BRYIN DALL | deconstructing hank | black vinyl LP + insert with all lyrics | limited and numbered to 333 copies
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When I was very little, my parents force-fed me country music, but as I got older, I listened to Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Sparks, Bowie, Roxy Music, XTC, Bauhaus, Joy Division, Jesus & Mary Chain, etc. Then I discovered Throbbing Gristle. My entire musical world changed. My first band was The End, and I moved to NYC. Another project was Loretta’s Doll, then I explored unconventional music further under the name 4th Sign of the Apocalypse. Darkness was always prevalent in my music from the start, Derek Rush joined me and we became A Murder of Angels, a dark ambiant project, and created the musical genre dambient. Then I met Genesis P-Orridge at my local post office in NYC and within a month I was half of his musickal project, Thee Majesty, still playing shows all over the world. I am listening to country (this time on my own accord): Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens, or Hank Williams (Sr. or III, never Jr.), etc.
I wanted to share Hank with a world that was unfamiliar with him and unable to grasp the despair, hurt and loneliness that he lived, unable to absorb the words or the sentiment, unable to hear the words, “Like a piece of driftwood on the sea, may you never be alone like me”. I asked Derek Rush if he would be interested in doing Hank Williams songs with me, he put them in a minor key and arranged them while I re-interpreted the melody and sang the words of Hank Williams, adding my guitar sculpture.
I was contacted on my personal MySpace page by a biographer of Hank Williams. I was afraid he would be mortified by my versions, but I was pleasantly surprised when he wrote that I was the first person, since Hank originally recorded the songs, that captured the pain.
Rotorelief contacted me and asked to release these songs on vinyl.
You are holding the results.
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Alone and Forsaken
You Win Again
There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
I'm So Tired of it All
All the Love I Ever Had
Why Should We Try Anymore
Lost On the River
Cold Cold Heart
May You Never Be Alone Like Me
Sound & Video :
Bryin Dall / May You Never Be Alone (Hank Williams) / Rotorelief 2011
All songs written by Hank Williams
Selected by Bryin Dall
Produced and Arranged by Derek Rush
Recorded and Mixed by Derek Rush with Bryin Dall at Waxy Yellow Buildup Studios, and Elsewhere Studio, NYC
Mastered by Bryin Dall at Waxy Yellow Buildup Studios, NYC
Photos by John Colin
Book deconstruction and graphic design by Eric Collet
Hank Williams for sharing his pain
John Colin for relieving me of this
Cindy Waters for expert tailoring and supportive patience
Genesis P-Orridge for the love and support
Robert and Loretta Dall for force-feeding me country as a kid
Christophe of rotorelief for wanting to put this out
Gibby at World Serpent for starting the ball rolling