In , he put out an epic 2xLP set— One Plus One —comprising 24 of these cassette recordings, a massive serving of volcanic rehearsals, false starts, arguments, and beautiful noise. Rock on. It was Lax who came up with the idea of recording an entire album of this more extreme brand of music. Recorded and released in , the disc even features a lone trio performance, swallowing an inaudible cameo from Ian Steinberg, an 18 year-old high school student and accordionist.
Especially the first time you saw them. Always entertaining too. Very droll. And so Adris got a double kick drum pedal and we drafted Mark Feehan into the band. Probably both. You know, like selling a cat in a bag; what they bought and what they got being two different things. For Orcutt, the experimental bent of Ride a Dove was a reflection of the direction of his own increasingly omnivorous listening habits in the mid 90s.
On that tape, the sound cuts out and hops forward and backward every dozen seconds or so, a disorienting effect that Orcutt insists was deliberate. Shortly after the release of Ride a Dove , Feehan left the band. He was replaced, in the autumn of , by another guitarist, Dan Hosker. When Dan joined it was with the understanding that we would do one last record and a US tour and then split up. It was a very orderly shutdown. Dan was a fantastic guitar player; very knowledgeable, smart guy, a very hard worker.
He was so great to hang out with because he was this really talented guitar player. But at the same time, I would sit and talk to him about personal stuff, and he was a really good listener. The latter included Monostadt Three, a duo with the violinist Pria Ray.
Lambkin was a founding member of the British avant-garde act, The Shadow Ring: he and Hoyos first met during the series of Siltbreeze tours organised by Lax.
With its fluorescent pink sleeve, their untitled Transmission CD also released by Audible Hiss in was a marked contrast to the acidic recordings that bookended its release. Gathering almost all of the recordings Harry Pussy made in this final period, the Load set made widely available a body of work that was even more radical than the better known Siltbreeze and Esync releases.
If the rehearsals gathered on One Plus On e sounded like a Pollock canvas, the performance tapes capture an airborne bucket of paint. The music is astounding: fast, aggressive, and often hilariously fleeting.
The appearance of three or four versions of a number of pieces on the LPs also handily dispels the initial impression that Hoyos, Orcutt and Hosker were simply tearing up their instruments in a run of self-destructive final gigs.
It took him a long time to learn the idiom, the technique. Like Don Van Vliet, Orcutt has forged a row of interlocking guitar compositions, pieces whose atomic intricacy give an initial impression of terrifying chaos, only gradually resolving into order upon repeated and ear-splitting hearing.
Fifteen second songs of sputtered splatter-gunk from the archives. An absolutely deranged racket. Lars Gotrich. This my favourite album by this band. Lots of that guitar though, which is just amazing! Chris Williams. Bellowing Sun by Mind Over Mirrors. Mind Over Mirrors deliver a dizzying psych-synth 2xLP with rich, layered vocals and spiraling constellations of electronics.
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