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BPF (Big Paul Ferguson) – ‘Remote Viewing’ EP Review

BPF (Big Paul Ferguson) – Remote Viewing

BPFOn 24th August, Killing Joke’s Big Paul Ferguson, releasedRemote Viewing, a seven track EP on the Dead Radio Station label. With Killing Joke embarking on their 40th anniversary World tour, Laugh At Your Peril in September 2018, (see their tour schedule here: https://punkonline.co.uk/killing-joke-announce-laugh-at-your-peril-40th-anniversary-world-tour/) this is some welcome new music from the group’s pounding force.

BPF – Big Paul Ferguson’s Remote Viewing EP also features Mark Gemini Thwaite (The Mission, Tricky, Peter Murphy) on guitar. Paul Ferguson is a rock drummer, best known for his work in the post-punk/industrial group Killing Joke and cult English punk band Pink Parts. In 1978 Ferguson became a founding member of Killing Joke and served as their drummer from 1978 to 1987.

He subsequently worked on other musical projects, notably with rock outfits Warrior Soul (1987–1990), Murder, Inc. (1991–92) and Crush (1992–93). During the following years Ferguson lived in the United States and Puerto Rico, and became a sculptor and art restorer, specializing in ancient sculptures. He also briefly played with The Orb.

Ferguson rejoined Killing Joke for their 2008 reunion, which saw the original line-up together for the first time since 1982. Ferguson wrote and recorded with Killing Joke for the first time in 23 years on their 2010 studio album Absolute Dissent. He remains with Killing Joke, playing on their April 2012 album release MMXII and subsequent tour, as well as their 2015 release Pylon.

Punk Online recently caught up with Paul and asked him about the new EP as well as the upcoming Killing Joke tour. Read it here>>>

This seven track EP hit our inbox at the same time that we have been revisiting seminal percussion legends, Test Dept and there is a nod or two to that sound on this release. Opening with Hungry Ghosts where a tribal drumbeat supports some spoken word vocals, a chunky guitar riff adds to the ethereal atmosphere but crafts something quite unique and special in the aggregate. The power moves up as the song the develops with rhythmic guitars meeting electronic blips and beeps and interference…it is a beautiful cacophony of sound and is followed by Reboot with a steadier beat and electronic effect vocals creating a danceable classic that will have the remix DJs in a frenzy!

The Great Motivator continues to plumb the rich depths of tribal beats, spoken word vocals and pulsating synthesizers along with some wall of noise electronics and Terrible Warriors dials back to bongos, spoken word poetry, more restrained synths allowing some respite but still extremely intriguing as the entire song builds to get you moving – in fact, I defy you to be moving along when listening to this superb EP.

The five-and-a-half-minute X-Box offers some clearer, plaintive spoken poetry concentrating on the empty elements of society, selfishness and consumerism. The up-front mix of vocals drives home the message even as the track brings up elements of Pink Floyd style guitars with a funky edge and that Test Dept style crescendo of rhythm…great stuff! The penultimate song, I Am War really gets things moving and is the closest to Killing Joke on the entire EP with some excellent serrated guitars supporting the vocals and the closer, Zarzal has a reggae/dub feel with a mellow vocal and some interesting drum machine backing that is maintained throughout.

This is great stuff and well worth adding to your collection.

Grab Remote Viewing by Big Paul Ferguson at the following link: https://bpfmusic.bandcamp.com