On the heels of his latest mini-album release Everything is Burning (Metanoia Addendum) , IAMX frontman Chris Corner steps into the limelight on the video for the lead single, The Void . Self-directed by Corner himself, The Void conveys an uplifting and positive message, looking forward to the future with optimism. As told by Chris in a recent interview with Crave Online…
“The Void represents the end of an era. The completion of my own personal transformation after a two year battle with depression and chronic insomnia. It’s an addendum to the album Metanoia. The video is a fusion or a mashup of all the IAMX videos during this period. Some shot and directed by me, some by others. I see it as a celebration of my own private victory, my new found inner strength and also a symbol to my audience or anybody searching that life is extraordinary and happiness is conquerable. I’ve spent years putting together abstract visuals for our multimedia stage shows so I felt the video could also reflect this. There is no mind numbingly banal narrative, just a throbbing collage of transient images. The way my reality is and the way I love it.”
Closing out their fall tour, IAMX will take the stage at LA’s The Regent Theatre tonight, Thursday October 13th. This tour has seen Chris and his bandmates provide a voyeuristic peek into IAMX’s powerful productions with haunting yet elegant Fellini style stage visuals and a rather theatrical performance in intimate settings.
Onto the candy-colored dance music scene, IAMX howls, Oh Cruel Darkness Embrace Me . On stage, he struts in futuristic fashion with vampiric allure and omnivorous sensuality with costumes all entact. For fans of bands including Depeche Mode, NIN, and Marilyn Manson this is a show not to miss! On IAMX’s latest mini-album, Everything is Burning (Metanoia Addendum), seven new songs are exposed, and the lush darkness from 2015’s Metanoia LP gets reworked by synth-pop luminary Gary Numan and international, cross-genre producers including Mr.Kitty, Marat Sad, Aesthetic Perfection, and Future Funk Squad whose remix credits include fellow heavyweights Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy. Everything Is Burning (Metanoia Addendum) adds gravitas to the electronic music scene and provides a voyeuristic peek into IAMX’s upcoming mini-album and remix collection, and its accompanying tour.
As the title Everything Is Burning (Metanoia Addendum) suggests, the copious output by the cofounder of ‘90s trip-hop sensation Sneaker Pimps is fuelled by a transformative awakening. Originally from the UK where he formed Sneaker Pimps with Liam Howe, After the band’s breakup in 2005, Chris Corner spent several years in Berlin, before settling in Los Angeles in 2013. Toward the end of his time in Europe, after having released five IAMX albums Corner spent so much energy wrestling his demons, he almost quit music. “It was a combination of despair and depression and insomnia, and it was very difficult,” he says, “It took me a long time to get through it, but I learned a lot about myself, and I developed a new set of mental tools that allowed me to survive.”
Not only has Chris Corner survived, he is thriving and credits his persona with saving his life. “IAMX is basically my public therapy,” he says. “It’s my way of being able to connect with the world, to pour my heart out and dance at the same time. It’s also an excuse for me to play with who I am, to explore certain parts of my personality that I don’t get to explore in everyday life.” IAMX’s exploration has yielded a string of acclaimed albums, beginning with his 2004 debut Kiss + Swallow, and continuing through The Alternative, Kingdom of Welcome Addiction, Volatile Times, The Unified Field and Metanoia.
On Part One of Everything Is Burning (Metanoia Addendum), the seven wonderful new song titles and lyrics, as well as the production are brooding and intimate. Songs like Triggers , Scars , and The Void lay bare IAMX’s raw psyche as the machines throb and pound amidst Corner’s mercurial and otherworldly voice which shapeshifts from whisper to scream sometimes within a single phrase. On Part Two, the remixes, Gary Numan brings a haunting elegance to Happiness . Future Funk Squad unleashes the blistering energy in North Star . Marat Sad (Sam Lockwood of The Jezabels) heightens the melancholy catharsis in Look Outside , which pinpoints IAMX’s pivot away from his demons. Mr.Kitty kicks up the big-room bounce for his take on North Star . Depeche Mode’s Christian Eigner and his partner Niko Stoessl flip Oh Cruel Darkness Embrace Me into a soul-churning battle cry on their SlikNik/CE mix, while Aesthetic Perfection amp its primal scream to stadium-level raucousness.
Summarizing his awakening and subsequent creative outburst, Corner says, “I realised that it wasn’t the music that was hurting me, it was just that I had to reprogram myself to approach things in a different way, and it became very clear to me that I still wanted to make music more than ever.”
Metanoia and Everything Is Burning (Metanoia Addendum), are just the beginning of that reborn desire.