On this very May Day, 14 years ago, three guys who met just slightly more than twelve months before in the dark recesses of Rome’s dirties goth clubs decided to forego the celebrations of the day (May 1st is a national holiday in Italy, and a huge concert is organised in one of Rome’s biggest squares, Piazza San Giovanni) and instead hid in one of their homes, playing with samples, synths and drum machines - yes, 2001 was still the year of hardware electronics.
In the Crowley-Harris Thoth deck, the fourteenth Trump is called “Art”, and the Master Therion writes about it: “Transmute all wholly into the image of thy will, bringing each to its true token of perfection. “…Combination of forces, realization, action based on accurate calculation; the way of escape, success after elaborate manoeuvres…”
Fourteen years later, this seems to me the best way to depict my own personal experience with XP8.
I won’t bother you all again with the reasons why we are stopping now: not only I already voiced my thoughts many times in the past year, and you can still read them here or here, but I also keep reading comments like “oh, I’ve heard more from this band now that they quit than ever before”, or “man, that was the longest goodbye ever”.
It was meant to be like this: if I learned something over this years is that unless you are in the business of making pre-canned pop music (which is absolutely a good business, mind you!), you need to create more than “just” music. You need to create a narrative, a myth that people can relate with in every possible way, you need to become an icon for them to both love AND hate.
Only by doing so you can leave a mark.
I think we did leave that mark, among very few others.
No matter what you think of our music or of us personally, you have one opinion about us: and that means we exist in your noosphere, and that is more than 99% of other bands out there. That is our revenge.
Fourteen years ago, XP8 started as a (rather crappy at first) amateurish musical project, and it evolved into a complex hypersigil that will keep on reverberating its message for years to come.
from MARKO RESURRECCION: farewell and goodbye (at least for now)
May 01, 2015, 06:06:pm
Thank you as well for including the fans in this. We're learning from you as well. XP8 is dead was a sad tune man. However I definitely understand the reasoning behind it. I will be following your crew to see what they do next. Thank you.
R.I.P it's been a pleasure meeting and chatting with you guys. You guys always kick ass and thank you for the great music and support to the fans as long as you possibly could. You will be missed greatly.
Everyone who pre-ordered it either on Bandcamp or iTunes should have received their copies directly, and everyone else can purchase it right now, or stream it on Spotify.
In alchemy, albedo is one of the four major stages of the magnum opus; along with Nigredo, Citrinitas and Rubedo. It is a Latinicized term meaning whiteness. Following the chaos or massa confusa of the Nigredo stage, the alchemist undertakes a purification in albedo, which is literally referred to as ablutio – the washing away of impurities. In this process, the subject is divided into two opposing principles to be later coagulated to form a unity of opposites or coincidentia oppositorum during Rubedo.
Titus Burckhardt interprets the albedo as the end of the lesser work, corresponding to a spiritualization of the body. The goal of this portion of the process is to regain the original purity and receptivity of the soul. Psychologist Carl Jung equated the albedo with unconscious contrasexual soul images; the anima in men and animus in women. It is a phase where insight into shadow projections are realized, and inflated ego and unneeded conceptualizations are removed from the psyche.
To celebrate the Equinox, here's Heatwave straight out Two Of Three: Albedo: the second phase of the alchemical transformation will be reached on on the eve of 31st October 2014, in time for the pagan festivities of Samhain (also know as Hallowe’en). Following the chaos or massa confusa of the Nigredo stage, the alchemist undertakes a purification in Albedo, which is literally referred to as ablutio – the washing away of impurities. In this process, the subject is divided into two opposing principles to be later coagulated to form a unity of opposites or coincidentia oppositorum during Rubedo. Here can already pre-order it on Bandcamp and get Heatwave right now. iTunes pre-orders will follow-up soon.
We only want to add a couple of things… first of all, for us this is particularly sad because we planned it to be the last XP8 concert, our farewell gig. And before you jump to conclusions: no, it’s not going to be easy to find an alternative. Especially not one as good as Alt-Fest was: that kinda exposure is something simply doesn’t come by these days. Not for us at least.
It looks like we’ll have to do without one last farewell party: we want to to thank all the people who contacted us, some offering alternatives, but none of them seem viable for us at this moment, especially given the fact we prepared pyros for this show and wanted to film it professionally.
Surely it’s a sign of how much you guys cared about it, and we thank you for that.
Furthermore, I am personally baffled by the comments I’ve been reading around: it looks like some people are actually happy that the festival failed, and did it so spectacularly. It feels like these people, maybe just the dreaded vocal minority of the web, but maybe not, are truly happy that pretty much the only big event the goth/industrial scene has seen outside Germany - EVER - was doomed to fall. It boggles my mind. But then again, these are those ultra-defender of the “underground” would rather die of ebola - very possible these days - than having 10 more people at their parties. These people are the very reason why this scene is fading away faster and faster. Elitism and sectarianism only brought a sterile soil, and turned away those youngsters who approached this genre and scene in the past few years: it’s not an uncommon view to see the blogs, tumblrs or twitters of guys and girls who embraced our music just a few years ago now having completely forsaken it, going to back to something more inclusive like metal or alt rock.
