January 20, 2017 Tonesucker's new album Initium is released as a free download. The 56-minute extreme noise/drone improvisation was performed live earlier in the day in London, Newcastle upon Tyne and Shotley to coincide with the inauguration oath of Donald J. Trump.
December 27, 2015 Tonesucker perform at the Antigen Records Christmas Album event in Ipswich. From our friends at Antigen Records: "Join us, as we blacken our faces, nail a wren to a pole and march through the streets of Middleton, bearing burning torches... Sorry, that's the night before. Join us, as we sit in a pub, enjoying an afternoon of festive folk, skewed country and western and lo-fi buffoonery, followed by an evening of fully amplified Christmas craziness, courtesy of Mick Squalor, and Slugz, SuperGlu (acoustic show), Nathaniel Robin Mann, Nick Castell and friends, Jack Rundell, Tonesucker, Dingus Khan. Plus Christmas video messages from all of our friends and surprise special guests.“
December 15, 2015 Video accompanying Tonesucker's contribution to the Antigen Records Christmas Album, ‘Eyes of Your Eyes (Rendlesham Christmas 1980).
June 20, 2015 Tonesucker perform at Hamburg’s Blurred Edges Festival on Saturday night (June 20) alongside Pierre Bastien, who will give one of his mechanical orchestra performances. Both shows take place at Hörbar, which is apparently a cinema, and begin at 22:00.
January 24, 2013 Tonesucker perform at a Salon Bruit event at Tiefgrund, Berlin. "Visitors from the UK, drone monsters, Tonesucker, and live sonic drawing by a local from Japan, Chuuu. At the ready to sooth and abuse. Your choice of perception". Tiefgrund is at Laskerstrasse 5, 10245 Berlin (SBahn Ostkreuz).
January 22, 2013 Tonesucker's new album Sub Rosa, released by French label Fibrr, is broadcast on Berlin station Pi Radio.
January 10, 2013 Tonesucker perform at the Hole In The Wall, Colchester with Southend psych-folk band Lost Harbours. According to some sources, the wall after which the venue was named, is that from which Humpty Dumpty fell in the childrens' nursery rhyme.
December 24, 2012 Tonesucker appear at number 19 in A Closer Listen's Top 20 chart of the best albums of the year. Zachary Corsa said: "Tonesucker was consistently ranked among our staffers as one of our favorite releases of the year, and the heady wave of buzz has been well deserved, indeed. While much noise music can often come across cold and clinical, Omnia Convivia Crastina is absolutely bursting with robust and colorful life. There’s no randomness to this melee; everything is as utterly composed and perfectly interwoven as a fine photograph, with each rattle and each drone falling jigsaw-like into perfect and precise anointed place. Noise music doesn’t have to be arbitrary chaos; sometimes it can be as moving and stirring as the simplest of gorgeous melodies. In 2012, Tonesucker’s unique take on the genre carries the day."
December 21, 2012 Tonesucker appear in A Closer Listen's Top 10 chart of 2012's drone releases. Richard Allen said: "The title of Garret Keizer’s last book defines noise as “the unwanted sound of everything we want”. Toss all the colors of the spectrum together, and one gets white; toss all the sounds together, and one gets Tonesucker. The band’s latest album is a group expression of controlled bombast, one that often sounds like a hardware store being tipped into a cement mixer. But as long as the listener controls the volume, noise is not noise; this album is a secret weapon, ready to obliterate every unwanted sound in its path."
November 30, 2012 Tonesucker appear in concert at the Unitarian Church, Cambridge with Lorah Pierre & Ypsmael, Tasos Stamou and lllV
November 8, 2012 Noise=Noise and Onoma Research Present… "Derelict Electronics… Broken Piano… Working Harmonium… Onomastic Noise…" Performing are Tonesucker, Unit 303, Elle Es Aich & JM Bowers, Ryan Jordan, Norman Ypsmael, and Lorah Pierre. At Noise=Noise HQ, Unit 73a, Regent Studios, 8 Andrew's Road, Hackney, London, E8 4QN. 7-11pm. £5 on the door.
