French musician James Kent, now known as Perturbator, began his musical journey as a guitarist in multiple black metal outfits in his native France. But after quickly growing dissatisfied with the scene he decided to change things up, in a 2016 interview with TuneCore Kent explained: " I became guitarist for a couple of bands, local stuff. Played a couple of live shows in nasty bars. It was okay for a while, but I was never truly pleased when working with other people. Too many limitations, too many egos to please. I was looking to do something by myself without caring about if people around me liked it or not. Electronic music seemed like the best option at this time."
Not long after coming to that realization, Perturbator was born. Beginning with a self-released EP in March of 2012, titled "Night Driving Avenger" Kent began to establish his presence in the electronic music world as Perturbator. The project quickly took off and Kent signed to Finnish metal label, Blood Music. Perturbator has released three full length albums with the label, the latest of which is titled "New Model" and was released earlier this month.
Blood Music detailed the record in an earlier press release: “Composed in secret, “New Model” follows quickly on the heels of his Billboard chart-topping album “The Uncanny Valley” and explores the bleak and slithering circuitry at the core of modern life. Reveling in utter madness, gnarled and distorted low-end, and eschewing all modern rules of tempo; the 34-and-a-half minute EP enters quickly and cleans out your core, guiding you on a dystopian odyssey through the underbelly of fierce glitch and madness.”
Petturbator - Vantablack feat. OddZoo:
Perturbator brought the sounds of his album to North America with a tour that launched earlier this month in Denver, Colorado. The tour continues on through the first week of October, and you can see it this Friday night (Sept. 29th) at Brighton Music Hall in Boston.
Perturbator, Das Mortal, Projector 101 - Friday, September 29th @ Brighton Music Hall in Boston, MA 8pm/$20