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Napalm Death find new site for ceramic speakers set

By | Published on Friday 11 October 2013

Napalm Death

So, Napalm Death’s cancelled ‘handle with care’ performance – the band’s fragile collaboration with ceramics artist Keith Harrison – has been given a new lease of life, finding a new site at Bexhill-On-Sea’s De La Warr Pavilion.

The one-off show was meant to take place at London’s V&A back in March, but didn’t do so ultimately over fears it’d be too noisy, and damage the V&A’s “historic fabric”.

It will now go on as originally planned but on 29 Nov, with ND amplifying their set via a clay and ceramic PA system that’s designed to crack as they play, made by Harrison. Tickets will be free, and presumably very much in demand, though fans who fail to get them will still be able to see the event via a live stream on the De La Warr Pavilion website.

Explaining things in greater detail, Harrison says: “Napalm was my band of choice, they really understood the project. We needed a group with a lot of attitude to show the power of sound and the energy it has to destroy. It’s interesting to see how electrical power can change material, like clay. It can warm it up, break it down or completely change its state, which means the gig will be both visually and aurally entertaining”.

Napalm Death’s Mark Greenway adds: “Sound as a weapon – or a weapon of change – is a very interesting concept and I think that the whole process of our sound gradually degrading clay sculptures is captivating”.