Massive Attack has announced plans to take their 1998 album Mezzanine on tour in a bid to celebrate the record’s 21st anniversary.
Having already announced plans to reissue the album on limited edition vinyl, the band will head on tour to be what Robert Del Naja described as “a one-off piece of work; our own personalised nostalgia nightmare head trip”
A tour which they have titled ‘Mezzanine XX1’ will be “a totally new audio/visual production featuring Elizabeth Fraser and designed by Robert Del Naja with collaborators to be announced at a later date,” the band said in a press release. To keep things fresh, the show will be a “custom audio reconstructed from the original samples and influences.”
Massive Attack UK/Ireland
Monday January 28, 2019 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Tuesday January 29, 2019 – MANCHESTER Arena
Friday February 22, 2019 – LONDON O2 Arena
Sunday February 24, 2019 – DUBLIN 3Arena
Friday March 1, 2019 – BRISTOL Steel Yard
Massive Attack are also taking their ambitious Mezzanine anniversary celebrations to the next level with the announcement of their DNA-encoded spray paint can which will be included in the vinyl reissue.
While limited, it is thought that around one million cans will be sent out as part of the vinyl release. The band will be encoding the record’s 11 tracks into actual DNA, are bringing paint to the party too.
Swiss STEM university ETH Zurich, who is behind the DNA project, announced the plans to convert the songs of the album into “920,000 short DNA strands” which will be poured into “5,000 tiny (nanometre-sized) glass spheres.”
Now, Massive Attack will release a limited number of aerosol cans containing a matt black paint which will feature the Mezzanine DNA used in the record. The move could well be a cheeky play on the long rumours that band member 3D is secretly the identity of unknown graffiti artist Banksy.
“It’s a creative way to store your back catalogue, although DNA-encoded spray paint is unlikely to be adopted by street artists seeking anonymity,” 3D said in a press statement.
Dr. Robert Grass, of Zurich’s TurboBeads company, explained: “This digital bitstream of the album (0s and 1s) was first translated to 901’065 DNA sequences (A, C, T and Gs), each 105 characters long.
“The 901’065 individual sequences were then chemically synthesised resulting in a synthetic DNA sample, which fully represents the digital bitstream of the album.”