Monday, April 16, 2012

Ex Prong, Flotsam and Jetsam, Pigface Members Join Forces for Dog Rescue Charity Song

Effectionhate, the experimental music project led by multi-instrumentalist Shannon Gausten, has just released a special digital single, “Phoenix Reborn,” in support of dog rescue. 

Available on iTunes (, “Phoenix Reborn” also features the talents of Troy Gregory (ex Prong, Flotsam and Jetsam, Swans, Killing Joke), Pete Jones (ex Public Image Limited), Shannon's husband Joel (ex Pigface, Electric Frankenstein, The Undead), Keith LeBlanc (Tackhead, Ministry) and Sonny Bellavance (The Devil's Guitar). All profits from the sale of “Phoenix Reborn” will go to benefit Peace And Paws (, a nonprofit organization dedicated to placing abandoned and homeless pets into new, loving homes.

“Phoenix Reborn” is Effectionhate's first release since the December 2010 single “Fifteen (Psalm 69 Mix),” which featured bass and samples from Ministry's classic "Psalm 69" track supplied by former Ministry bassist Paul Barker.

“Phoenix Reborn” began life as Troy Gregory's remix of “Take Flight,” an instrumental track from Joel Gausten¹s 2011 EP, “Snake Bite Blues.”

“Once we heard Troy's added vocals and new arrangements, Joel and I knew we had to do something special with what he created from the original track,” Shannon explains. “We ­ - as well as the other musicians involved - are delighted to use this song as a vehicle to help animals in need.”

Last month, the Gaustens co-hosted a special "Dog Rescue" edition of the
Glory Is Noise online radio show
( in an effort to raise greater public awareness of the cause. Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen, himself a lifelong dog lover and rescue advocate, joined the duo on the show to discuss his history with dog rescues. In addition to her professional work as a canine behaviorist, Shannon Gausten is a longtime supporter of dog rescue organizations and currently oversees the operations of the dog park in her hometown of Concord, New Hampshire.

Formed by Shannon Gausten in 2007, Effectionhate is experimental in nature and creates music ranging from techno to classical and atonal industrial noise, with the project's evolving list of contributors ensuring that no two compositions are alike.

Effectionhate's debut full-length album,
Music Is Dead, is in the final stages of completion and will feature contributions from guitarist Sonny Bellavance and drummers Martin Atkins (Pigface, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Public Image Limited) and Joel Gausten. The album is slated for an early 2014 release.