Published Apr 15, 2014Genesis P-Orridge is a traveler. He has always been "just passing through": through industrial music, which his group Throbbing Gristle founded; through COUM Transmissions, magick, Psychic TV; through pandrogenic transformations; and through this iteration of Thee Majesty with sound meisters Bryin Dall and Larry Thrasher. Gen's goal: Non-stop movement? Transcending of space/time? His mystery is ours. His sickness, our earth sickness: locked in our bodies.
In "Flowering Pain Give Space," one of six spoken word performances, recorded live in France, he says clearly, "I always thought this wasn't my body." Part direct interaction with the audience, part whispered imprecations, remembrances, quoted lyrics from Tuli Kupferberg and John Lennon, Live at Pezner is simultaneously intimate and epic. The drones, throbs, pig snorts, noise bursts, scrapes, trumpetings and twangs provided by Dall are magical incantations, drawing Gen onward, as "The Traveler Traveling" echoes with wordless vocalizations. For those tracing The Majesty's trajectory, this 300-copy limited edition vinyl disc will be a must-have. (Dais Records)