Elizabeth Colour Wheel will perform as part of The Flenser showcase at Roadburn 2020

In 2020, The Flenser will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the label’s first release. The San Francisco based label has been committed to releasing experimental, avant-garde music for a whole decade – which – naturally – has not escaped our notice here at Roadburn HQ. Among the bands that have a place in the histories of both Roadburn and The Flenser are pivotal artists such as Wreck & Reference, Panopticon, Planning For Burial, Bell Witch – and of course, Have A Nice Life.

To celebrate this milestone and to acknowledge the impact that The Flenser has had on our record collections and the broader musical landscape we have invited several of the label’s current artists to perform at Roadburn 2020. The umbrella of The Flenser showcase gathers together five essential artists who will help to define Roadburn 2020, and the future of this incredibly special label.

The Flenser label manager, Jonathan Tuite comments: “Roadburn is my absolute favorite festival in the world. The lineup is always diverse, the audience enthusiastic, and the curation is second to none. I can’t think of a more appropriate place for The Flenser to celebrate our ten years of existence.”

“Otherworldly” is a description often applied to artists that evoke the ethereal, and whilst that is occasionally applicable to Elizabeth Colour Wheel, the otherworldliness they invoke is more to do with the fact that it’s not always clear if they really inhabit the same world as we do. Their debut album, Nocebo, laughs in the face of genre descriptors, forging a new path that may be tricky to describe but that offers a wildly enticing prospect.

Finding a home with The Flenser makes perfect sense; a base from which to plot, plan, experiment and expand. Their part in The Flenser showcase will mark their first voyage to European soil, and we’ll be ready with open arms. Whilst Nocebo undoubtedly made a dent in our collective consciousness this year, there’s still an air of being in on a brilliant secret, of some under the radar magic occurring. Just wait ‘til everyone else catches on…

Nocebo is jostling for position on year end lists around the globe – ours included. If you want to get in on the action, then there’s still time to get to grips with Elizabeth Colour Wheel before April rolls around.

Elizabeth Colour Wheel will perform as part of The Flenser showcase at Roadburn 2020.

Becky Laverty / November 2019

Date: April 18

Time: TBA

Stage: Koepelhal