A two-piece from Aotearoa New Zealand, mr sterile Assembly have released 4 albums, a book, and have toured in Australia, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia (2007). And starting from next week, they're landing on our shores again!
Having been classified as punk, math rock, experimental, noise rock, alt rock and outsider punk, the duo has a distinctive, South Pacific sound based on unusual and urgent time signatures, repetitive heavy rhythms, and angular lyrics. Songs are typically epic, with complex arrangements, and often recount the personal stories behind current or historical events.
mr sterile Assembly are also known for their mercurial nature, and have produced some diverse recordings and events. Most notably, for their recent album, Transit, mr sterile commissioned or was gifted an art work for each song and are currently touring the exhibition in NZ. They recently supported CRASS front man, Steve Ignorant and his band but you could just as easily find them playing a fund raiser on the back of a flatbed truck for a local small town fair.
Over their 10 years, sterile have continuously re-invented themselves with shifting line-ups and collaborations. The current line-up with Kieran Monaghan on drums and Chrissie Butler on bass is reportedly the most assertive and explosive to date.
Catch them here in Singapore on the 28th and 29th July as they play 2 shows; the latter at FROTTAGE: Casual Encounters at The Pigeonhole ii. (a collaboration between 7x0x7 and Ujikaji Records), and the former separately as part of improv sets at Playfreely VI. More details for the 2 events to be out real soon.