I’m supremely sad to hear of the passing of Saxophonist Ralph Carney. Ralph played with everyone from Tom Waits to Bill Laswell and many other artists, too many to name. This is some video I shot in 2014 when Ralph sat in with Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, who were on tour with Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys). Cheetah joins in on Fun House halfway through this clip which is a treat in itself but Ralph is all over this. Such a fluid musician and a huge loss to the music world.
Simply Saucer are a legendary proto-punk band from Hamilton, Ontario. Lo-fi Garage and Krautrock influences are prevalent in their unique sound, which they very much make their own. If you’ve never heard or heard of them, check out the 1989 release Cyborgs Revisited which contains material from 1974 and some live stuff from 1975, though it sounds like it’s from another time.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable set to watch. At least 2 of the original members are playing in the current line up, featuring Edgar Breau, and I’m glad to say, it looks as if they’ve been quite active as of late. It’s cool to see these weird toons kept alive and I’d love to see them if they ever make it out of the Rust Belt.
For some further exploration, check out this recent interview with Jesse Locke (he also plays drums in the above set) who wrote a bio on the band called “Heavy Metalloid Music: The Story of Simply Saucer.
We’re already working on the next album! It’s been a fun time playing bass on these songs and we’re looking forward to working with Heavy Psych Sounds. This is what I’ve been up to recently.
I’ve been working on some tracks with Belial Pelegrim mostly experimental journeys into Electro and IDM with elements of sound collage, a bit of guitar on a couple tracks and Alien territories. Here’s a sample:
Also, a few weeks ago Norcal Noisefest released the full sets from all 3 days of the festival on their Bandcamp Page. My set was on Day 3 track 10:
I’ll be releasing a couple of collaborations soon and look for some video as well!