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### BULLETIN -- OCTOBER 23 ###

October 26 marks the two-year anniversary of Suspiria, Luca Guadagnino’s supernatural horror film that takes direct inspiration from Dario Argento’s 1977 movie of the same name. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke provided the original soundtrack to the film, and included a moody, ethereal song called “Unmade.”

Much like Guadagnino’s remake of Argento’s classic, Boston artist R.M. Hendrix has given similar treatment to Yorke’s “Unmade”, taking what was originally a synth and piano piece and rearranged into a full band exploration of emotive sound. The equation was simple: Decrease the piano, and amplify the drama.

Hendrix’s “Unmade,” featured on his September EP War Is on Its Way, is spotlighted for release October 26 with a stunning new visual component. It both celebrates the two-year anniversary of our culture’s new Suspiria, and shows another side to Hendrix’s skillful knack for reinterpreting sound and complementing it with his own dystopian vision.    

“The video is an abstract homage to horror films and Suspiria itself,” Hendrix says. “I took art direction from the lyrics of the song, ‘there’s no faces’ and ‘I swear there’s nothing,’ and produced a surreal visual feast made from layers of spiders, dancers, unidentifiable fluids and an ASCII text ghost. It has a sensual and nervous quality, attractive but persistent with suspense. Perfect for Halloween pre-game.”

“Unmade” placement and positioning on War Is On Its Way is no accident. Hendrix included the cover to provide some comfort after the other, original songs on the EP are rooted deep in American angst, from our never-ending political turmoil to a hopeless spree of gun violence in both large cities and small towns. “Funny how a horror movie soundtrack can be comforting,” Hendrix says with a laugh. 

And much like how Yorke crafted the Suspiria soundtrack with his son, Noah, on drums, Hendrix’s “Unmade” features his teenage son, Solomon Hendrix, a rising photographer and experimental musician, on drums as well. It completes an uncanny universal connection between the recordings, lifted up by not only the supernatural entrenched in the horror film genre, but the realities of the lives we are living.

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### BULLETIN -- SEPTEMBER 09 ###

Boston artist R.M.Hendrix has unveiled his gravitational new EP, War Is On Its Way. To complement the sounds and the themes refelected in his music, Hendrix has also penned a new essay series on Medium that explores each song’s origins cast against the dire headlines of the day. From our American obsession with guns to the killing of journalists to an increased numbness that clouds our daily lives, Hendrix’s new music is inextricably linked to the chaos that surrounds us.


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### BULLETIN -- AUGUST 28 ###


Following the release of previous single “Bullet Point,” Boston-based experimental-pop musician, multi-instrumentalist, and producer R.M. Hendrix continues to showcase his forthcoming EP War Is on Its Way (09.09.20) with the release of a startling new track titled “Soft Targets”.

“It’s gonna be your Feel Bad Song of the Summer,” Hendrix says. A defining track of the forthcoming EP, “Soft Targets” boasts huge break beats and layers of vocals over trippy keys and a body-bouncing bass line.

It continues Hendrix’s emergence this summer as a musical mad chemist, incorporating elements of psych, trip-hop, shoegaze, indie, and alt-rock against impassioned lyrics that reflect this modern age of cultural insanity. Hendrix’s music can be described as kinetic agit-pop for a paranoid world on the brink.

It is also the sound of 2020, and Hendrix has so far earned praise in American Pancake, The Other Side Reviews, Home Cooking Share, and elsewhere, with Soundsphere Mag citing Portishead and God Lives Underwater as musical reference points.

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### BULLETIN -- AUGUST 10 ###

Boston artist R.M.Hendrix’s follow-up to 2017 agit-pop release Can It Find Us Here? emphatically responds YES. War Is on Its Way captures the sounds of American angst through a plaster wall. It’s distant, eerie, covered with the grit of decades. What is this?


It’s seven songs of head-bobbing anxiety and gloom. The EP opens with a gospel-like stomp, “Violence has its own light.” It’s like the opening statement of a trial, and the defendant is all of us. What is this mess we’ve made? It’s colored everything in a bruise blue. As “Secret Weapon” reveals itself, we begin to feel the isolation we’ve created.


The next track and first single, “Bullet Point,” begins with an eerie arpeggiated synth that feels slightly unhinged. As soon as you orient yourself you’re hit with a percussive onslaught and a gritty vocal melody, “This is how I win, This is how I win, murders and acquisitions.” It’s a jarring shift from the opener. Who is he talking to? The unease builds to a chorus that is psychedelic and unnerving. A punchy bass clears the way for a simple line, “With my bullet point,” that echoes into haunting swirls while guitars stab at the air.


The tension is relentless throughout the EP. It’s a record about the language of violence and the culture it creates. It’s not until Track 6, a cover of Thom Yorke’s “Unmade” written for the Suspiria soundtrack, that things calm down. It’s telling that a song from a horror film is soothing. “When I first heard Yorke’s song I was overwhelmed with emotion. It’s such a melancholy acknowledgement of everything being broken and yet somehow finding hope with someone,” says Hendrix. “I had to record it myself because I felt it so strongly.” The final track, “A Day Without,” builds on this hope with a song about choice and determination to walk away from the war. Then it’s done.


Hendrix says: “This record was like a hair in my mouth. It had to come out. I had a library of modular synth experiments that I started chopping into arrangements with short lyrical phrases. It was a way to cope and respond to the zeitgeist. I tamed the chaos then realized I was singing the blues.”


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