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Fiery Furnaces Go Silent

Plans for a Silent Record Announced

Jul 31, 2009 The Fiery Furnaces
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Oh, those Fiery Furnaces. Only last week, the brother and sister duo announced their plans to cover their own album, and now, we have word that they will also be denying us of audio all together. According to their blog and Pitchfork’s retelling, their plans for this Silent Record are nothing short of sheer experiment. They will essentially be releasing a score to be performed as happenings by “perfectly ordinary” fans in what the band foresees will be typical of rock shows to come.

To quote a their blog: “The Fiery Furnaces’ next album will consist of instruction, conventional music notation, graphic music notation, reports and illustrations of previous hypothetical performances, reports and illustrations of hypothetical performances previous to the formation of their hypotheses, guidelines for the fabrication of semi-automatic machine rock, memoranda to the nonexistent Central Committee of the Fiery-Furnaces-in-Exile concerning the non-creation of situations, Relevant to Progressive Rock Division, conceptual constellations on a so-to-speak black cloth firmament, and other items that have nothing to do with the price of eggs, or milk, or whatever the proverbial expression ceased to be.”

No Silent dates have been announced yet.

And to all you “perfectly ordinary” Fiery Furnaces fans, don’t forget to check out Eleanor Friedberger’s Self-Portrait in the current issue of Under the Radar. And the band’s current album, I’m Going Away, is out now on Thrill Jockey.



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