Finally, I’m equally baffled at how bad the Alt-Fest HQ handled the mess: the last 4 days have been a lesson in how to fail at social media under every aspect. It’s truly a disgrace. Adding this to the way they boasted to be “the biggest festival in the universe” and their repeated pleas to support it “in the name of the scene”, it gives out a very sad, almost pathetic image. These people basically frozen the UK alt scene for two whole years, jeopardising tour plans and putting club nights and the few other festivals at risk, and in the end they failed to deliver what they promised... and all they can say is "I'm sorry, we miscalculated". This is what happens when amateurs take the stage. To add insult to injury, at this point I can tell you that pretty much ALL THE HEADLINERS and their agents WERE contacted as the rumors of the cancellation started to spread by the various companies working on the logistics of the event. Yet the promoters left us and countless others completely in the dark, as we were just not good enough to even be included in a mass email. It seems they didn’t realise that even “just a day” would have made a hell of a difference, as not only we are all losing money but now we are also effectively losing time and the chance to reschedule our time, holidays and whatnot. I defended them for months when the naysayers started their annoying mumbling, but in retrospect I must say those naysayers were right.
I do wonder if their monthly event in London will still go on. I wouldn’t feel ok by supporting someone who just let so many people down like this: no matter what sort of problems they were trying to face, you just don’t keep people for four full days in the dark, when you get non-stop messages from people who spend hundreds if not thousands of cash in flights, trains, rentals and hotels. Still it seems that running a successful monthly club for the "alternative people" will give you a free pass for every fuck up you might end up doing, as the countless messages of absolution and support, even in the face of this inevitable demise, kept on popping over social media... sure, the minority in relation with the thousands of angry voices that were asking for the statement they released only today.
In closure: Alt-Fest is gone, and it’s a missed opportunity for everyone - maybe it was just too ambitious to being with, but it was the right thing to try, to breathe new life in an ageing, fading scene.
Sure, there are still other, genre-specific festivals out there, and some are bloody good. But by closing the boundaries more and more we are just dying out. XP8 is disappearing. Straftanz is gone already. More will follow as more already fell over the past few years. Maybe most of you won’t care, or even notice, but when in a few years or even less the only bands you’ll get to see live will be the ones already headlining every German festival, just realise who of you had, too, a part in all of this. *
- Marco Visconti
* = and to some of the Americans out there, reading this: no, there won’t be any real coldwave comeback. Enjoy the little hype the Wax Trax! 2.0 bands are going for now before the entire, inevitable demise. *fnord*
ALT-FAIL: or how things have ended...
August 04, 2014, 12:02:pm
do what they did on Wayne's world when they were trying to put on WayneStock if their festival is cancelled make your own! and get bands together and put on the biggest and greatest festival you can! ^-^ I don't know I'm trying here :x but seriously a lot of people doubt alternative bands and don't want to do the shows their all for rap,hip hop,and pop >.<
ALT-FAIL: or how things have ended...
August 04, 2014, 01:21:pm
The UK industrial scene still has Infest and Resistanz Festival. It's a shame that Alt-fest got cancelled. I guess that the organizers bit off more than they could chew with regards to the line-up and the budget needed to host this event. I feel sorry for all the bands and everyone who bought a ticket to the event. I hope that they get their money back.
ALT-FAIL: or how things have ended...
August 09, 2014, 12:49:am
I was pretty sad that I wasn't going to make it to this in the first place due to my money situation. So when I heard it was cancelled I was in a weird state. Slightly glad that I didn't spend a bunch of time and money to try and make it but sad because this seemed like one of the best festivals ever. There was so much to this that made me so excited. Band after band that I love and adore and have wanted to see for so many years and it's horrible to see how it's fallen apart for everyone. But the people whom put it together clearly had no idea what they were doing. And it's a shame because they promised the world but gave us all but grains of sand. I suppose it was just too good to be true and inevitable.I'm also sadden to hear that I won't get to see an XP8 show now. I've loved you're guys work for years and have never had an ability to see a show and, to the best of my knowledge, never heard you guys play in Kansas City. But alas I wish the best for you.
ALT-FEST: one month to go... come to see us live for the last time!
July 15, 2014, 07:35:am
I guess this is a situation where the subject really "says it all": Alt-Fest is exactly in one month, and it will be the last XP8 concert - at least for the foreseeable future.
Over the past years it became more and more difficult to book shows, and this is the first time in our career where we don't have anything booked after this one... sadly, it also seems like nothing is going to magickally appear either.
So come to see us at Alt-Festfor one last big party together: we'll make sure it's going to be a memorable one!