Seattle’s non-binary purveyors of the true liberation of the spirit through the construction of music for all tomorrow’s warehouses & earbuds QOQO ROBOQS presents the world premiere for their new single & visual for “Cable News” that sets out to break through the world’s idiot boxes witth amplified beats, inspired electric sequences & poetic chants. Part of the Seattle based art collective TUF—a female/nonbinary/trans DJ/northwest phenomenon—QOQO ROBOQS announced the upcoming arrival of their LM PRIME-R available later this fall with a message to the current despot-in-chief via visuals by Zach Zimmerman & Michelle Morandotti from Ceramic Films & produced in Washington D.C. sporting Alison Odwoski’s original footage. With Qoqo Maria’s whispered vocal loops of the president watches…, the “Cable News” obsessions that trickle down from the executive branch, with the media masses lapping up every toxic Tweet (that allegedly suffices as, ahem, news/buzzworthy dribble fit for reporting) and empowering the angry legions of tiki-torch wielding cowards. QOQO ROBOQS fights the waves of discrimination, hate & hysteria with a subversive hyper-techno-ballad that sends out a psychic saber of civil defiance/disobedience that pushes toward a destiny of a greater state of civic consciousness.
Having previously gifted the international pop culture communities with the singles “breathe into me” & “As If I“—QOQO ROBOQS keeps the creative electronic currents humming, thumping, where more than ever their sound becomes fashioned as tense soundtrack to score the current political climate & fallout in a time where the free world powers harbor white nationalists, empower their rabid fan base & equate neo-Nazis, KKK & other alt-right trolls to the protesters countering these unsettling campaigns of hate. The visual team of Alison Odwoski, Zach Zimmerman & Michelle Morandotti along with QOQO ROBOQS made this video prior to the horrific events at the Charlottesville, Virginia “Unite the Right” rally that claimed the life of Heather Heyer and it could not be a more timely wake-up call to executive branch in the wake of their acerbic & awful response to these horrific events.
The visual blend for QOQO ROBOQS’ “Cable News” mixes modernist analog transmissions with contemporary montages of subliminal rituals juxtaposed with the vintage & antiquated routines & rhythms of the past. Exhibitions of old school electronics are displayed as the ROBOQS drops all four-to-the-floor in a major way. The tense moods that QOQO commands combined with the creative collage of present meets past hints at the cyclical nature of society, our world, our ideas, their progressions, regressions & a whole lot more. “Cable News” offers up inconvenient truths with electro-impulse warnings & visual indicators that point toward a death of civility, civil rights, global/national securities & all that we hold dear. QOQO ROBOQS are not here to be alarmist but are utilizing the empowerment of electronic aesthetics to respond to an era of injustice, discrimination against POC, LGBTQ, immigrants & all the many both domestic & abroad that have been harmed by a government administration that has made a mockery of the proverbial house on the hill & displaced what can only be described as something beyond gross ineptitude of leadership. This is breaking news story for all the so-called undecided and/or unresponsive & silent schmucks that only empower our crisis state of intense adversity with a comination of apathy to being just willfully in-opinionated.
QOQO ROBOQS penned the following poetic manifesto introduction to “Cable News” & further imperative statements:
QOQO ROBOQS CABLE NEWS
Techno was first given to the world by black artists in America. Let us never forget. Since the 1980s, techno has been a safe haven for the marginalized, the non-binary, the queer, the outcasts, and the orphans. It seems we need techno now more than ever. We’ve been taken hostage by one who takes pleasure in knocking out the powerful and powerless alike, basking in his own destructive image. Like Narcissus at the pond, the president watches himself on cable news. He leads others down his reprehensible path.
Unite. Be strong. Fight hate and bigotry. With enough creativity and innovation, anything is possible. Techno looks to the future. We’ve been to outer space, we’ve mapped the human genome, and now we must find that glimmering kernel that will allow us to transcend our own propensity to destroy ourselves. We must change this procession—within and without. And if you are feeling lost, there is a place for you in techno, for techno families love and care for each other in the most expansive dark.
A TECHNO OFFERING
With love, QOQO ROBOQS
We cast off the binary aspersions we’ve been assigned in the light
Each a soft stabbing pin We move into the dark places left empty
Industrial dreams abandoned
Makeshift spaces transformed for worship
We praise each other in dripping sweat
We taste the minerals off each others’ cheeks
We hold each others’ malformities
And bless ourselves with them
We act radically in our care for ourselves
Tenderness for each other
Here we make love
Here we dance
Here we gather our bodies together
Here we make techno
We feel the waveforms that connect us all cosmically
Here with delay, reverberation
And a relentlessly licking percussion
We make our shield not of light, but of sound
We fold time
Here our waveforms are larger than yours
Here our senses register change
The motion of attack
We know the cosmoses are moving
We move with them
We are human animals
We route secrets for each other
Roadmaps for safety
We feed each other freely
We know there is a force that is trying to
Scatter us out of our power
We are salt
We are water
We will dance in the darkness
And love each other into eternity
Taken this summer by me, Qoqo, at warehouse show I played in Seattle. It was a super special show as I got to play with some of my best friends in our little techno community, and it was put on by my friends as a sort of goodbye before they moved to Berlin to pursue their techno duo.
Listen to more from QOQO ROBOQS via Bandcamp.
LM PRIME-R will be available soon.