R.I.P. RICHARD H KIRK – Sole Original CABARET VOLTAIRE Musician Passed Away At 65

21 September 2021

RICHARD H. KIRK has passed away, he was only 65.

He was one of the 3 original musicians that formed the influential electro-industrial-post-punk-noise band CABARET VOLTAIRE from Sheffield, UK. They were active from 1973–1994 and from 2009 on it was Kirk alone who revitalised CB and released the excellent 2020 comeback LP Shadow Of Fear. Turn Up The Volume made it Album Of The Day
last November when the record came out.

It was his record label Mute Records that broke the news: “It is with great sadness that we confirm our great & dear friend, Richard H. Kirk has passed away. Richard was a towering creative genius who led a singular & driven path throughout his life & musical career. We will miss him so much. We ask that his family are given space.”

No cause of death was revealed.

In memory of a fabulous, adventurous and
visionary musician here’s the final Cabaret Voltaire LP
Shadow Of Fear

CABARET VOLTAIRE: HistoryDiscography

(image on top: cover of his 2014 titled Never Lose Your Shadow)

2020 Science-Fiction Soundtrack – New Album ‘SHADOW OF FEAR’ By CABARET VOLTAIRE

30 November 2020

Artist: CABARET VOLTAIRE (Sheffield)
Who: Originally a three-piece when CV formed in 1973.
Now a one-man-band with founding member Richard H. Kirk.

Album: SHADOW OF FEAR – 14th LP – first in 26 years
Released: 20 November 2020

The Guardian wrote: “The first Cabaret Voltaire album in more than two decades feels oddly of the moment, their grim presentiments about disinformation, curfews and crackdowns fulfilled… ‘Shadow of Fear’ makes few concessions to user-friendliness – it’s far heavier-going than the last albums the original Cabaret Voltaire made – and for every listener who finds it a powerful, cathartic reflection of the times, there’s bound to be one who feels it’s the last thing they want to hear at the moment, life being what it is… What it does, and does successfully, might be the hardest thing for a reformed band to pull off: it adds to their catalogue, rather than detracts from it.” Full review here. Score 4/5.

Richard H Kirk: “You can’t beat a good drone.”

Turn Up The Volume: ‘Shadow Of A Doubt‘ is the ultimate soundtrack for a 2001 Space Odyssey remake starring The Terminator on his last mission ever, destroying Earth, while Cabaret Voltaire‘s new multi-layered-electro-scapes blast out of the cinema speakers.

A spine-chilling mix of ominous beats, capricious bleeps, nightmarish reverberations,
and creepy voices. But, hey wait, I was tapping my feet all the way, for about an hour. That’s what Cabaret Voltaire always managed to do, making you feel lively and move in mysterious ways to their obscure and science-fiction-like symphonies while Doomsday looms at the end of the horizon. Can’t think of a better sonic score for this surreal year. Perfect timing for a comeback!

Stream Shadow Of Fear here…


Five Fervent Firecrackers – STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND…

21 August / 23 August 2020…

Five new firecrackers to boost your favorite 48 hours…

1. ‘Hail Taxi’ by METZ
These Canadians have slash and trash chromosomes in their DNA. Their wall-of-balls-crushing racket is massive. New, fourth longplayer Atlas Vending out 9th October.

2. ‘Ohms’ by DEFTONES
The title track from new album OHMS, out 25 September. A robust mid-tempo slam. “We’ve never just been a metal band, we’ve never just been an alternative band, we’ve always just been us.” says frontman Chino Moreno in an interview with NME.

Hypnotic, intimidating, and ongoing bleeps and beeps trip. Lead-single
from new album Shadow Of Fear, first in 26 years. Out 20 November.

4. ‘Nightmares’ by ALICE GLASS
A furious electro sledgehammer by former Crystal Castles voice. “If this was
ever a part of me/ Then I’ll rip it out/ You’re not a part of me/ Cause I don’t want it.”

5. ‘If I Had My Way’ by OSEES
24/7 garage rock junk John Dwyer releases a new longplayer called Protean Threat
with Osees one of his many outfits. This new cut is a buzzing 60s prog rock stroke. Yeah!…

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Original Chemical Beats – CABARET VOLTAIRE Returns With New Album And Shares Raving Lead-Single ‘VASTO’

New sonic impulses…

20 August 2020

Initially a three-piece Sheffield’s CABARET VOLTAIRE was alongside Human League, Throbbing Gristle, Fad Gadget and The Normal at the forefront of the UK Electronic Movement of the late ’70s and were one of its most influential and innovative acts.

Over the years Richard H. Kirk became the sole member and continued Cabaret
as a one-man act. Now, 26 years after the last one, he announced a new
album, titled SHADOW OF FEAR, planned for a November release via Mute Records.

“The mission statement from the off was no nostalgia. Normal rules do not apply. Something
for the 21st Century. No old material. Stuff that was quite stripped back and crude. Every time I would visit a new place to perform, I would write something fresh. ‘Shadow Of Fear’ feels like a strangely appropriate title. The current situation didn’t have much of an influence on what I was doing — all the vocal content was already in place before the panic set in — but maybe due to my nature of being a bit paranoid there are hints in there about stuff going a bit weird and capturing the current state of affairs”
tells Kirk about the new longplayer.

If you want to know where raving techno stars Chemical Brothers (and others too) got their inspiration from, listen then to CV‘s lead-single of the new LP. VASTO feels and sounds like a never-ending electro trip into the night with tons of beeps and bleeps, zig-zag synths, and voodoo vocals. Freakish, hypnotic and intimidating. Totally 2020, indeed.

Don’t fear Cabaret Voltaire…



Remarkable albums from the past

‘Red Mecca’

Released: 15 Sept 1981
Third studio album

ALL MUSIC wrote: “It isn’t without reason that Red Mecca is often referred to as one of
Cabaret Voltaire’s most cohesive and brilliant records. Taken as a whole, the record contains
all the characteristics that have made the Sheffield group such an influential entity when it comes to electronic music of the untethered, experimental variety that isn’t afraid to shake
its tail a little. Unlike a fair portion of CV’s studio output, Red Mecca features no failed experiments or anything that could be merely cast off as “interesting.” It’s a taught, dense, horrific slab lacking a lull.”
– Score: 10/10 – Full review right here

TURN UP THE VOLUME‘S favorite track: the haunting LANDSLIDE

Album in full

CABARET VOLTAIRE: Facebook – Discography

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