Coil are once again searching for two instruments: a Hohner CLAVIOLA which was released about 4 years ago in a limited edition. And also a Hohner HARMONETTA, which possibly dates back to the 70's. Balance says "We will buy them from people or swap rare stuff."
Thighpaulsandra's album "I, Thighpaulsandra" is out Jan 22nd on Eskaton and is a double digipack CD. It features John Balance on text and vocals, Julian Cope, members of Julian Cope Band, and members of Spiritualized.
The Solstice Collection is now titled Moon's Milk (in four phases) and should be out soon. It is being advertised as a "Double CD constaining all the tracks from the now deleted Solstice & Equinox singles, plus new unreleased material." It will aslso come in a numbered gatefold white vinyl edition of 1000.
In addition to all this,... There should be a NEW COIL album in January. One of these sporadic and incidental 'pink-clam-shell' releases we shall be peppering the coming year with. The NEW one will be called "Wounded Galaxies Tap At The Window." It's a WS Burroughs quote! Its a very tripped out 'spacey' workout.
EMRE [Dark Matter] has been released by Source Research and features a new composition from Coil, "Broken Aura." Other contributors on the disc include Andrew Poppy, COH, Cyclobe and Leif Elggren. The disc is distributed through World Serpent.
6th October, 2000
Our line-up was Tom Edwards on Marimba, a 21 year old 6ft 3" classical percussionist who is also works with Spiritualised, Thighpaulsandra, Sleazy, Mice-Elph and Simon Herne aka Norris. Peter and I designed the video piece especially for the Persistence Is All concert. I designed the stage set and lighting and it was realised by Paddy Farr who is a genius. Tim Sunderland did the sound.Hes worked with Spiritualised and Hawkwind in the past as has Paddy.Gavin Wall was our roadie....COIL have a roadie.He often works for Julian Cope.I designed the costumes along with the fabulous and very hard working David Cabaret.
set list was:
12th September, 2000
Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil. ESKATON24: This new album by Coil deals with the threat of lavishness and responds with noise. It's trial by musick. This intense density of energetic anger explores areas that Coil have threatened to open out into in the past, but rarely have pursued with such hallucinatory ferocity.
Points of reference? Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music, Can, LaMonte Young, Flipper, Butthole Surfers, Supermarket Sweep.
Composed & arranged by John Balance, Peter Christopherson & Thighpaulsandra. Set for worldwide release on September 25th (or sooner!)
16th August, 2000
Back by popular demand and by special request:
The overall title for the event is "Persistence Is All" and there will be new t-shirts, enamel badges and more things available on the night on the World Serpent stall. A limited edition album, in a pink clam-shell, is being recorded and released to coincide with the concert. It's called "Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil". In marked contrast to the recent Time Machines piece this COIL outing will be more extreme, more musickal, more vocal..It will be louder, faster, darker, luminous, poisonous, kinetic, frenetic, energetic, epileptic (?) positively oscillating with deep darkness.
Warning: Please note. There will be extensive use of strobe lighting.
book online here or call +44 (0) 20 79604242
IMPORTANT!!! - please mention it is COIL you are booking for as they tally these things up.
15th August, 2000
Coil are no longer accepting orders for Musick to Play in the Dark, either volume. Please order through World Serpent Distribution.
9th August, 2000
From the World Serpent HQ: MTPITD Volume 1 now gets a full domestic release for the first time;
this album was previously only available as a mail order release and came in both CD and vinyl versions.
1st July, 2000
There will be a special extra limited edition of the double vinyl for MTPITDv2 with one 12" green and the other blue.
29th June, 2000
The set list was:
Everthing Keeps Dissolving
We had a fantastic time.Wonderful city with gorgeous and great spirited
people. we met up wih V/VM people, Matmos, La Bradford.Larry Thrasher
and Bryin Dall of Thee Majesty, (avoided GPO himself) Russell Haswell,
Autechre.,Vicki from People lLke Us, hung out with Radiohead and Marc
Almond. MET STOCKHAUSEN after his performance of Hymnen which started
the Festival off. Bill asked if he would be an honourary member of COIL
and he agreed.
Please feel free to harange the NME for the more superficial and non-present review of a great event that I have read in a long time. Arsewipes.Its in the issue dated 1st July. The so called review was by Piers Martin. email@example.com
The recent/ current WIRE review of Musick To Play In The dark vol 2 was a short, dissapointing and confused affair as well.Ken Holling mixed up the Queens Of The Circulating Library official CD with the free Festival Hall set CD.Again feel free to e-mail them. c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
To recap and clarify:
we are not accepting any more orders for the vinyl or CD of Musick to Play In The Dark vol 1 or 2. World serpent will be selling CD copies of both these from now on. Marked as a second edition and with a revised textured cover.We will be honouring any previous orders. Vinyl copies are going out daily. It is a very heavy double vinyl set and postage to the USA is £9.00.At our cost. So we are loosing money on the vinyl this way but hope to make up with the CD re-issues. PLEASE be patient.
27th June, 2000
MUSICK TO PLAY IN THE DARK VOL. 2 is SOLD OUT!!!
Sonar pictures have already started circulating. Check out the photos Derek Leep has taken and scanned in at www.users.uswest.net/~daleep/coil/. Thanks Derek!!!
