‘Bingo Fury: the beat generation meets Throbbing Gristle’ - Loud & Quiet
‘He has an ability to transport you through not just music but ebbs and flows through layers and plots; all of which are bewildering, in the best kind of way.’ - The Quietus
‘One-off talent’ - Clash
‘The Bingo Fury world is only just beginning to reveal itself, but it is already unlike anything else’ - NME
One of the UK avant-garde’s most exciting new voices, Bristol-based multi-instrumentalist Bingo Fury is back with new single ‘Power Drill’ out now. The musician is also announcing his signing to multi-faceted independent label state51, who earlier this year were penned by The Quietus as ‘rethinking the role of the record by focussing on craftsmanship, materials and extraordinary attention to detail’.
Georgie King from state51 on the signing: “We’re over the moon to welcome Bingo Fury into the state51 family. Bingo is such a compelling live performer, maverick producer and general creative tour de force. His music is so unlike anything else right now, and we can’t wait for what’s to come.”
Known for creating wholly new and experimental sonic worlds, in ‘Power Drill’ Bingo Fury effortlessly blends Steve Reich-esque piano arpeggios with a furious, punk-infused guitar frenzy. A testament to his unparalleled ability to defy convention, the track was recorded in a local church on the outskirts of Bristol that has never been used for recording music before. The echoes of this space are woven into ‘Power Drill’, adding an ethereal dimension to an otherwise turbulent and complex composition.
This track was written by Bingo Fury on a mobile app, while on the road working as a touring sound engineer. On the creation of the song, Bingo Fury shares: “Power Drill was conceived on iPhone-Garage Band and while travelling through Italy in April ‘22. Around this time I’d decided that using atonality & dissonance in my songs felt like a cop out way of making something arresting. Power Drill is a first attempt at trying to make something abrasive while keeping melody & tonality intact, which doesn’t come so naturally to me.”
Although very much a solo songwriter, Bingo Fury’s compositional process relies on contributions from his entire band - bassist Megan Jenkins, and drummer Henry Terrett have been playing together since their teens. In one of their various incarnations, they recruited local avant-jazz legend, cornet player Harry ‘Iceman’ Furniss, with guitarist and percussionist Rafi Cohen later completing the line-up.
This single follows the release of Bingo Fury’s debut EP, ‘Mercy’s Cut’, that came out last year to an abundance of critical acclaim from the likes of BBC 6 Music, The Quietus, Loud & Quiet, Clash, as well as earning himself a spot on the NME Top 100. Filled with rich, cinematic allure, the EP is both beautiful and unsettling and underlines Bingo Fury’s complete abundance of compositional ideas.