Dominick Fernow

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Dominick Fernow
Dominick Fernow performing as Prurient in 2007.
Background information
Birth name Ian Dominick Fernow
Genres Noise, power electronics, experimental, industrial
Instruments Amplifier, microphone, drums, vocals, synthesizer
Years active 1998-Present
Labels American Tapes, Hanson Records, RRRecords, Load Records, Troubleman Unlimited, Chrondritic Sound, Hospital Productions, Kitty Play Records
Associated acts Prurient, Cold Cave, Vatican Shadow, Ash Pool, Vegas Martyrs, Exploring Jezebel, Christian Cosmos, Mitochrondiral DNA, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement
Website Hospital Productions

Ian Dominick Fernow is an American noise musician. A prolific artist recording under numerous aliases, Fernow is perhaps best known for his stage name Prurient.[1]


Fernow was born in Wisconsin into a Roman Catholic household.[2][3] Fernow recounts his entrance into public school and his exposure to death metal and tape trading as early sources of musical interest.[3] In particular, Fernow cites the death metal band Deicide's album Once Upon the Cross as, "frightening ... A huge record for me, still to this day."[3]

Fernow has resided in both New York City and Los Angeles,[2] and runs the labels Hospital Productions and Bed Of Nails.[4]


In his early work as Prurient, Fernow worked primarily with a microphone and amplifier, and sometimes drums. He eventually began utilizing more electronics, and currently works primarily with laptop and synthesizers. On some releases he has been joined by Ben Barnett, Richard Dunn (FFH), John Wiese, Jeff Plummer (Immaculate:Grotesque, Shallow Waters), Kris Lapke (Alberich, MCMS), Sickness, Wolf Eyes, Macronympha, Philip Best, Sutcliffe Jugend, The Hototogisu, Carlos Giffoni, Wilt, Grunt, Nicole 12, and Emily Salvatierra.[5]

Fernow has also performed in various bands, such as Football Rabbit, Vegas Martyrs, Taylor Bow, Ash Pool (in which he also sings), and formerly as part of Cold Cave.[6] Prurient has released material on numerous independent record labels, such as Hanson Records, RRRecords, Load Records, Troubleman Unlimited, Chrondritic Sound, Kitty Play Records, American Tapes, and his own label Hospital Productions. Fernow has also recorded music under a variety of aliases, including Vatican Shadow, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Exploring Jezebel, River Magic, Winter Soldier, Window Cleaning By Ian, December Magic, Vegas Martyrs, and Tortured Hooker.

Prurient has been covered in outlets such as The New Yorker, Pitchfork Media[7] and The Village Voice.[8]

Partial discography[edit]


















  • Washed Against The Rocks, 7" (Handmade Birds)



  1. ^ LLC, SPIN Media (September 2011). SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. pp. 88–. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Fernow, Dominick (April 18, 2013). A Guide to Dominick Fernow. Interview with Peter Nix. Red Bull Music Academy Daily. Retrieved May 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Fernow, Dominick (October 02, 2015). Musical Imbalance: An Interview with Prurient. Interview with Andy O'Connor. Aux.Out. Retrieved May 30, 2016.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Prurient starts new label Bed Of Nails". The Wire. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Dead Link
  6. ^ "Boyd Rice Returns to Noise Roots With Cold Cave and Z'ev". self-titled magazine. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Stosuy, Brandon. "Show No Mercy". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Doyle, Patrick. "The Top Ten Records that Recently Sold at Hospital Productions on East 3rd". The Village Voice. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 

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