Celebrity Theatre, Arizona (USA)
Sat Sep 14 2019 8:00PM
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The historic Celebrity Theatre presents Test Dept. on Saturday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. Opening the evening will be Paul Barker's Min-Dub Sound System.
Test Dept. was formed in the London suburb of New Cross in 1981. The core members of Graham Cunnington and Paul Jamrozy signed to Some Bizzare Records, a label connected to acts like Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Cabaret Voltaire, Foetus, and Swans. Test Dept. is one of the most important and influential early electronic acts, gifted in their approach to “found sounds” and experimental compositions, making them internationally recognized as originators of “industrial” music along with Throbbing Gristle and Einsturzende Neubauten.
They have released 15 studio albums and several live recordings over the last 30 years, plus produced and performed the main large-scale event for the grand finale of the 1990 European Capital of Culture for Glasgow.
The band's album The Unacceptable Face of Freedom was praised by a music reviewer for The New York Times, claiming the album was notable for a "sophisticated use of sound-collage techniques and the helter-skelter momentum of its cyclical rhythms”. Test Dept was mentioned as an influence in the Basquiat 2017 documentary ‘Boom For Real’, and was featured in the soundtrack to the 2006 British-American Motion Picture ‘Children of Men’ directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
After a hiatus, they published 'Total State Machine' a large book documenting their history, via PC Press Publishing in 2015. In 2018, they released their first new album 'Disturbance' along with their entire back catalogue on the One Little Indian record label.
The chance to see Test Dept. perform on American shores for the first time in over 20 years is an exciting and unique opportunity for this band and its fans.
Paul Barker’s Min-Dub Soundsystem (MDSS) is a complete reconceptualization of the Luxa-Pan era Ministry output, performed as a live-PA act. Every set will be different as Barker remixes and distorts the electronic elements of classic Ministry audio and video, crushing bits and pixels to maximum effect.