Let There Be Drone - A Sunn O))) residency
Let There Be Drone - Une résidence Sunn O))) - Illustration : Jo Ratcliffe
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Let There Be Drone - A Sunn O))) residency

One residency, two concepts, three concerts

From 31 January to 2 february 2020

La Gaîté Lyrique is delighted to welcome once again the mythical drone metal band Sunn O))) who will present a weekend residency of concerts this coming January 31st, February 1st, and February 2nd 2020, three concerts previously unseen in France.

"Let There Be Drone: a Sunn O))) residency" is a weekend programmed by and with the legendary Seattle band. Founders Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson, accompanied by their collaborators, will present a weekend of concerts including two nights showcasing music from their monumental 2019 album “Life Metal” which has been highly acclaimed by fans and the press alike. Released April 2019, “Life Metal”, their proclamation in honour of the powers that be, the manifestation of saturation harmonics and escallating bliss of the power and the glory of sound, was recorded and mixed with Steve Albini in Electrical Audio Studios Chicago and is a rare album which has analogue production from start to finish.

To close the residency weekend, the band will present a duo minimalist guitar concert in their tradition of Shoshin (初心) on February 2nd. As a duet, Stephen O'Malley and Greg Andersen embark on a minimalist adventure with two guitars only. No synths, no vocals, no guests, no frills. Just two en, two guitars, ten full stacks and five fog machines melting time and space with sculptural masses of sound and saturation. Additionally the residency weekend will present associated programming of support acts, films and other aspects (which will be announced shortly).

While Sunn O)))'s albums are already adventures in themselves, with compositions that regularly exceed 15-minute durations, their concerts and their legendary wall of vintage amplification are intense and utterly unique experiences.

Stephen O'Malley described them as such for The Guardian: "They are deeply powerful, but our intention is not to be destructive. It’s nourishment." Distortion High Masses with electric guitars that can be "trials" for the body, considering how immense the vibrational field becomes. A Sunn O))) concert inevitably leaves deep traces of its passage: so imagine a weekend in residence...


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Concert
Sunn O))) - Life Metal

Sunn O))) - Life Metal

Let There Be Drone - Une résidence Sunn O)))

Le groupe mythique de drone metal Sunn O))) conçoit une résidence spéciale avec la Gaîté Lyrique. Pour les deux premières soirées, il propose un format de concert inédit pour découvrir en live son dernier album "Life Metal" sous la forme d’une expérience puissante.

  • Friday 31 January 2020 at 19h30
  • Saturday 1 February 2020 at 19h30
Concert
Sunn O))) - Shoshin

Sunn O))) - Shoshin

Let There Be Drone - Une résidence Sunn O)))

Le groupe mythique de drone metal Sunn O))) conçoit une résidence spéciale avec la Gaîté Lyrique. Pour la dernière soirée, Stephen O'Malley et Greg Anderson jouent seuls sur scène, sans synthé, sans voix, sans invité·e·s. Juste eux, et des masses de son et de saturation.

  • Sunday 2 February 2020 at 19h30