As Puce Mary, the Danish artist Frederikke Hoffmeier tests the established limits of noise music through sustained experimentation and risk driven by emotive gusto.
Her first Australian tour follows the release of the acclaimed LP The Spiral on Copenhagen’s Posh Isolation. The Spiral is a powerful expression from a scene revolving around Posh Isolation and the infamous venue-cum-rehearsal space Mayhem.
With precision, Puce Mary binds the listener in webs of sharp synthesizers, hammering percussion, obtuse voices, field recordings, and blistering noise. The record is an exacting instance of noise and industrial music’s continual adaptation.
Puce Mary’s music is harsh, but its aggression is necessary. Her performances are easy to be dragged into but brutally hard to get out of. The underhand of control as censurable nurture—this dialectic is a perennial tonic in sound. Dominance against submission. Artist against audience. Both take turns dealing blows.
Text: Patrick Quick
Poster by Liam Osborne
Poster by James Vinciguerra
MON 15 – SAT 20 Aug
Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS)
15 Dowling Pl, North Melbourne
SUN 21 Aug
67-71 Johnston St, Collingwood
THU 25 Aug
The Chippendale Hotel
87-91 Abercrombie St, Chippendale, Sydney
FRI 26 Aug
7PM – 10PM
Institute of Modern Art
Ground Level, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
NZ tour in partnership with Audio Foundation
SAT 27 Aug
WED 31 Aug
FRI 2 Sep
SAT 3 Sep
Melbourne (photos by Yasmine Sharaf and Emma Cass Songdahl)