15th June, 2000
Sonar Fest 2000:
29th April, 2000
7th April, 2000
Coming out of the dark:
Please stop emailing Coil about where their CDs are,
Photos are starting to come in from the live event and are currently being stored in the /images/live directory for future use. There will most likely be a new page added to the site devoted to live events and appearances featuring images, reviews and possibly even sound samples.
In case you didn't know, Balance is on the cover of the April issue of The Wire. There's an in-depth interview and some excellent photos taken on the shores of Brighton.
6th April, 2000
The show was a success. Thanks to everyone who showed up. Some of the special merchandise is being sold through World Serpent.
Now available is the "Queens Of The Circulating Library CD." Thighpaulsandra's mother Dorothy Lewis (a trained opera singer now retired) recites the lyrics especially written for her by John Balance; and for mothers everywhere.
Also released at the show was Eskaton 21, "Some Head" ep by Thighpaulsandra, featuring John Balance on vocals.
22nd March, 2000
Danny Hyde speaks - and we were there to listen. Check out his mucho updated biography page now with a picture, his CV and the cover of the last album he had pressed up (in limited quantities).
Andrew Shires has submitted some more photos from that in-store event at Rough Trade.
Many thanks to Craig Joyce for the pictures from Coil's in-store event at Rough Trade.
Coil came into the store at about 2:40pm and were playing from about 2:50 to 3:50. The store was stinking hot because of the amount of people in it and British heating, but as the set progressed more people moved to the back of the room (or out altogether) and anyone could have taken the opportunity to have a chat to John and Peter at will.
Quite a nice selection of tunes were played. I was surprised how much the set they put in sounded like a David Thrussell (Snog, Soma et al) radio show set.
John and Peter were very approachable and amiable. They signed a ton of records / CDs for all present and were very excited about their upcoming live show (which I'll be in fucking Australia for).
It was really nice to meet them, and it was even nicer to find them to be *nice* people."
18th February, 2000
Balance sounds in expanding on the official news of events:
We are releasing a special 2000 edition new COIL CD called "Queens Of The Circulating Library" which will be available first at the concert as well as new Time Machines T-shirts and Coil shirts. Thighpaulsandra will also release a new CD especially in time for the event called "Some Head". Both CDs are on the Eskaton label. Eskaton 020 and 021 respectively.
Hope to see you there. It will be pure electronics, minimal,very loud, colourful and fluorescent!
The piece we will be performing at The Royal Festival Hall is entitled "The Industrial Use Of Semen Will Revolutionise The Human Race". We will be making available a specially recorded CD for sale at the event as well as new COIL and Time Machine T-shirts."
"Musick cures you of Time"
We will swap rare COIL items for VINTAGE ie 50's and 60's paint by Numbers. I have over 100 already. I love landscapes and water related ones. We are doing a Paint by Numbers artwork cover to something very soon. "Pain by Numb-ers"?
Also, check out the Astral Disaster page as there's now descriptions of each song. Enjoy!
Time machines will feature Simon Norris from Cyclobe as well as Coil full-timers Jhon, Peter and Thighpaulsandra. They will perform for one hour. It will be dense minimal and colourful. A Magickal event as well as Musick.
According to Julian Cope's website:
Sleazy is in LA finishing off a Henry Rollins video after shooting for 2 weeks in Calcutta, India - pretty in yr face as you can imagine (India and Henry). He will be doing a net-radio show early Monday am (3-6am PST) at www.spikeradio.com.
Astral Disaster should be out and available now. A vinyl release is anticipated but might not be realized for another month. It will be a "Transparent Black /grey" - with a tiny edition in another colour.
Coil will also be restarting the Equinox/Solstice series again starting this spring. 4 to be done. Look for the original series as a double mid-price CD for Midsumers day. Title to be announced soon.
Coil will indeed be doing a Labradford remix, due out sometime in the near future.
Time Machines will be performing live in April at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London as part of Juilian Cope's music fest. They also plan to perform at the Sonar Event in Barcelona coming in June and the Beachy Head event too. Other performances are also in the works around the world in possibly NY and a few other North American locations. Details on all these events will be posted once they're finalized.
Backwards probably will not see the light of day until Christ Mass time 2000 at the earliest now.
Mayhem Accelerator is the semi-official working title for what was once semi-unofficially known as Acid Jam.
21st January, 2000
Astral Disaster was recorded by John Balance and Peter Christopherson with the glamorous assistance of the multi talented Thighpaulsandra (Spiritualized & Julian Cope), also with contributions from Drew McDowall and Gary Ramon. The original was recorded at Samhain under the level of the river Thames at Southwark. Amongst the track titles are The Sea Priestess, The Avatars; The Mothership and the Fatherland and Muur are two long instrumental pieces, whilst the other tracks feature John Balance on vocals. The cd comes in a full colour digipak with artwork specially sculptured for the album by Steven Stapleton (Nurse With Wound).
There's still no Credit Card ordering for Musick To Play in the Dark Volume 2. It should be ready to send out shortly.
elph.zwölf - the December edition of Noton's 20' to 2000 series has been released in limited quantities. Get it while you can.
Other things Coil hope to release this year include: