Thursday, April 18, 2019

Out Friday: BC35: Volume Two


"If you have even a tangential interest in art-rock, noise, industrial, and metal music from the ’80s through today, then you’ve probably heard something Martin Bisi has worked on. The prolific producer is responsible for capturing the sounds of Sonic Youth, Swans, Helmet, White Zombie, Cop Shoot Cop, and many more – including Herbie Hancock’s GRAMMY-winning hit, Rockit – at his BC Studio recording facility in Gowanus, Brooklyn."

"Last year, underground NYC music producer Martin Bisi celebrated the 35th anniversary of his BC Studio with a compilation album of music recorded at BC Studio... Bisi is now following that album with 'BC35: Volume Two,' and as the press release points out, this sequel 'comes amidst new clouds of uncertainty, as neighborhood rezoning talks commenced in February which could impact BC Studio in a number of ways.'”

"Martin Bisi, a record producer who has run his studio on 3rd Street for just about 40 years, fears that the rezoning's promise to bring as many as 20,000 new people to Gowanus could push his business out of the neighborhood, and maybe even New York City altogether..."

"'BC35' is a project honoring the legacy of producer Martin Bisi and his Brooklyn studio, BC Studio... Celebrating BC Studio and the ethic it represents."

"This 'BC35' record does not disappoint – it will take your mind on an outergalactic Noise Rock trip to another fucking universe. "
–Cvlt Nation

"BC35: Volume Two" – out April 19th on Bronson Recordings – is the sequel to last year's "BC35" album. The project is a tribute to producer Martin Bisi and his Brooklyn studio, BC Studio, where he has lived and worked since the early '80s. Bisi is perhaps best known for a certain, heavy, noisy, New York sound that bridged gaps between rock and the avant-garde – bands like Sonic Youth, Swans, Live Skull, Helmet, Unsane, and Cop Shoot Cop – but in fact he has also worked with Brian Eno, Whitney Houston, Iggy Pop, Herbie Hancock, Fab Five Freddy, and The Ramones.

"BC35: Volume Two" consists of recordings of new material (some composed, some improv) from dozens of BC Studio alumni who gathered at the studio to jam out in honor of Bisi.

Stream "Save Sludgie the Whale of Gowanus," Track One from "BC35: Volume Two," here – the song features Bisi himself along with former members of Sonic Youth and Lubricated Goat:

With the new album out tomorrow, Bisi has shared with the press 
some priceless stories from the studio's early days. In a new interview with Kerrang, Bisi goes deep into the history of BC Studio, reflecting on the chain-wielding gangs and packs of wild dogs that roamed the neighborhood streets while inside he made records with the likes of White Zombie:

A new article on Ghettoblaster has Bisi recounting ten pivotal experiences from his recording career, including the time Brian Eno filled the studio with images from the Museum of Natural History to put his musicians in the right mood:

But amidst all the celebration and nostalgia, the future of BC Studio is currently unknown. A rezoning plan, put forth by the city in January, seeks to reshape the neighborhood completely – the fate of the old factory building housing BC Studio is uncertain at this time. Read more, here:

A "BC35: Volume Two" album release show, with sets by Live Skull, White Hills, and more, is set for April 25th at Market Hotel:

Buy "BC35: Volume Two," here:

Photo by Joan Hacker

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