Re: Melvins/Altamont, freak rock
- While some wil say that the "Providence Freek Rock" explosion is a clever repackaging of older sounds
(everyone is on a sort of no wave bandwagon when comparisons are called for), I really would like to clarify the
term to mean this .... "Definite characteristics: Confrontational, but not macho sounds ..... Often percussive
based. Often the bands have a costumed stage appearance. The music is noisy. Much of the music has come
out Fort Thunder, a Providence, RI based art collective (www.fortthunder.org). This space has hosted shows
that locals have taken in by all sorts: Neil Campbell, Quintron. Melt Banana, Harry Pussy, Karp, Man Is the
Bastard, Hvartski, Kid 606, etc....
The principal bands (the ones you folks on the list are most likely to have heard of: Men's Recovery Project,
Lightning Bolt, Six Finger Satellite, Arab on Radar, Landed, Forcefield, Mr. Brinkman, DROPDEAD, Pleasurehorse,
and Olneyville Sound System. Bands on the periphery of this scene who are affiliated with (because they have
roots in the town) this movement are Black Dice, Pixel Tan, and Sightings.
I'll try and make this non-promotional (I Load Records (www.loadrecords.com) and a lot of the artists have
records on my label. Other labels such as Vermifom (www.vermiform.com) and Skin Graft
(www.skingraftrecords.com) have released records by these bands.
Lightning Bolt: Ride the Skies LP/CD (Load)
Landed: Why I live 10" (Vermiform)
Six Finger Satellite: Severe Exposure LP/CD (Sub Pop)
DROPDEAD: S/T '98 LP (Armegedon)
Arab on Radar: Soak the Saddle LP/CD (Skin Graft)
Mr. Brinkman: Transmittens CD (Vermiform)
Pleasurehorse: Twat Motel/Mystery Brinkman split 12" (Load)
Black Dice 10" (Troubleman
Men's Recovery Project: Bolides Over Basra LP/CD (Load)
You're Soaking In It compliation CD (Load)
Hope this gives some background ..... feel free to email me with paticulars. This "definition" is really vague, as
there is no sound. Lightning Bolt is an extreme bass and drum duo out to end rock music forever. Crushing and
essential. Arab on Radar are a on more hyperactive roadways....they will grab the world by the short hairs to
the bathroom. Men's Recovery Project are more of a Residents inspired outfit. Forcefield and Mystery Brinkman
use damaged electronics to make cough syrup blunted uber beat stomp. Effective and confusing. Olneyville
Sound System have the market cornered on Flipper styled blues damage. It gives me the best sort of
headache. Black Dice are a high frequency microtonal battle of insects. DROPDEAD is over the top political
hardcore. Everythiing turned well past "10". The You're Soaking In It compilation is a great place to survey the
scene of this Freek Rock Explosion (unfortunatly I term I used on a press sheet)
Take care, Ben
I'm new to this list, hope I didn't scare y'all
--- In thewire@y..., jamello@a... wrote:
> RE: the previous Tool/Melvins discussion, Melvins fans probably already know about Altamont, a rockin' sort-of southern boogie side project of Dale's (he steps out on lead guitar/vocals instead of drums) on Man's Ruin. It's pretty decent, includes a cover of the Heartbreakers' "Pirate Love" and "Young Man's Blues" a la Ten Years After. (BTW, I too picked up the Tool CD and while it's interesting -- and somewhat amazing to think that they sell a bazillion copies to teenage nu-metalheads -- the singer still annoys me.)
> On a different tip, does anyone have any take on what some refer to as the "freak rock explosion" out of Providence/NYC with bands like Arab on Radar, Black Dice and Lightning Bolt? I've never heard any of it, reviews make it sound interesting in a noise/punk way, but I also wonder if it's just the latest generation's version of a style that old-timers like me lived through at least twice before.
> Often these types of bands are not fully captured on record. I'm contemplating seeing Arab on Radar tonight in a tiny club (opening for Foetus!), I'll let you know whether it's enlightening or not.
- wait 'til you see brian from lightning bolt. holy shit!!!
--- In thewire@y..., Jim Flannery <NEWGRANGE@S...> wrote:
> jamello@a... wrote:
> > On a different tip, does anyone have any take on what some refer
to as the
> > "freak rock explosion" out of Providence/NYC with bands like Arab
> > Black Dice and Lightning Bolt?
> Oh yeah, and the drummer is a monster.
> Jim Flannery
> "It's no bed of roses, let me tell you, being a mutant."
> -- Warren
> np: Loop, _The World in Your Eyes_
> nr: James Elkins, _The Domain of Images_
- At 07:38 PM 06/02/2001 +0000, Ben wrote:
>While some wil say that the "Providence Freek Rock" explosion is a cleverAre you sure you're not talking about
>repackaging of older sounds
>(everyone is on a sort of no wave bandwagon when comparisons are called
>for), I really would like to clarify the
>term to mean this .... "Definite characteristics: Confrontational, but not
>macho sounds ..... Often percussive
>based. Often the bands have a costumed stage appearance. The music is noisy.
certain incarnations of the Sun Ra