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Gross Net

Gross Net Means Gross Net

    Gross Net is the project of Belfast-based artist Philip Quinn, guitarist of the now defunct Girls Names. A departure from the techno-driven sound of 2015's 'Quantitative Easing,' 'Gross Net Means Gross Net' bridges dark electronics, avant garde experimentation, and black humor. The album title is based on a remark made by British Prime Minister Theresa May "Brexit Means Brexit," and 'Gross Net Means Gross Net' is just that - whatever Quinn sanctions the project to be. What it is is truly unique. Shaken by the political upheavals in the US and UK in 2016, the refugee crisis, and the consequences of present-day capitalism, Quinn mined internal feelings of mental anguish and slowly pieced the album together starting with acoustic guitar sketches that would evolve into the carefully crafted compositions that comprise 'Gross Net Means Gross Net.'

    Throughout the album, melodies of rapture and unease duel, creating a dizzying anxiety ala the minimal electronic doom of Coil and Bish Bosch-era Scott Walker. The ethereal "Gentrification" alludes to the orchestral ambience of Popol Vuh, eventually entering unexpected pop territory with the arrival of a palpitating beat and Quinn's delicate croon. "Of Late Capitalism" demonstrates Quinn's range of instrumentation with combat-ready percussion and ominous textures wielded from both synths and guitars. The equally gorgeous and unsettling "Dust to Dust," with its melancholic beauty, builds to a dramatic conclusion that marks the album's cinematic climax. Conceived in the void of personal isolation and societal darkness, 'Gross Net Means Gross Net' is an eerily intimate affair that captivates with its originality. 

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Light Introduction (for Will)
    A2. World Of Confusion
    A3. Shedding Skin
    A4. Theresa May
    A5. Gentrification

    B1. Of Late Capitalism
    B2. Dust To Dust
    B3. Damascene Conversion
    B4. The Indignity Of Labour
    B5. Social Nationalists

    Gross Net

    Quantiative Easing

      Initially a guitar/bass/drum-machine duo of Philip Quinn (Girls Names) and Christian Donaghey (Autumns), Gross Net was conceived as an output for ideas alternative to their other groups. After the release of their first cassette EP on Art For Blind Records (Perfect Pussy, The Altered Hours) and Donaghey's subsequent departure to concentrate fully on Autumns, Quinn took up the Gross Net mantle solo.


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