Prior to the release of World Eater, Benjamin John Power — one half of Fuck Buttons through his third album as Blanck Mass — today shares the video for album track Please. Directed by Michael Tan, the Please video draws on the album themes taking them through a 3D, politicized wormhole:
Blanck Mass (Ben) and I looked at old CGI ’80s movies like Lawnmower Man and 3D animated internet memes, which are far different from my polished, hyper-real 3D renderings I usually create. Drawing from these inspirations, the result is a bit of a mix between Lo-Fi and a role-playing adventure game, Tan explains. With the current political climate, it’s hard not to be concerned about the future of the planet and the population as a whole. There seems to be no genuine concern from governments about the state of the earth, climate change, or the future. The video personifies this concern within its characters.
In World Eater, Benjamin John Power — one half of Fuck Buttons through his third album as Blanck Mass — has made a reactionary and representative record of a previous year teeming with anger, violence, confusion and frustration. If a beast has been awoken from this then it is wild and untamed, chewing and gnawing at civilization, compassion and progression. The title is a reference to both the inner beast inside human beings that when grouped en-masse stops us from moving forward towards good, says Power.
Whilst musically World Eater captures an anger and intensity through a progression of hissing electronics and furious beats, it also too possesses a tender side and amongst the rage lays actual love songs. Being surrounded by so much hate in the world right now throws a whole new light on the importance of love. I have never set out to make a protest record. Ive never set out to make any kind of record really, but during the creative process for this and any of my past releases I start to form a bond with the project as we grow together.
Blanck Mass – World Eater
[March 3, 2017 – Sacred Bones]
World Eater Tracklist:
1. John Doe’s Carnival of Error
2. Rhesus Negative
4. The Rat
5. Silent Treatment
6. Minnesota / Eas Fors / Naked
7. Hive Mind
Blanck Mass UK/EU Tour Dates:
March 31 – The Hague, Netherlands – Rewire Festival
April 15 – Bruges, BE – More Music Festival
April 21 – Glasgow, UK – CCA
April 22 – Prestatyn, UK – Safe As Milk Festival
April 26 – Brighton, UK – The Haunt (w/ Pharmakon supporting)
April 27 – London, UK – Rich Mix
April 29 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern