title: SIMON CHAPMAN
label: AMATEUR RADIO / AR01
format: CASSETTE, DIGITAL ALBUM
release date: 26/03/2018
style: AMBIENT, DRONE
TRACKLIST: A. Simon Chapman 49:04 / B. These Mountains Won't Move By Themselves* 49:04
CREDITS: Akis Karanos (Artwork, Guitars)
NOTE: 50 numbered cassettes with download link via Bandcamp
Simon Chapman died in early 2017. An anarchist arrested and imprisoned during the 2003 G8 protests in Thessaloniki under fake evidence. Adding to the absurdity and the cruelty of his drama, the actual moment of his framing -i.e.placing molotof bombs and hammers in his empty bag- was documented by present photographers. He went on a hunger strike and fucked his health. You can search online his story, if you care.
Thessaloniki is my city. I was there that day.
It could have been me, it could have been you, it could have been anyone; annoying enough.
This 49-minute drone that I made is not a tribute nor a lamentation.
Not a farewell or a hagiography.
It does not conclude or point.
It is not a triumphant anthem.
It is persistent, like a child clenching it fists;
It is angry and dark, but sustained.
It announces the coming, not with epic battle drums, screams, slogans and ideologisms, but with peristence, consistency and eye to eye contact.
Side B (These Mountains Won't Move By Themselves)* is an invitation to you.
It's your move.
*track intentionally left blank