Wolf Eyes

Wolf Eyes

Some say Rock N Roll will never reach the same primitive raw vein hit of Bo Diddley at his more subhuman lurch or no unit can ever scramble the marbles left of what brain boiling suburban electronic punk outsiders did in the mid 70's: Whatever you think, there is no denying the homemade nuclear war Wolf Eyes has left on music. Wolf Eyes was birthed in the shadows by a few liked minded individuals: Nate Young, Aaron Dilloway and John Olson in the late 90's in Michigan. However, Wolf Eyes has become more than band, but a collective mutant ensemble, an art abstraction unit: musicians, print makers, photographers and more, all who share a primal shadowy vision of decoding the wilderness into the soul of humanoid from the deep audio arsenals.

Today, Wolf Eyes are pleased to announce their return with a European tour (a US tour to follow) and a new a record, No Answer : Lower Floors. Wolf Eyes are returning to longtime friend base and Interzone of outsider art, De Stijl Records, with whom the band worked on No Face Lives, their collaboration with Smegma and the loner blues cerebration unit Stare Case's Lose Today.

The No Answer : Lower Floors material covers all bases: tough to toughest to tangled, all done in the Wolves' least convoluted smooth style simple yet tangled rhythms. The vocals, delays, primitive electronics, woodwinds and raw guitar of newest member Jamas Baljo create a new destroyed space to crawl through. No Answer : Lower Floors was recorded and mixed at the Michigan Underground Group's gambling/clubhouse/art space, with the usually 2D-flat quality of the drums and electronics given creeping new brightness-life within the hollow echo acoustics of the sacred space's cinder prisons. No Answer : Lower Floors shares a natural feel with previous Wolf Eyes efforts but goes much further in detailing their underworld of odd melodies and mangled harmonics. Within their system-based economic compositions, there remains zero room for wasted space. The whole record is less internal misery and more colorful: of a "could be life on mars" zone than rainbows.

No Answer : Lower Floors features former members Aaron Dilloway and Mike Connelly, and thus is a family homecoming of sorts. More important, it's the dawn of a new Wolf Eyes era. As the desconstructed skull mangled on the cover states: it's RNR from a waste world of 2001244 A.D.

Endless Boogie

Aaron Burr's attempt to seize the Texas Territory for his own dominion has
beguiled composers 'n bands for ages. Allegedly Aaron Copeland's
'Appalachian Spring' was originally entitled 'Blennerhassett Spring' til
Martha Graham had a snit & threatened to tell his socialist pals he was
active in the Lavender Mafia, the fuckin’ witch. But hey, it went on to win a
Pulitzer Prize. Lowell George supposedly had a concept album in the can
(aka, 'Carolina Parakeet') what was all about it, then Neon Park said he
refused to draw a bird sportin Burr's noggin, so George ended up
makin 'Thanks I'll Eat It Here' instead. Then died not long after. Now that's
just a damn shame! And so this fascinatin’ tale of (alleged) treasonous
expansion would end up in limbo until Endless Boogie took up the quill &
recorded this new, inspired masterpiece entitled, 'Vibe Killer'. It's like a
history lesson plundered deep outta the archives of Straight/Bizarre.
Our story opens w/a jowly narrative enunciated by Top Dollar (as
Aaron Burr) callin’ out all them sissy Dem-Rep blaggards, letting 'em know
he's on his own path. Naturally what follows is some tasty sun zoom riffage
a’tween TD 'n The Governor and the wiley Sweenhound, backed solidly by
the Razo/Druzd rhythm union. In fact, through the whole of this opus,
Druzd effortlessly marshals through the sonic undertow while Razo rudders
his bass like a brilliant pulse in a spasmodic vortex. Top Dollar, the
aforementioned Herr Sween & The Governor gnash, morph, crystallize
while the jams flow; it's 'Mirror Man' bum-rushin’ 'Pretties For You'. Before
ya know it, we're at track 5 ('Back In '74') where the plot ostensibly takes
us to a memory've Burr enterin’ college, but is surreptitiously more about
the year Top Dollar gave up on Grand Funk in favor of Josefus.
You're followin’ all of this, right? So as we amble into the ether of this
brilliant opus, we can surmise by title 6 ('Jefferson County') the end is near.
Burr (aka, Top Dollar) reflects on everything from Wilkinson's betrayal to
the excellent meals while in captivity at Fort Stodden, then
suddenly, NO, it's him, Top Dollar-with full Endless Boogie heft-soarin’ high
above the hobo fires that flicker along the bank've the Ouachita River,
drownin’ out forever the simperin’ harmonica bleats’ve tyranny. It’s almost
enough to make you wanna smoke a ham. Friends & collectors, Endless
Boogie have never not occupied the Catbird Seat. Winners gonna win, yo.
They, like Aaron Burr himself, understand manifest destiny & no amount of
port nor Madeira will take them down. Shit, might as well bring the sherry
too. Who knows, maybe your mom's a fan.

Magik Markers

Experimental rockers the Magik Markers formed in Hartford, CT, in 2001, featuring guitarist/vocalist Elisa Ambrogio, drummer Pete Nolan, and bassist Leah Quimby. Inspired by no wave and hardcore, the Magik Markers crafted a free-rocking sound that made the most of their stream-of-consciousness approach. The band made CD-Rs available at its shows and eventually caught the ear of Thurston Moore, who invited the group to play on Sonic Youth's 2004 American tour. Moore's Ecstatic Peace label co-released the band's album I Trust My Guitar, Etc. with Apostasy Recordings in 2005. The Magik Markers were prolific in 2006, releasing The Volodor Dance (an installment in Southern Records Latitudes series) and A Panegyric to the Things I Do Not Understand (on Gulcher Records). That year, Leah Quimby left the group, and after auditioning several replacements, Ambrogio and Nolan decided to continue as a duo. On 2007's Boss, the pair worked with Lee Ranaldo, who produced the album and chipped in guitar and glockenspiel parts. They moved to Drag City for 2009's Balf Quarry.
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