Killing Joke Drummer Big Paul Ferguson Releases First Single & Video From His Debut Solo Album ‘Virtual Control’

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As a founding member and co-creative mind behind proto-industrial post-punk icons Killing Joke, Big Paul Ferguson has already earned his place among the most influential and highly regarded musicians of his era. Ferguson’s signature tribal drum style not only set Killing Joke apart from the scores of British bands coming up in the ‘80s, adding both depth and weight to the band’s piercing, discordant sound, but it also became a reference point for rock percussionists that followed in the band’s wake. Now, the rock music veteran steps into the spotlight for his first ever solo album, Virtual Control.

Virtual Control features ten original tracks written with guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite and highlighted with special guest appearances from former Marilyn Manson member Tim Skold as well as Die Krupps mastermind Jürgen Engler. Virtual Control conjures a dense and foreboding aural atmosphere, layering guitars, synths and Ferguson’s own distinctive vocals, that underscores the thoughtfulness of Ferguson’s introspective and observant lyrics. In anticipation of the album’s full release on June 25th through Cleopatra Records, Ferguson has shared Virtual Control’s first single and video, Extrapolate. The song is one of the album’s most propulsive tracks that rides an unrelenting guitar/bass hook supported by taut percussion and a hypnotic lead vocal.

“My reflections on the dichotomies, social and personal, of these times. How our lives are being affected by isolation coupled with the bombardment of conflicting information. Our trust in what is real and true being challenged on a daily basis.” (Big Paul Ferguson)

You can stream and purchase Extrapolate here and Virtual Control can be pre-ordered here