Happy 2018! I hope you have a long lunch break or better yet, the day off, because this is a long one. Totally worth the time though. Use headphones and immerse yourself in the studio with these guys, the audio is in stereo. This is an excellent piece of dark ambient from 2015, created with a load of vintage and modern gear including old Roland drums and a Buchla synth.
Here’s some text from the video description:
“The release notes for their recent collaborative album, A.R.T, perhaps unfairly characterises Tobias Freund and Max Loderbauer’s foray into dark ambient as “genre tourism.” The heady experimentalism of concept-driven recorded work from the duo’s inception in the early 2000s has seen them tackle reductionist technoid minimalism for Cadenza, craft an album of pieces composed solely with drum machines, and produce the longplayer NSI. Plays Non Standards which featured minimalist drones at the intersection of modern acoustic piano (played by Loderbauer) and electronic abstraction (as manipulated by Freund). Their acclaimed, yet infrequent, live sets have regularly skewed towards the organic and tonal qualities of the ambient aesthetic, functioning as a counterweight to the defined parameters of their celebrated output for Sähkö Recordings and Freund’s own Non Standard Productions. The relative rarity of their live performances can be attributed to the sheer amount of analog gear required to realise the specificity of their sound design, as witnessed in this live capture: a fascinating mind trip through layers of deep submersion, simmering otherworldly eeriness and industrial pulses.”
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.
Bootlegged Audio from this has been floating around for years, known as ‘The Reunion’. This was a brief attempt by Roky , John ‘Ike’ Walton and bassist Ronnie Leatherman with guitarist Greg Forrest to resurrect the band. This was without Stacey Sutherland and Tommy Hall and there were a few Roky solo songs in the set as well. With Roky in top form, these 4 clips, though not quite a Holy Grail as far as Elevators footage, are still a very important document of this still legendary group. Roky has also recently performed sets of all Elevators material, which is a testament to the strength of the music, and it’s timelessness. It’s also pretty interesting to imagine how this material came across in 1984, at the height of MTV and pop culture!
YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME
DON’T SLANDER ME
BEFORE YOU ACCUSE ME
TWO HEADED DOG
Cheers to ‘dillorider’ whoever you are!