July 5, 2012 Tonesucker take part in FIRE! at Ipswich Town Hall, part of the Switch Fringe Festival. As the Olympic Torch rests in Ipswich on its route from Mount Olympus to the East End of London, FIRE! marks the occasion with a night of live art. The torch relay was devised for the Berlin 1936 Olympics and echoes the ancient Greek myth of Prometheus stealing fire from the Gods. FIRE! explores this tangle of history, mythology and power through live music, film, performances, curiosities and experimental artworks. Featuring: S.E.T.I., Aqua Dentata, Tonesucker, Ypsmael, Brideburger, Menagerie, The Curiosity Collective. Part concert, part cinema, part exhibition, part pagan rite, FIRE! will give the Olympic Torch the send off it deserves. £5 Entry. Tickets available on the door. More information at www.switchfringe.co.uk.
June 11, 2012
Tonesucker contribute two new compositions to accompany a choral performance of Orlando di Lasso's Sacrae Lectiones Ex Propheta Job at WORM in Rotterdam – an event marking the anniversary of the Nazi bombing of Rotterdam during World War II.
June 8, 2012 Tonesucker play at 69 and 5'4" event at Bohemia, Hackney, London. Also on the bill are Man From Uranus, Tonesucker, Mark Wagner & Christos Fanaras and Flight. Outsider sounds provided by 5'4".
May 10, 2012 Tonesucker play at the Blue Room, Ipswich. Also on the bill are Ypsmael and Brideburger.
April 24, 2012 Tonesucker's album, Omnia Convivia Crastina receives a rave review from Richard Allen in America's A Closer Listen.
The buzz began with Wire Tapper 28 and the sonic mulch of Tonesucker’s “cosmic avian variation”, which sounded somewhat like a gravel field being mowed next to an active propeller. The track was a teaser mix of three longer selections on Omnia Convivia Crastina, which is easily one of the year’s standout releases in the drone arena.
“Drones, pulses and noises” is the label’s description, which is a great start. This album, Tonesucker’s sixth, is a triptych of live performances, thick with feedback, buzz and whirr, packed with pattern but astonishingly free of repetition. It’s possible the performers didn’t even know what it would sound like until they played it, and that they’ll never be able to replicate it in any reliable fashion. Nor, it seems, would they wish to do so; during the launch party, they put the recording on a USB stick, shoved it in a bottle and sent it into the North Sea. Some lonely beachcomber is going to get the surprise of a lifetime.
Is it noise? Most people would say so, but it’s noise with flow and beauty, elegance and grace. Unlike other music of its kind, Omnia Convivia Crastina coheres to internal mechanisms that provide each long piece – and the album as a whole – with substance and form. Nothing seems random, even though it must be so; no startling bursts knock the listener from his chair. At times, it’s even lulling, due to the wavy drones passing behind the fuzz and squeal.
The industrialized revolution brought these sounds into the public consciousness, and for most of history they have seemed unwanted. This noise is tamed, sculpted, shaped and made desirable: the potentially ugly made potentially beautiful, even glorious, a wash of mechanized sounds with aquatic timbres, imitations of telephones and emergency vehicles, bells and wires and factories forming an unlikely harmonious choir. Yet none of this would be possible without the invitation of an odd party, one that some in the noise field would even consider an enemy: silence. In order to succeed, noise must work in opposition to, not in ignorance of silence. It does so here, especially on “Worm”, threading its way from deserted sonic spaces to the very center of the maze. The mediating party – volume – darts back and forth between the two, negotiating a truce, but never a peace. But peace is not what we want – not here, not now. We want controlled chaos, and danger, and rustling in the woods, which is exactly what this brilliant album provides.
April 14, 2012 Tonesucker play a noise=noise event at nnnnn. 73a Regent Studios, 8 Andrew's Road, London Fields, E8 4QN. Also playing are Ampersand, Ryan Jordan, Max Wainwright, Xname and Ewa Justka. Starts at 8pm.
