Michael Gira
Human Greed
Andrew Liles
Nick Mott
Sion Orgon
Steven Severin
Hannis Brown
Glass Out
6 Mini LPs


Steven Severin

Sleepercell is the latest release from founder Banshee Steven Severin and his debut on Lumberton Trading Company. Sleepercell is inspired by the phenomenon of the mysterious "numbers stations" and by a short poem Severin composed in the late '70s entitled Back in Love Field; a meditation on the Cuban missile crisis and JFK's subsequent assassination.

Long respected for weaving intense and dark musical tapestries, Severin, once primarily known as the bassist in the popular and critically acclaimed post-punk group Siouxsie and the Banshees, now follows his musical muse in many directions. His most†recent work has consisted largely of film scores, including several for silent cinema. Sleepercell follows on from last year's critically lauded Music for Silents and the equally well-received series for the E-Decodings label, Codex Astra.

It comprises three pieces, Sleepercell, Sleepercell Awakes and Counter Code, which are housed in special recycled cardboard sleeves with the first 100 not only in a stickered gatefold version but comprising a different insert that is signed and numbered.

Note: Steven Severin is on tour during October and November 2010. Entitled Le Sang d'un Poete, after the 1930 Jean Cocteau film of the same name to which his music will accompany, it takes place on the following dates:

5/10 Tyneside, Newcastle

7/10 City Screen, 13-17 Coney Street, York

8/10 Playhouse, Bradford

9/10 Hyde Park, Brudenell Road, Leeds

10/10 Picturehouse @ Fact, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool

12/10 Cinema City, St. Andrews and Blackfriars Hall, Norwich

15/10 Lexi, Kensal Rise

16/10 Harbour Lights, Maritime Walk, Southampton

17/10 Duke of York's, Preston Circus, Brighton

18/10 St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings

19/10 Ritzy Cinema, Brixton, London

21/10 Greenwich Picturehouse, 180 Greenwich High Road, London

28/10 Quad, Derby

29/10 Chapter Arts, Cardiff

30/10 Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford

31/10 Picturehouse, 51 Bartholomew Street West, Exeter

1/11 Little Theatre Cinema, 1-2 St. Michael's Place, Bath

9/11 Are We Here? Festival, Clocktower, Croydon

10/11 Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

11/11 Showroom, Sheffield

12/11 Broadway, Nottingham

14/11 Electric Cinema, Birmingham

15/11 Phoenix Square, Leicester

18/11 Cameo, Edinburgh

Visions CD (RE, 1998)

Maldoror CD (RE, 1999)

The Woman in the Dunes CD (RE, 2000)

London Voodoo CD (Subconscious Music, 2004)

Beauty and the Beast CD (Subconscious Music, 2005)

Nature Morte CD (Subconscious Music, 2006)

Music for Silents CD (Divine Frequency, 2009)

Codex Astra ñ Circles of Silver CDEP (E Decodings, 2010)

Codex Astra ñ Hours of Gold CDEP (E Decodings, 2010)

Steven Severin has also remixed work by other groups.

The past work opens a lot of doors for me, that's for sure. But because the Banshees' catalogue is so known and so distinct, I find I have to go to great lengths to describe what I do now, as it is very different. I can see the obvious progression in the work because it'ands evolved over 30-plus years! Others less familiar with my career need more help in understanding that lineage. Playing live to old films is something that most people can understand, so that helps. If I couldn't explain it that way, I think many people might be expecting me to have a band and get up and play bass. That's the last thing I want or intend to do. (Steven Severin, 2010)

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