Tickets available from Plugd Records.
Tracks from the first three CDs were featured on Dylan Nyoukis' Resonance EXTRA show, Fae Ma Bit Tae Ur Bit, on April 21st. Listen back here.
01. Bren't Lewiis Ensemble - Clarence Bison Triggers Mullet Apocalypse [Krim Kram 2022]
02. Smegma - Front Row Llyod [Krim Kram 2022]
03. Dressing - Enduring Mercy / Warm Routine [Krim Kram 2022]
04. Rick Potts - Coyote Squash [Chocolate Monk 2012]
05. Robert Ashley - The Bar (excerpt) [Lovely Music 1980]
06. Duncan Harrison - Preamble to Nihil (excerpt) [self released 2017]
07. Ida K - Pterodactyl Graveyard (excerpt) [Chocolate Monk 2022]
08. Intersystems - Changing Colours (They Go For A Walk) [self released 1968]
09. Mass Marriage - Fawn Licks From Puddle [New Forces 2021]
10. Leah P - Grinds Of Gears [Oxen 2021]
11. Aaron Dilloway - Shatter All Organized Activities (Eat The Rich) (excerpt) [Hanson Records 2012]
12. Rudolf Eb.er - "Animist Hum Papa" [Tochnit Aleph 2011]
13. Charmaine Lee - Monstas' Marriage [Erratum 2021]
14. Bryan Lewis Saunders - PCP Poetry [Erratum 2010]
15. GG Allin - Snakemans Dance [Beast 666 Tapes 1991]
16. Tomokawa Kazuki - 一切合財世も末だ [P.S.F. Records 1993]
17. Richard Youngs - Currency [Forced Exposure/No Fans 1993]
Due April 2022:
Since reactivating in the wake of the essential 2009 archival BUFMS box set, 'Induced Musical Spasticity', Bren't Lewiis Ensemble have released more than 40 titles of the finest avant ear wonk around. Much of this activity has proceeded with relatively little fanfare. Perhaps the number of releases is intimidating to some, or maybe well-adjusted society simply has little need for (in their own words) "screeches, recitations, injured vocalizations, inexplicable flurries of bleeps, bloops 'n' splats, and general oh-my-god-how-long-does-this-go-on-for" (personally, I find this latter scenario difficult to accept; hence the desire to release yet more of these bleeps, bloops 'n' splats into the world). Or, and this is the hypothesis that I am advancing, it may be due to the fact that much of this material has been released on that most maligned of formats, the humble CDr (the disdain for which, I emphatically do not share by the way). So, to test this hypothesis, here is a brand new Bren't Lewiis Ensemble album on the Mark Knopfler approved "real" CD format.
The sound of this CD is classic latter day Bren't Lewiis Ensemble: heavily edited sound collage; plenty of Orchid Spangiafora style word play; the sound of malfunctioning, sputtering machines; instruments/objects that are blown, shaken, scraped, and generally sabotaged in various ways; et cetera. If the CIA had access to this kind of arsenal during MKUltra, who knows what kind of damage they could have inflicted.
Formed in 1973, Smegma have spent the past 49 years proudly flying the freakdom flag, influencing several generations of underground communities in the process. They've been a mainstay of every vital incarnation of noise for the past five decades - outsider free improvisation, punk, 80's cassette underground, 90's/00's weirdo noise underground, etc. While resolutely forward looking, their sound is also deeply informed by the rich history of 20th century American music. Their brand of vernacular avant-garde draws as much from the likes of Charley Patton, Art Tatum and Sidney Bechet, as it does from Harry Partch and John Cage.
This CD is an expanded reissue of the cassette first issued on Pigface Records in 2015, which documented the earliest recordings of Smegma performing live as part of the Portland punk rock / new wave scene (Myrtle Tickner, Jerry A. and Pig Champion from Poison Idea would all later go on to play with the band at various stages throughout the 80's and 90's). Also included are the complete Flashcards and Disco Diarrhea 7"s, both originally self-released on Pigface Records in 1979.
Dressing is the experimental noise project of Dublin based artist Kevin Kirwan. Active in visual arts for the past decade or so, Kirwan has recently begun recording noise using field recordings, found objects, feedback and tape manipulation. His noise is restrained and textural with occasional melodic undercurrents. He recently performed live as Dressing for the first time at the closing of Aleana Egan's exhibition 'Sampler' at Void Gallery, Derry.
This CD is a reissue of two cassettes originally self-released in editions of 15 in 2021. A CD of new material is due later this year on the excellent L.A. based harsh noise label, Oxen Records.
On the original cassette releases comprising this CD, S.Grey wrote:
"Four concise explorations of materiality and physicality via hard-panned lumbering slow-burn buzz and cut up blasts of spidery frequencies. Ghostly, distressed ferric melodies occasionally emerge from the mucky undertow of ground-hum that all keeps you on your toes, edging the threshold. What's on display here is an exquisite sense of timing: rather than going for durational workouts, things change up at precisely the right moment. And when you hit the wall, or more succinctly when it hits you - a glorious fist-pump in the air of release."
CDs: €11 each + postage.
|Ire & N. Ire||EU & UK||Rest of the world|
|2 - 3 CDs||€2.60||€5.00||€8.00|
|4 - 7 CDs||€3.50||€6.50||€10.00|
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