Based in Manchester – via “home planet of Agricular in Cosmos Redshift 7” – Henge come in peace, and in possession of a new genre of music: Cosmic Dross. Regulars on the North West festival circuit, the band have just released debut EP and have a busy summer planned, making appearances at BlueDot, Beat-Herder and Cloudspotting. Together with our friends over at Now Then Manchester, we hear from frontman Zpor…

What motivates you to make music?

Physics.

What are the roots of your stage show? Are your main influences other musicians or other art forms?

We perform our music in the way that is most natural to us. For me that is wearing the formal clothing of my race, the Agriculans. When possible it is our pleasure to bring to the shows some of our travelling companions. For example, Talos 4000, the peacekeeping android, and some of drummer Nom’s many children, who like to dance to their favourite song, ‘In Praise of Water’.

How have the Space Cassette shows and community helped with your music?

Space Cassette is a most rambunctious event. The Space Cassette Consortium strive to create the ultimate conditions for the transmission of Cosmic Dross. It is the ideal environment to experience the music of Henge.

Are there any other ways you’ve collaborated in music or art?

During my five billion Earth years in this universe, I have experienced many joyous collaborations with sentient beings of many varieties. Every possible permutation has been explored. The group that is collectively known as Henge is itself a collaboration between me – Zpor, an Agriculan – Goo, a Venusian; Nom, a Xylanthian; and UmYumYum, a transfigured human. Each life form has creative mycelium that fan out across space and time. The music that results has infinite sources.

Can we demilitarise? How can protest music be effective?

How effective is silence?

How will Cosmic Dross on record sound compared with Cosmic Dross on stage?

In order to answer this question we have prepared a disc. Human beings will very soon be able to experience Cosmic Dross through the medium of vinyl, CD and digitally. This experiment is strictly for the edification of your species. You can pre-order the recording in question from hengemusic or from loveloverecords.

You’re rocketing around the rural festivals this summer. Have you attended any of them before? What can we expect from your sets there?

A festival is an extremely pleasing environment for the transmission of ideas. If the conditions are just right it can lead to the achievement of collective consciousness between humans. We set out to attain this whenever we perform, wherever that may be. Last year we had particular success in this respect at the following festivals: Bluedot, Beat Herder, Cloudspotting and Shambala. This is the reason for our return this year. However, it is also vital for us to include new locations on our Earth mission.

What will the universe look and sound like in 100 years?

This cannot be known.

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An edit of this interview can be found at Now Then Manchester.

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