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In February of 2012, Axxon proudly release Bite Your Tongue, their debut EP/Maxi single.
Made up of a wide variety of electronic industrial styles, drawing from diverse genres as far removed as breakbeat and 80s electronica, EBM industrial, psytrance and ambient drone, the aim of the release is for it to be an accurate depiction of Axxon‘s broad scale of influence and future genre-busting intentions and at the same time, to stand on it’s own as a strong, aggressive debut release, and pave the way for a full length album later this year.
The release comprises of seven new tracks. The single release of the title track, an industrial breakbeat affair, making use of heavy rhythms, aggressive guitaring, and atonal synth lines, two remixes by Stephen, their frontman, founder and producer, an electro-industrial cover version of Depeche Mode‘s classic b-side “Dangerous”, two remixes by local psytrance and electronica producer Aviv Hallale (one of the title track and one of the b-side, “Dangerous”), and ending off with a 12 minute long experimental ambient track, titled “Panopticon.”
Themes that run through the release range from sexual depravity and taboo topics to repression of memory, spiralling madness, guilt and paranoia. Never afraid to touch on heavy subject matter, always using subtlety over blatant imagery, Axxon paints a dark picture of the human psyche, bringing out into the open that which is usually kept in shadow.
Production of the single has been an almost totally in-house affair. Song-writing credits for the title track go to Stephen Green and Cathryn Golby (main guitarist / co-songwriter), with a majority of recording done by the band themselves. The two in-house Axxon remixes of “Bite Your Tongue” portray the title track in two different lights, giving the release a club sensibility. Aviv Hallale(Chemogen and Plazm) has added a flair all his own to the single, with his aggressive psytrance take on the title song, incorporating glitching, sampling and symphonic elements. Aviv also contributed an 80s infused electro remix for “Dangerous”, lending a dark pop sensibility to the track. Scott Miller (drums) also contributed in the song-writing stakes for the first time with “Panopticon”, the final track on the release, co-written with Stephen. The track also incorporates extensive samples recorded by Cathryn and co-guitarist Malcolm McArb.
Bite Your Tongue tracklisting:
01. Bite Your Tongue (Single Version)
02. Bite Your Tongue (Chemogen Remix)
03. Bite Your Tongue (Sanctified Mix)
04. Bite Your Tongue (Bodypulse Mix)
05. Dangerous (Depeche Mode cover)
06. Dangerous (Plazm Remix)
The band is aiming for a late February release date for the single, which will be coupled with a launch show, to be announced at a later stage.
The single will be available to download for free from the band’s Facebook fan page, and a limited number of signed and numbered physical copies will be given away at future Axxon gigs.
Axxon are already working on their next single, “Final Breath”, featured in the video below.