April 8, 2012 The official launch of Tonesucker's new album, Omnia Convivia Crastina. The album was launched into the North Sea at the site of Felix of Burgundy's See, Dummoc. Just after high tide. On a USB stick. In a bottle. Swept away swiftly in the currents from the River Deben. This was a true launch party.
April 8, 2012 Tonesucker took part in So Beautiful: Extreme Musik Festival, an all-dayer at the Royal Oak in Ipswich. Also playing are Skat Injector, Meadows, Toe, Brideburger, No Fun and loads of others.
March 23, 2012 Tonesucker's sixth release, a CD album, Omnia Convivia Crastina (Onoma11), is released by Onoma Research on March 23. It featured three live-from-the desk pieces recorded in concert at Worm in Rotterdam, the Barbican in London and All Tomorrow's Parties in Minehead. The CD will be available directly from Onoma and other outlets; digital downloads will be procured from iTunes, CD Baby and – best of all – the Onoma Bandcamp site.
December 10, 2011 Tonesucker play at OCCII (Onafhankelijk Cultureel Centrum In It) in Amsterdam. Other artists on the bill include WIlliam Bennett (Cut Hands), Robert B. Lisek, André Castro and Jesus Is A Noise Commander.
December 9, 2011 Tonesucker play at WORM – Instituut voor Avantgardistische Recreatie – in Rotterdam. Also on the bill are Christian Galarreta, Robert B. Lisek and Andre Castro. [Photograph by Petr Kazil - click on image to see a video clip from the performance.]
October 27, 2011 Tonesucker play at Chronophonics #1, the first Onoma Research promotion. Also playing live are, Brideburger, Menagerie and Ryan Jordan, along with a bill of experimental film. Free CHRONOPHONCIS VOLUME 1 CD with entry. The Grinning Rat, St Helen's Street, Ipswich.
August 26, 2011 Toneucker play The Opening at nnnnn. Billed as "An evening of (dis)information, possession, trance, crash worship, life coding, rough music, electronic resistance and contemporary folklore". Also playing are: Phil Julian, Tim Drage, Andy Bolus, Jamka, Jonathan Kemp, Martin Howse, Noriko Matsumoto, Ryan Jordan, Ryoko Akama and Xname. Unit 73a, Regent Studios, 8 Andrew's Road, E8 4QN. (Off Broadway Market, alongside the canal.)
May 5, 2011 Tonesucker take part in a Noise=Noise event at ]performancespace[, Unit 6, Hamlet Industrial Estate, White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN. "Dark Hypnosis… Psychoactive Noise… Fragmented Performance". Also playing are Ryan, Jordan, Ewa Justka, Andre Castro, Pani K, Xname, EQ-AV, Shelley Parker, Toe, Aqua Dentata, Russell Callow, John Macedo, Jamka, Sz.Berlin, Vera Bremerton, and others TBA. 8pm to late/early am.
April 29, 2011 Tonesucker and Ryan Jordan find themselves billed as authentic Brazilian virtuoso musicians as they play extreme noise sets to a possibly surprised/hostile audience at Brasilia Café, Ipswich.
February 3, 2011 Tonesucker perform at The Others, Stoke Newington. The concert will be broadcast live on Ill FM. Details of other bands to come.
January 22, 2011 Tonesucker perform at the first Post Modular Pop-up at Beaconsfield, 22 Newport Street, Vauxhall, London. The event is sponsored by Post Modular, Britain's leading importer of Eurorack-format analog synth modules. The event runs from 9am to 3pm. Tonesucker will perform a 30-minute set at around 12pm.
January 21, 2011 Tonesucker's fifth release – the CD live album Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas (Onoma7) is available from Onoma Research. Copies will be given away at Post Modular Pop-up on January 22 and The Others on February 3.
December 29, 2010 Tonesucker celebrate Johnnymas and mark the 30th anniversary of the Rendlesham UFO incident with Martin Briggs, Eddie Nuttall and Ryan Jordan at McGinty's in Ipswich.
November 27, 2010 Weather conditions prevent Tonesucker taking part in a Noise=Noise event at the Rat in Camberwell. Humble apologies are offered.
