|Needle Factory - Tender Machines
||[Oct. 26th, 2016|08:01 pm]
His Royal Badness
Needle Factory - Tender Machines|
Needle Factory is the working name of artist and musician, Freddy May.
The project started in 2011 as an industrial music band, a kind of directionless but energetic dynamo of noise that would finally coalesce into the solo project that Needle Factory is today.
The main themes of the work are concerned with the city as a spectral landscape of memories, the industrial revolution and remains of that world. There is no romantic nostalgia in the work, only a desire not to let the foundations of world we inhabit be forgotten by current gentrification.
Other themes include gender politics, which manifests itself in physical appearance during performances and religious devotion/disbelief themes in my visual work which are echos of childhood and classic catholic guilt.
The method of working is a direct link to the history of the places work is made in. The old cotton mills of Manchester still ring with the sounds of dehumanising machines and it is these sounds Needle Factory is want to evoke.
Using sewing machines as scaled down intimate version of factory floor, these are wired up to various effects units to create a vast ambience and brutal noise.
The sewing machine is both a utilitarian necessity and ghost from the past. This tender machine can be at once delicate and brutal, intimate and vicious and charged with sexual politics. From the graceful fingers of women to the ferocious, relentless barbarism of the factory, gender would never be the same in the presence of machines.
"sounds like an explosion in slow motion, a listenable sexual car crash" Dave Fox (Manchester International Festival)
"like a bag of hammers being dragged through a church at night" Mark Corrin (Salford City Radio)
"The most rock n roll thing Iv ever heard without a note of music" Todd Robinson (Endtyme Records)
"Sewing Machines, Marshal Amps, Overdrive guitar effects.. it sounds fu*king dreadful" Rob Quine (Manx examiner)