This recording, nearly two years in the making, includes members/ex-members of OutHud, Other Dimensions in Music, TEST, No Neck Blues Band, Papa M, Gold Sparkle Band, Little Huey Orchestra, At The Drive-In, Fiery Furnaces, The Silent League, and Mercury Rev, and features original cover art by Marcel Dzama.
"This is organic sounding music with a sound and coherent logic, yet cleanly avoids sounding like either an exercise in conceptual interrogation, or mere...fusion; these are 'damaged blues for the post-everything castaways, torch songs for a newly scorched city. The songs are lyrical & romantically confused, confrontationally beautiful, syntactically fucked; they demand attention and encourage drift'. Sad bassoons, happy robots, clouds of pink noise, stuttering auctioneers promoting body-modification while playing Webern etudes on the pedal steel, hoarse little rock stars with five string banjos on the dance floor, dancing electro-nasty with Werner Herzog and a brass band, a chorus of bleeding, coked-up cicadas, humming in tune with the primordial drone."
Shannon Fields is a Brooklyn-based composer, electronic musician, multi-instrumentalist, sound-artist and creative producer. He is the producer and a founding member of NYC avant-pop ensemble, Stars Like Fleas. He is also a performing guitarist for "The Silent League" with Justin Russo (ex-Mercury Rev, Hopewell), is producing records for Matt Lavelle and Daniel Carter, and participates in a number of live electronic and noise acts around NYC. Shannon has also performed and collaborated with Gold Sparkle Band, Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, Randy Petersen, and Fulbright composer, Ryan Ingebritsen. He is also sound-art editor for Michigan literary and arts journal, DIAGRAM.
Ubiquitous singer and video artist, Montgomery Knott, is an Austin, Texas music veteran who has worked for many years with Stars Of The Lid (Kranky, Sub Rosa), etc. He is founder and curator of the Monkeytown space in Williamsburg, which presents evenings of simultaneous culinary, video, live sound and art installations.