The Majesty Of Music Legends Killing Joke Captured In The Book ‘Twilight of the Mortals’
Photographer and post-punk DJ Mont Sherar has during an extended time(7 years) captured photos of rare, never seen before, behind the scenes footage of the legendary punk band from UK: Killing Joke all summed up in the book ‘Twilight of the Mortals’ Pre-order Period Starts September 2016.
As what we have seen of the images and material coming up, it looks to be a book we can´t live without. SEE PROMO VIDEO BELOW
The book presents 200 plus photos of both the group and it’s individuals, all taken and processed by Sherar from his unique position as a ‘fly on the wall’ photographer with the band over a 7 year period.
‘Twilight of the Mortals’ is the new publication from PC-Press. The book is a collection of the incredible work of photographer and post-punk DJ Mont Sherar and the result of his 36-year love affair with the band; Killing Joke.
The photography of Mont Sherar is beautiful, atmospheric, unique, elegantly presented and completely captures the essence of Killing Joke.
The band can be seen through profiles of each individual member, the band live, in the studio, in rehearsal and writing rooms, relaxing and in discussion with one another and in other creative settings.
This is a truly rare and unique view and representation of a band, who even in their twilight years are at the top of their creative powers, having produced a trilogy of albums that ended with the best ever selling Killing Joke record ‘Pylon’. Sherar has created a series of stunning images that we at PC-Press are delighted and honoured to be turning into a beautiful document of the band. With commentary and analytical text from some leading and insightful writers; John Robb (The Membranes and Louder Than War), Rahman Baloch, Fletcher Stewart, Mont Sherar himself and PC-Press’s Pete Webb, The book is scheduled for publication in November 2016.
His relationship and passion for Killing Joke goes back to hearing ‘Are You Receiving’ being played in a club in Vancouver by DJ and fellow Canadian Steven R. Gilmore in 1979. Gilmore went on to become one of the most influential sleeve designers and graphic artists in the industrial and post-industrial dance music scene. Sherar then brought the post-punk sounds that he heard Gilmore playing to a new audience in Miami, helping to set up influential dance clubs such as Fire & Ice and the infamous Kitchen Club as resident DJ and promoter.
Ever since then he has been hooked into the world of the Killing Joke; playing their music as one of the original post-punk DJs, organising some of their first US gigs, introducing them to other US musicians like Skinny Puppy, and in 2008 becoming a regular photographer documenting their journey as a reformed band who set out on a path of producing three of their most affecting albums ever. [Source text via PC-Press]
Killing Joke According to Wikipedia so far:
Killing Joke are an English rock band formed in October 1978 in Notting Hill, London, England. The original line-up included Jeremy Jaz Coleman (vocals, keyboards), “Big” Paul Ferguson (drums), Kevin “Geordie” Walker (guitars) and Martin “Youth” Glover (bass).
Their first album Killing Joke was released in 1980. After the release of Revelations in 1982, bassist Youth was replaced by Paul Raven. The band achieved mainstream success in 1985 with both the album Night Time and the single “Love Like Blood“.
A key influence on industrial rock, their early music was described by critics Stephen Thomas Erlewine and John Dougan as “quasi-metal […] dancing to a tune of doom and gloom”, which gradually evolved over the years, incorporating elements of electronic music, synthpop and gothic rock, though always emphasising Coleman’s “savagely strident vocals”. Killing Joke have influenced many later bands and artists, such as Metallica, Nine Inch Nailsand Soundgarden. Coleman and Geordie have been the only constant members of the band.
The band called it “tension music”. Co-founder Ferguson described it as “the sound of the earth vomiting. I’m never quite sure whether to be offended by the question of ‘are we Punk’ or not, because, I loved Punk music, but we weren’t. And I think our influences were beyond Punk. Obviously before Punk, there was Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and there was Yes even and King Crimson, and those had all influenced me as a player, and the other guys would say other things, but I’m sure they were all part of their history as well.”
Coleman’s way of singing has been linked to Motörhead‘s Lemmy as he sometimes expresses a “terrifying growl”. There is also a menace that shows in his voice. In the first part of their career, Coleman also played synth while singing, adding electronic atonal sounds to create a disturbing atmosphere.
Geordie’s style is metallic and cold. According to critic Simon Reynolds, Geordie took the Keith Levene sound from PiL and led it into something of another level, almost inhuman and extreme. Ferguson plays tribal drums that have been compared to early Siouxsie and the Banshees’s. Coleman had stated in early 1980 that Ferguson listened to them.
Concerning the structure of their songs, critic Kris Needs noted that “the choruses consist mainly of the song titles repeated”
Killing Joke have inspired artists of different genres. They have been namechecked by several heavy rock bands such as Metallica and Soundgarden. Metallica covered “The Wait” and James Hetfield picked Coleman as one of his favourite singers. Soundgarden cited them as one of their main influences when they started playing. Helmet covered “Primitive” in 1993. Faith No More stated that all their members liked the group, qualifying them as a “great band”. Geordie’s style inspired Kurt Cobain’s of Nirvana, according to Bill Janovitz of “Allmusic”, with the use of a metallic sound mixed with a shimmering Chorused effect. The Foo Fighters, the second band of Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, covered “Requiem” in 1997. Metal band Fear Factory recorded “Millenium” in 2005. Jane’s Addiction said that the group was one of their influences: singer Perry Farrell was inspired by the percussive and tribal aspect of their music as their drummer Matt was with their “groove”.
The band have inspired many industrial bands including Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. They have been cited by Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails ‘s leader, who mentioned his interest for their early material,saying that he studied their music. Al Jourgensen of Ministry has presented himself as a “big fan” of the group. Godflesh‘s Justin Broadrick was particularly influenced by their early releases containing dub versions.
The group has also been cited by alternative music acts such as My Bloody Valentine and LCD Soundsystem. Shoegazing guitarist and composer Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine mentioned the band and praised more specifically Geordie’s touch that he described as “this effortless playing producing a monstruous sound”. In 2002, James Murphy of dance punk band LCD Soundsystem sampled the music of “Change” on his debut single “Losing My Edge“.