TUBA ON THE RADIO
Scandinavian duo INVADER ACE consists of ANTON TooREll ( S E ) on guitar and vocals and PEDER SIMONSEN ( N O ) on tuba and drum machines. Instead of using computers or synths to produce dance music, the band built a custom rig of cheap diy-electronics and a wall of old radios used as amplifiers. INVADER ACE are like audio recyclers, creating new contexts for their instruments to function in. They challenge the perceptions of what electronic music should be.
Their music has been described like a mix of MR. OIZO and NISEENMONDAI, as a noisier version of BALES and DAFT PUNK ‘s teenage demos. Over the last three years Invader Ace has released three Eps and several remixes, and played everywhere from art museums to techno clubs. Their upcoming release, IY EP is available from the 15th of April on Loyal Label.
DDIY EP was composed and recorded in Brooklyn, New York. After spending two months in a rehearsal space INVADER ACE met up with producer DANIEL JAMES SCHLE (DIIV, FRIENDS, PRINCE RAMA, JANKA NABAY, TN, GHOSTFACE KIAH) in STRANGE WEATHER recording studio. All the music was recorded live using only tuba, guitar, drum machines and vocals, virtually without any overdubs. They recorded the entire Ep in one day. The tune “Grrrl” features vocals from HERE WE GO MAGIC’s LUKE TEMPLE, who happened to be in the neighbourhood getting coffee.
ddiy ep cover
HEART BREAK DANCE (MBR009)
Written in Italy, recorded in Stockholm and inspired by the unlikely French combo of Mr. Oizo and Olivier Messiaen, Heart Break Dance is Invader Ace’s most tedious work to date. Played through old 50s tube-radios via Fm senders, it was recorded in an old bomb shelter 3 stories below ground to avoid radio-signal interference. The Norwegian/Swedish duo has used only tuba, guitar, vocals and drum machines to create the different sonic results on this 4 track EP.
Invader Ace hails from the DIY community but are heavily influenced by the DJ and dance culture in addition to the more experimental art scene around the world. The band have been pushing the boundaries of the duo format, having a custom built rig of outboard effect processing and utilizing alternative instrumental techniques in order to be able to play mind blowing live shows and work creatively within their own signature sonic palette efficiently and effortlessly.