Martin Atkins Announces Upcoming Events

posted July 7, 2009

Martin Atkins Announces Upcoming Events

Detroit-based label Full Effect Records recently signed Martin Atkins' legendary Industrial supergroup Pigface and released the album "6" on June 16th. Pigface members have included a virtual who's-who of Industrial dance music. Past contributors include Trent Reznor (NIN), Ogre (Skinny Puppy), Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat), and an ever-rotating cast of notable artists.

Along with the release of his new album, Martin Atkins of Pigface will be travelling around the US DJing, displaying his artwork and hosting a series of R3 sessions. Revolution 3 is Atkins' answer to the bueracracy and slow adaptation of traditional academia--It's fast-paced, the curriculum is constantly changing and learning is done almost entirely through hands-on experience.

The band's unique approach to collaboration creates of sense of mystery. It's hard to predict the direction of the band's new music, let alone who will be performing at their live shows. "Our live shows get kind of crazy," Atkins says. "Often with 12 or more performers on the stage at one time."

Atkins has much to say about the new album, which was seven years in the making.

"This process began before the last tour, way before it. Some tracks came together at the very end of the tour. Upon return, we all went immediately in the studio to see what we had (even Hanin Elais was there). Later, Chris Connelly came in to do vocals on 'Electric Knives Club.' Everything was going along very well (for a Pigface album) then I decided to go to China.... In many ways my China Dub Soundsystem album was Pigface 5.5. When I got back in late 2006, I started editing 16 Days in China which just won the Best Feature Length Documentary Award at CIMM 2009. Before I went back to China in 2008, the guys from Zeromancer had dramatically re-worked 'Mercenary.' I took that hard drive into a huge, beautiful SSL studio (A String) in Beijing and mixed it there. So, yeah....this album has been a long time coming."

Full Effect label owner Anthony Srock sees the influence Pigface has had on the music scene and how they fit with the label. "Pigface has always been cutting edge in the Industrial world," Srock says. "We, as a label, are truly honored to have the Pigface camp join us."

This summer Pigface officially joins the ranks of Full Effect Records along with as Faster Pussycat, Fashion Bomb, Final Cut, Newlydeads, Majesty Crush, Paul Epic, Rabbit Junk, and Crud. Pigface hits the road for a live tour in the Fall 2009.

Until then, you can catch Martin Atkins of Pigface at these upcoming live events:

  • Friday, July 10th - Baltimore, MD - The Metro Gallery
    Showcase of Martin Atkin's artwork: Doors at 7pm, Open 8-11pm
  • Saturday, July 11th - Blatimore, MD - Orpheus
    PIGFACE CD Release Party, DJ Set from Martin: 11pm-12am
  • Saturday, July 18th - Chicago, IL - Creattive Entrepreneurship in Education and Cultural Life
    Panel discussion: 9am-10am
  • Tuesday, July 21st - New York City, NY
    New Music Seminar
  • Friday, July 24th, Saturday, July 25th - Tulsa, OK
    DFest, Panels and presentations
  • Tuesday, August 18th - San Francisco, CA - Pyramid
    Smart Seminar with Q&A: 10am-1pm
  • Saturday, September 5th - Philadelphia, PA
    School of Rock, Guest Lecture
  • Friday, October 9th-Sunday, October 11th - Philadelphia, PA
    School of Rock, Guest Performances