“… Patton continues to explore the creative boundaries and uncharted corners of pop and rock music” – Consequence of Sound

“It could be more productive to treat a record not as wildly reaching out to all styles in the history of music, but as a contained assemblage of music which concentrates its energies inwards to the hermetic wonder of musicians, heads down and working together…what I hear in tētēma’s considered compositions and arrangements is an attempt to train those strategies of cubist and dadaist collage in the service of holistic songwriting… tētēma present us with a great record.” – The Wire


Click the image above or follow this link to hear “Soliloquy’”: http://smarturl.it/necroscape


March 20, 2020, Melbourne, Australia – tētēma (Mike Patton and Anthony Pateras) have released a third single for the band’s forthcoming album, Necroscape (April 3, Ipecac Recordings), debuting the song “Soliloquy” this morning (http://smarturl.it/necroscape).

“No other band would combine microtonal buchla with hyperactive drumming to serenade Paganini and Leonard Cohen passed out in a hot tub,” said Pateras of the song. “This track is like pressing fast forward on both a [Giacinto] Sclesi and Yasunao Tone CD on different systems pointed at each other, except it’s performed live. Quite possibly the only track in the world to refer to Deleuze as ‘chichi’.:

The bicontinental outfit have released two singles in addition to “Soliloquy”: “Wait Till Mornin’” (video: https://youtu.be/RyrZxEuYzuY) and “Haunted On The Uptake” (https://youtu.be/SHH1uSVWEkQ). Pre-orders, which include a limited edition embossed gatefold vinyl (2500 copies), CD digipak and digital download are available here: https://smarturl.it/necroscape.

Necroscape is the second album from the modernist electro-acoustic rock proposition, seeing the outfit continuing to employ the wayward orchestrations and arresting physicality of their 2014 debut Geocidal with a renewed melodic language which grounds its multi-colored twists and turns in hallucinatory lyricism.


Photo credit: Sabina Maselli


Pateras and Patton “created an intelligent but ferocious mixture of avant-garde experimentalism, world music accents, and heavy metal velocity” (All Music) within the confines of their 11-track, 2014 debut, GeocidalNME described the collection as “Roni Size getting spiked with GHB and fed through a woodchipper” while Alternative Press said, “once you are acclimated, it will leave you tingling.” The pair, joined by Will Guthrie (percussion) and Erkki Veltheim (violin), both of whom appear on Necroscape as well, made their live debut, fittingly at the Tasmania Mona music and art festival. The Guardian said of the outing: “tētēma didn’t enrapture with anthems or token festival rock gestures, they enraptured with mood, with surprises, and with evocations rarely felt by audiences…” In the time since Geocidal’s release, Pateras has released an astonishing 18 albums as well as lending his talents to album’s such as Sunn O)))’s Life Metal. Patton just wrapped up a stretch of Mr. Bungle tour dates, the band’s first live outings in 20 years, with Faith No More dates on the horizon.

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