Music-driven rabbit-holes are a lot of fun and lead to the discovery of some great artists that might have otherwise never crossed our radar. In this instance, our introduction to 3TEETH by way of Storming the Base led us to a remix of 3TEETH’s “Consent” by Randolph & Mortimer.
Randolph & Mortimer hail from Sheffield, England and the classify themselves as “Industrial + Synth + Thrash + Electronica”. That sums it up quite nicely as can be heard on their upcoming Social Futures EP. The EP starts with a synth and percussion driven track called “Existing, Not Living” – it’s not overly aggressive and kicks off the EP with an easily accessible listen. Social Futures uses two interlude tracks in-between the three full-length songs. “Sistema Dañado (This System Doesn’t Work)” is the first of the two interludes – this one shows off the industrial side of Randolph & Mortimer in a loud crescendo of electronics and guitar. Sistema Dañado then plunges the listener into “Body”, which is a schizophrenic combination of throwback industrial sounds with modern electronic prowess. “Maerz der Demokratie” is what the “Imperial March” might have sounded like if it was composed by a glitching robot (that’s a compliment!) with a heavy handed lead synth and crunchy goodness in the background. “Maerz” then leads us into the final track, titled “True Order”. The final track starts off with a more atmospheric approach that leads up to a compelling but simple bassline that is quite infectious. This is a slower-paced industrial-inspired track that lets the listener down gently from this brief, but immensely enjoyable, journey.
Overall, Social Futures is a well mixed batch of stomping bass, crunchy industrial grinds, and smooth synth work that will leave you wanting more. The EP is hopefully only the beginning and a sign of things to come from Randolph & Mortimer.
Randolph & Mortimer have formed a solid base for future releases and hopefully some live shows. The band were kind enough to respond to some of our usual dirge of questions:
What influenced you to start an industrial band?
Where to start! Always wanted to get an industrial project up and running but it’s only over the last year or so that the R&M sound has started to take shape. There are the classic 80s/early 90s bands, Ministry, Nitzer Ebb, Pailhead, NIN, Depeche Mode, Machines Of Loving Grace, Death Grips. UK DJ Trevor Jackson has been a big influence. Big fan of the more recent Crystal Castles albums. Techno producers like Gessafelstein and Oliver Huntemann. Also the rise of the new industrial/ebm/coldwave acts in the US has been really inspiring. Massive fan of acts like Youth Code, 3Teeth, RedRedRed, also just been getting into Void Vision and Bestial Mouths, so many US acts down the quality sounds at the moment.
How does the typical recording session unfold for Randolph & Mortimer?
All the sounds are manufactured by me so as it’s one man in a studio – I guess it’s slightly different to the usual band recordings sessions. Most of the tracks have a social or political theme so they will start with a vocal hook or a sample and it builds from there. Beats and bass are next, gotta get the solid foundations down and then experimenting with the guitars and synths. It’s all a very DIY process and the real job limits studio time so it’s become a very quick process to construct the tracks.
The live version of Randolph & Mortimer is a three piece, very much based around drums, bass, guitar and vocals, so the tracks are be completely broken down and then re-built for the live show.
If there are plans to go on tour, where would your dream show take place?
Tough question! So many great places to go play. Just looking forward to getting the live show out there later this year. If we could hit the USA then that would be quality, Germany would be very cool. To take the industrial sounds out to Japan would also be the business. Basically to take R&M all round the planet would be the dream scenario.
What album do you feel like deserves way more love than it has received?
David Comes To Life by F****d Up. What a f***ing album that is, one of the greatest ever made. In a parallel universe F****d Up are a stadium slaying band off the back of that LP.
What are the top ten tracks that Randolph & Mortimer would consider as influential to your sound?
Man, that’s another tough one. Hard to pick a definitive top 10 but here’s a bunch of favourites in no particular order…
Ministry – Stigmata https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxaPj19VnRA
Fugazi – Five Corporations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoAYOBDdJMM
Pailhead – Don’t Stand In Line https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O422LYaYF-8
Therapy? – Punishment Kiss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhlmVJDzwlg
Oliver Huntemann – 37Degrees https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K76PrmCEPpU
Sei A – Body Of Eye (Gessafelstein Violation Remix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEuWE77XWdk
Nitzer Ebb – Murderous https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_2GlKk08xQ
SPK – Metal Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jKBMm0V3Hc
New Order – Ceremony https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pr6SxJb-Dw
Gary Numan – Airlane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50U1zFHoH30
Be on the lookout for the upcoming EP Social Futures – look for more info on Randolph & Mortimer on their Facebook page.