Birmingham's seminal post-punk/industrial behemoths GODFLESH will perform their seminal debut full-length album, 1989's "Streetcleaner", in its entirety at the 2011 edition of the Roadburn festival on Thursday, April 14 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland. In addition, founding members Justin Broadrick and Benny Green will play the "Tiny Tears" EP, which was conceived as part of the overall "Streetcleaner" vision, in full as well.
Commented the festival organizers: "Roadburn festival regards GODFLESH as one of the biggest influences on the burgeoning doom, sludge and drone scenes, alongside their Birmingham forebears BLACK SABBATH and New York's unyielding instigators of aural punishment SWANS.
"The artistic resonance of GODFLESH's 'Streetcleaner' can be heard and felt throughout the entire festival and in many of the bands invited to perform. Its ability to create an all-encompassing yet devastatingly claustrophobic vision from minimalist means, it treated guitar textures that would later be siphoned off into Justin and Benny's respective drone projects, FINAL and VITRIOL, and its willingness to meet the abyss head-on are all elements whose fumes have pervaded Roadburn over many years.
"It is a massive understatement to say that we're beyond thrilled about having GODFLESH headlining the Thursday Roadburn date with such a highly anticipated performance. We are still pinching ourselves that the fever dream of having such a coup for Roadburn has become a reality — it's an absolute honour for us, and a testament to a band whose impact influence has spread so far, wide and deep."
In other news, tickets for next year's edition of the Roadburn festival will go on sale Saturday, November 27. Plus, THE KILIMANJARO DEATHJAZZ ENSEMBLE, ZOROASTER, THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX, NAAM and QUEST FOR FIRE have also been confirmed for Roadburn 2011.
Sponsored by Terrorizer and Germany's Rock Hard, the 2011 edition of the Roadburn festival — including SUNN O)))'s special event, headliner SWANS, CANDLEMASS celebrating 25 years of doom (including a performance of the "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" album in its entirety; featuring original vocalist Johan Längquist), WOVENHAND and WARDRUNA (the dark ambient folk project led by former GORGOROTH drummer Kvitrafn) — will run for three days, from Thursday, April 14 to Saturday, April 16 at the 013 venue and Midi Theatre in Tilburg, Holland. There will be an additional afterburner event on Sunday, April 17, 2011.
For more information, visit www.roadburn.com.