LITTLE ANNIE (FORMERLY ‘Annie Anxiety’) has announced the publication of a new artbook Meditation in Chaos, the vinyl re-issue of her first LP Soul Possession (1983), and live appearances on the European leg of the Swans’ tour.
Meditation in Chaos
Published by Timeless Editions – 2016 – France
21 x 29 cm – 84 pages in colours – Hardcover
Nowadays terms like “legendary” and “star” have all but lost their meaning, nevertheless Editions Timeless are proud to present the first ever artbook by a truly stellar legend, the original dub diva: Little Annie Anxiety Bandez!
Little Annie is loved and adored for decades of inimitable torch singing, the list of her collaborators reads like the who’s who of out-there music: Swans, Coil, the On-U Sound stable, Crass, Anohni, Baby Dee, Marc Almond – and the list goes on!
Annie has been painting and taking photos for years, her motifs include iconic religious imagery, the brooding skyscrapers of her former home NYC and intricate floral compositions.
“Meditation In Chaos” presents a glimpse at all of these and much more. The book features an introduction by her friend Penny Rimbaud of Crass and several stunning portraits of Annie herself.
Apart from the standard hardbound version of the book there are three limited art sub-editions featuring original art presented in a ribboned folder.
Annie Anxiety: Soul Possession – vinyl re-issue
Many influential characters graced the stage of Max’s Kansas City within the creative zeitgeist of New York City during the late 1970’s, but one local native named Annie Bandez thrust herself into the downtown scene with her punk ensemble Annie and the Asexuals, establishing her nom de plume Annie Anxiety (later known as “Little Annie”) and colliding head-on with the social norms of contemporary punk culture entangling the city at that time.
After a couple years of disintegrated pursuits in New York, Annie relocated to England, finding herself at the doorstep of the famed anarcho-commune Dial House headed by activist Penny Rimbaud. It was here that Annie Anxiety established herself as a singular artist and voice with her debut 1981 single Barbed Wire Halo on seminal Crass Records and forging a creative alliance with Crass members Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine. As the landscape of punk in the United Kingdom was shifting towards a more diverse, multicultural focal point, artists such as Annie Anxiety found themselves exploring musical signatures in styles such as dub reggae and rocksteady.
In the summer of 1983, Annie began work at Southern Studios on what would be her first full length endeavor which encompassed all of her creative assets at that time. Employing the expertise of legendary dub producer Adrian Sherwood to realize this vision, Annie pulled together members of Crass, Flux of Pink Indians, Family Fodder, African Head Charge, London Underground and Art Interface to record her groundbreaking dub industrial masterpiece. Upon its initial release by the unofficial Crass off-shoot label Corpus Christi in 1984, Soul Possession started the avalanche of activity that would include dozens of releases and collaborations with Nurse With Wound, Coil, Current 93, Swans and Marc Almond.
Dais Records proudly reissues Soul Possession on vinyl for the first time in over 30 years in a limited edition pressing featuring the original artwork by Eve Libertine on January 6, 2017. Limited to 500 copies (400 black vinyl / 100 brown vinyl).
Little Annie – live dates in Europe
In March 2017, Little Annie joins the Swans’ European tour for dates from Oslo through to Amsterdam. There are no UK dates for this tour line-up, but further dates are set to be announced.