'Celebrating 10 years of Moon Wiring club with this new LP 'Exit Pantomime Control', featuring 12 new tracks composed with the guiding vision of a Pantomime Sphinx from a curdling reality. There are rock-solid beat tracks, weird 'uneasy' vocalisms, beautiful multi-echo ghost-thought drifts, cronky interludes and a disturbing ending that sounds like you're on hold with TicketMaster for eternity...
On occasion of their 10th birthday, Moon Wiring Club boots up the PS2/time machine to revisit key ideas and themes of the series so far; gathering the ghosts for an eldritch dramaturgy of anachronistic hip hop and ether dream atmospheres inspired by subversive, experimental ‘70s theatre, all taking the form of a good ol’ Panto (surreal popular comedies/tragedies beloved of olde england) held at The Clinkskell PlayHouse.
You might have guessed already, but Exit Pantomime Control sounds little like any panto that anyone outside of Clinkskell (perhaps Burnley, too) has ever seen or heard. Written by Mr Paris Green and Dr Lettow-Vorbeck in the Curtain Draped Studio, 1896-1976, it unfurls a frayed and abstract narrative helmed in loping hip hop loops, which are practically the only thing nailed down on its weightless stage where voices and melodies bob and drift according to MWC’s cryptic direction.
The Motley Supplement kicks the evening off with everything in ‘easy listening’ mode, establishing a somnambulant pace and smoky atmosphere that perfuses the whole play, from what sounds like a lo-fi take on Arpanet’s percolated chorales sung by the Swingle Singers in Temporarily Engaged, to a frosting of steampunk-like FX in the eerie set design of Marvellous King Nonsense.
By this point you’ve probably imagined outlandish outfits and wigs for the intermittent characters, and, after a short intermission for the ghosts to take a leak, the play recommences with the propulsive momentum of Harlequin Escapes Audience, changing scene to a medieval mock-up of harpsichords and crows in 7 O’Clock In The Park, and dialling up the tension with a flurry of dancing Ghosts All Around, and leaving the play perfectly unresolved with the decaying curtain drop of Master of Tickets.
Beyond the mind of lucky Adam Ricketts, music like this doesn’t really exist, but thanks to his precious imagination we have some glimpse of a beautifully stubborn world where the usual rules don’t apply and anything can happen, provided it’s pretty weird and leaves you feeling strange; always a recommended experience!'
released December 2, 2016
All audio captured in the Curtain Draped Studio by Mr Paris Green and Dr Lettow-Vorbeck 1896-1976
Written and Produced by the Moon Wiring Club, at the Blank Workshop, Clinkskell, Northern England.
Mastered by Jon Brooks @ Newyattsounds
Sleeve design by Kynaston Mass
Featuring the magnificent assemblage of the Eerie ANIMAL-FACED SINGERS.
supported by 31 fans who also own “Exit Pantomime Control”
LIke tman1015, I am a little scared of this album. It is a deeply shocking and accurate musical portrayal of senile dementia -inasmuch as I've (sadly) observed members of friends and family become gradually subsumed by it.
Yet it is captivating, there are many moments of beauty along the way. I cannot stop going back for another listen.
I wonder if anyone (apart from the artist) has managed to listen all the way through in one sitting. I am not even close to managing yet. Simon Woolf
supported by 27 fans who also own “Exit Pantomime Control”
it was broken, yet it formed itself anew. it stands slowly on atrophied legs, sinews taught and wires loose. at its full height, the sun is momentarily blocked out and a chill descends on the assembled crowd. it is wondrous and terrible in its unnatural shape. Leiyun