Hayward Versus Harmergeddon


Continuing the relationship between God Unknown Records and Charles Hayward, the label announces this magical new collaboration between Charles and London based audio-visual duo, Harmergeddon. Driving drumming with electronics weaving through beautiful soundscapes. Charles Hayward is an English drummer and was a founding member of the experimental rock groups This Heat and Camberwell Now. He also played with Mal Dean's Amazing Band, Dolphin Logic, and gigged and recorded with Phil Manzanera in the group Quiet Sun project as well as a short stint with Gong. He was a session musician on The Raincoats' second album, Odyshape (1981), and on one occasion played drums for the anarchist punk band Crass. Since the late 1980s he has concentrated on solo projects and collaborations, including Massacre with Bill Laswell and Fred Frith. His first solo record, Survive the Gesture, was released in 1987. Since then, he has released ten more long players, and has been touring with the reformed This is not This Heat. Harmergeddon is Nathan Greywater and Polyphoniefae, Dungeness based a/v performance art duo formed in South London in the autumn of 2010. Their live show blends sound and light in a feedback loop using photophonics (sound carried on light beams), electro-magnetic fields, and consumer electronic junk, taking industrial from its scrap metal past to the electronic fallout of late capitalism with a basis in improvisation and psychedelia. The result verges on sensory overload. Since their inception they have played internationally in venues as diverse as a cave (Grobbia Artist Residency 2017, Italy), a forest (Ambiosonic 2016, France), a moving train (Resting Place, Platform-7 & Dawn Cole) and the legendary MS Stubnitz. They played Splice Festival 2018, streamed live to Montreal for Sight & Sound 2016 and Winnipeg for the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival 2017 (in collaboration with Guillaume Vallée). Hayward Versus Harmergeddon is collaborative encounter, a cooperative sonic wrestling match and the only winner is the listener, a right earful of sound and plenty more for the other one, too. 1, 2, check, 1, 2, testing, 1, 2, are you listening?