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In the midst of his solo UK tour, DC Gore today releases the sublimely anarchic remix of “Millennium People” by the rising alt-pop band, moa moa. The original version of the track was featured on Gore’s politically charged debut album, All These Things, which was released earlier this year via Domino.
Inspired by the 2003 book of the same name by dystopian science-fiction author J. G. Ballard, “Millennium People” is the surging album opener to All These Things. Featuring a crescendo synth intro, its apocalyptic envisaging lyrics cleverly contrast against hypnotic drums and beats. “”Millennium People” is a song about societal unrest at a time when it really feels like society is collapsing in on itself,” Gore comments. “Ballard wrote the book 19 years ago and yet it feels like it could have been written tomorrow.”
moa moa’s remix of the track, featuring additional soaring vocals and pulsating beats, beautifully intensifies the chaotic subject matter of the lyrics. “’Millennium People’ takes the collapse of British self-grandeur to a neon-illuminated dance floor,” the band say. “We chose this song as we heard the fun DC Gore was having with every synth and guitar line. We wanted to elongate and manipulate this playfulness in our remix, experimenting with arpeggiated bass, disco strings, and catchy (yet possibly obnoxious) lead lines.”
Gore further comments: “I love what moa moa have done with the remix because whilst the original has a somewhat cool detachment, their frenetic energy adds a sense of urgency to the whole thing.”
Following a show at Manchester’s YES last week, DC Gore continues his string of UK dates this month which will include a show at London’s The Waiting Room on 15th November. Tickets on sale now from here.
Following the dissolution of the south London trio Little Cub, Gore has remodelled and reimagined the band’s electronic synth-pop within his solo work to incorporate additional acoustic instrumentation which makes for a more textured and temperate sound. “All These Things is a bookend to a torrid period in my life,” Gore comments. “There are so many themes in there of failure and frustration (personal and political), shame and longing, but in the end, there is a hope to it. All these things that feel so all-consuming at the time become quotidian in the wake of a global pandemic.”
As inspired by the unvarnished portraiture of Martin Parr as he is Ballardian grotesquerie – and by the seedy witticisms of Jarvis Cocker and arch art-pop commentary of Neil Tennant, Gore’s music sits proudly within a rich tradition of distinctively British disrupters. Skewering notions of national identity with a vivid mix of pin-sharp satire in an expansive palette of synthesising new wave art-rock, Gore effortlessly creates songs that are as ingeniously calculated as they are dance-inducing. Highlights include the propulsive, tragicomic “Nietzsche On The Beach”, the melancholic dancefloor-focused “California” and “Bodies”, featuring plaintive piano chords and distorted guitar.
“It’s a very real possibility that we might be living in the end times, you know? This might be how we’re going to go out. And we’ve got this incredible opportunity to experience life, so why not make the most of it?”
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