Philadelphia, PA noise-punk supergroup Taiwan Housing Project have shared new song Multidimensional Spectrum. The track appears on Taiwan Housing Project’s debut album, ‘Veblen Death Mask,’ which will be out May 5th via Kill Rock Stars on LP, CS, and digital and available for pre-order now. Take a listen to Multidimensional Spectrum via YouTube below.
“For buildings, there are zoning laws. For automobiles, traffic ordinance enforced by police officers.
For aircraft, there’s air traffic control and for industry, patent laws, labor laws, etc.
Despite all the regulations, scofflaws are common and people “break the law” constantly.
The world of rock ‘n’ roll bands is different. Though it prides itself as a libertine anarchy where all is permitted, unspoken rules are in place which nearly none dare transgress. In the modern era, these regulations are as strictly enforced as in any gulag.
Political statements must consist of kitsch platitudes, the music a rote recitation from the nostalgia file. Appearance must be mundane and performance a tame approximation of a half remembered snore-fest
from the golden age of “mTV unplugged.
Any deviation will be punished —monetarily and critically— and rebels are banished to the kingdom of no-one-cares.
Faced with such prospects, conformity in “indie rock” is ABSOLUTE.
On the outskirts of this work camp though, is one notable rule breaker … a group of delinquents with outlaw values: style, ideas, physicality, vivacity … when turned to the “on” position, they resemble a terrifying power tool or downed “live wire.”
More about Taiwan Housing Project? A band powerful enough to exorcise its audience of the degenerate culture which is poisoning them: Popular radio, mini series, political idiocy, toxic architecture, Hollywood film, and graphic design… stimuli created explicitly to numb and retard its victims, and to tame any deviant impulse.
Taiwan Housing Project was formed by Kilynn Lunsford (Ex-Little Claw) who, onstage, performs like a reborn Little Richard. Fur clad, ax wielding, slashing, tearing, “flame on.” Mark Feehan (ex-Harry Pussy) flanks the stage, picking and grinning like a loosed convict with a taste for vengeance. These two began the band as a experiment in perversity but it quickly transformed into a way of life, a hope bringer, a font of joy for them and their devotees. More members were added (Pat Ganley, Adam Cooper, Kevin Nickles, and Kevin Boyer of groups such as Tyvek, Dan Melchior, Writhing Squares, Tickley Feather, et al), shows were played, a 45 was released (on the excellent M’Lady’s imprint) and now ….. a debut album via Kill Rock Stars, called ‘Veblen Death Mask‘.
“Sometimes you gotta burn the village to save it” is THP’s philosophy, and in keeping with that, their live style is a take no prisoners, destroy the stage, ecstatic orgy of sound.
BUT — cleverly concealed under the noise and abandon, Taiwan Housing Project play bewitching pop songs which could bubble up comfortably in a reform school disco or European youth hall.
Taiwan Housing Project will tour the USA in July and Europe in October/November.