Premiering in 2006 at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, Mankind is composed of two interdisciplinary performers, Alexis O’Hara and D. Kimm that straddles the divide between sound poetry and electronic noisiness, dark ambient and noise. They plumb the depths of the subconscious to deliver trance-like soundscapes.
In their latest show they deliver a musical exposé on Bad Behaviour/La mauvaise conduite. Exploring and deploring notions of social etiquette and feminine standards, Mankind does all it can to turn ‘the show’ inside out. The ’band’ goes to great lengths to create a pretty song, only to destroy it when it gets cooking. A narrative is unfurled, unspooled then swept to a corner of the stage. Huge clouds of feedback hang heavy in the air, emotions run a schizophrenic gamut but Mankind stays steady on their feet, engage and in full connection with their audience. Mankind embraces the mundane and even the ’boring’ in sharp juxtaposition with their electric and oft-deafening stage presence. It is sonic cinema that is dark and ambient with bursts of scary things. Spokennoise and deliquent vaudeville. Improvised bliss and vast confusion. Whatever the situation demands. To Mankind!
- Donau Festival, Krems, Austria — April 30, 2008
- Festival Musique Action, Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France — May 9-10, 2008
- Montévidéo, Marseille, France — May 13, 2008
- Duckie, Vauxhall Tavern, London, England — May 16, 2008
- Resonance benefit Concert, London, England — May 18, 2008
- Berliner-wald, Berlin, Germany — May 22, 2008
- Studio 23, Berlin, Germany — May 23-24, 2008