October 14, 2010 Tonesucker take part in a Random Camel Collective event at The Beerhouse, Ipswich. Also playing are Toe and Brideburger.
July 3, 2010 Tonesucker take part in Knowledge Of The Hidden, at The Barbican, London – a paranormal-themed evening of noise-related activity curated by Ryan Jordan.
May 13, 2010 Tonesucker play at "noisenoisenoisenoisenoisenoisenoisenoisenoise" at Butcher's Corner (302 New Cross Road, London). Also performing are: Russell Callow, Medžitlija-Níki, Peter A, Andy Pitchless, Vultures, Joel Cahen, Zlatko Baracskai and Eaten By Children.
April 9, 2010 Tonesucker perform at The Montague Arms, New Cross, London. [Photo by Steve Xerri.]
March 13, 2010 Tonesucker perform at The Foundry, London – probably for the last time before its closure. Also playing are: Hylics; Cheapmachines; Tim Goldie, Iron Fist of the Sun; Jamka, Ctrl-N & Paul Ramshaw; Mike McInerney & Zlato Baracskai; John Wall & Alex Rogers; VJ Flickering Light. [Photo by Geri McKewen.]
March 7, 2010 Tonesucker perform/record/film in Dizant, France.
March 5, 2010 Tonesucker peform at Beyond Signal #9 at APO33, 17 Rue Paul Bellamy, 44000 Nantes, France. Also playing together are Kasper Toeplitz & Julian Ottavi. Begins at 8pm.
December 29, 2009 The Curiosity Collective and Noise=Noise celebrate Johnnymas by presenting Ryan Jordan, Tonesucker, Julian Ottavi and Pixelpusher at PJ McGinty's, Northgate Street, Ipswich. 8-11 pm.
DECEMBER 2009. SPECIAL NOTICE. IT LOOKS LIKE SOME OF THE COPIES OF ONOMA6 (LIVE IN LONDON) THAT WERE GIVEN AWAY AT THE OTHERS ON DECEMBER 3 WERE FAULTY, AND HAVE NO AUDIO. [NO QUIPS NECESSARY, THANK YOU!] TO GET A REPLACEMENT COPY CONTACT US. WE'LL ALSO BRING SOME SPARES TO THE NEXT GIGS. SORRY!
December 5, 2009 Tonesucker gatecrash All Tomorrow's Parties: The NIghtmare Before Xmas in Minehead. Additionally, audio is streamed live to Noise=Noise #15 at the Foundry, London.
December 4, 2009 Tonesucker release their second DVD EP, Live In London (Onoma6). It features the live audio performance from The Monty in October accompanied by the evening's back-projected film.
December 3, 2009 Tonesucker perform at The Others, 6-8 Manor Road, Stoke Newington, N16. Also playing are: ANTIchildLEAGUE, Shift, Vultures and DJ Poison Creeper. The event is also broadcast on Ill FM and should soon be viewable on Ill FM's archives.
October 20, 2009 Tonesucker perform at The Montague Arms, New Cross on Tuesday, October 20. Also playing are Ampersand, Ryan Jordan and Digit (from Hungary).
August 1st, 2009 Tonesucker perform at The Foundry, Old Street, London on Saturday, August 1. Also playing were Ampersand, Foul Geese, Cementimental and Sloppy Seconds: "Fragmented sounds, DIY punk noise, flicker drone static, electronic alchemy, metal soundscapes".
July 31, 2009 Tonesucker release DVD EP, Caput Mortuum. It features material used in the live Metallica mash-up at The Foundry on March 28, 2009.
June 19, 2009 Tonesucker take part in the NOISE=NOISE /// BEYOND SIGNAL event at The Foundry, Old Street, London. They perform using home-built Arduino Noise Machines, crackle boxes, files and Nintendo DS. Also playing are: Ryan Jordan, Julien Ottavi, Half Dupio, Ry-Om, Antonius, Domenico Sciajno and Gadarene. [Original photo by Kim Price.]
