The Bloody Beetroots unleashed the new single “Church Of Noise” last week. Get it now on iTunes along with remixes by Diplo & Congorock + watch the video directed by Charlie Lightening (now playing below), who has done work for Arcade Fire, Primal Scream, Beady Eye & Kasabian.
A “cultural-musical movement,” as he calls it, “Church Of Noise” is Rifo’s inaugural collaboration with Dennis Lyxzén of Swedish hardcore punk-pioneers Refused & The (International) Noise Conspiracy, who appears in the video. The song was produced in London by Rifo + studio maverick & Killing Joke founder/bassist Youth, whose vast production credits for Paul McCartney, Crowded House, Yazz, The Verve & Primal Scream, just to name a few.
“Dennis and I have decided to break the mental barriers and we are here today to fight together,” Rifo explains. Of their otherwise unlikely paring he says, “There are many common ideas between Romborama [the Beetroots debut album] and The Shape Of Punk To Come [Refused’s seminal album]. Both are primarily inspired by the anarchism of Malatesta.”
You don’t have to know your anarchist history to get what “Church of Noise” is about: faith and frequencies, the familiar and the ferocious and most of all, freedom. With its siren-call of bittersweet strings waving like morning-after battle flags as well as the raw, chugging live bass and guitar-shards framing vocals that alternate between adrenal caterwaul and spoken-word break-downs (“…It only takes a sound to change the beaten path/It only takes love and courage to take it all back”…), “Church of Noise” is the most ambitious Bloody Beetroots recording to date.