IN THE HEAD: COME CLOSER CUT DEEPER
CD: Nihilist Records 33 
You Can Never Do
Lie To Me
Across Your Face
The Art Of Obliteration
The Last Thing You’ll See
Tell Me You Care
What I Must Do (V.2)
Jo was worried about this review. Even I was slightly concerned. Maybe
I had gone too far this time. So I did the unthinkable. I contacted Michael
Page and showed him the review. He then had a choice. Go with it or ask
for my serious back-up one to be used instead. Thankfully he has a sense
of humour. He hasn’t a problem with it. Please remember this before
you think about complaining about the content.
An imagined and total fabrication of a day in the life of Michael Page
0850hrs. Woke up. Smelt the coffee. Nice. Got a day off work so think
I’ll record a new album. Can’t remember how many that is so
far. I’ll count them all one day. Better have some breakfast first.
A bacon bagel. Mmnnn. Tasty.
0925hrs. Fed and feeling good. Go down to basement which I’ve converted
to a recording studio. Check equipment. Modulators. Ok. Oscillators. Working
fine. Disruptors. Ditto. Amplifiers buzzing. Electronic gizmos and circuit
boards. Ready. Microphones. Have three to use. Might plug in another.
Computer looking sexy. Time to boot into Windows.
0950hrs. At last. Billy Gates has a lot to answer for. Open up my favourite
music making program. Hit some switches and press ‘record.’
Makes a squealing sound. Will keep that. Thump the gizmo. Great horrible
noise. Like it. Keep flicking switches and moving all manner of slides
and dials. Heck this is impressive stuff. How could things so small sound
so loud. Dunno but it appeals to me. I’ll limber up and do some
1036hrs. Finished with my scales. Now got to lay the vocals down. Growl
menacingly into the microphone. Sounds like phlegm stuck in there. Couldn’t
wish for a better effect. Make up words as I go along. Sometimes even
I scare myself at the thoughts that I pour out. Makes me sound like an
1106hrs. Record more music. Add more depth to the noise. Which is pretty
awesome as it stands. My ears start hurting. A good sign. Means I’m
doing something right. Throw my amps up to eleven. Can’t get higher
than that. Soon be finished.
1156hrs. Play around with my music making program. Move bits here and
there. Nearly done. Extreme music should be my middle name. Might change
it by deed poll. Fuck me if I’m not good.
1209hrs. Done and dusted. Sounds great. Very heavy and quite strident.
Lots of disorientating noise which is what my fans demand. Yeah…all
told I’m happy with this one. Just need a title and some artwork.
1249hrs. ‘Come Closer Cut Deeper’ seems good. Rolls off the
tongue. The pictures I found on the Internet to accompany it are not for
the squeamish or faint hearted but it sells it pretty well. Cut flesh.
Even I’m going all woozy looking at it. Will make some copies and
send them out for review. Sit back and smile at a job well done. Will
sleep for the rest of the afternoon.
Two weeks later.
1113hrs. Just seen the review in AP. The reviewer called it ‘an
exemplary display of extreme / power noise terrorising with the nine tracks
reinforcing my belief that Michael Page is an artist of unique worth whose
work will never be compromised’. Read some other shit in the review
but liked that bit best. Makes my day to be appreciated. Might just go
and make myself another recording.
NB…Ok…I’m well over the top there. The music making
process is long and torturous and can be soul destroying when it just
won’t gel. Michael Page knows this better than anyone. Noise fanatics
are well catered for with every release he sees fit to put out. Aggressive
and raucous with just the right balance to keep them from being a complete
overblown mess. Others should take note of his practices. Long may he
continue in this vein. The ego has been stroked and massaged.
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Fire In The Head [Ignite/Submit]
In The Head [Meditate/Mutilate]
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