being made right now.
There are many speculations of tracklisting, but nothing is known yet officially.
Possible tracks may or may not include any of the following:
Music for Commercials, Panic 12" version, Baby Food, Feeder, Anal Staircase orig.
version, ELph stuff from the 10", If it wasn't wolves, First Dark Ride, A Journey
To Avebury soundtrack(unreleased), The Wheel, Keelhauler, Wrong Eye, Scope,
Meaning What Exactly?, Lost Rivers of London, and Neither His Nor Yours.
- OUT NOW from Sentrax/Rawkus is a Tactile remix album entitled
RECURRENCE & INTERVENTION, featuring a remix by Coil along with mixes by
Scorn, 0 (Panasonic), James Plotkin, Zoviet France and others. A limited
edition while label 12" featuring the Coil, Scorn and 0 mixes was released
last October as promotion for the album. John Everall, label manager for
Sentrax is currently planning a Coil biography by going through old
archives and letters.
- John and Sleazy just got back from spending New Years in Vietnam and
- The first album in Coil's contract with Trent Reznor's Nothing Records
was completed at Reznor's New Orleans studio late last year and is due for
release in the spring. Proposed titles for this release have included
INTERNATIONAL DARK SKIES, BACKWARDS and GOD PLEASE FUCK MY MIND FOR GOOD,
but it's not clear what the final choice is going to be. All that's known
for sure is that I.D.S. will not be used so as to avoid confusion with the
American television show Dark Skies. It's also not known at this time whether or
not Nothing will be licensing any of the backcatalogue for North American
NOTE: Trent Reznor did not play on it, did not co-produce it nor write
any material for it.
Says Balance, "We produced it ourselves with Danny Hyde as engineer and
with excellent help,complete co-operation and enormous investment of time,
energy and genuine enthusiasm from all the people at Hot Snakes studio.
In particular Chris Vrenna who helped us iron out technical stuff, Brian
the studio manager who kept it running smoothly, and of course Trent
himself,who kept out of our way while letting us loose in his secret
- Rawkus Records, a NYC based label that has recently issued the
backcatalogue of the UK isolationist/dark ambient label Sentrax (Tactile,
Lull, etc.) in North America, will in fact not be releasing a disc by Coil vs.
Elph in late February as publicized in Billboard Magazine and Ice on
line. This uncompleted album will likely not see the light of day until
late spring 1997 at the earliest.
- REMIX NEWS
- The Coil vs. Download rumor is just that - a rumour. Apparently nothing has been
remixed, reworked, nor retouched on either side of the camps. If this turns into
anything more, you'll know here.
- John Balance says "Yes,we are going to be working with Autechre this
year.I am setting up a series of releases to be called INTERCOURSE..1 2
and 3 etc. Various labels, various contexts and connections. We were out
in Thailand with Steve Beckett,head of Warp and it seems that it will
happen soon-ish rather than later-ish. As far as a Download vs.Coil remix
thing goes.We are thinking about it. But it will be later this year if at
all,because we have other commitments and a pretty full on schedule of
releases planned. I don't think we are going to be remixing NIN's Perfect
Drug single because we were busy recording our new album at Trents studio
at the time he originally asked us to and we didn't have the time to do
both projects...Nor the energy.
We are hoping to do something with Labradford soon...part of the
Intercourse series.We met up about 6 months ago and discussed it then.
We are planning to involve a whole bunch of people in remixing tracks from
our new Nothing album including Steven Stapleton of Nurse with
Wound,Autechre,Charlie Clouser, and others we havn't asked yet so it would
be unfair to speculate on.
- Still M.I.A.: The World Serpent reissue of LOVE'S SECRET DOMAIN; THE
SOUND OF MUSIC dbl-CD of selected soundtrack work; the John Balance/David
Tibet/Steven Stapleton collaboration HAUNTED AIR.
- Also still missing: The Assassins. Peter Lamborn Wilson, Iggy
Pop, Anne Clark, Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs, Ira Cohen, Nicole
Blackman and others are accompanied by music from Bill Laswell, Paul
Schutze, Techno Animal, Coil and the Master Musicians of Jajouka.
- We're sad to announce KAOS, John and Sleazy's 14 year old Basenji dog
passed away this past Boxing Day (26th December) and deepest sympathies go
out to them and Kaos's friend, Dingo.