TISM to release two new albums, including one with 100 minutes of total silence
14.10.2020

TISM to release two new albums, including one with 100 minutes of total silence

Words by Tom Parker

TISM have got two new releases in the works.

In April this year, a new TISM live album surfaced on their Spotify page to the alarm of their adoring fans. The 18-track gem, pulled from a show they played at The Corner on May 30, 1988, was the first skerrick of music from the band since they released a 21st-century remix of their song, ‘Shut Up – The Footy’s on the Radio’, in 2010.

Yet, it turns out that this wasn’t just a fleeting reemergence as the beloved rock bizarros have just dropped details of two new albums set for release in December. Dropping via David Roy Williams Entertainment under TISM’s Genre B. Goode imprint, the first of the two records comes in the form of a live album drawn from TISM’s last show at Earthcore on November 27, 2004.

Titled On Behalf of TISM I Would Like to Concede We Have Lost the Election, the record is 31 tracks long and will be available on CD or through a limited 2LP vinyl set. The memorable performance saw TISM perform all their classics, including ‘Greg! The Stop Sign!!’, ‘Whatareya?’ as well as four renditions of their iconic 1986 debut single ‘Defecate On My Face’.

Alongside that comes The TISM Deluxe Omni-Album, a record which comes in two forms. Featuring an all-purpose album cover, liner notes, artworks and song listings of their entire six-album discography, the standard edition of The TISM Deluxe Omni-Album features only paraphernalia and no vinyl at all.

Yet, the deluxe version of the record packs something even more bizarre. Purchase the second tier TISM Deluxe Omni-Album and you’ll get yourself the aforementioned TISM goodies alongside a vinyl LP that features 100 minutes of total silence.

The TISM Deluxe Omni-Album’s disc contains 100 minutes of total silence, allowing you to savour the full vinyl experience,” a press statement from David Roy Williams said.

“You will extract the soon-to-scratched disc from the soon-to-be bent cover, place it on a revolving turntable powered by latest in 1920’s technology, and then attempt to drop a tiny, fragile and expensive needle onto an inconsistently revolving wax groove.

“With the TISM Deluxe Omni-Album, all the features of analogue listening are yours: turntable rumble, extraneous cartridge noise, clicks and pops as the stylus hits dust, and, of course, the repetitive insanity of a needle endlessly skipping over the permanently damaged surface.

“The TISM Delux Omni-Album [sic] is the ultimate TISM listening experience.”

The records drop on Friday December 4. Pre-order them here.

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