April 13, 2024

Industrial Icons John Fryer (Black Needle Noise) and Raymond Watts (KMFDM) Get Wicked on ‘Seed of Evil’

Raymond Watts and John Fryer photo by Anjela Piccard

Damn me, this one is a killer combination!!!  John Fryer, legendary producer and artist in his own right, unveils the latest offering from his Black Needle Noise project – the new video for Seed of Evil’ with <PIG>, an unholy collaboration from two of the most celebrated and talented forces in industrial music. Vocalist Raymond Watts‘ plows forth with a sinister growl over Fryer’s menacing atmospherics. The track’s foreboding lyrics speak of allowing evil to overcome one’s self.

Formed in the late 1980s, PIG have blazed quite a trail, not surprising  with Raymond Watts having been a visible part of the industrial music scene as a founding member and lead singer with KMFDM through their most prolific and successful period (1984-2003). 

John Fryer started his career in 1979 at London’s Blackwing Studios and soon began working with seminal bands on the 4AD, Mute, Rough Trade and Beggars Banquet record labels, including Depeche Mode, The WolfgangPress, and Cocteau Twins.

His achievement in helping develop the latter’s pioneering ethereal and ambient sound ultimately led Watts-Russell to recruit Fryer as his partner for This Mortal Coil. A sense of expectation about his music has never left him – expectations he often exceeds from release to release, having produced many groundbreaking artists along the way, having produced many groundbreaking artists along the way, including Love and Rockets, Swans, HIM, Cradle of Filth, Clan of Xymox, Nitzer Ebb, Dead Can Dance, Yaz (Yazoo), Xmal Deutschland, Fields of the Nephilim, De/Vision, Stabbing Westward and many others.

Now put these two legends in the studio and you have all the ammo you need. The song is a killer and these two iconic figures seem like they channeled the good old way industrial music into the new era of industrialism. Music and all noises by John Fryer who built a ‘ship’ to go through the wildest sonic fields, or the sonic story of a ‘vessel’ that the waves opened for it to pass. Raymond Watts made this plan as the navigator at the front; ‘In your demon dreams the new machines/ Will decline and fall or the poison calls.’ And he explains it outright “When John Fryer called, it was like cream was fed to my poison crop. I was thrilled to lend Satan’s little helping hand to Black Needle Noise. The result from this marriage made in hell was appropriately called ‘Seed of Evil’ … it pours out of me into the night, where the devil ties it nice and tight.” 

John Fryer adds: “After many a moon passing, we finally got to work together again. I had to find the right song for Raymond but I think we have a great noise-pop hit on our hands. It’s been a real pleasure working with Raymond on this and I can’t wait to hear it in the clubs.”

Conceived and edited by Fryer and Joseph Seuferling of Psionic Broadcast, this dark and twisted visual escapade (a Psionic Broadcast and Black Needle Noise Production featuring actress Anjela Piccard) was filmed by John Fryer and Piccard (L.A.) and by <PIG> (London).

Joseph Seuferling first came to my attention when I saw he had a film called ‘I Am God’ and BNN had not long just release a song with the same name. So I contacted Joseph and asked if he would like to meet next time he was in LA. Anjela & I went to meet with Joseph Seuferling at the Roosevelt Hotel and whilst we were talking, I asked him he would like to make a video for ‘Seed Of Evil’. He liked the song so agreed to make a video. So Raymond shot his footage in London and Joseph got to work,” says John Fryer.

‘Seed of Evil‘ is out now, available digitally across online stores, such as Apple Music, and streaming platforms such as Spotify. It is also available directly from the artist via Bandcamp.

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