The Record Stache


Living legend Mr. John Fryer continues to rock the genres and the whole musical world with his artistic achievements. At the beginning of November, he let out the new Black Needle Noise single/video for Social Media Disease featuring Betty X, the most aggressive and hardline-edge song so far by his own moniker BNN. John Fryer started his career in 1979 at London’s Blackwing Studios (London) and soon began working with seminal bands on the 4AD, Mute, Rough Trade and Beggars Banquet record labels, including Depeche Mode, The Wolfgang Press, and Cocteau Twins.

Fryer also left his indelible mark in music as part of the pioneering outfit This Mortal Coil, while he has produced many other groundbreaking artists, including PRAYERS, Love and Rockets, Swans, H.I.M., Cradle of Filth, Clan of Xymox, Nitzer Ebb, Dead Can Dance, Yaz (Yazoo), Xmal Deutschland, Fields of the Nephilim, De/Vision, Stabbing Westward, Kristin Hersh, and many others. BNN’s previous releases feature alternative vocalists as MimiPage (Delirium), Jennie Vee (bassist, Hole), Ana Breton (Dead Leaf Echo), Omniflux (Puscifer), Kendra Frost (Kite Base), Andrea Kerr (Colt), Sivert Hoyem, Antic Clay, and ZiaLand, among others.

This time he invited in the studio the Austin Texas-based singer Betty X to dress her lyrics with his industrial sonic motion. Betty X is not a new name in the game, she already has a number of records in her quiver and she is respected and also described as everything from enigmatic and surreal to aggressive and hostile as a musician, and sardonic as a performer. Not wondering at all why she has performed on stage with iconic legends like Pigface and Ministry! On the other hand, if you listen carefully to her music you’ll also notice a tender yet dark bluesy keen on to the David Lynch‘s universe and musical aesthetics. So, here we have the encounter of Fryer with Betty X and Social Media Disease is their score, a loud statement undoubtedly and a song to play on repeat!

Written by Mike D.


photo credit Nathan Kaylor
photo credit Candice Ghai

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