Irish psych/ shoegaze artist Revolution Above Disorder presents the single ‘Annihilator’, produced and mixed at Jacknife Sound by Jason Corbett of ACTORS, and mastered by RIDE legend Mark Gardener at his OX4 Sound Studio in Oxford, England.
Recorded during the height of the paranoid and chaotic days of the Covid-19 pandemic, it explores the themes of dissatisfaction, disillusion, nihilism and self-destruction – quite fitting for the times. The 3-track release also includes a remix by renowned producer Jagz Kooner (Primal Scream, Oasis, Kasabian, The Charlatans, Soulwax, The Kills, Massive Attack, Ladytron) and fellow Dubliner Colm Rutledge AKA Noise Baby.
Revolution Above Disorder is the solo moniker of Vancouver-based Dubliner Stephen Nicholas White (The Orange Kyte, House of Dolls, Magic Shoppe), whose music is a melting pot of shoegaze, psychedelic rock and electronic-tinged post-punk. Droned-out while also melodic and sincere, White’s songs are augmented by synths, drum machines and heavily treated instrumentation with hypnotic reverb-soaked vocals.
“Annihilator was originally conceived of as an uptempo post-punk song a number of years back when writing the second House of Dolls record, which ultimately never saw the light of day. Rediscovered in a treasure trove of demos back in 2020 as I was conceptualizing Revolution Above Disorder, Annihilator soon metamorphosed into a whole different beast. Working again with Jason Corbett at Jacknife Sound, we slowed the track down to allow it to breathe and, in doing so, a whole new incarnation of the track began to crystallize”,” says Stephen Nicholas White.
“At the time I was heavily into rediscovering the sounds of first wave trip-hop and nineties UK big beat… and as ever, the ubiquitous spectre of krautrock loomed heavily at the forefront of my mind. These influences wormed their way into Annihilator as we focused on the building of subtle layers to create a rising tension over the course of the track. The song was built over top of a sci-fi synth bassline, underpinned at its core by acoustic guitar. ACTORS’ drummer Adam Finkresponded to the call and nailed the drum track. Mat Durie was summoned in to add some bowed-guitar, lending the track the droned-out atmospherics that it was crying out for.”
Not long ago, White released ‘Scream Quietly’ to pay tribute to the groundbreaking band Television Personalities and the songwriting genius of Dan Treacy.. In 2021, Revolution Above Disorder debuted with ‘Illuminate’, which involved all members of postpunk band ACTORS and Josiah Webb of Magic Shoppe.
The ‘Annihilator’ single is available now via Bandcamp, where the full 3-track release is available for pre-order. It will see its official release on May 25. Both ‘Scream Quietly’ and ‘Illuminate are also currently available via Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp and elsewhere digitally.
2. Annihilator (Jagz Kooner Remix)
3. Annihilator (Noise Baby Remix)
Track 1 produced and mixed by Jason Corbett at Jacknife Sound, Vancouver BC.
Track 2 remixed by Jagz Kooner, London
Track 3 remixed by Noise Baby, Berlin
All tracks mastered by Mark Gardener at OX4 Sound, Oxford
‘Annihilator’ written and performed by Stephen Nicholas White
Additional guitar by Mat Durie
Drums by Adam Fink of ACTORS
Cover artwork and graphics by Stephen Nicholas White
Photography by Analissa Longoria
“’A dream-laden psychedelic groove, sighing with cinematic vocals over a soft wall of shuddering sound that weaves guitars and synths around a hypnotic melody” ~ Post-Punk.com
“A fine balance of fresh new ideas and familiarity… smart and seductive” ~ Big Takeover Magazine
“Perfect nugaze… balances out the familiar and innovative, something cold yet calming, something futuristic while rooted in retro electro” ~ The Spill Magazine
“With a psychedelic lo-fi predisposition… eerie and dreamy while being down to earth” ~ Destroy//Exist
“Delicious slice of dark, foreboding shoegaze with a Jesus and Mary Chain sneery disdain & a My Bloody Valentine chainsaw buzz. Deeply formed melodies flow under the insistant rhythmic thunder with a disassociated air and opaque lyrics” ~ Backseat Mafia