June 19, 2009 Tonesucker release second CD album, Live In Canada. It features a single improvisation performed in 2006 for Tone Deaf IV, a festival based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
March 28, 2009 Tonesucker take part in NOISE=NOISE at The Foundry, Old Street, London. Terry Burrows [Nintendo DS, electronics] and Steve Elsey [electronics] perform at the venue; John Bowers' contribution comes live from the O2 Arena where he feeds a live signal from the Metallica concert via his iPhone. This signal is mashed up and generally abused in a variety of interesting ways, forming the audio core of the performance. Accompanying the performance is John Bowers' film, Requiem. Also featured were Vultures, Ry-Om, Ampersand and Ryan Jordan.
January 11, 2009 Stuart Maconie gives an airing to Tonesucker's "Splatterstrum" on his BBC6 Freak Zone show. It is sandwiched between Caravan's "In the Land of Grey and Pink" and Cornelius Cardew's "Solidarity Song".
July 15, 2008 Review of Tonesucker's album Slaughterhouse by Pascal Ansell in DISKANT webzine. [Click on image.]
April 26, 2008 Tonesucker (Left-to-right: Terry Burrows, Steve Elsey, John Bowers) take part in live TV broadcast from Studio 3, Epic Studios, Norwich, UK to a location in Lithuania.
19 April, 2008 The Killing of St Alphrege. Live webcast of sound and moving image marking the the anniversary of the killing of Alphrege, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1012. [Click on image to view video.]
15 March, 2008 Beware the Ides of March! Live webcast of sound and moving image marking the assassination of Julius Caeser and in anticipation of the overthrow of all forms of tyranny. [Click on image to view video.]
2 February, 2008 Tonesucker perform as part of the BLAND KRETSAR OCH LJUD MED JOHN BOWERS evening at Fylkingen, Stockholm, Sweden. This event is part of the node.stockholm festival. It is also the band's debut as a trio – including drummer Steven Elsey. [Photograph by Vanessa Yaremchuk. Copyright 2008. Used with permission.]
5 March, 2007 Tonesucker record exclusive track "Splatterstrum" for The Wire Tapper 17 CD, which accompanies the May issue of The Wire magazine.
13 December, 2006 Tonesucker and Sten-olof Hellstrom perform at Fylkingen, Stockholm, Sweden. The event is advertised as "Guitar-noise, ultraheavy synthsounds, primal riffs, drones, turntables, crackleboxes and much more."
3 July, 2006 Release of Slaughterhouse CD
June 24, 2006 Faster Than Sound Festival, Bentwaters, Suffolk, UK. Tonesucker teams up with Alex Sanders and Liam Wells perform at Faster Than Sound, a festival that claims to be "The first event of its kind joining the dots between DJs, electronica music and other genres, brought to you by artists from across the globe".
June 15 , 2006 Aldeburgh Festival, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK. Murmurations: University of East Anglia Electro-Acoustic Music Studio. Tonesucker (John Bowers, theremin and oscillators; Terry Burrows, theremin and VCS3) team up with Alex Sanders (VCS3) and Liam Wells (Jen, home-built oscillator) to perform a quartet improvisation on vintage electronic equipment as part of the Aldeburgh Festival's main programme.
21 April, 2006 Field recording, Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, UK
21 April, 2006 Field recording, Bourne Park, Suffolk, UK.
11 April, 2006 Recording session for prospective Suffolk album, London, UK
26 January, 2006 Editing and structuring "Shingle Street", London, UK.
29 December 2005 Field recording, Shingle Street, Suffolk, UK.
29 October 2005 Performance at WebJam09, Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich, UK
(click on image to view video of the performance)
16 October, 2005 Performance at Tone Deaf 4 Festival, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
28 September, 2005 Field recording, Shingle Street, Suffolk, UK
6-8 April 2005, Slaughterhouse session 2, Coddenham, Suffolk, UK. Recording of pieces 4, 5, 6 and 7
3-4 March, 2005 Slaughterhouse session 1, Coddenham, Suffolk, UK. Recording of pieces 1, 2 and 3
8 July, 2004 Tonesucker named