"We covered the John Cale song because we’re all big fans of the Velvets and many of their solo albums, too. Lyrically ‘Gun’ is a great story – very dark, intriguing characters. We were never going to try and do a similar version to the original because it has an almost untouchable energy, full of amphetamine. We wanted to make it kind of spookier and warped."
Guest star in the Sorrowsworn episode of the FX tv series The Bridge, directed by Stefan Schwartz. He plays a caravan seller.
Contributes the forword - What's in a Name - to Billy Name: The Silver Age: Black and White Photographs from Andy Warhol's Factory, a book compiled by Dagon James.
"In the narration The Dream from the album Songs for Drella, we hear Andy's voice saying wouldn't tbe great to have some fun - and how he couldn't find Billy either 'he didn't hear me or he didn't want to answer. Wwhich was so strange because even if I don't like reunions I've always loved Billy' - well, we all loved Billy. As I recall he was always in the Factory. The pimpernel of the silver ballroom - sleeping there as a wide eyed guard, then much later disappearing into his room for months at a time only ot emerge, to take pictures then retreat back into silent oblivion."
Acts as keynote speaker at Liverpool Sound City (May 2). With a Q&A.
Join two fearless innovators as the Barbican Theatre is transformed by a brand new audio-visual collaboration.
Musical pioneer John Cale believes so strongly in the power of sound that he once thought it was possible to alter the weather with musical frequencies. Now, for this world premiere performance, he joins forces with speculative architect and technology storyteller Liam Young to re-imagine another, increasingly pervasive, industrial innovation.
LOOP>>60Hz offers an unprecedented experience as John Cale and his band perform music from across his catalogue, expressly adapted to durational forms, unusual tunings and unorthodox audio delivery. Liam Young’s collection of drones escape their associations with surveillance and the military, becoming instead choreographed, disembodied instruments which take flight in the auditorium to create a profoundly immersive live music performance.
Set to explore and extend the link between art and technology like never before, LOOP>>60Hz will mark the final weekend of Digital Revolution – the Barbican’s immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and videogames which will take over the Centre from Thursday 3 July.
‘Drone: a bleak tapestry of unholy noises, searing into the listeners ears and – with any luck – transporting them to a place they'll not want to leave for long while’ John Cale
Releases a promo video for the new version of If You Were Still Around.