Animated Violence Mild; was written throughout 2018, at Power’s studio just outside
Edinburgh. These eight tracks are the diary of a year of work steeped in honing craft,
self-discovery, and grief - the latter of which reared its head at the final hurdle of
producing this record and created a whole separate narrative: grief, both for what
Power has lost personally, but also in a global sense, for what we as a species have
lost and handed over to our blood-sucking counterpart, consumerism, only to be
ravaged by it.
Speaking on the record, Power offers the following statement: “In this post-industrial,
post-enlightenment religion of ourselves, we have manifested a serpent of
consumerism which now coils back upon us. It seduces us with our own bait as we
betray the better instincts of our nature and the future of our own world. We throw
ourselves out of our own garden. We poison ourselves to the edges of an endless
I believe that many of us have willfully allowed our survival instinct to become engulfed
by the snake we birthed. Animated — brought to life by humankind. Violent —
insurmountable and wild beyond our control. Mild — delicious."
Power has been making music under the Blanck Mass moniker since 2010. In
2012, ”Sundowner” – the second track from the self-titled Blanck Mass debut –
soundtracked the London Olympics Opening Ceremony. The song was chosen
by Underworld’s Rick Smith and performed by London’s Symphony Orchestra to
900 million people worldwide. Since then, Power has released two albums, 2015 Dumb Flesh and 2017 World Eater on Sacred Bones.
Animated Violence Mild is Power’s fourth full-length as Blanck Mass, and having
worked extensively throughout his musical life with dramatics, narrative, and ‘melody
against all odds’, these tracks are the most direct and honest yet.