Usurper The Big Two

Krim Kram
5th April 2024

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Here’s the last will and testament of Usurper. The final curtain on two decades of heroic toil in the experimental/noise/improv/no-audience underground. Over the course of their twenty year existence, Usurper developed into one of the most original and uncompromising groups to emerge from the early 2000’s sub-sub underground, always pushing themselves (and audiences) to new territory. They were fearlessly experimental, with seemingly limitless reserves of creativity. Their performances were utterly unique, combining elements of post-Fluxus performance art and absurdist theatre with a thoroughly Luddite sound palette (via a veritable flea market’s worth of dismantled instruments, household detritus, and recontextualised children’s toys). Within their twenty years together, they developed their own colloquial Gesamtkunstwerk, continuously blurring the lines between sound, performance, theatre, and life.

I’m immensely proud to be releasing this CD. When I asked Ali and Malcy to do a release on the label, I couldn’t have foreseen that it would be their swansong. I’m biased of course but I think this collection of improvised ditties and radio play miniatures is as good a way to clock out as can be. I hope it brings you as much joy and smiles as it has brought to me.

Farewell ♥

Read this Usurper Bandcamp feature by Stewart Smith