The year is 2021 and special circumstances still hold valid. Nevertheless there have been two releases featuring B°TONG: "25 Surface Structures" is a vinyl compilation featuring 25 short pieces by various artists. It is released by Grubenwehr in Freiburg, Germany. The same label also released a split cassette with B°TONG and Fabio Oris from Italy. Both releases are also available digitally. Meanwhile the recordings for the Bu.d.d.A. album proceed.
The Bu.d.d.A. tour, under the somewhat special circumstances, was a huge success. We played sold-out shows wherever we went and were able to develop a our own style. Now we will continue recording our album... Meanwhile, Grubenwehr has released a split cassettte with Fabio Oris and B°TONG. You can find it here. The cassette is limited to 50 copies but it is also available digitally.
Final rehearsals for the Bu.d.d.A. tour and working on new material. For the first time ever, b°tong is recording playing actual instruments!
No news regarding live shows, but there will be some compilation tracks and split releases coming out this year, maybe even a full album. I still hope to be playing a small tour with Bu.d.d.A. the new project of me and Sascha from Emerge. Due to recording with Bu.d.d.A. I have discovered the fun of actually recording with real instruments rather than use samples and field recordings, so there have already been some attempts at re-inventing B°TONG.
All shows have been canncelled or postponed to later this year. Not sure wether the summer festival in Augsburg will happen - it is scheduled for early July - but if so, there will be a show by both B°TONG and Bu.d.d.A. Meanwhile we are booking the October Bu.d.d.A. tour together with DREKKA from the USA, and are recording for the first album. B°TONG has two releases ready for release, so keep your eyes and ears open...
As 2019 is coming to an end, B°TONG can look back on a good year, with nice shows and a fine new release. I am now preparing for 2020 with my new and approved set. There is also new music that could be released... but first there will be a first tour with my new project Bu.d.d.A. together with Sascha Stadlmeier of Emerge.
As Chris is getting ready for the last two B°TONG shows of the year, he is now booking two tours for Bu.d.d.A. together with Sascha Stadlmeier. The duo will go on their first tour in April 2020, and will follow that with an extended tour in October 2020, hopefully with a whole new album as merchandise...
Bu.d.d.A. CD EP out on Attenuation Circuit, you can get it here. Two more live dates added, check here. Also the new patches have arrived and are available by writing to kingmongol(at)hotmail(dot)com. They cost 5€ and look like this:
After a succesful little tour through Slovenia (playing with Puce Mary at Zasavje Noise Festival), Italy, Switzerland and Germany, the next date is with Australian label-mates (Silken Tofu) Kollaps in Basel. The Bu.d.d.A. CD is released on Attenuation Circuit. It features Chris and Sascha Stadlmeier with guest musician Dieter Mauson. Bu.d.d.A. also had their first live performance in Zürich recently. More activity to follow, it is a welcome break from playing solo.
New live dates: 7th September Zasavje Noise Festival with Bu.d.d.A. - the new project with Sascha Stadlmeier (Emerge/Attenuation Circuit) and then some more dates either as b°tong or Bu.d.d.A. culminating in a show in Freiburg i. Br. in Germany. Also b°tong is set to play with Australian label-mates Kollaps (Silken Tofu) in Basel 24th September. Bu.d.d.A. has a CD coming on Attenuation Circuit. The album is already available as download via Attenuation Circuit's bandcamp page here.
Homepage back online after some serious issues with the "new" web-designer and thus a return to the old designer. What's been happening? B°TONG went on a successful tour together with Takkiduda (Japan) and Re-drum (Russia); the new CD "Pobing The Boundaries" got released on the cool little Spanish label Marbre Negre; B°TONG played two festivals - Bruitisme and Kaschemme Birthday Bash; and finally, B°TONG is working on another new album, for which, hopefully, there will be avinyl release. Also looking into the possibility of re-issuing "Probing..." on vinyl.
I had short appearance on national Swiss television - in the series "Der Bestatter" I perform playback as guitarist in a fictional band. The song that was used is an old song of mine (Hopeless Case) that appeared on the PHASED album "Schtomp & Decadence" - fun fact: you can hear the singer-actor singing with my voice.
The episode "Spiel mit dem Feuer" was aired Tue 5th and Thu 7th February on SRF 1 and SRF 2.
Last four dates for this year coming up in a week - 11. Lausanne, Galerie Humus, 13. Offenbach, Waggon, 14. Karlsruhe, AKK, 16. Freiburg, White Rabbit. All dates are with Dieter Müh from the UK, and most with Grodock from Freiburg and are promotional shows for the Grubenwehr cassette release.
Further, a tentative release date has been set for a new B°TONG album entitled "Probing The Boundaries". To be released on CD by a small Spanish label and as download by a US net-label.
And here is a picture of the Waschzwang compilation, a stick featuring many fine artists and which is inside a toilet washer which you have to use before you can listen to the compilation:
Short tour is over - special high-lights included Magia Roja and the radio show in Barcelona. Next dates in December together with Dieter Müh (and Grodock on assorted dates).
Finally the dates for the small November tour are together! b°tong will be playing 5 shows in France and Spain together with Emerge and Occupied Head from Germany.