Deconstructing Hank


"I wanted to share Hank with a world that was unfamiliar with him and unable to grasp the despair, hurt and loneliness that he lived, unable to absorb the words or the sentiment, unable to hear the words, 'Like a piece of driftwood on the sea, may you never be alone like me'. I asked Derek Rush if he would be interested in doing Hank Williams songs with me, he put them in a minor key and arranged them while I re-interpreted the melody and sang the words of Hank Williams, adding my guitar sculpture. I was contacted on my personal MySpace page by a biographer of Hank Williams. I was afraid he would be mortified by my versions, but I was pleasantly surprised when he wrote that I was the first person, since Hank originally recorded the songs, that captured the pain. Rotorelief contacted me and asked to release these songs on vinyl. You are holding the results. . . . When I was very little, my parents force-fed me country music, but as I got older, I listened to Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Sparks, Bowie, Roxy Music, XTC, Bauhaus, Joy Division, Jesus & Mary Chain, etc. Then I discovered Throbbing Gristle. My entire musical world changed. My first band was The End, and I moved to NYC. Another project was Loretta's Doll, then I explored unconventional music further under the name 4th Sign of the Apocalypse. Darkness was always prevalent in my music from the start. Derek Rush joined me and we became A Murder of Angels, a dark ambient project. . . . Then I met Genesis P-Orridge at my local post office in NYC and within a month I was half of his musickal project, Thee Majesty, still playing shows all over the world. I am listening to country (this time on my own accord): Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens, or Hank Williams (Sr. or III, never Jr.), etc." Bryin Dall: vocals, noise, prepared guitar. Derek Rush: acoustic guitar, bass guitar, bass-o-lin, synth strings, percussion. All songs written by Hank Williams. Selected by Bryin Dall. Produced and arranged by Derek Rush. Recorded and mixed by Derek Rush with Bryin Dall at Waxy Yellow Buildup Studios and Elsewhere Studios, NYC. Mastered by Bryin Dall at Waxy Yellow Buildup Studios, NYC. Photos by John Colin. Book deconstruction and graphic design by Éric Collet.