COLLAPSING SCENERY IS THE MEETING OF TWO FERTILE AND FEBRILE MINDS, DON DE VORE AND REGGIE DEBRIS. TOGETHER THEY STRADDLE THE GAP BETWEEN THE MUSIC,
ART, FILM AND POLITICS, SEAMLESSLY MOVING BETWEEN EACH WITH THE SAME EASE AT WHICH THEY TRAVERSE THE GLOBE, SOAKING UP EXPERIENCES AND IMMERSING
THEMSELVES IN DIFFERENT CULTURES.
Don De Vore is a mainstay of some of the US’s most exciting and important contemporary bands, having played in Ink & Dagger, The Icarus Line, Amazing Baby, Giant Drag, and Lilys. He is also curator of the Queens arts space Trans Pecos. Joining him on vocals is debuting vocalist and lyrical collaborator Reggie Debris, a veritable human riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. The pair exist to challengeand subvert perceptions in the worlds of outsider art and political protest. And have a great time while doing it. A more recent artistic residency in New York saw CollapsingScenery create a psychedelic immersive art installation that incorporated projections, layers of colourful plexi-glass, a reading from Genesis P-Orridge and a performances from De Vore and Debris (meanwhile in a clash of the old and new the gallery upstairs hosted a Picasso exhibition). While some bands claim to be exponents of the DIY ethic, Collapsing Scenery are entirely self-sufficient, sonic buccaneers sailing the seas with piratical intent.
“I’d been a fan of director Kansas Bowling from afar, and we immediately clicked creatively when we met in person. Her idea was simply a gender flipped riff on ‘Lord of the Flies’. There are so many memorable set pieces in that novel, including the fallen paratroopers, which inspired the costuming for me and Don.” – Reggie Debris
“I think girls are more evil than boys so they make for a better study of the dark side of human nature” – Kansas Bowling
Regarding the song:
“I’ve always loved this randy Newman song and the various covers of it, especially Nolan Porter’s. After listening to that version on repeat, got this idea to approach it with that Gary Glitter stomp. We reached out to james Chance as a total Hail Mary and were floored he agreed to play on it. He’s a real hero of ours and a true lifer.” – Reggie Debris
4.16 London, UK at Shackwell Arms w/ Film Noir & Deep Tan
4.17 London, UK at Birthdays w/ Jammz & Swing Ting
5.7 LA, CA at Zebulon w/ Death Valley Girls & Prissy Whip
5.9 SF, CA at Hemlock w/ Glaare & Anthony (of Ceremony)
5.14 LA, CA at Zebulon w/ Avalon & Ruby tm
5.21 LA, CA at Zebulon w/ Glaare, Anthony (of Ceremony) & Nani
5.28 LA, CA at Zebulon w/ Christian Club